Motoring TV: 2013 Acura ILX Test Drive Video

Motoring TV: 2013 Acura ILX Test Drive

Motoring TV: 2013 Acura ILX Test Drive

“If this is a harbinger of things to come, Acura’s future looks a lot brighter…”

Host Graeme Fletcher takes a Canadian ILX Tech for a test drive in the latest video review from Motoring TV. Just like his review of the 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD, the video is short and sweet, but still manages to deliver a good amount of info and insight on the 2013 ILX.


Acura RLX Technology Preview

Honda's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Test Mule

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

Video: 2013 Acura RDX vs. 2012 Audi Q5

2013 Acura RDX vs. 2012 Audi Q5

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
Horsepower: 273
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
Horsepower: 211
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 for the full comparison.


Video: 2013 Acura ILX Test Drive & Review

Rosenthal Acura 2013 Acura RDX Test Drive & Review

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.


2013 Acura RDX Video Review –

2013 Acura RDX -

2013 Acura RDX –

Watch a short but favourable video review of the 2013 Acura RDX from

“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


Video: 2013 Acura RDX Test Drive & Review

Rosenthal Automotive's 2013 Acura RDX Test Drive & Review

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.