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Acura Ranked 2nd in Consumer Reports’ 2014 Brand Report Card

Posted by   on February 25th, 2014 1 comment

2014 Acura RLX

Consumer Reports has ranked Acura second out of 23 makes in their 2014 Brand Report Card. Acura moved up 3 spots from its 2013 ranking with a score of 75, just 4 points shy of this year’s top ranked brand.

The report card aims to recognize the brands which make the best all-around vehicles based on data from Consumer Reports’ comprehensive road tests as well as from subscriber reliability experiences.

“We calculate each brand’s overall score using an equally weighted composite of our road-test and reliability scores for each of its models that we’ve tested and for which our subscribers have provided reliability data in our Annual Auto Survey. To be included, each brand needs at least three models for which we have test and reliability data.” – Consumer Reports

Visit consumerreports.org for the full article: Consumer Reports - Who makes the best cars?

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Acura Ranked 4th in J.D. Power 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study

Posted by   on February 14th, 2014 No comments
2011 Acura RDX

2011 Acura RDX

Acura has been ranked 4th out of 31 brands in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study(VDS).

“The study, now in its 25th year, examines problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of 2011 model-year vehicles. Overall dependability is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.”

While the overall average number of problems per 100 cars has increased for the first time since 1998, Acura saw a decrease in problems from last year’s study, dropping from 120 PP100 in 2013 to 109 PP100 in 2014.

The Acura RDX was awarded highest rank in the Compact Premium CUV segment, while the Acura MDX ranked in the top three of the Midsize Premium CUV segment.

Visit jdpower.com for the full press release: J.D. Power – 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study

[Source: J.D. Power and Associates]

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Acura Third in Consumer Reports 2013 Reliability Rankings

Posted by   on October 28th, 2013 No comments
2014 Acura RDX

2014 Acura RDX

Acura was placed as a top three brand for reliability in Consumer Reports 2013 Annual Auto Reliability rankings. Acura came in third out of 28 brands included in the study.

“Those findings are from our 2013 Annual Auto Survey, which was conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. They’re based on subscribers’ experiences with 1.1 million vehicles. We use that pool of data to compile reliability histories and predict how well new cars that are currently on sale will hold up.” – Consumer Reports

All Acura models scored an above average rating from Consumer Reports.

Visit consumerreports.org for more information on their reliability ratings.

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Acura Ranked Sixth in J.D. Power 2013 Initial Quality Study

Posted by   on June 19th, 2013 1 comment
2013 Acura TL

Acura TL – Compact Premium Car Segment Award Winner

Unchanged from last year’s ranking, Acura holds the sixth spot in J.D. Power’s 2013 Initial Quality Study. This year’s redesigned study ranked a total of 33 automotive brands based on new-vehicle quality after the first 90 days of ownership.

“J.D. Power has released the results of its latest Initial Quality Study (IQS), the company’s industry benchmark study that measures new-vehicle quality after the first 90 days of ownership. A key finding of this year’s study is that nearly two-thirds of the problems experienced in the first 90 days of ownership are related to the vehicle’s design, as opposed to components that malfunction. For example, the component may be working as designed, but owners deem it a problem because it may be difficult to understand or operate.” 

Ranked as a top three model in last year’s Entry Premium Car segment, the Acura TL captures a 2013 segment award as the top-ranked model in the Compact Premium Car segment. The Acura RDX was named a top three model in the Compact Premium CUV segment.

View the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Initial Quality Study press release here.

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Acura Earns Top Honors in Edmunds.com 2013 Best Retained Value Awards

Posted by   on June 17th, 2013 No comments

Acura Advance

Official release from acuranews.com:

Acura has highest projected five-year resale value among all luxury brands

06/17/2013 – TORRANCE, Calif.

For the second consecutive year, Acura led all other luxury brands in the Edmunds.com Best Retained Value® Awards with the highest projected residual value, of 45.1 percent, after five years of ownership.  The study is based on Edmunds.com’s True Market Value® (TMV®) tool, which projects a vehicle’s average resale value after five year’s of ownership at the time of the new-vehicle purchase.

“This recognition from Edmunds.com speaks to the clear advantages of the Acura brand in offering its customers outstanding luxury performance, features and technologies that few of our competitors can deliver at a price that none of them can match,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of sales for Acura.  “It’s yet another proof point that Acura is delivering truly outstanding value on a luxury scale and smart luxury buyers are taking notice.”

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Acura Tops Luxury Brands in Edmunds.com’s 2013 Best Retained Value Awards

Posted by   on June 11th, 2013 No comments
2013 Acura MDX

2013 Acura MDX

For the second consecutive year, Edmunds.com has recognized Acura as the top luxury brand in its Best Retained Value® Awards.

“Jeep and Acura took home the top prizes in Edmunds.com’s third annual Best Retained Value® Awards, which recognize the brands and new car models that have the highest projected residual values after five years based on their average True Market Value® (TMV®) price when sold new. Jeep won in the non-luxury division with a projected 50.6 percent residual value after five years, and Acura won the luxury crown with a projected five-year residual value of 45.1 percent.”

The Acura MDX received an Honorable Mention in the SUV Over $45,000 category.

Visit Edmunds.com for more information or click here for the press release.

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Acura RDX Makes WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors of 2013 List

Posted by   on April 15th, 2013 No comments
2013 Acura RDX Interior

2013 Acura RDX Interior

Completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, the second generation Acura RDX has recently been placed in WardsAutos’s 10 Best Interiors list. WardsAuto editors spent time with 46 models with new or significantly upgraded interiors, and judged them based on the following criteria: materials, ergonomics, comfort, safety, value, fit-and-finish and overall design.

Here’s what they had to say about the 2013 Acura RDX:

“The Acura RDX CUV, now in its second generation, secures its place with excellent fit-and-finish and an upscale sportiness that was lacking when the first version launched in 2006.

Editors rave about the RDX’s copious cargo hold, comfortable back seat and durable materials that should hold up well against the inherent abuse that comes from young families. Acura outsold Audi, Cadillac, Infiniti and Volvo in 2012 in the U.S., and the RDX interior demonstrates that Honda’s luxury brand can compete with the best.” – Tom Murphy, WardsAuto

See the full list and report at wardsauto.com.

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Acura Ranked 4th in 2013 J.D. Power Customer Service Index Study

Posted by   on March 13th, 2013 No comments

Acura Advance

For the fifth consecutive year, Acura is ranked fourth out of eleven luxury brands in J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Customer Service Index (CSI) Study. Based on a 1,000-point scale, Acura received a score of 852, which is above the Luxury Brand average score of 846.

“The study examines satisfaction among vehicle owners who visit a service department for maintenance or repair work. The CSI rankings are based on dealer service performance during the first three years of new-vehicle ownership, which typically represents the majority of the vehicle warranty period. Five measures are examined to determine overall satisfaction with dealer service (listed in order of importance): service quality; service initiation; service advisor; service facility; and vehicle pick-up.”

Visit www.jdpower.com for the full press release.

[Source: J.D. Power and Associates]

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