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The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: ZDX Wrap-Up

Posted by   on March 19th, 2012 3 comments

2012 Acura ZDX

All good things must come to an end, and after 10 days and nearly 2000 kilometers travelled, our epic road tour through the Rockies came to a conclusion. I was happy to be heading home, but reluctant to hand over the ZDX back to Acura.

Performing like a sports sedan but with the toughness and utility of a crossover, it was as I expected, the perfect winter driving machine for our trip. Powering up steep climbs and navigating down curvy descents, through ice, snow, slush and rain, the ZDX was flawless. No vehicle is bulletproof in extreme road conditions, but extra measures like winter tires, adequate ground clearance and Super Handling-All Wheel Drive can be a defining advantage when you need to get out of a “snowy” situation. Still begging to be tested, the ZDX was by far the most capable vehicle I have ever taken on a road trip.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour

With one of the most luxurious and technology-packed interiors Acura has to offer, the ZDX’s spacious cabin was an absolute pleasure to ride in even after many hours on the road. The leather dash and surrounding leather trim mixed with the ambient light from the dual moon roofs to create a natural, comforting environment ideal for our long drives in the mountains. There was more than enough space for our two snowboards and luggage with the rear seats folded down, and the power tailgate was a nice touch for quick and easy loading. As an Acura, the ZDX is equipped with a ton of convenient features, all very intuitive and useful for making the trip that much more enjoyable.

2012 Acura ZDX Interior

I couldn’t keep count of all the heads that turned as they walked by the ZDX, most likely gripped by its unique and dramatic styling. One of its most noticeable characteristics, the long sloping roof line, is what really distinguishes it from the usual crossover varieties. From the front windshield, the industry-leading panoramic glass roof slowly curves over the top and towards the rear apex at the slightest angle, creating a distinctive silhouette that is elegant, but also aerodynamic and sporty. I love the sharp edge that arches over the rear wheels and along the side of the vehicle, it adds an aggressive flair to the ZDX’s bold, muscular figure. More to its “coupe-like” appearance are hidden rear door handles which at some angles, can make the ZDX seem as if it only has two doors. In a parking lot full of your typical ski resort vehicles, it was nice to have one that was different and so easy pick out.

2012 Acura ZDX

So is it a utility sedan? A super coupe? A performance crossover? I guess you could say it is all of the above. I still couldn’t accurately describe the ZDX in just a few words, but in this case, it’s definitely not a bad thing. I think the unique combination of qualities bring a mysterious allure to the ZDX, and that’s something you won’t easily find in the selection of today’s vehicles. When I look back at this trip, it won’t be hard to remember the ZDX and how it carried us through the Rockies with such style, comfort, and confidence.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour 2012:

• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: Introduction
• Day 01: Marmot Basin
• Day 02/03: Lake Louise
• Day 04: Revelstoke
• Day 05/06: Whitewater
• Day 07: Red Mountain
• Day 08/09/10: Whistler Blackcomb
• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: ZDX Wrap-Up

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Motor Trend 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long Term Update 7

Posted by   on February 28th, 2012 No comments
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon © Motor Trend

In Motor Trend’s latest Long Term Review entry, News Editor Ed Sanchez takes to the California freeways to test out the TSX Sport Wagon’s “people hauling” capabilities.

“This clever hatchback seems like a wagon enthusiast’s dream come true, especially in a market where so few manufactures are willing to bring over their Euro-market ‘estates.’ Many of my fellow staffers have gushed with praise for Acura’s entry-level hauler, and as an unabashed fan of wagons and hatches, I was prepared to heap more praise on the pile.”

Visit motortrend.com for the full entry and gallery.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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Video: AutoGuide Introduces the 2013 ILX and RDX

Posted by   on February 10th, 2012 No comments
AutoGuide 2013 Acura ILX
AutoGuide Introduces the 2013 Acura ILX

Through a pair of videos on the eve of the Chicago Auto Show, AutoGuide gives us a first look at the 2013 Acura ILX and RDX. They’re a great introduction to the vehicles with some excellent views of both the exterior and interior cabins. Hit the jump to see the videos below or check out more great coverage at autoguide.com.

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First Photos from Chicago Auto Show – Autoblog

Posted by   on February 7th, 2012 No comments

2013 Acura RDX
2013 Acura ILX

Autoblog has posted some of the first photos from the 2012 Chicago Auto Show a few hours before tomorrow’s media preview. Visit autoblog.com for a closer look at the 2013 Acura ILX and RDX.

· 2013 Acura RDX Photos
· 2013 Acura ILX Photos

[Source: Autoblog]

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Future Shock: 2015 Acura NSX – Motor Trend

Posted by   on February 6th, 2012 25 comments

2015 Acura NSX

Motor Trend takes ”A Closer Look at Honda’s Coming New Mid-Engine Supercar.” The article dives into some of the new tech and provides some details and estimates on the 2015 Acura NSX specifications.

See the full article along with some images of the concept with a fiery red paint job at motortrend.com.

2015 ACURA NSX SPECIFICATIONS
BASE PRICE $130,000*
VEHICLE LAYOUT Mid-engine, AWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe
ENGINE 3.7L DOHC 24-valve V-6 + 2 front and 1 rear electric motors; 480 hp comb*
TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-cl auto
CURB WEIGHT 3100 lb*
WHEELBASE 101.4 in
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 170.5 x 74.6 x 45.7 in
0-60 MPH 3.0 sec*
EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON Not yet rated
ON SALE IN U.S. 2015
*MT est

 

[Source: Motor Trend]

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Acura NSX steals show in Detroit

Posted by   on January 25th, 2012 No comments

Acura NSX Concept

As the 2012 North American International Auto Show came to a close last week, I think it’s fair to say Acura succeeded with their intentions to “shock and awe” the masses in Detroit. I’d like to share great article from Kelly Taylor of The Chronicle Hearld which pretty much sums up the effect Acura had at the event. I particularly like this excerpt:

“in a crowd of automotive cynics, where journalists rarely applause anything, the hoots and hollers weren’t coming from the Acura staff, they were coming from the journalists. Lamborghini would be lucky to design a car like this. Yes, that’s how good it is. Indeed, a conspiracy theorist might propose the reason Lambo and Ferrari were not at this year’s show was that they had seen the NSX and did not want to be upstaged.”

The claim about the “hoots and hollers” were indeed true. It’s something that rarely happens at these unveilings, and it surprised many that were there, myself included. The overwhelming response was both welcomed and encouraging for Acura, which hopes to revitalize and reestablish itself in the luxury market for 2012.

See the short clip and the full article at thechronicleherald.ca.

[Source: The Chronicle Hearld]

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1991 Acura NSX vs. 2012 Audi R8

Posted by   on January 19th, 2012 1 comment

1991 Acura NSX vs. 2012 Audi R8

The title you see is not a typo. Edmunds’ Inside Line compares the 1991 Acura NSX and the 2012 Audi R8, two models which are separated by nearly two decades of design and technology. It would be like pitting today’s 48-year-old Micheal Jordan up against the 27-year-old Labron James, who are in fact also separated by 21 years. The comparison however isn’t just a numbers game, it’s about what each vehicle represents and how well it will stand the test of time.

“Following, in no particular order, are some things most NSXs never did: leak, stall, stink, burn, ventilate their crankcase, cook their clutch, experience catastrophic electrical failure, overheat or simply strand their driver. The NSX, for all its hype, sprang from a time when mixing some mundane Honda Accord into the supercar stew, rolling it up in an aluminum body and dropping it into a market ripe for a real driver’s car was a stupendously good idea. Good enough, in fact, to last for 15 years.

Next to Porsche’s ubiquitous 911, the NSX might just be the most practical, reliable real-world supercar ever built. But in 1990 there was something more exotic about a low-slung, midengine, aluminum-bodied supercar than there was about any Porsche. And there’s still truth in that statement today. Which is why we think Audi’s R8 might be the best spiritual successor the NSX could have.” - Josh Jacquot, Inside Line

The fact that this article even exists is more than enough for me to declare the NSX the winner, but then again I am a bit biased. There is one thing I’m sure we can all agree on – the next generation NSX has got some big shoes to fill.

If you’re an NSX fan you won’t want to miss this read.

Check it out at insideline.com – 1991 Acura NSX vs. 2012 Audi R8.

[Source: Edmunds’ Inside Line]

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Cars.com Video Review: 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD 6-Speed

Posted by   on January 4th, 2012 3 comments
2012 Acura TL SH-AWD

Cars.com Video Review: 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD

Joe Bruzek of Cars.com reviews the 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD 6-Speed Manual Transmission with Technology Package. The 3 minute video review doesn’t get too in-depth, but it does offer a quick summary of what’s new with the 2012 model.

See the video below or visit Cars.com for the full review.

[Source: Cars.com]

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