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PostHeaderIcon Acura ARX-05 DPi Officially Unveiled

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Prior to its public debut at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, the new Acura ARX-05 DPi race car stops by the internet to show off its cool new looks. The machine is a Daytona Prototype International (DPi) to be fielded by Team Penske in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  

Acura ARX-05 DPi also marks the return of the brand to endurance prototype racing, a field they have been active in on and off since 1991. The new car is built on the proven ORECA 07 chassis but gets a completely new look that reflects the design philosophy of Acura with highlights such as Jewel Eye headlights. It even gets a production-based engine, the race-proven AR35TT twin-turbocharged engine, based on the production 3.5-liter V-6 that powers the Acura MDX, RDX, TLX and RLX models.

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“Right from the start, Acura has raced – and done so successfully,” said Art St. Cyr, President of HPD and Acura Motorsports. “We’ve won with the Acura Integra Type R, the RSX, the first-generation NSX and with the Le Mans prototypes. Most recently, we’ve won with the new Acura NSX GT3. The ARX-05 is our fifth-generation prototype, and we expect great things from our partnership with Team Penske.”

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PostHeaderIcon Acura RLX

Introduced in 2013, the RLX is one of Acura’s newest nameplates. Designed to replace the severely outdated second-generation RL, the RLX was received with mixed reviews. While praised for its powerful V-6, hybrid drivetrains, and technology, the full-size sedan was criticized for its bland looks and relatively high prices compared to its rivals. This is probably why Acura is introducing a new styling for the RLX only four years after the original model hit the market. The redesigned sedan was just previewed ahead of the Monterey Car Week, where it will make its public debut on August 15.

Although a four-year-old vehicle usually gets a mild facelift, the RLX was redesigned from the ground up on the outside, now reflecting the company’s new Precision Crafted Performance styling language. Granted, the interior carries over unchanged save for additional equipment and the drivetrain options all have the same specifications, but Acura solved one of the RLX’s biggest issues: the dull design. Let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Acura RLX

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How cool it would be owning a family sedan that was inspired by the NSX supercar? Well, that is what this new 2018 Acura RLX facelift is all about. Powered by a 377 horsepower hybrid powertrain, performance all-wheel-drive and an aggressive new design put the new RLX in a class of its own, and it’s such a high class it warrants a Monterey debut. 

That’s right, 2018 Acura RLX will make its public debut during the prestigious Monterey Automotive Week, August 15-19. If you are going you can see it at the Carmel-By-The Sea Concours on the Avenue on Tuesday, August 15 and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, on Friday, August 18. Acura calls the new RLX the “most sophisticated and best performing Acura sedan ever,” which is what you would expect it to be what with those NSX-inspired specs.

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2018 RLX comes with a direct-injected V-6 with three electric motors and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive mated to a new 10-speed Automatic Transmission (10AT). That is a helluva recipe, but, as seen with the NSX, it could prove kind of too good for its own goodin the sense that it won’t offer much in the way of a sporty feel. But the performance will no doubt be mind-boggling. Acura is yet to reveal the performance figures for this car.

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As for the other highlights, 2018 Acura RLX facelift features Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, and AcuraWatch including Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

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PostHeaderIcon Acura ARX-05 Prototype Set for Quail Debut

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Acura expands its motorsport activities further by returning to prototype racing with a new sports car to be introduced at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering later this month. The 2018 Acura ARX-05 Prototype race car will be fielded next season by Team Penske in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Following its debut at the Quail, Acura ARX-05 will then make guest appearances at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The first outing of the ARX as an official competition car will take place in January 2018 at Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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The ARX in Acura ARX-05 Prototype’s name stands for Acura Racing eXperimental, and the 5 refers to the fact that its the fifth generation of these car to hit the track. The return to prototype racing for Acura is on the line with the company’s plans for introducing new and increasingly sportier production car, which is probably why they trusted the design of the new ARX to the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, Calif. under the auspices of Dave Marek, Acura global creative director. The whole program is being conducted by Honda Performance Development, the racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura ARX-05 Prototype Set for Quail Debut

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Acura expands its motorsport activities further by returning to prototype racing with a new sports car to be introduced at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering later this month. The 2018 Acura ARX-05 Prototype race car will be fielded next season by Team Penske in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Following its debut at the Quail, Acura ARX-05 will then make guest appearances at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The first outing of the ARX as an official competition car will take place in January 2018 at Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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The ARX in Acura ARX-05 Prototype’s name stands for Acura Racing eXperimental, and the 5 refers to the fact that its the fifth generation of these car to hit the track. The return to prototype racing for Acura is on the line with the company’s plans for introducing new and increasingly sportier production car, which is probably why they trusted the design of the new ARX to the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, Calif. under the auspices of Dave Marek, Acura global creative director. The whole program is being conducted by Honda Performance Development, the racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura NSX GT3 To Be Sold Globally

In case you were somehow unaware, let me be the first to tell ya – GT3 racing is an awesome spectacle. Imagine a long line of production-based competition vehicles hailing from some of the biggest names in automotive performance. Forget the V-8-powered metal shells of NASCAR and the unobtanium spaceships of Formula 1 – GT cars are actually somewhat recognizable as iterations of their street-legal counterparts, plus the requisite aero enhancements, of course. For well-heeled individuals interested in playing race car driver, the GT3 class makes for a tempting adventure, especially with all the customer racing options now offered direct from the factory. Now, Acura is sweetening the pot with this – the NSX GT3 race car, available to anyone with an extra $500,000 to burn and an insatiable need for speed.

Offered for purchase globally in anticipation of the 2018 race season, the NSX GT3 is close in spec to the street machine, but with some notable differences – for example, the hybrid AWD system was replaced with RWD and gas-only power. Honda Performance Development is taking orders now, starting at 465,000 Euros, or $546,491 at current exchange rates (07/28/2017). North American buyers are directed to browse AcuraClientRacing.com, while MUGEN2 is handling sales in Japan. Buyers in the rest of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East are advised to contact JAS Motorsport. Acura and Honda are also offering customers access to “parts and service,” as well as “training and engineering services,” if needed. Read on for more info on the car.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda/Acura NSX GT3 Race Car Now on Sale

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Honda/Acura announced the highly anticipated 2018 NSX GT3 customer race car is now available to order by qualified customers for the 2018 Motorsport season. Sold through JAS Motorsport in Europe, HPD in North America and by Mugen in Japan at a base price of €465,000, the GT3 may not be the best car on the grid next year, but it’ll certainly be the best looking. 

Racing with the Honda/Acura NSX GT3, eligible to race in more than two dozen FIA-sanctioned race events around the world, will cost you around half a million Euro just to begin with. Then there is the parts and sales, training and engineering services you’ll have to pay for. But the good new is Honda supplies all of that so you don’t have to shop around.

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As for the technical specs, Honda/Acura NSX GT3 boasts a production-based 3.5-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 racing engine with the block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system changed for competition and mated to a six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox and backed by racing chassis and aerodynamic package. The car’s development has been undertaken as a collaborative project over the past three years that has also included HPD since the end of 2015 with over 85,000km of race and test mileage completed. An initial batch of 12 cars will be produced in time for the start of the 2018 race season.

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The 2018 NSX GT3 will be eligible for:

  • The Blancpain GT Series, Nurburgring 24 Hour race in Europe;
  • The Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA SportsCar series in North America;
  • The Blancpain GT Asia Series and GT Asia championship
  • Super GT’s GT300 class in Japan
  • The Australian GT Championship
  • Intercontinental GT Challenge

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PostHeaderIcon What Do The New NSX Patents Tell Us?

Patent drawings of cars are always fun when they’re leaked because they, directly or indirectly, provide a window into an automaker’s plans for a specific model. It’s certainly no shock then that these new patent drawings from Honda have created quite a buzz in our circles, largely because it looks incredibly like the NSX sports car. First spotted by Autoguide, these patents have been registered and published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office and while they don’t reveal anything specific as to what Honda’s plans are, it does point us in a direction where we could be seeing another Honda sports car in the works. Could it be a smaller version of the NSX as many people seem to think it is? Or could it be something else entirely, perhaps even the long-rumored successor to the Honda S2000?

These are very interesting questions that only Honda can answer over time. What appears clear at this point though is that the automaker isn’t content with just having one full-spec sports car in its portfolio. It figures that there’s a move to add to the NSX given how rival automakers have made similar pushes to beef up their own sports car lineups. Add that to Honda admitting that its dealerships have become more demonstrative in their requests for more sports cars wearing the Honda badge and it’s clear that there’s a groundswell of support coming from all sides for a new Honda sports car to enter the fray. There are plenty of questions that need to be answered though before anything concrete can be laid out on the table. Join us then as we try to answer some of them.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura RDX

The Acura RDX was technically Acura’s first true compact SUV/crossover after the MDX completely outgrew the segment. The RDX came to be in 2007 and was replaced by a second-generation model in 2013. It took on a facelift in 2016, but for some reason, Acura stayed with its typical beak design – a big letdown for most – but it was at least brought up to speed with the rest of the models in the lineup. All of that is about to change in the near future, though, as Acura has been working on the third-gen RDX and we finally have proof thanks to this first round of spy shots that we have been blessed with.

Of course, Acura is trying to keep things as secretive as possible right now, so there’s so much camo and padding that we can’t make out much, but it should be quite revolutionary when taking into account the changes that have been brought forth with the new Civic, MDX, and the TLX. The most important aspect will be a new grille up front, but new engines should surface, and the interior should get a nice reworking as well.
And, while we can’t make out much of what the upcoming RDX has in store for us, it has to be something great because the competition in this segment isn’t a joke. We’re talking about names like the Audi Q5, the BMW X3, Land Rover Evoque, and the Mercedes GLC. So, we’re clearly talking about some heavy hitters, and Acura needs to come to the ring ready to box and go a full 15 if the third-gen RDX is going to have a fighting chance. So, with that said, let’s take a good look at this first round of spy shots, and speculate a little bit about what we’re going to see when the 2019 Acura RDX makes its debut next year.

PostHeaderIcon What’s The Best Upscale Performance Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

The sport sedan – talk about a hotly contested segment. Almost every major automaker out there has one, but as you might expect, not all are created equal. And that’s where we come in, armed with a boatload of facts and figures to help rank the various entries from best to worst. Of course, more attentive TopSpeed readers out there are sure to point out that this is a topic we’ve covered before, most recently in a comparison piece looking at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But unlike that last article, which focused on luxury cars with a sporty flavor, this piece will instead focus on cars that place a greater emphasis on performance, with luxury as a secondary priority. As such, we’re picking apart the Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Cadillac ATS, Subaru WRX STI, and Volvo S60. Sure, there’s overlap, but in this crowd, the effort is made more for grins behind the wheel than backside coddling.

That isn’t to say these cars aren’t comfortable – indeed, each offers a fair amount of upscale treatment, some more so than others. That said, we weighed performance much more heavily this time around, giving otherwise more spartan models a shot at the top of the list. So how do we place these five four-doors? Read on to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Acura TLX Pricing and Specs

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Acura announced today the official pricing for the 2018 Acura TLX in the American market. The sporty sedan with its refreshed looks, upgraded equipment and new A-Spec trim level starts at $33,000 but depending on the engine and trim and optional package can go up to $45,750.

For the 33 grand 2018 Acura TLX you get a decently equipped car with a 2.4-liter, 206-horsepower i-VTEC mated to an 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter. Going up to $36,200 will buy you a TLX with a 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower i-VTEC V6 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4 liter models come with Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer, while V6 models can optioned with two or four wheel drive. TLX 2.4-liter models can be equipped with the Technology Package, while V6 models are available with the Technology, A-Spec or Advance Packages.

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As for what makes the S-Spec such as star with a $42,800 starting price, highlight include a matte-black diamond pentagon grille with dark chrome surround, an aggressive lower front fascia with broad center air opening flanked by round LED fog lights, and a dark appearance for the Jewel Eye LED headlights, 19 inch wheels in Shark Gray paint, gloss-black decklid spoiler, “smoked” LED taillights, and an exclusive fascia featuring a lower diffuser accented by 4-inch round dual exhaust finishers. Moving inside you get aggressively bolstered front seats with high-contrast stitching and piping; red LED ambient light piping; red driver’s meter highlights; black headliner and pillar treatment; brushed aluminum-look instrument panel garnish; and an exclusive, thick-rimmed steering wheel with A-Spec badging.

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2018 Acura TLX Pricing and EPA Ratings
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TLX 2.4L 8DCT3 23 / 33 / 27 $33,000
TLX 2.4L with Technology Package 8DCT 23 / 33/ 27 $36,700
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TLX 3.5L 9AT 20 / 32 / 24 $36,200
TLX 3.5L with Technology Package 9AT 20 / 32 / 24 $39,900
TLX 3.5L A-Spec 9AT 20 / 30 / 23 $42,800
TLX 3.5L with Advance Package 9AT 20 / 32 / 24 $43,750
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD 9AT 21 / 30 / 24 $38,200
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD with Technology Package 9AT 21 / 30 / 24 $41,900
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD A-Spec 9AT 20 / 29 / 23 $44,800
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD with Advance Package 9AT 21 / 30 / 24 $45,750

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PostHeaderIcon Acura Takes Aim at the Chinese Market by Showing Off a Prototype of the TLX-L at Shanghai

The Acura TLX fights for dominance in a tough segment with models like the BMW 3 Series, Alfa Romeo Giulia, and Mercedes C-Class, among others. It’s a war-torn battlefield where models must be updated frequently to keep up, and things are always changing. As such, Acura has stayed on top of its game with the TLX, and just a few years after being introduced, it has gone through a facelift that brought about a new look to the front and rear, including the new Precision grille, lots of LED lights, and some updated technology inside to help it stay relevant. The updated TLX debuted at the New York Auto show, and just days later, Acura pulled the sheet off of another TLX – this time in prototype form with a longer wheelbase.

Obviously, Acura is trying to judge public interest in a LWB TLX in the one market that glorifies long vehicles with excessive room in the rear. It’s a status symbol, really, and the TLX in longer form should be more than sufficient for the wealthy Chinese businessman who would rather be driven. Acura hasn’t said much about this prototype and has only released a couple of images. The exterior is identical to the model we saw here in the U.S., with the exception of it having an extra-long roof, kick panels, and rear door. How much longer is it? Well, Acura didn’t say, but judging its length by the pictures provided, I’m guessing it’s somewhere around 4.5-inches longer. That should boost rear legroom up to around 38.5-inches, up from 34.5-inches in the standard model. There’s no word on any interior changes outside of the potential for extra legroom, but I suspect Acura would cater to the Chinese market well and offer plenty of rear-seat amenities like reclining seats, leg rests, rear infotainment, etc…

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PostHeaderIcon Acura Takes Aim at the Chinese Market by Showing Off a Prototype of the TLX-L at Shanghai

The Acura TLX fights for dominance in a tough segment with models like the BMW 3 Series, Alfa Romeo Giulia, and Mercedes C-Class, among others. It’s a war-torn battlefield where models must be updated frequently to keep up, and things are always changing. As such, Acura has stayed on top of its game with the TLX, and just a few years after being introduced, it has gone through a facelift that brought about a new look to the front and rear, including the new Precision grille, lots of LED lights, and some updated technology inside to help it stay relevant. The updated TLX debuted at the New York Auto show, and just days later, Acura pulled the sheet off of another TLX – this time in prototype form with a longer wheelbase.

Obviously, Acura is trying to judge public interest in a LWB TLX in the one market that glorifies long vehicles with excessive room in the rear. It’s a status symbol, really, and the TLX in longer form should be more than sufficient for the wealthy Chinese businessman who would rather be driven. Acura hasn’t said much about this prototype and has only released a couple of images. The exterior is identical to the model we saw here in the U.S., with the exception of it having an extra-long roof, kick panels, and rear door. How much longer is it? Well, Acura didn’t say, but judging its length by the pictures provided, I’m guessing it’s somewhere around 4.5-inches longer. That should boost rear legroom up to around 38.5-inches, up from 34.5-inches in the standard model. There’s no word on any interior changes outside of the potential for extra legroom, but I suspect Acura would cater to the Chinese market well and offer plenty of rear-seat amenities like reclining seats, leg rests, rear infotainment, etc…

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PostHeaderIcon Acura TLX A-Spec Proves You Don't need an M or AMG Badge to Look Good

Acura debuted an updated TLX in New York today that featured a new precision grille, updated fascias, a new hood, and an updated infotainment system. The Technology and Advanced packages also bring even more value with new features. But, alongside that updated TLX, sits an all-new trim and it’s TLX you really want to pay attention to. It doesn’t offer any engine upgrades, but it comes standard with the 24-valve, 3.5-liter, V-6 that delivers 290 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. It’s not the power delivery that sets the A-Spec apart from the bunch, though. See, the A-Spec can be had in two-wheel drive or with Acura’s SH-AWD system, and it gets its unique look – a look that will make you think twice about considering something with an M or AMG badge on it.

To start things off, the new A-Spec gets an updated front fascia that combines the TLX’s new look with deeply recessed corner vents and a sporty air dam up front. The corner vents, air dam, and that new precision grille are outlined with a gloss-black trim insert that helps assert a strikingly aggressive look that stands out in this segment. Round fog lights tie things together for the front, but as you move to the side, there’s even more. The fender gets its own unique A-spec badge, while the side view mirrors get gloss black arms. Down below, the A-spec has updated and mildly aggressive side skirts. The trim around the windows on the A-spec are also finished in gloss black. The real conversation piece here, however, are the dark-finish, 19-inch wheels that are exclusive to this model only and are wrapped in 245-series rubber.

Around back, a black spoiler graces the rear deck lid, while a new diffuser-like element in gloss-black adds a bit of aggression to the rear. Large, exhaust outlets can be found on each corner, with a slight angle toward the outer corners. There’s some modification under the metal and inside too, so keep reading to learn more about that.


PostHeaderIcon Acura Snarls at Germany with a viciously redesigned TLX

The TLX isn’t even out of the toddler stages yet, but it’s already asserting its dominance in a segment that contains models like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, and even models like the Jaguar XE and Alfa Romeo Giulia. With a segment full of heavy hitters, you have to stay fresh and alert, and when the doors opened at the 2018 New York Auto Show, it’s clear that Acura is doing just that with the TLX. The new front fascia provides distinctive lines with a fresh look down below. The corner inserts get new LED fog lights and chrome surrounding trim. This is the icing on the cake, however, as the new precision grille stands out indefinitely in comparison to the current model. It’s wider, taller, and outlined in a healthy dose of chrome. Tying the whole front end together is a new hood with muscular lines and a pair of updated Jewel Eye headlights.

The side profile gets a new chrome insert along the side skirts while the rear end gets a restyled fascia with a diffuser-like element at the bottom, two rectangular exhaust outlets, and a pair of chrome inserts that match those on the front fascia. These updates definitely make the car more attractive, but also give the TLX a significant advantage over the competition. But, there’s more. All V-6 models can now be equipped with SH-AWD while the Technology Package now offers those chrome side sill garnishing, new seats with contrast piping and stitching, and a thigh extension on the driver’s seat. The Advance Package adds trapezoidal fog lights, surround view camera, wireless charging page, ambient lighting, heated steering wheel and rear outboard seats, rear spoiler, and folding side mirrors.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Acura first presented the third-generation MDX in production form at the 2013 New York Auto Show, and it went into production just a month later in Lincoln, Alabama. Offered with a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes use of variable cylinder management, and as a FWD vehicle in the U.S. for the first time, the MDX was ready to continue its battle in an overpopulated segment. But, to stay at the top of the food chain, the MDX has to remain as relevant and fresh as possible, which is why Acura gave it a fairly intensive facelift for the 2017 model year. As such, it’s more aggressive than ever and features Acura’s new Precision Grille on the outside while the interior took some minor changes to offer better refinement and space. Now, Acura is bringing an updated MDX Sport Hybrid to the market, and it offers a significant improvement in power over the range-topping, non-hybrid MDX.

To put it simply, the new MDX Hybrid uses the same three-motor setup that is found in the RLX Sport Hybrid and the Acura NSX and pushes the output for this new range-topper over the top with an extra 30 ponies and 40 percent better fuel economy in the city. That’s a pretty big deal for those of you who are concerned with fuel usage, and for those who want just a little extra oomph. The MDX Sport Hybrid is set to hit dealers starting in early April, so let’s take a closer look at it and see what it brings to the table before it gets there.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura TLX

The Acura TLX hit showrooms for the 2015 model year as a replacement for the TL and TSX sedans. After just a couple of years on the market, Acura is introducing a facelifted model for 2018 that will keep the first generation alive until at least 2021. The big new here is that the TLX is getting a new pentagonal grille that not only replaces the beak found on most Acura vehicles but is also pentagonal in shape just like the grille found on the Precision concept and the updated MDX crossover. It’s scheduled to make its debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show, but Acura has seen fit to release a teaser that shows off that new grille, along with new headlight units, and what appears to be a new fascia as well. Little else is known at this time, but Acura says we can expect “new premium features technology.

“The 2018 TLX will receive new styling elements that ratchet up its emotion and reflect Acura’s focus on Precision Crafted Performance,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura’s vice president and general manager. “Acura customers embraced the MDX when we raised its game with bold, new styling, and we’re pumped to show how we’re elevating the TLX experience.”

With that said, let’s take a good look at this teaser and speculate a little about what else we’ll see when the sheet is pulled off the refreshed TLX in just a couple of weeks.

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PostHeaderIcon You Can Now Watch Acura Build Your NSX Supercar In Front Of Your Eyes

Suppose you want to make a splurge and spend at least $157,800 on a car like the Acura NSX, it wouldn’t be outrageous to at least ask for some freebies or bonuses along the way, would it? Well, you might not have to now that Acura has launched what it calls the NSX Insider Experience that grants you access to, among other things, watch engineers and car developers build the NSX in person at the automaker’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

The whole experience of being able to watch the NSX come to life is one of many offers Acura is dangling as part of the experience. There’s also the opportunity to go to a test track – in this case, the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio – and learn the skills needed to drive the 573-horsepower hybrid performance car on the track with a professional driver on-hand to provide assistance on the session. Other options like a visit to Honda’s Heritage Center, also in Marysville, can also be added on top of the basic tour that comes with the whole experience.

The basic, one-day tour starts at $2,700. That’s a pretty steep price to pay for a one-day tour, but since those who do get it are likely to have already made reservations to buy an Acura NSX, I don’t think $2,700 should be too much of a problem. There are options, though (like the aforementioned visit to the Heritage Center) that can turn the one-day tour into a two-day excursion. Availing of this option gives customers a one-night stay at the Joseph Hotel in Columbus, Ohio where a concierge will be tasked to arrange the entire itinerary.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura MDX – Driven

The Acura MDX has been roaming streets since the turn of the new millennium. It has held fairly strong sales numbers, with 2014 being its best year with 65,603 examples finding homes. That makes since, as the 2014 model year marked the first year of the current generation. But sales have slowly slipped, with Acura only moving 49,252 MDX models in the first 11 months of 2016. However, the three-row crossover has a new hope – a heavily refreshed face for the 2017 model year.

The new MDX looses the unloved “shield” or “beak,” as some called it, trading it in favor of a pentagonal grille with a massive Acura logo affixed front and center. It takes after the Acura Precision Concept. A revised rear fascia and chrome rocker panels further add a level of luxury not present before.

Matching the updated looks are a slew of updated safety systems. AcuraWatch is now standard on every MDX, and includes Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Thanks to these new systems, along with the LED headlights that scored an “Acceptable” rating with the IIHS, the MDX made the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ list for 2017.

The underpinnings continue almost unchanged, however, including the 3.5-liter V-6, nine-speed automatic transmission, and Acura’s available Super Handling AWD system. That’s not a big deal, as the V-6 continues to offer excellent power and efficiency. The i-VTEC and direct-injection 3.5-liter makes 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque while achieving 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined on models equipped with SH-AWD.

To get a feel of the refreshed 2017 MDX, Acura sent me an example to test for a week. I used it as a daily driver – chauffeuring the kid to school, picking up groceries, and making runs across town. Here are my thoughts and impressions.

Continue reading for the full driven review.


PostHeaderIcon 2017 Acura MDX Quick Look: Rear Seats

Acura has given its MDX three-row crossover a heavy refresh for the 2017 model year. Things inside haven’t changed much, but the MDX still sports a rather attractive interior that is also extremely functional. Case in point: the rear seats.

The 2017 MDX is parked in my driveway this week and I’ve fallen in love with how simple and user friendly the rear seat area is. Not only is there a ton of space for five people in the second and third rows, but getting into and out of them is extremely simple. Much of that is thanks to Acura’s electronic push-button fold and slide feature for the second row. Two buttons are given for the purpose – one down low within easy reach for kids and one up high near the shoulder support. Just press the button and the electronic latches disengage and the 60/40-split bench tilts and slides forward.

This gives ample access to the third row’s two-person seating. A gentile push moves the second row seat back into place, locking firmly into its floor tracks. What’s more, the action even works with a child seat attached to the LATCH system. Just be sure to take the baby out first. When it comes time to disembark, the passengers in the third row can easily push the high-mounted button on the second row’s seatback.

Comfort for second row passengers ranks high on the scale. The seatbacks can recline a good ways with the pull of manual lever mounted on the outboard of the seat base. Pull the lever with an empty seat, and the seat back folds forward to a flat loading area.

The third row also folds flat with a simple lever action. Even moms and dads who skip the gym can effortlessly raise the third row via the same grab handles. When flat, the MDX offers roughly 90 cubic feet of cargo room. Behind the third row, there is still slightly more than 15 cubic feet of room. A covered storage bin resides under the rear load floor and is the perfect place for random odds and ends. Acura did a really great job designing an easy to use seating arrangement and cargo area.

Also noteworthy, 2017 brings four 2.5-amp USB ports for quick charging of portable devices. Two reside below the second row’s HVAC controls on the rear of the center console. The other two are located inside the center console and next to a 1.5-amp USB port that connects to the infotainment system. There are five USB ports in total. It seems Acura understands the modern, connected customer.

Stay tuned for more spotlight reviews and a full driven review of the 2017 Acura MDX.


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