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2019 Acura RDX Review

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Our independent review of the all-new 2019 RDX – Acura’s compac SUV which got a full redesign, inside & out entering its third-generation.

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2019 Acura MDX 3-Row SUV Arrives Today with 3 New Features


Acura’s 3-row SUV arrives at dealerships today. The 2019 MDX major updates include the A-Spec sport package and improved 9-speed tranny.

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Acura’s 2019 RDX Compact Luxury SUV Gets Major Overhaul with Improved Performance & New Turbo

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The all-new 2019 RDX arrives to US dealers June 1 and Canadian shops June 15 sporting a new turbo engine, significantly updated interior, a complete exterior redesign, and the best handling RDX to date according to Acura.

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2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Review

2018 Acura TLX A Spec Review

New for 2018, the 290-hp A-Spec TLX is a sportier, more aggressively-styled version of Acura’s mid-size sedan adding a performance-oriented package including bolder bolstered sport seats, a stiffer suspension and a quicker steering ratio. But is a half-baked update enough in a sea of sport utilities?

North American new vehicle sales continue to climb. In Canada alone, Consumers bought more than two million new vehicles in 2017 to help the auto industry set a record. But cars make up a smaller percentage of those sales with every year that passes.

The mid-size Acura TLX is a good example: It sold well following its 2015 introduction (when it replaced the TL) but has since seemingly fallen off the radar of luxury-sedan shoppers, a situation Acura hopes it can reverse with refreshed styling and a new trim level for 2018.

Our impressions of the new A-Spec 2018 TLX

Exterior Design

The standout among the styling changes is a new mesh grille first seen on the Acura Precision Concept shown at the 2016 Detroit auto show. It replaces the unloved silver shield that defined Acura’s styling for the better part of a decade.

Our test car came wearing that new nose and was dressed up in the TLX’s new-for-2018 trim, a performance-oriented package called A-Spec that adds aggressively bolstered sport seats, a stiffer suspension and a quicker steering ratio.

2018 Acura TLX A Spec Review

The new look does the TLX good, the grille’s mesh elements appearing to converge on the Acura logo at its centre. Acura has tweaked this sedan’s handsome — if rather anonymous — body elsewhere, too, but this is not an extensive redesign.

Interior Impressions

Hop into the driver’s seat, and those bigger side bolsters are immediately obvious. Slim drivers and front passengers will find the most comfort here, with the suede upholstery between bolsters adding to the seats’ ability to hold a body in place in aggressive cornering.

2018 TLX on the Road

The tauter suspension and quicker steering make a difference too, lending the TLX right-now steering feel. Combine that with Acura’s strong V6 and its excellent Super Handling all-wheel drive system, which shifts power to the outside rear wheel in corners, and you’re treated to an entertaining drive when you’re in the mood.

But what makes the TLX A-Spec a lot of fun on a deserted back road can get annoying in daily driving, particularly if your commute involves highway cruising, stop-and-go traffic and city roads torn up by winter frost heaves and snowplow damage. In those situations, the steering requires frequent corrections and the firm suspension translates into a choppy ride.

2018 Acura TLX A Spec Review

We have to give Acura credit for the work it has done to tame the shift-quality problems that dogged this nine-speed automatic at its 2015 introduction: In our car, it pulled off smooth, crisp shifts every time.

…while Acura has made the TLX better-looking and more entertaining to drive for 2018, it’s a half-baked update that shows Acura is ready to forget about this sedan—just like so many new car buyers have already done.

What we didn’t like

But we do wish Acura had given more attention to the TLX’s interior. Far from being an unpleasant space, it simply feels dated thanks to a low-resolution navigation system and a two-display infotainment setup that puts some functions on a touchscreen and others on a secondary screen controlled using a dash-mounted dial. It takes more than a week-long test drive to figure out which one houses the controls you’re looking for.

The small rear seat is another disappointment, especially in a car based on the last-generation Honda Accord, which boasted interior space to rival full-size cars.

2018 Acura TLX A Spec Review

The A-Spec trim is a C$2,500 package that can be added to Tech and Elite models in both four-cylinder/front-wheel drive and V6/AWD forms, and it’s an effective addition if you’re after a sharper drive than the already-quick V6-powered TLX (we’ve never been impressed with the four-cylinder model).


But while Acura has made the TLX better-looking and more entertaining to drive for 2018, it’s a half-baked update shows that Acura is ready to forget about this sedan—just like so many new car buyers have already done.

Photos: Acura

TLX A-Spec Specs & Pricing

Find more info and pricing for Acura’s mid-size sedan here: TLX US | TLX Canada

  • Engine: 3.5L V6
  • Power: 290 hp
  • Torque: 267 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
  • Brakes: Four-wheel disc
  • Steering: Electric power-assist rack-and-pinion
  • Suspension: MacPherson strut (front); Multi-link independent (rear)
  • Fuel economy, ratings (l/100km, city/highway): 12.0/8.2
  • Fuel economy, observed (l/100km): 11.6
  • Price: $35,990/$50,990, starting MSRP/as tested

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Honda’s Mini NSX


A little while ago, we talked about Honda putting in patents for a newly designed dashboard which carried very future forward design elements. The dash was also designed to go into a smaller vehicle which begged the question, what car are the folks at Honda or Acura designing? With the NSX in full production, this leaves the design team with some time on their hands for a new project.

We were thinking it might be the new S2000, or maybe it’s the rumored mini-NSX. The idea of a mini-NSX would also mean that the future car will use a mid-engine platform. And if this were true, the new model may be dubbed the ZSX, which was also recently trademarked by Honda. Further rumblings are saying that the ZSX will be powered by a small displacement turbo engine, likely a 2.0L four cylinder. But more than likely, it will adapt the NSX’s electric technology in conjunction to the gas power plant to deliver some impressive performance.

At this point, nothing has been confirmed. All of this is just rumors. But based on what the folks at Honda recently put out with the NSX, it isn’t surprising that consumers are waiting anxiously to see what they come up with next.

Porsche Having Some Fun with Honda


It is not uncommon that automakers bench-test their competition’s vehicles during the design phase of their own cars. What better way to see what works and how to one up the competition then by seeing what makes others successful. What is a bit more atypical is being caught testing out the other’s cars. Usually automakers are quite discrete and go through major lengths to not let the other side know you’re snooping around.

So with Porsche figuring out that one of the buyers of their 911 GT3 was the Honda team, they decided to have a little fun. The vehicle that Honda purchased was done so undercover. It looked like they got away with things, that is until the GT3 was scheduled into the dealership for a recall which involved an issue with the car’s connecting rods. It was at that time that while the car was in Porsche’s shop, they discovered some interesting data when they scanned the car’s black box. That’s when Porsche kindly left a small note attached to the engine bay and returned it to the “customer” to discover. The little note simply said “Good luck Honda from Porsche. See you on the other side.”

Acura NSX GT3 Technology Shared with Production Car


The all new 2017 Acura NSX is a superbly capable vehicle with loads of technology packed into it. The beauty of the hybrid powerplant for the NSX is not only that it produces 570hp from combining a V6 twin turbo motor paired with electric motors, it’s the fact the powertrain of the NSX is deigned to be modular. Recently at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb we saw the full electric version of the NSX compete, and now the release of the GT3 NSX shows us that a fully gas powered car sending power to the rear wheels is also possible.

As Acura continues to think of new iterations of the NSX for public consumption, managing this powertrain equation is critical. As an example, word has spread about Acura possibly producing a light weight Type R version of the NSX which has traditionally been a stripped down street legal track car. With the current NSX’s curb weight tipping in close to 4,000 pounds, light weight is far from reality. However, as the modular powertrain comes into play, stripping out all the electronic gismos in favor of a simple gas motor and rear drive certainly moves the needle towards the lightweight side.

With a drop in overall power by ditching the electric motors, Acura will have to come up with a plan to up the power ante of the gas motor. Maybe we’ll see a highly tuned version of the current gas motor. Only time will tell, but we know that the development team at Acura is highly capable at churning out a beast of a car.

More Acura NSX Models to Come


Following in traditional Acura form, the release of a supercar is only the beginning of the story. Recall when the original Acura NSX came out, it took the world by storm. Then a few years later, those luck owners in Japan got a light weight track tuned version of the NSX in their Type R. A stripped down, light weight, stiffened and race tuned version of the stock NSX. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Acura is likely going to go down that same road with the all new NSX.

Over it’s lifetime, we should see a number of variants of the NSX come out based on the standard car. This would include difference powertrain options, and ultimately a lightweight track tuned version. In standard trim, the NSX gets a 570 hp engine package that includes a 3.5L twin turbo V6 and three electric motors. There will likely come an all electric version in the future, and also a fully non-electric version which would fall in line with the traditional Type R ethos.

No word yet as to when the next variants of the NSX will be coming, but rest assured that it’s only a matter of time.

Upcharging on the New NSX


The all new NSX is now in full production mode and delivery has already began to take place with lucky new owners. The car starts at $157,000 and can typically be optioned up to tip the scale close to $200,000. With the increasing demand for the new NSX, prices are starting to soar and those who are looking to capitalize on the demand has marked them up.

Most recently, a dealership out of LA has set the price tag at $250,000 which is $50,000 over the initially fully loaded price. There really isn’t anything wrong or new with markups. Especially when you see the ridiculous markups seen from the Italian automaker’s supercars.

Acura NSX Wins Pikes Peak Division 2


Acura brought out three NSXs to this year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb and they all did a great job securing some podium spots. The three cars competed in different categories. First up was the TA2 which was a standard affair NSX with some race preparation which happened to take first place.

Acura also brought out an EV concept NSX which competed in the all Electric Class and brought home a second place finish which also place the car in third place overall. The third car, the TA1 NSX, was a race prepped vehicle based on the standard NSX but with a dramatic weight savings. The car made its runs, but didn’t make a podium finish. This was first time the all new NSX has gone to Pikes Peak and overall it faired very well against the competition.

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