2017 Acura MDX

Jan 21st
Just like that one friend on Facebook who keeps shuffling through myriad profile pictures, luxury-car companies are always introducing new front grilles. Acura, a brand that struggles with identity issues, is the latest to do so, just as we were starting to get used to its previous design, an inelegant shield most commonly referred to as a beak. The three-row…
2016 Acura RDX

Jan 20th
Acura was the first Japanese carmaker to challenge the luxury establishment, rolling into the big-bucks banquet in 1986 with a bold corporate mantra: “Precision Crafted Performance.” Yet it didn’t take long for Honda’s luxury division to stray from that lofty credo and embark on a meandering identity quest that’s only now beginning to show tiny glimpses of returning to its…
2014 Acura RLX Hybrid

Jan 10th
When the first Honda Insight beat the first Toyota Prius to market a decade and a half ago, Big H created a new vehicle segment in the U.S. and catapulted gas-electric vehicles into the mainstream. We probably don’t need to tell you that sales of such fuel sippers subsequently exploded or that the Prius became the darling of the segment,…
2016 Acura ILX

Dec 26th
Upon first hearing Acura officials refer to the 2016 ILX as “The Gateway,” we imagine something ominous, like hooking kids on smack or opening a portal to a demonic underworld. Recalling our first go-round with this slight sedan in our long-term fleet, however, either option seems too weighty. And sure enough, the nice (or is that nicest?) people from Honda’s…
2014 Acura RLX

Nov 28th
Why was the old Acura RL so firmly nailed to dealership floors, with just 379 sold last year? That’s easy. It was too small. Its back seat was so tight that rear riders could practically adjust the stereo, could possibly even drink from the front cup holders with a long-enough straw. Too in thrall to Honda’s minor-key virtues of frugality and…
2015 Acura TLX

Nov 20th
Motorsport is the ultimate proving ground—and marketing tool—for performance cars, including those from BMW, Cadillac, and Porsche, to name a few. Honda’s luxury brand also fits into that group as it tries to polish its image with specially built Acura TLX racing sedans that compete with Nissan GT-Rs, Cadillac ATS-Vs, and Ferrari 458 Italias in the Pirelli World Challenge. Unlike…
2017 Acura MDX Hybrid

Nov 19th
The promise of hybrid technology is that it can make vehicles better—more efficient, superior in performance, and more satisfying to drive. But that hybrid halo often is held on by bobby pins and duct tape. In many luxury hybrids, off-the-rack gasoline-electric technology can make for an underwhelming, slow-witted driving experience, even if they sometimes are objectively quicker than their less…
2009 Acura RL

Nov 14th
Acura kicked its sleepy RL in the fanny with a 2005 redesign that ended the era of the Japanese Lincoln. Stone-sharpened styling, a 300-hp V-6, and a newfangled, yaw-inducing all-wheel-drive system suddenly made the RL a switchback hound among $50,000 luxury sedans.Dandelions grew at dealers. Sales have slipped every year since 2005, to a low of 6262 cars last year.…
2015 Acura ILX

Nov 11th
Although Acura’s current buzz centers on the new TLX mid-size sedan and the upcoming NSX sports car, the luxury brand’s lineup still starts with the entry-level ILX. An all-new 2016 version will bow soon and the update can’t come soon enough: After spending 40,000 miles with both a long-term 2013 ILX 2.4 and a 2013 Honda Accord Sport, we concluded…
2014 Acura RDX

Nov 10th
There’s been a lot of griping—yup, including some from us—regarding the about-face Acura pulled with its second-gen RDX. With a willing turbocharged four-cylinder, a torque-vectoring rear differential, and typically sharp Acura responses, the first generation was the driver’s compact crossover. However, just as someone who brings up having kids on a first date tends not to get a second date,…
2017 Acura NSX

Nov 9th
If a 3868-pound, all-wheel-drive hybrid strikes you as a curious sequel to the original bantamweight NSX, you’re not alone. As vehicle-performance lead engineer Jason Widmer tells it, the initial prospect of a gas-electric NSX caused as much hand-wringing within Honda’s hallways as raised eyebrows outside them. In the early days of the new car, NSX mules consistently laid down faster…
2016 Acura MDX

Nov 9th
The 2016 version of Acura’s bestselling model may look the same as last year’s, but there’s a lot going on behind that chiseled visage. For starters, the MDX crossover gets a new ZF nine-speed automatic transmission. Adding three more cogs creates a wider ratio spread than in the previous model’s six-speed, ostensibly helping to keep the MDX’s 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6…
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