After a year of testing with the all new 2010 Acura ZDX, the editors at Automobile Magazine conclude their Four Seasons Review.
“Our first drive of the ZDX a few months later revealed Acura’s newest creation to be highly luxurious and even quite good to drive. But we still wondered about its place in the automotive cosmos. Clearly, we would require more time with the ZDX if we were going to get our heads around it. So, we ordered one for a Four Seasons test.” – Joe Lorio, Automobile magazine
Read the final thoughts and find out if their questions were answered by heading over to www.automobilemag.com.
You really can’t find any bad press on the six-speed manual transmission found in the 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD. In a recent Automobile Magazine review, every editor could agree the smooth shifting Honda gearbox is a rare treat they could all appreciate.
“The six-speed manual changes that. Thanks to one of Honda’s legendary gearboxes, the Acura TL can claim a superlative: Best Shifting Sport Sedan. It’s better than the slightly rubbery gear change in the BMW 3-series and better than the somewhat notchy action in the Audi A4/S4. Whereas I couldn’t really remember anything defining about the slushbox TL, I will be blathering for weeks about the precise perfection that is the TL’s manual transmission.” – David Zenlea, Assistant Editor
NADAguides(National Automobile Dealers Association) has selected the 2011 Acura TL as one of six vehicles recommended in its Quarterly Car Buyers Market Report.
The study recommends current new car buys based on depreciation value, current incentives, warranty and features.
“The 2011 Acura TL was selected as an NADAguides Top Recommended Current Buy based on the vehicle’s first-year depreciation rate of 19 percent, its estimated 22 MPG combined fuel efficiency, great customer financing incentives, and its abundance of safety and comfort features. Acura is currently offering 1.9 percent financing for 36 months, and 2.9 percent on either 48 or 60 months**. With a four-year, 50,000 mile warranty, 62 days-supply of inventory as of the end of May 2011, and a competitive starting price of $35,305, the Acura TL has a lot to offer consumers. The Acura TL comes standard with Acura’s Total Luxury Care® program which provides 24-hour nationwide emergency and travel services, roadside assistance, Acura Concierge Service and a host of special privileges available exclusively to Acura owners.” – NADAguides
Also making the 2011 second quarter list is the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T, the 2011 GMC Terrain SLE-2, the 2011 Hyundai Azera Limited, the 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Manual, and the 2011 Toyota Venza I4 AWD.
It would seem the Editors over at Motor Trend have grown quite fond of their 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon after just four months of testing.
In the second update of their Long Term Road Test there is much praise for the TSX, one editor even had to remind himself it was an Acura he was driving and not a BMW.
“First, after hopping in the TSX Sport Wagon for the first time since we’ve had it in fleet, after driving for a few miles, I momentarily lost track of what vehicle I was driving. With the texture and quality of the leather, the size and feel of the steering wheel (Lieberman calls it “hefty without being overly meaty”), the weight of the steering, and the comfort and luxury of the seats, I thought I was driving a BMW. I had to look at the badge on the steering wheel to remind myself I was driving the Acura.” – Motor Trend
A recent Motor Trend Road Test reviews the 6-speed manual transmission 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD.
“The one area where some of the old Honda “surprise and delight” magic comes out is in the shifter. The lever itself is relatively stubby, with short throws and a precise feel. Although not quite perhaps to the same gearhead-porn level as the Mazda MX-5, it’s an unexpected delight in a midsize sedan. Likewise, the clutch is light without feeling fragile, although smooth engagement does take a little more practice than it does on some cars.” – Motor Trend