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2019 Acura MDX Arrives with Luxury and Performance Upgrades Plus First A-Spec Variant

  • Best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all-time boosts luxury appeal with upgraded interior and expanded color palette
  • A-Spec sport appearance package available for the first time on MDX
  • Available Active Damper System and wider wheel & tire option improve dynamic experience
  • 9-speed automatic transmission enhanced for smoother, more fluid acceleration feel

The 2019 Acura MDX arrives in dealerships today boasting upgraded interior fitment, new available premium exterior colors, drivability and dynamics enhancements, and an A-Spec sport appearance package. The 2019 MDX with standard AcuraWatch® technology and available Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) carries a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $44,300 (excluding $995 destination and handling) while the new MDX A-Spec starts at $54,800 with standard SH-AWD®. The 2019 MDX lineup will be further strengthened by the arrival of the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid, going on-sale next month.

With nearly a million units sold since its inception, the MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time2. It is the only three-row luxury SUV in segment with six straight years of more than 50,000 sales3, and is the #1 retail-selling three-row model in segment year-to-date4.

Interior and Exterior – More Luxury, More Choices

Building on a major design refresh in 2017 and key technology updates in 2018, the 2019 Acura MDX comes with new interior enhancements designed to up the luxury quotient. New features include available authentic Desert Olive Ash wood trim, high-contrast seat and door panel stitching, and contrasting front seat side garnishes. Driver and front passenger seats now feature standard 4-way power lumbar adjustments, while the Technology and Entertainment packages receive an updated second-row seat configuration, allowing easy passage to the third row. The MDX with Advance Package adds trim-exclusive matching wood center console trim.

The 2019 MDX expands its color palette to a total of nine options, including a rich new Gunmetal Metallic and four new available premium colors—Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic and the A-Spec-exclusive Apex Blue Pearl.

Newly-designed 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels grace the Advance Package with a machine finish and Shark Grey accents, gaining a half-inch in width (up from 8.0 inches) and shod with wider 265/45-series tires (up from 245/50). MDXs with the Advance Package also gain body-color lower garnishes.

A-Spec Variant Joins MDX

For the 2019 model, MDX adds an all-new A-Spec sport appearance variant. Available exclusively with Acura’s torque-vectoring Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), A-Spec features a more athletic stance highlighted by exclusive half-inch wider 20-inch Shark Grey aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in low profile 265/45-series tires. An aggressive new front fascia, body-color lower sills, larger-diameter exhaust finishers, as well as gloss-black and dark chrome trim for the headlights, grille, window surround and rear tailgate spoiler further distinguish the MDX A-Spec.

Interior enhancements feature sport seats trimmed in rich red or black leather with black Alcantara™ inserts, high-contrast stitching, unique A-Spec gauges, sport pedals, Alcantara door inserts, gloss-black trim, a thicker-rimmed A-Spec-badged steering wheel with paddle shifters, and an exclusive A-Spec door step garnish.

Performance, Ride and Handling Refined

The 2019 MDX with Advance package is now available with Acura’s Active Damper System (ADS), previously available only on the MDX Sport Hybrid, offering both ride comfort and handling advantages while further expanding the dynamic “range” of the driver-selectable Integrated Dynamics System.

The responsive 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC® 24-valve V6 engine continues to power MDX with 290 peak horsepower (SAE net) and 267 lb.-ft. peak torque (SAE net), in either standard front-wheel drive configuration, or the available SH-AWD® system. SH-AWD® delivers up to 70 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels and the ability to distribute up to 100 percent of that torque between the left and right rear wheels to optimize available traction and sharpen steering and handling response.

The 2019 model year also brings significant drivability enhancements to MDX. Its 9-speed automatic transmission gains a smoother, more fluid acceleration feel in normal driving by prioritizing second-gear starts. When demand is higher in conditions such as full-throttle acceleration, certain uphill and towing situations, and when S-mode is selected, first gear starts are then prioritized for maximum available acceleration and pulling power.

Further drivability refinements are realized via an upgraded Idle Stop feature that is now standard across the MDX lineup for 2019. System enhancements shorten engine re-start response and operational smoothness via a new brake pressure trigger and software upgrades, resulting in a more natural, seamless feel.

The 2019 MDX with front-wheel drive has an EPA fuel economy rating of 20/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)5, A-Spec is rated at 19/25/21, and all other models with SH-AWD® have an EPA rating of 19/26/22 mpg (city/highway/combined)2.

Standard Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology  

All 2019 MDX trims will come standard with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

In addition to AcuraWatch technology, all MDX’s boast a comprehensive array of active and passive safety features, including Acura’s Advance Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, advanced front, side, and side-curtain airbags, front pre-tensioning seatbelts, 4-channel anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

2019 MDX Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim MSRP6 MSRP6
Including $995 Destination Charge
EPA MPG Rating
(city/highway/combined)5
MDX (FWD) $44,300 $45,295 20/27/23
MDX (FWD) with Technology Package $49,300 $50,295 20/27/23
MDX (FWD) with Technology & Entertainment Packages $51,300 $52,295 20/27/23
MDX (FWD) with Advance Package $56,050 $57,045 20/27/23
MDX (FWD) with Advance & Entertainment Packages $58,050 $59,045 20/27/23
MDX (SH-AWD) $46,300 $47,295 19/26/22
MDX (SH-AWD) with Technology Package $51,300 $52,295 19/26/22
MDX (SH-AWD) with Technology & Entertainment Packages $53,300 $54,295 19/26/22
MDX A-Spec (SH-AWD) $54,800 $55,795 19/25/21
MDX (SH-AWD) with Advance Package $58,050 $59,045 19/26/22
MDX (SH-AWD) with Advance & Entertainment Packages $60,050 $61,045 19/26/22
MDX Sport Hybrid TBA

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2017 Acura NSX Named Green Car Journal’s 2017 Luxury Green Car of the Year™

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The 2017 Acura NSX was awarded the 2017 Luxury Green Car of the Year™ distinction by Green Car Journal. The Acura NSX challenges supercar norms with cutting-edge and world-first technologies. A first-of-its-kind Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ power unit that electrifies all phases of driving – accelerating, braking and cornering – enables an unprecedented combination of performance and efficiency.

“The 2017 Acura NSX delivers the luxury of driving a sports car equally at home on the highway or the track, that also happens to have important ‘green’ credentials,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “Its advanced hybrid drivetrain, impressive aerodynamics, use of lightweight materials, and significantly improved city fuel efficiency over the previous generation are all positive testaments to its distinction as the 2017 Luxury Green Car of the Year™.”

Acura Gives TLX Racing Spirit with New GT Package

New accessories package marks Acura’s racing heritage TLX GT Package vehicle on display at SEMA

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Marking Acura’s racing heritage, the TLX luxury sports sedan can now be customized to deliver an even more aggressive and sporty appearance with the new TLX GT Package, available on all 2016 and 2017 TLX models at Acura dealers nationwide. The TLX GT package vehicle will be on display at Acura’s booth at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 1-4.

Reflecting Acura’s rich legacy in sports car racing, including its just completed campaign of the TLX GT car in the Pirelli World Challenge, the TLX GT Package includes a rear decklid spoiler, front spoiler, side sill garnishes and rear underbody spoiler, along with an optional 19-inch Diamond Cut wheel and tire kit.

The spacious five-passenger TLX delivers a blend of sports-sedan athleticism and premium luxury refinement. TLX models deliver the latest iterations of Acura precision-handling technologies – Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™), next-generation Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), and Agile Handling Assist (AHA).

The TLX is available with a range of powertrain and drivetrain options and  three distinct model offerings:

  • The TLX with 2.4-liter, 206-horsepower i-VTEC inline-4 with 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter, and P-AWS;
  • the TLX with 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower i-VTEC V-6 with 9-speed automatic transmission and P-AWS;
  • and the TLX SH-AWD with next-generation SH-AWD, powered by a 3.5-liter, 290 horsepower3 V-6 and 9-speed automatic.

All three TLX models offer a long list of standard luxury comfort, convenience and safety features. TLX models with the 2.4-liter engine can be upgraded to the Technology Package and models with the 3.5-liter engine are available with the Technology or the line-topping Advance Package.

Acura’s rich heritage in sports car racing includes the 2009 American LeMans manufacturer, driver and team championships in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes. Acura Motorsports just completed its campaign of the TLX GT in Pirelli World Challenge competition with its longtime racing partner RealTime Racing, having achieved 10 Manufacturers’ Championships, 14 Drivers’ Championships and 78 race victories.

In addition, fresh off a near production NSX winning its North American racing debut at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the Time Attack 2 class, Acura has begun homologation testing of the NSX GT3 car with plans to campaign the newest addition to Acura Motorsports in North America beginning in 2017.

To view, build and price a 2017 Acura TLX with GT Package visit www.acura.com/TLX and see your local, authorized dealer for special lease pricing and current offers.

Refreshed 2017 Acura MDX Makes World Debut in New York with Bold New Styling, Upgraded Features and Sport Hybrid Powertrain

  • 2017 MDX showcases new diamond pentagon grille first seen on the Acura Precision Concept
  • New Sport Hybrid powertrain delivers the ultimate in power and control while gaining 35 horsepower and anticipated to add 7 mpg to city fuel economy rating
  • AcuraWatch™ safety and driver assist technology to be offered as standard equipment on all 2017 MDX models

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Acura today unveiled the restyled and refreshed 2017 MDX luxury SUV featuring bold new styling, added luxury features and available Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) powertrain technology. The 2017 Acura MDX will be equipped with AcuraWatch™ on all grades, making MDX the first luxury SUV in its class to offer these advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including automatic emergency braking, as standard features. The 2017 MDX is slated to go on sale at Acura dealerships nationwide this summer and will be joined by the MDX Sport Hybrid later in the year.

Showcasing the new face of Acura, the restyled 2017 MDX is highlighted by the bold and distinctive diamond pentagon grille, first seen on the Acura Precision Concept that debuted at the North American International Auto Show in January. The new Acura grille is integrated with a more sharply sculpted hood, front fascia and front fenders coupled with new LED fog lights and restyled Jewel Eye™ headlights, which enhance the MDX’s distinctive and sporting demeanor. A new chrome rocker panel design adds an element of contrast to the MDX’s profile, while a revised rear bumper, body colored skid garnish and the addition of twin tailpipes further emphasizes the performance character of the 2017 Acura MDX.

“Upping the performance pedigree of the MDX with bold styling, our exclusive Sport Hybrid powertrain and the standard application of AcuraWatch technologies that many in the industry refer to as semi-autonomous, represents a major injection of Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “These changes will continue to advance MDX’s competitiveness and its legacy as the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time.”

All 2017 MDX models benefit from increased standard luxury and technology features, including an Electric Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, Auto High Beam headlights, SiriusXM Radio® 2.0 and four 2.5-amp USB charging ports. Technology and Advance packages add Bi-Directional Keyless Remote Engine Start, two new 20-inch wheel and tire options, power folding side mirrors, and HD Traffic. In addition to these features, Advance grades add LED fog lights, genuine Olive Ash Burl or Black Limba wood interior trim, a heated steering wheel and Surround-View Camera System with six selectable viewing angles. Advance models can also be equipped with two second-row captain’s chairs and a center console with two additional USB ports, replacing the three-person second-row seating found on lower grades.  An ultra-widescreen Rear Entertainment System is also available on models with the Advance ENT Package.

MDX Sport Hybrid

The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid is the third model to feature Acura’s innovative three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain, joining the Acura NSX supercar and RLX flagship sedan to deliver the ultimate in power and control. The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid is powered by a 3.0-liter SOHC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT) with an integrated electric motor powering the front wheels, and a Twin Motor Unit with two electric motors providing power to the rear wheels. Additionally, the system delivers electrified torque vectoring for improved straight line performance and cornering precision in combination with all-wheel-drive power application. Peak powertrain output of 325 horsepower is up 35 horsepower over the non-hybrid model. The MDX Sport Hybrid is anticipated to receive EPA fuel economy ratings of 25/26/26 (city/highway/combined), an estimated 7-mpg city fuel economy rating increase over the (non-hybrid) MDX with SH-AWD.

The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid will be available with Technology and Advance packages. Both add a new Active Sport Suspension that delivers improved ride quality, handling performance and is integrated with the Integrated Dynamics System featuring the dynamic modes of Comfort, Normal and Sport, and exclusive to Sport Hybrid models, a new Sport+mode.

AcuraWatch Standard

All 2017 MDX models receive the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technology as standard equipment, 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 (LSF) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). AcuraWatch uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera sensing technology to detect other vehicles as well as lane markings and can help intervene to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision. Moreover, with Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist, AcuraWatch can significantly decrease the driver’s workload during freeway cruising by maintaining a set speed and following interval, initiating both braking and throttle inputs, and adding steering input to help the driver maintain their position in the detected lane.

The Acura MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time and Acura’s best-selling SUV, with sales topping 50,000 units in each of the past three years. The 2017 MDX was designed by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif., developed and engineered at the R&D center in Raymond, Ohio, and will continue to be produced at the company’s Lincoln, Ala. auto plant using domestic and globally sourced parts. In early 2017, an additional production source for MDX will be added at the East Liberty, Ohio auto plant.

For More Information

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2016 Acura TLX – Hot-Selling Luxury Sports Sedan Returns with Unique Blend of Athleticism and Premium Luxury Refinement

Sustained sales success and several key awards speak to TLX popularity, premium features, performance and prestige

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Fast on the heels of a very successful first year, the Acura TLX will enter 2016 with great momentum when it goes on sale September 24 with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $31,6951 for the TLX with 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and $35,750 for the same model with the Technology Package. The MSRPs for all five models with the 9-speed automatic transmission are unchanged from mid-model year 2015. The TLX garnered the admiration of luxury sports sedan drivers and critics alike with its combination of proportion, prestige, performance and luxury, leading to robust sales and industry awards.

The 2015 Acura TLX was recognized for its successful blend of style, performance and advanced technology with a 2015 Best Cars for the Money award from U.S. News & World Report, topping the Upscale Midsize Car category, and with a 2015 Best Value award from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in the Best New/Redesigned Car in the $40,000-$50,000 category. The Acura brand was also named the 2015 Best Retained Value® Luxury Brand by Edmunds.com for its outstanding projected resale value after five years of ownership.

“The success of TLX in its initial year on the market has been instrumental in Acura’s resurgence as a luxury sedan manufacturer,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager, Acura Division. “The unique combination of proportion, prestige and performance is a hallmark of all Acura vehicles, from the gateway ILX luxury sedan to the MDX three-row luxury SUV and, of course, the upcoming next-generation NSX supercar.”

Developed under the theme of Red Carpet Athlete, the TLX delivers a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan athleticism and premium (red-carpet) luxury refinement. On the performance side, TLX models are powered by two high-output direct-injected i-VTEC engines; two advanced transmissions, including a Dual Clutch Transmission with torque converter; and the latest iterations of Acura precision-handling technologies – Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™), next-generation Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), and Agile Handling Assist (AHA).

The TLX also was designed to appeal to a broader cross-section of luxury sports-sedan customers, with a wider range of powertrain and drivetrain options.  There are three distinct TLX model offerings:

  • The TLX with 2.4-liter, 206-horsepower2 i-VTEC inline-4 with 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter, and P-AWS;
  • The TLX with 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower3 i-VTEC V-6 with 9-speed automatic transmission and P-AWS;
  • And the TLX SH-AWD with next-generation SH-AWD, available with the 3.5-liter, 290 horsepower3 V-6 and 9-speed automatic.

All three TLX models carry a long list of standard luxury comfort, convenience and safety features. TLX models with the 2.4-liter engine can be upgraded to the Technology package and models with the 3.5-liter engine are available with Technology or the line-topping Advance Package. View, build and price a 2016 Acura TLX at acura.com/tlx.

TRIM MSRP1 Anticipated EPA MPG Rating 4
(city/highway/combined)
TLX 2.4L $31,695 24/35/28
TLX 2.4L with Technology Package $35,750 24/35/28
TLX 3.5L $35,320 21/34/25
TLX 3.5L with Technology Package $39,375 21/34/25
TLX 3.5L with Advance Package $42,600 21/34/25
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD with Technology Package $41,575 21/31/25
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD with Advance Package $44,800 21/31/25

Design and Packaging
The TLX’s chassis, powertrains and precision-handling technologies are wrapped in a lithe exterior design with taut body surfaces, dynamically sculpted fender arches, and purposeful character lines. Its sporting character is emphasized by compact sports-sedan proportions.

Acura’s signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, standard on all models, lend the TLX an advanced and bright-eyed appearance while producing superior down-the-road illumination. Its LED lighting theme carries through to the LED-accented side mirrors, LED taillights and LED license plate illumination.

The TLX also features a 60/40-split folding rear seatback for greater cargo-carrying flexibility and a trunk design featuring a wide and deep opening, a low lift-over height, a fully flat cargo floor, and two optional underfloor storage compartments.

Interior
The TLX’s spacious five-passenger interior is designed and engineered to provide a high degree of refinement, luxury comfort and technological sophistication while supporting an exhilarating driving experience. High-end premium elements include a soft-touch, one-piece instrument panel upper cover, alloy and wood-grain design accents, and available Milano leather seat trim.

The TLX offers an abundance of available luxury features and technologies, including heated and ventilated front seats, HomeLink®, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Smart Entry/Push Button Start keyless access system, Acura Navigation System with 3D view, and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting. A 7-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD) touch screen, located in the center console, controls these and other features, and, with its contextual menus, displays relevant items while minimizing instrument panel clutter.

The TLX also features the next generation of AcuraLink®, Acura’s cloud-based connected car system, offering Acura owners a broad range of cloud-based and embedded convenience, connectivity and available security features. All TLX models come equipped with Siri Eyes Free technology that, when paired with a compatible iPhone, allows the driver to use the features of Siri using familiar voice commands. Additional standard and available luxury features includes one-touch turn-signals and power windows, power driver and front passenger seats, GPS-linked automatic climate control, color Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn guidance, LED accent lighting, HD Radio®, Pandora® and Aha™ integration, and HDMI and USB connectivity.

In keeping with Acura’s commitment to delivering a world-class audio experience, the TLX in Technology and Advance trims come equipped with a 490-watt, 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System, engineered specifically for the TLX by legendary recording engineer Elliot Scheiner.

TLX models featuring the 3.5-liter V-6 engine utilize an advanced Electronic Gear Selector, using an intuitive push-button array in place of a traditional gear lever, freeing up center-console space while presenting an advanced and futuristic appearance. All TLX models incorporate an Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold that, when activated, retains brake pressure when the vehicle is stopped, simplifying driving in heavy traffic or on steep hills.  

Powertrains
At the heart of the TLX’s athletic sports-sedan performance capabilities are its two powertrains, both utilizing direct-injection, i-VTEC valvetrains with variable cam phasing, and low-friction technologies to deliver higher output and linear and responsive power delivery, as well as to garner class-leading fuel-economy ratings.

The direct-injected 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC in-line 4, producing a peak 206 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft. of torque, is mated to an 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter. Featuring Sequential SportShift, closely spaced ratios, ultra-quick shifts and automatic rev-matching downshifts, the 8DCT gives the 2.4-liter TLX an aggressively sporting yet refined feel. The torque converter provides exceptionally smooth operation in stop-and-go situations, plus it offers off-the-line torque multiplication for substantially improved initial acceleration that a DCT alone cannot equal.

The direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 incorporates Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), with the ability to deactivate three of the engine’s six cylinders, for improved fuel efficiency. The aluminum-alloy 24-valve engine produces a peak 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with wide gear ratios featuring Sequential SportShift.

TLX models featuring the 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 9AT also utilize an advanced Electronic Gear Selector that replaces the traditional gear lever with an intuitive and easy-to-operate push-button array. The interface frees up center-console space while presenting an advanced and sophisticated appearance.

The TLX SH-AWD also incorporates an idle-stop capability for improved fuel efficiency.  A 28-volt Active Control engine mount significantly reduces engine vibration during restarts.

The TLX equipped with the 2.4-liter engine has an anticipated EPA fuel-economy rating of 24/35/281 mpg city/hwy/combined, among the highest for any vehicle in its class. The TLX with the 3.5-liter V-6 with P-AWS has an anticipated EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/34/251 mpg. The TLX SH-AWD has an anticipated EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/31/251.

Acura Precision-Handling Technologies
Two-wheel-drive TLX models, with either the 2.4-liter or 3.5-liter engine, come equipped with the latest iteration of Acura P-AWS. The P-AWS system was integrated into the fundamental chassis design from the earliest stages of development, allowing engineers to take full advantage of its independent left and right rear-wheel toe angle control to enhance overall handling precision, low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability.

The TLX SH-AWD features a hydraulically controlled new generation of Acura’s acclaimed torque vectoring SH-AWD®. The rear-drive unit is constantly overdriven by 2.7-percent, providing torque-vectoring effect across a broad spectrum of driving situations, enhancing cornering capability at lower speeds and in tighter-radius corners.

Near-limit and high speed maneuvering capabilities of both the P-AWS and SH-AWD models are enhanced by the use of Agile Handling Assist (AHA), which utilizes the TLX’s Vehicle Stability Assist and premium 6-piston brake modulator to create a yaw moment (a vehicle turning force), helping the driver smoothly and easily trace the desired line with smaller steering-wheel inputs. AHA stabilizes the car earlier than conventional VSA, resulting in more agile and engaging dynamic performance in everyday driving conditions.

All TLX models also feature the latest development of Acura’s Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), which allows drivers to customize their driving experience through four selectable modes – ECON, Normal, Sport and Sport+. Depending on the setting, IDS will adjust power-steering effort, throttle response, transmission shift logic, HVAC system operation, and the control logic for either the P-AWS or SH-AWD systems. The Sport+ mode, a first for Acura, unlocks the full performance potential of the TLX with the most aggressive settings in all areas.

Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies
The TLX also advances Acura’s reputation for delivering cutting-edge safety and driver-assistive technologies. The TLX deploys a cooperative monocular camera and millimeter wave radar system that expands both the fidelity and scope of the vehicle’s road-sensing capabilities. This fusion of camera and radar technology underpins the TLX’s available Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM (CMBS), which can provide enhanced car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian collision mitigation, while also enhancing the capabilities of the Adaptive Cruise Control.

The TLX utilizes Acura Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), which is included with the Advance Package. RDM uses the monocular camera to recognize painted lane lines, Botts’ Dots and Cat Eye markers to determine lane boundaries. When the vehicle’s current travelling direction would cause it to stray from a detected lane, the system warns the driver and assists by applying corrective steering input and, if required, braking force to help the driver maintain their current lane.

Additional standard and available driver-assistive features include blind spot information (BSI), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Expanded View Driver’s Side Mirror, Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM).

The TLX also employs Acura’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, along with advanced supplemental restraint systems – including front, side, side-curtain and driver’s knee airbags – to provide a high level of occupant protection in a wide spectrum of collision scenarios.

Body and Chassis
The TLX platform (body and chassis) was designed from the ground up to support and enhance the vehicle’s outstanding driving dynamics, luxury-sedan refinement, class-leading fuel efficiency and high-level collision safety performance.

The chassis features a four-wheel independent suspension system – McPherson Strut front and multi-link rear – with optimized geometry and Amplitude Reactive Dampers for improved ride comfort and handling performance. The TLX’s Motion-Adaptive Electronic Power Steering delivers a high level of steering precision and responsiveness while aiding fuel efficiency. It also works cooperatively with the vehicle’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) traction-control system to help the driver maintain vehicle control in slippery road conditions.

The TLX’s unit body utilizes advanced lightweight materials, including ultra-high-strength steels, aluminum (hood, bumper beams and front subframe) and magnesium (steering hangar beam), to minimize weight while providing for a high degree of rigidity that benefits both dynamic performance and occupant safety. Also incorporated into the body is the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) frontal body structure, and a one-piece, hot-stamped-steel door stiffener ring. The sleek body design is also optimized for class-leading aerodynamic efficiency.

For a premium interior experience, Acura engineers paid special attention to body sealing to provide a quiet and relaxing cabin experience.  This includes the application of acoustic spray foam, which is applied in 10 critical locations throughout the body. Additional noise-reducing features include triple door seals, the expanded application of body sealing and sound absorptive materials, an acoustic glass windshield, and electronic Active Noise Control (ANC).

Entire Acura Sedan Model Line Earns Top NHTSA Safety Ratings as 2016 Acura ILX Sedan Achieves 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score

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Acura continues to advance its leadership in safety performance among luxury brands with the 2016 ILX becoming the latest Acura sedan to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The 2016 Acura ILX joins the flagship RLX luxury sedani and the TLX performance-luxury sedan in earning an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA.

“As the gateway to the Acura sedan lineup, it is important the 2016 Acura ILX offer advanced safety technologies along with outstanding performance and luxury refinement,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura Division. “Acura has always been an industry leader in safety performance and we are proud the entire Acura sedan model line received the top safety ratings from NHTSA.”

One aspect of Acura’s safety performance leadership is the availability of the AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies on all models. AcuraWatch™ includes features like Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (including Forward Collision Warning), Road Departure Mitigation, a Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, as well as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist System, with sensor-fusion technology that enables new capabilities, including pedestrian sensing. AcuraWatch™ can help improve the driver’s situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, can intervene to help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. The 2016 Acura ILX offers autonomous emergency braking technology at the most affordable price point within the luxury segment.

The Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is another element of the Acura safety leadership strategy. Incorporated in the 2016 ILX, the next-generation ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to help distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, enhancing occupant protection and crash compatibility in front collisions. Unlike most conventional designs that direct frontal crash energy only to the lower load-bearing structures in the front end, Next-Generation ACE™ actively channels frontal crash energy to both upper and lower structural elements. The front wheelhouse upper member, front pillar, side sill and front floor frame are the main areas that were reinforced to improve performance in small-offset frontal collisions on the 2016 ILX.

Reimagined for the 2016 model year with significant styling, performance and feature updates, the ILX is a part of the industry’s fastest-growing sedan lineup, with Acura sedans enjoying a 28 percent year-over-year sales increase through June 2015. The ILX caught the attention of Edmunds.com as it recently earned the 2015 Best Retained Value® model-level award and won entry luxury comparison tests from both AutoGuide and The Car Connection.

Honda Accord Touring is Luxury at Mid-Sized Price

Most people think that have a luxury car and get the luxury experience you have to pay a luxury price.

Most people would be wrong.

Point and case is the 2013 Honda Accord Touring that has all kinds of snazzy bells and whistles and starts at just more than $34,000. What kinds of snazzy features? I’m glad you asked:

  • Honda LaneWatch Blind Spot Display
  • Smart Button and Push Start Button
  • Forward Collision Warning System
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • SmartVent side airbags
  • LED Projector headlights
  • “Exclusive to the Touring Sedan, adaptive cruise control lets the driver to set a desired speed and a distance interval behind the vehicle ahead.”

Many of these technologies are included on lower models. Also included on all 2013 Honda Accord models is Bluetooth, rearview camera display, and USB/iPod integration. All models also include an Econ button “which changes the car’s power settings and responses to improve fuel efficiency as much as possible.”

All of this technology in the 2013 Honda Accord Touring means it is one of the most technologically advanced and safest midsized sedans on the road.

Oh, it’s also one of the most powerful with a 300 hp engine. Dad wouldn’t mind driving that family sedan around, would he?

For your chance to take the affordable luxury of the 2013 Honda Accord Touring for a test drive, stop by Northwest Honda in Bellingham, Sims Honda in Burlington, or Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee!