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Here’s pricing for the new 2022 MDX FWD and AWD models across US & Canada

by News Editor at TractionLife.com

Here’s the price list for the redesigned 2022 Acura MDX: all FWD & AWD models across the US and Canada. Starts at $46,900 & C$56,405.

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2021 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD Review

by Graham Heeps at TractionLife.com

Does the 2021 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD offer the engagement at everyday speeds that you’d expect from a ‘sports sedan?’

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New RDX A-Spec looks great in limited PMC Edition but gains no performance upgrades

by News Editor at TractionLife.com

Acura’s sportier RDX A-Spec gains a new PMC Edition for 2021. Limited to 360 units & priced in low $50k, changes are aesthetic only, sadly.

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This performance-tuned TLX Type S prototype hints at power figures

by News Editor at TractionLife.com

Acura recently revealed the new 2021 TLX lineup with full specs, but gave us little info about the performance-tuned TLX Type S specs, including horsepower figures. We knew the redesigned Type S would be powered by a brand-new 3.0L turbo V6 engine, and the turbo V6’s full specs and power figures closer to when the […]

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Acura enters serious sport sedan territory with next-gen turbo TLX & V6-powered Type S

by Chris Chase at TractionLife.com

Acura is entering serious sport sedan territory with its redesigned 2021 TLX sedan, including the 3.0L V6 TLX Type S. Here’s a look at specs & key features.

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2020 RDX Arrives with No Major Changes but Minor Price Increase

by News Editor at TractionLife.com

The 2020 RDX crossover hits dealerships today, starting at US$37,600 (excluding $995 destination and handling). Acura’s small crossover got a redesign for 2019 — its biggest overhaul in 10 years — so this third-generation RDX doesn’t get any big changes for 2020 aside from a new Platinum White exterior colour. Carrying over from the 2019 […]

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2019 Acura RDX Review

by Graham Heeps at TractionLife.com

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

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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

2019 acura rdx front white

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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).

Takeaway

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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