Posted by on November 12th, 2012
Honda’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Test Mule
With the official debut of the 2014 Acura RLX just around the corner, Acura wants the public to get excited about two new technologies that will be available on their upcoming flagship sedan. Acura’s new Precision All Wheel Steer™(PAWS) and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® systems will be showcased on the RLX to improve and enhance handling performance.
A handful of journalists from various automotive publications were recently at Honda’s testing grounds in Japan to sample both applications. The test car however was not an RLX, but a similarly sized Accord(Inspire) sedan equipped with the said technology.
Here’s Automobile Magazine‘s Jake Holmes on the Precision All Wheel Steer system:
“When you enter a corner and add steering input, there’s a miniscule pause before you feel the car tighten its line slightly as the rear wheels add more steering. It produces a sensation of rotation that gives the car a livelier feel than is typical of front-wheel-drive cars. At lower speeds, PAWS makes for easier maneuvering because of the reduced turning circle. PAWS also can correct under- or oversteer by adjusting the line of the rear wheels, which means sometimes PAWS can fix small slides without any need for the brake-based electronic stability control to activate.” - Jake Holmes, Automobile Magazine
Michael Austin of Car and Driver on Sport Hybrid SH-AWD:
“The rear motors also provide torque vectoring in corners, putting resistance on the inside wheel (which generates electricity for instantaneous use, lessening the draw on the 6.7-kWh battery) and driving the outside wheel to minimize understeer. Track performance is impressive, with instantaneous turn-in and grip that seems to transcend the abilities of the Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tires. We didn’t have the chance to mess around too much, but there is no power oversteer. Jam on the gas and the car simply follows exactly where you point it with a neutral attitude.” - Michael Austin, Car and Driver
Both technologies sound impressive so far, hopefully adding a dynamic that will boost the RLX’s image as a “driver’s” car. Full reviews can be read from the links below:
• Quick Drives: Acura RLX Precision All-Wheel Steering, Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Prototypes
• Sampling the 2014 Acura RLX’s Goodies: Precision All-Wheel Steer and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD
• New 2014 Acura RLX Drivetrains Aim for Smiles
• 2014 Acura RLX Prototype Test Drive
• 2014 Acura RLX Technology Preview Drive
• 2014 Acura RLX drive preview
Filed under: Acura Reviews, RLX Tags: 2014 Acura RLX, Earth Dreams Technology, Sport Hybrid SH-AWD
Posted by on October 1st, 2012
It’s the battle of compact crossovers: AutoGuide pits the 2013 Acura RDX against the 2012 Audi Q5.
“Projected to be one of the largest growth segments in the auto industry, Acura is looking to go from a back marker to a major player with the launch of its second-generation RDX. A solid offering, how does it stack up against stalwart German competition like the Audi Q5?”
Here’s the breakdown from AutoGuide:
|2013 Acura RDX AWD
Engine: 3.5L V6
Transmission: 6-Speed Auto
Max. Torque: 251
Fuel Economy: 19 MPG city / 27 MPG hwy
Cargo Room: 26 cu-ft
Total Cargo Room: 61 cu-ft
Second Row Leg Room: 38.3 in.
Starting Price: $35,720
|2012 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI
Engine: 2.0L Turbo 4-Cyl
Transmission: 8-Speed Auto
Max. Torque: 258
Fuel Economy: 20 MPG city / 27 MPG hwy
Cargo Room: 29 cu-ft
Total Cargo Room: 57 cu-ft
Second Row Leg Room: 37.4 in.
Starting Price: $35,600
Watch the 9-minute video review from AutoGuide below or head over to autoguide.com for the full comparison.
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Filed under: Acura Reviews, RDX, Videos Tags: 2013 Acura RDX, Audi, AutoGuide
Posted by on September 26th, 2012
Using a mime to host a car review not only seems impossible, but just plain odd. For the Rosenthal Automotive team it’s business as usual, pushing the creative boundaries of vehicle reviews is what they do best.
“A mime explores Acura’s new 2013 Acura ILX and takes it for a test drive. Meanwhile Steve is stuck without a car to review and must take matters into his own hands.”
Not surprising, the first few minutes with the mime are silent, but things start to get interesting at around the 6-minute mark once Steve enters the picture and realizes his test vehicle has gone missing.
Check out the latest review from Rosenthal Automotive below.
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Filed under: Acura Reviews, ILX, Videos Tags: 2013 Acura ILX, Rosenthal Acura
Posted by on August 9th, 2012
2013 Acura RDX – Edmunds.com
Watch a short but favourable video review of the 2013 Acura RDX from Edmunds.com:
“Erin Riches gives you the pros and cons of the Acura RDX, along with insight on pricing, safety, and fuel economy plus a list of competitors of the RDX including the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX 350, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Volvo XC60.”
See the video below or for more info on the Acura RDX visit edmunds.com.
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Filed under: Acura Reviews, RDX, Videos Tags: 2013 Acura RDX, Edmunds.com
Posted by on July 12th, 2012
Rosenthal Automotive’s 2013 Acura RDX Test Drive & Review
When it comes to video reviews, no one pushes the boundaries of creativity like the Rosenthal Automotive group. Their past videos of the 2012 Acura TL and 2011 Acura MDX feature a thorough overview of the vehicle, stunning visuals, and an injection of humour for good measure.
The latest video features the all-new 2013 Acura RDX, and while the bizarre intro had me scratching my head and laughing at the same time, it’s still a quality review with that added entertainment value I’ve come to expect from Rosenthal Automotive.
Don’t miss Steve’s Matrix-like leap over the RDX in the video review below.
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Filed under: Acura Reviews, RDX, Videos Tags: 2013 Acura RDX, Rosenthal Acura
Posted by on May 9th, 2012
2013 Acura ILX Track Test Video
Acura’s newest sedan took to the track for some performance testing thanks to Edmunds’ Inside Line. The model of choice for this video packed the 2.4-litre 201 horsepower engine which is mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. Combine that with its compact frame and light weight, the ILX turns out to be a fairly quick little car with some decent 0-60 and 1/4 Mile times.
Click here to see the video and results
Filed under: Acura Reviews, ILX, Videos Tags: 2013 Acura ILX, Inside Line
Posted by on May 3rd, 2012
Marvel’s The Avengers – In Theatres May 4th
Acura hosted special advanced screenings of Marvel’s The Avengers this past week in select cities across Canada and the US, and if you were a lucky Acura owner in attendance, you already know how awesome this movie is.
I was fortunate enough to receive a pair of passes to the Edmonton event tonight courtesy of West Side Acura. It was an Acura mini-meet as owners filled the lot to see the Avengers assemble on screen. My good friend and Acura enthusiast Marty Quon even brought his car out of hibernation for the summer, arriving in his mint 2004 Silverstone NSX. Attendees who weren’t rushing in for seats were able to stop and check out the 2013 ILX parked out front, and I finally got to see the production ILX for the first time since I saw the concept debut in Detroit.
Acura guests were able to redeem their tickets for free snacks and received a goodie bag containing an Acura pamphlet, Avengers poster and key chain. Before the movie started the audience was presented with a few Acura promo videos and commercials. I’ve seen the NSX Concept intro about a hundred times, but it felt like a whole new experience seeing it on the big screen.
After all the trailers, posters and hype for The Avengers these past few months, you’re probably wondering if it was worth the wait. Superheroes coming together to save the world, we’ve seen it done before. This one just has a bigger cast of characters right? While it’s true the premise does sound cliche and the film does contain a huge all-star cast, The Avengers still manages to live up, and even exceed all the hype. Somehow even with six prominent superheroes, they were able to successfully create a genuine and compelling storyline where each character was able to shine. Let’s not forget there’s still also Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Hill and Coulson, and the antagonist Loki who played an excellent villain.
Though it may make you feel like a kid again trying to decide which superhero is your favourite, you don’t need to be comic book fan to enjoy this one. There’s non-stop entertainment and fun for all ages, so don’t miss out on the biggest blockbuster of the summer. Marvel’s The Avengers hits theatres May 4th.
Filed under: Acura Reviews Tags: Acura Avengers, Acura Marvel