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If you want to test the mettle of your automobile, then take it to Pikes Peak. And that’s exactly what Acura is doing with its 500-horsepower TLX A-Spec. This is the sixth straight year the Japanese automaker will sent a fleet of vehicles to participate in the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This year Acura is bringing some brand new automobiles to the challenging annual event.

There will be three Acura automobiles in the field for the 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The vehicles the company is sending to make the climb up Pikes Peak are an Acura NSX performance coupe and two different TLX sedans. For many people, the most important vehicle in this year’s race is the Acura TLX A-Spec. The event is the racing debut for the TLX A-Spec and everyone is expecting great things from the vehicle because of what it has under the hood and Acura’s impeccable reputation for making quality automobiles known for their comfort, performance, durability and fuel economy. While you may not want or need a 500 horsepower car, Acura has other options you should check out. By going to Chapman Acura, you can see every car and SUV that the company has to offer.

The Acura TLX A-Spec has what it takes to make its mark in this fun event on Pikes Peak. The vehicle is powered by a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine that produces 500 horsepower. That’s enough to make to the top of Pikes Peak at a steady gallop. Add its modified suspension as well as its carbon-fiber aerodynamic bits, plus a fully stripped interior and it’s easy to see why Acura is confident this vehicle will give the competitors a run for their money. Acura’s secret weapon is driver Nick Robinson. A veteran of Pikes Peak events, he won his class in last year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb driving a 2017 Acura NSX. The TLX A-Spec will race in the Exhibition class.

The other TLX in the event is the TLX GT. This automobile has participated is the Pikes Peak event in the past. Plus, it’s powered by the twin-turbocharged V6 engine it used when it participated in the Pirelli World Challenge series between 2014 and 2016. However, slight alterations have been made to the tuning to enable it to better handle the elevation. Long-time racer Peter Cunningham, who works with RealTime Racing, will drive the vehicle. The TLX GT will compete in the Open class.

Then there’s the NSX. Just like last year, this vehicle draws a great deal of inspiration from Acura’s NSX GT3 racecar. This NSX weighs less and is more aerodynamic than regular road cars. The car’s software is tuned for handling hill climbs and it will be equipped with sticky R-compound tires designed to help navigate Pikes Peak’s 100-plus turns. Long-time Pikes Peak driver and Honda R&D powertrain group member James Robinson will pilot the NSX. It will be a Time Attack 1 Class participant.

The 95th edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place on June 25. The three Acura automobiles will compete against other automakers including the Faraday Future FF 91 electric car. The company announced it will race in the Exhibition class.

The 2018 Acura RDX Is Officially On Sale

 

It’s here. Acura lovers who have been waiting with baited breath can now officially begin purchasing the 2018 Acura RDX. The company released new pricing details one day before the launch of the full-size premium crossover. The price of the attractive luxury SUV starts at $35,800. With its impressive stack of Honda created state-of-the-art technology, abundant safety features, roominess and more, this automobile is worth every penny. Acura has done it again. They have come up with another excellent iteration of its wonderful line of forward-looking SUVs that consumers are sure to love.

And there definitely is lots to love about this impressive new SUV. The 2018 Acura RDX not only has loads of new technology, it also offers tons of room for occupants and their stuff, improved driving performance, even better fuel economy than the past and the unique, beloved, Acura experience for everyone that travels in the vehicle. And as if the standard model is not impressive enough, the new RDX also offers buyers countless options with the vehicle’s myriad variants and upgrade packages. If you get the RDX fully-loaded with its attractive top of the line packages, you’ll only pay a cool $44,000. And, if you want to see what true top of the line is, check an RDX out at Chapman Acura.

The RDX has been a popular choice for younger luxury SUV buyers shopping for a good-looking crossover that gives them the incredible performance and technological advancements they’ve come to expect from Acura. The 2018 Acura RDX offers luxury, utility, fun and great value in one neat package. This is not your parent’s crossover. It’s the crossover reimagined for people that want the dependability for which Acura automobiles are known, with all the bells and whistles they need for an exciting, yet comfortable driving experience.

Powered by a 3.5liter V6 engine which integrates VTEC technology, the 2018 RDX boasts 279 horsepower. Paired with efficient variants on its front wheel drive, the vehicle delivers over 28 mpg on average. Acura’s revolutionary AcuraWatch package with its lane keep and forward collision assists and other improved safety components offers occupants more safety than being covered in bubble wrap. This feature can be included in the RDX’s standard model or added to any of the other packages you choose. This enables buyers to pile on the luxury features with having to sacrifice safety.

The innovative Japanese automaker will offer the 2018 RDX in a total of 10 different variants. Five of those variants will come with front wheel drive while the other 5 will feature all wheel drive. The drivetrains on both will offer buyers the same package options. Therefore they won’t have to worry they’ll be missing out on some features they desire should they choose a front wheel or all wheel drive model.

For people looking for a great crossover with the versatility to look impressive at black-tie affairs or take on outdoor adventures, your vehicle is here. Acura has done their magic again with the 2018 RDX. They’ve combined safety, performance, fuel economy, good looks, comfort and advanced technology in an automobile that’s fun to drive.

 

The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is here and you’ve got to drive it to believe it. Sure, this vehicle looks great on paper, but when you hop in and put the pedal to the metal you’ll really understand why people are so excited about this automobile. The experts at Acura have added a hybrid halo to its biggest hit. But this sport hybrid doesn’t have to genuflect to anything in the road. While it may have the heart of an angel and is more fuel-efficient than other models, it has the soul of a beast and the performance to match. This hybrid has get-up-and-go in addition to great gas mileage.

The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD fulfills the promise of hybrid technology while delivering the satisfying performance and exciting driving experience drivers want. Acura spent many years of intense development on this automobile’s key components and it shows. It has taken some of the NSX supercar’s core components, like its ferocious cornering, as well as its superior technology, and integrated them into this new high-riding, seven-passenger family wagon. The result is great fuel-economy and a sharper driving experience. Take a test drive and you’ll notice the difference immediately.

The nonhybrid Acura MDX SH-AWD is an amazing three-row crossover that’s among the best-handling vehicles in its class. That’s because of its well-controlled body motions and well-weighted, quick steering. But while the all-wheel-drive system which transfers more torque to the vehicle’s outside rear wheel for hard cornering is an option on the nonhybrid MDX, it’s standard on the hybrid MDX. The Sport Hybrid takes it a step further. It has the ability to recover energy and apply resistance to just one rear wheel while simultaneously providing the other with forward momentum. This creates a more nuanced, sophisticated type of torque vectoring.

The seven-speed transmission paired with the hybrid motor system improves the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid’s quick reaction times. With quickness and grace it rips through the gears providing the perfect amount of power effortlessly. The 3.0-liter port injected V-6 gasoline engine helps the hybrid system deliver 321 horsepower and kicks in seamlessly when needed and switches off when it’s not. The hybrid system works cohesively no matter which of its four driving modes you choose. If you want the best throttle response, damper behavior and steering effort, switch to its hybrid-exclusive Sport+ mode which provides added performance. To see what you can do with the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hyrbid, check one out at Chapman Acura. Here, you can check out any 2017 Acura MDX models that are available.

The Sport Hybrid comes with either the Technology or Advance package. Both come with a host of unique options and creature comforts. Plus all MDXs now have active active-safety features like lane-keeping assist, crash-mitigation braking and adaptive cruise control. This vehicle isn’t designed for driving at speeds above 84 mph and it’s not recommended for pulling trailers. But if you want an Acura MDX that looks great, has all the connectivity and infotainment technology and is beautiful and comfortable inside. One that’s spacious, responsive, gets great gas mileage and is fun to drive. Test drive the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid.

Acura Might bring the CDX to North America

 

Acura is one of the most beloved automotive brands in the North American market. Its vehicles are known for their performance, dependability, style and innovation. The Japanese automaker offers a wide range of excellent automobiles in a variety of sizes to buyers in North America. Now comes word Acura may soon offer yet another exciting model to its North America faithful. It is a new crossover called the CDX. This will provide Acura lovers with yet another great option in the company’s impressive lineup from which to choose. This is a welcome addition to the company’s North American fans.

The Acura CDX is a small luxury CUV that is currently sold in China. The vehicle is based on the well-liked and very successful Honda HR-V. The Acura CDX has been embraced in the Chinese market and according to the vice president of the Acura group in the U.S., Jon Ikeda, the vehicle could soon make its way across the Pacific to the North America shores. This new CUV is sure to get a warm reception in the North American automotive market. Not only because Acura is a well-respected brand, but also because it’s the perfect size. Large enough to hold whatever most people need to carry, yet small enough to get great gas mileage.

The automobile market in North America has now had its fill with large SUVs. Yet people still need something a little larger than the standard sedan. The Acura CDX could end up being the perfect sized vehicle hitting the market at just the right time. Crossovers are garnering a growing share of the automotive market in North America and adding one with the Acura nameplate could work out well for the Japanese automaker and the buying public. The combination of luxury, performance, fuel-economy and a little added space could make this small luxury CUV impossible to resist. While not available for sale in the United States, if you want to see what other Acura’s you may like, head down to Chapman ACura.

Acura’s R&D team are in the midst of taking a very close look at the potential reception the Acura CDX will receive. Plus there are a number of regulatory hurdles the company would have to deal with the could make the decision to bring this new Acura CUV to North America a little more complicated. But the move is generating so much excitement and attention, the company is giving it serious consideration. What has many people excited is although the CDX is similar in looks to the Honda HR-V, it has the 1.5 liter turbo-four engine that powers Honda’s CR-V and the Civic mated with an amazing eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

With the North American market for CUVs growing steadily, bringing the Acura CDX over the Pacific will enable the company to capture a slice of this lucrative market. Currently the Audi Q3, the BMW X1, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class and the Infiniti QX30 are a few of the automobiles that dominate this segment. But with its size, technological advancements, performance and luxurious appointments, plus Acura’s reputation for quality, the CDX would surely give them a run for their money.

Three reasons to Love the New Acura TLX

 

For some time now, the Acura TLX has been two things. It’s been a luxurious car, and it’s been a sports car. This may be confusing to some, but many Acura buyers have been snapping up the TLX in past few years. However, Acura has stepped up its game and improved on previous versions. With that in mind, here are three reasons to love the new Acura TLX.

Value

First and foremost, if you are buying an Acura TLX, you are getting a good deal. While you can, of course, find a boring sedan for a lot cheaper, if you want a luxury car with power, the Acura TLX is actually a great deal. When you look at other luxury cars made by BMW or Buick, for example, you can see that you get more for less with Acura. Things that are add-ons or extras with other brands are included with the 2018 Acura TLX. With things like AcuraWatch active safety tech, you can enjoy a safer driving experience. With the collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, you can go a long way in avoiding issues while on the road. Also included with the new TLX is Apple CarPlay, LED headlights and Android Auto functionality. Yes, when you get an Acura TLX, you are going to get more luxury and add-ons at a lower price than the competition.

Technology

Without a doubt, when buying a car, most people will care about technology. Whether you want to buy a sports car, minivan or workhorse truck, you probably want the latest tech and gadgets. Again, Acura doesn’t let its buyers down. Acura has always been on top of things when it comes to tech, and the 2018 Acura TLX isn’t any different. When looking at the dashboard, you will love the stacked touchscreen LCD and buttons-dial control set. While it may look like the 2017 version, Acura made somdffgsdfging experience should be even better. And, as mentioned, you will also enjoy Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. It’s going to be hard getting behind the wheel and not having a good time.

The Acura Name

Finally, when you buy a new car, you want to buy from a company you can trust. If you want to see for yourself how great the 2018 Acura TLX is, you should head down to Chapman Acura. Here, you can see what you are in for. Acura has been around for a long time, and the company is always going out of its way to make faster, more efficient, more fun and safer cars, all while being on top of technology. Either way, no matter what Acura you buy, you won’t regret your decision on day one, and you are sure to love your investment for years to come.

 

Acura boasts that its powerful and precise NSX is the only supercar fully developed, designed and manufactured in the United States. This is a big statement, and it says a lot about the confidence Acura has in its super powered sports car. With a classic sports car look and cutting-edge technology, Acura NSX drivers are in for a unique driving experience, and it’s hard to argue that there are better sports cars out there.

The NSX is built at Acura’s plant in Marysville, Ohio. Factory workers here take their time to ensure that no detail is missed, and the company uses space-age technology along with ultra-high-strength steel. This, combined with a very lightweight aluminum body with a hybrid 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine and three direct-drive electric engines give the Acura NSX a ton of power. With the nine-speed dual-clutch transmission and sport hybrid super handling AWD, the 573 horses under the hood, along with 476 pound-feet of torque give the sports car more power than most can handle.

Now, with all that power, you may think that the Acura NSX is too heavy. But with a curb weight of just over 3,800 pounds, you will enjoy a 0-60 time of a little under three seconds. The Acura NSX has an impressive top speed of nearly 200 mph, and it begs you to take it on the track. The NSX doesn’t sit high off the ground, and it only has a few inches of clearance at the nose. However, once inside, while the cabin is tidy and neat, you won’t be cramped, and the race seats are comfortable for people of all sizes. This isn’t a car that’s meant to sit in traffic, and there are three driving mode selections Sport, Sport + and Track and Quiet. Notice there is no setting for Boring, Traffic or Standard.

The interior of the NSX is more like the interior of a luxury car. With Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Pandora radio interface and an LCD touch screen, you can certainly enjoy your ride to the fullest. Of course, there are things that make the car practical, and a rearview camera ensures that you won’t bump into anything when backing up. While it may seem too powerful and too sporty, it’s a drivable car, and you won’t have trouble in traffic or driving on a crowded freeway. If you want to see for yourself how easy and fun an Acura NSX is to drive, check one out at Audi of Tucson. Once behind the wheel, it will be hard not to fall in love with the nearly-perfect handling and all that power.

This two-seater passenger sports car isn’t for everyone. With a base cost of nearly $160,000, it’s certainly out of reach for most potential buyers. But, with so much power and luxury, it’s actually a better deal than most other sports cars. And, of course, if you want one of the best sports cars on the planet, you are going to have to pay for it.

 

Not everyone wants to drive a hybrid as they are often seen as boring and underpowered. But times have changed, and many hybrids have plenty of power and can even tow and haul all your gear. However, hybrids are still a tough sell as many don’t know that they offer such a huge advantage. But Acura is trying to change the game by only pricing its new MDX Sports Hybrid for $1,500 more than it’s equivalent gas-powered SUV with all-wheel drive. On paper, this makes the new hybrid version a great buy, especially if the price of gas rises, which is always a reality.

The hybrid version actually has more power than the gas-powered V-6, so if you are willing to invest an extra $1,500, you will probably be happy with your decision. The MDX Sport Hybrid will start at $52,935, which is for the Technology model; while the Advance model will go on sale for $58,975. With the Hybrid, you get a 3.0-liter V6 engine with three electric motors, which turns out 289-lb-ft of torque and 321 horsepower. This is a boost of 31 horsepower and 22 lb-ft of torque. However, with the extra weight, 200 lbs, the hybrid may not be much faster than the non-hybrid version.

One of the electric motors is built into the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is automatic. Two of the motors enable the all-wheel drive. While it sounds complicated, as a driver, the benefits are simple as you get better fuel economy and more power. They hybrid version gets 26 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway and 27 overall. This is an increase of seven mpg in the city, one on the highway and five overall. This is a huge benefit, any anyone buying the hybrid version will get the best of both worlds. While you should get the same 0-60 times and quarter mile times, you will also get better fuel economy. If you want to test drive a 2017 Acura MDX, you are sure to fall in love. You can do so at Chapman Acura. Whether you want to take long road trips or simple use the MDX Hybrid as a commuter vehicle, you are sure to love it. There is plenty of room, plenty of technology, and the SUV is as comfortable as they come.

While you will get better gas mileage, you will also get all the benefits of a luxurious SUV. The Acura MDX has the body of an SUV with the DNA of a sports car. The style was forged from the extremely popular Acura NSX, which is one of the most refined sports cars on the planet. This makes it more fun to drive, and if you take the SUV up a curvy mountain road, you won’t feel like you are in a clunky, underpowered and boring SUV. No, you will feel like you are in a high-powered sports car, and at the same time, you can easily take the whole family and all your gear.

 

According to U.S. News and World Report, in reviewing proprietary data and industry reviews, the 2017 Acura MDX rates as the Best 3-row Luxury SUV for the money, five years running. While there are several strong contenders, the SUV still beats out the Volvo XC90, Audi Q7 and the Tesla Model X – certainly a strong playing field. The 2017 Acura MDX came out on top with exceptional driver and passenger comfort, passive and active safety features and a solid drivetrain.

The results were based on the vehicle’s overall quality, along with long-term value. When talking about value, you must mention the solid fuel economy, many standard features that aren’t standard with the competition, and three rows of comfortable seating. With a smooth ride and an excellent fit in the cabin, it’s an excellent choice. One minor downside is that it doesn’t have as much cargo room as the competition, but with above average legroom, passengers are going to be more comfortable.

The SUV is even better than in year’s past. With a refreshed and updated exterior, along with added standard tech for the 2017 model, it’s easy to see why the 2017 Acura MDX is highly rated. While not out yet, a hybrid version is in the cards and will be available later in the year. If you have never driven an Acura MDX, you should check one out. By getting behind the wheel, playing around with all the technology and finally hitting the open roads, you are sure to fall in love. So hurry and take one for a spin at Chapman Acura. You are sure to love it.

While it’s one thing to win accolades and awards and get recognition, it’s another thing to see raw numbers. The Acura MDX is rated at 19 MPG in the city and 27 on the highway, with most people getting around 22 MPG combined. With the direct-injection, 3.5 liter V6, which makes 267-lb-ft of torque and 290 horsepower, you won’t be driving around in a bulky and underpowered machine. No, the 2017 Acura MDX will get you from 0-60 MPH in 6.2 seconds.

Power is fun, but if you can’t control it well, then it is all for nothing. But with the all-wheel drive system, the SUV really feels like a car, rather than a bulky SUV. It’s been described as extremely quiet, and the suspension does all the hard work and takes on bumps, minor and major, with ease. Off-roading, this SUV does surprisingly well, especially considering how many luxuries and amenities are included. At the same time, while lacking a bit in cargo space, it’s extremely roomy for passengers, even those over six-feet tall.

If you are looking for the best 3-seat, luxury SUV on the market, you don’t have to look any further than Acura. The 2017 Acura beats out a lot of great competition, and it provides a car-like feel, plenty of power and a lot of comfort, all at a lower price than most of its competitors.

Five reasons to buy an Acura ILX

 

The Acura ILX is a compact sport sedan that is priced for the average person. Starting at $28,000, a buyer can get a solid sports sedan without breaking the bank. Here are five reasons to buy the new Acura ILX.

Driving performance:

When driving an Acura, you know that you are going to get a well-built vehicle that can handle it all. While the 2.4 liter, four-cylinder engine isn’t big, it’s certainly efficient enough, and along with an automatic eight-speed transmission, the Acura ILX is certainly powerful enough. With a 0-60 time of 6.6 seconds, the 201 horsepower engine is certainly going to make drivers feel the power. The Acura ILX is smooth shifting, and whether merging on the freeway or flying down a two-lane highway, the driving performance is certainly a great one.

Inexpensive:

Even though you get a decent amount of power and luxury, along with plenty of technology, buyers of the 2017 Acura ILX will rejoice when looking at the price. Starting at under $28,000, the ILX is only slightly more expensive than entry-level cars that offer much less. Not only that, with decent gas mileage, 25 on the highway and 36 in the city, it won’t burn gas excessively.

Long-lasting:

When buying an Acura, you will be investing in your future. With the Acura ILX, you won’t have to worry about constant breakdowns or spending a lot of money in the future to fix basic problems. No, Acura provides it’s buyers with great cars. With that in mind, if you are ever looking to sell or trade-in your Acura ILX in the future, you will enjoy a great resell value as people love the Acura name and have no problem buying a used version.

Safety:

Without a doubt, if you are looking at new cars, safety is on your mind. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the ILX highly. Most of the ratings are “Good” with front crash prevention receiving a “Superior” rating. Acura is always investing in technology and improving it’s test results, and if you are looking for a car to protect you and your passengers, the Acura ILX is a good choice. However, Acura should really try to improve in this area as it got a “Marginal” rating for its headlights, and you can bet that Acura will get to the drawing table soon.

Coolness factor:

When buying an Acura ILX, you are sure to be noticed on your first drive down the street. If you want to see how great an Acura ILX looks, on the inside and out, check one out at Chapman Acura. By enjoying the 201 horses under the hood or listening to the ELS Studio Premium Audio System, you are sure to fall in love, even on a short drive around the block. If you want to invest a bit more, check out the A-SPEC package that gives you fog lights, 18-inch wheels, a trunk spoiler and aluminum pedals. No matter what Acura ILX you buy, you ares sure to enjoy the coolness factor.

A sneak peak at the 2018 Acura TLX

 

The 2018 Acura TLX is going to be another gem released by Acura, and anyone with an older model can attest to the greatness of the Acura TLX. The refreshed and updated version will not be ready for a while, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty of buzz being generated about this sleek and refined luxury automobile. While not all details have been released, there are a few spy shots that have been leaked.

While the new and improved 2018 Acura TLX is certainly going to create a lot of excitement, the company knows that it better not make too many changes. By keeping the changes subtle, Acura won’t ruffle any feathers, and Acura also plans to keep the MSRP in-line with the 2017 model, but obviously with adds-ons, the price can rise substantially. The base price should be right around $32,000, while the highest-end, fully loaded version should cost around $45,000.

The new, updated front end has some obvious inspiration from the Acura Precision Concept, which was showed off at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. With the five-sided, open grill, the sedan will enjoy a sportier look. This, along with updated LED headlights, give the TLX a sleeker look than it enjoyed previously. The back has tweaked taillights, which, along with a black lower portion, give a seriously sporty look.

While there have been spy photos taken, other changes are still a mystery, though anyone expecting huge changes in the engine are probably in for a disappointment. The powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 engines that are in current models should stay for the 2018 Acura TLX. There is a chance that Acura will offer hybrid and electric motors, which are now being used in the newest MDX.
Since Acura likes to keep things looking smooth and tech-friendly, expect revised materials in the cockpit. Since the engine sizes probably aren’t going to change much, if at all, drivers should expect gas mileage of around 28 MPG, combined, for the base model with 24 MPG in the city and 35 on highways.

The performance of the 2018 Acura TLX should also be similar when it comes to top speed and 0-60 times. The base engine should provide a 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds, while the bigger engine will likely get you from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds. The top speed for both engines will be 134 MPH. The safety of the 2017 Acura TLX was a mixed bag, as it got a “marginal” rating for the overlap front crash test. But, it received a “good” score in every other category, except for front crash prevention, where it received a “superior” score. Given that Acura prides itself on always improving, there is a good chance that the company will garner higher safety marks for its 2018 model.

If you can wait until the 2018 Acura TLX is shipped to showrooms, you would do yourself a favor if you test drove one out at Chapman Acura. Even if you own an older model, you are sure to notice the, slight, yet important, changes.