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2014 Acura RDX

The Acura RDX luxury crossover SUV has earned a 2014 ALG Residual Value Award by delivering the highest projected three-year resale value of any vehicle in the Premium Compact Utility Vehicle category. According to ALG, the honor also recognizes the exceptional vehicle quality, strong brand desirability and long-term reliability of the RDX.

As the leading provider of residual value information to the automotive industry, ALG’s annual Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles in each industry segment that ALG predicts will retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three-year period. ALG determines the winners of its Residual Value Awards through careful study of the competition in each segment, historical performance and industry trends.  Further, ALG’s residual value forecasts are based on key factors including:  vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, and pricing strategies.

Chapman Acura sells the 2014 RDX in a single, well-equipped level of specification. Highlights include leather seats with perforated inserts, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory settings, heated front seats, and a dual-zone automatic climate control system. The 2014 RDX is also equipped with Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, SMS text-messaging capability, USB port, iPod connection, multi-view reversing camera, and a keyless passive entry system with push-button start. A set of 18-inch aluminum wheels is also standard on every RDX, along with a power sunroof, heated exterior mirrors, and a universal garage door opener.

All-wheel drive is an option for this model, as well as a Technology package. The Technology package includes xenon high-intensity discharge headlights, power tailgate, and a GPS-linked, solar-sensing automatic climate control system. Additionally, this option package contains a voice-recognition system, navigation system, AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather reports, premium Acura/ELS audio system, Pandora Internet radio, and a hard-drive music storage system with Song by Voice track retrieval.

Under the hood, every 2014 Acura RDX is equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine equipped with Variable Cylinder Management, which allows the engine to operate on fewer cylinders under low-load driving conditions to help conserve fuel. The V-6 makes 273 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 251 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm, and is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission featuring Grade Logic Control and a Sequential Sport Shift manual mode with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The V-6 powers the RDX’s front wheels. An AWD system is optional.

For more information on the 2014 Acura RDX, or the ALG Residual Value Awards, visit Chapman Acura in Tucson.

Acura CPO

In order to become a Certified Pre-Owned Acura, every vehicle must pass through tough measures. Only well-maintained, late-model Acura vehicles are considered, and each one must pass a comprehensive 150-point inspection and a Vehicle History Report review. When you purchase an Acura Certified Pre-Owned vehicle from Chapman Acura in Tucson, you can expect the same standards of a brand-new Acura. Below are some of the benefits you can expect when purchasing a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle:

Each Certified Pre-Owned vehicle comes with a full set of required manuals and documentation. Our inspection checklist ensures each manual is placed in the glove box or provided at delivery. This includes:

  • Owner’s Manual
  • New Car Warranty Manual
  • Certified Warranty booklet
  • CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ (full history / title check report)
  • Copy of 150-point inspection checklist (once completed)
  • Radio security code
  • Navigation code (if applicable)
  • Maintenance Journal (2003 and newer models)

A limited warranty provides confidence with any Acura CPO purchase. Every buyer receives a 12-month / 12,000-mile Limited Warranty plus a 7-year / 100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, and coverage is honored nationwide at all Acura dealers. Under the warranty, Acura will repair or replace any covered part that is defective in material or workmanship under normal use. All repairs or replacements under this warranty will be made free of charge with no deductible, and the repaired or replaced parts are covered until the Acura Certified Pre-Owned Limited Warranty expires.

During the 12-month/12,000-mile limited warranty period, Acura Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles are also covered by an extensive Roadside Assistance program. Service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. The Roadside Assistance program covers emergency fuel delivery, battery jump start, emergency lockout assistance, flat tire change, and if the vehicle is mechanically disabled, emergency towing to the nearest Acura dealership or qualified repair facility.

Coverage for the 12-month / 12,000-Mile Limited Warranty extends the new car non-powertrain coverage by 12-month / 12,000 miles (whichever comes first) and starts after new car warranty expires. Coverage for the 7-year / 100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty starts from original date of new car warranty registration. For more information on the Acura Certified Pre-Owned Program, visit Chapman Acura in Tucson.

2014 Acura RLX Hybrid

The 2014 Acura RLX Hybrid

The 2014 Acura RLX stands out in the now cluttered world of hybrids. It is now Acura’s flagship sedan and has the numbers to back up that title. The new RLX hybrid has a V-6 engine with a seven–speed transmission driving the front axle. One electric motor also drives the front axle while two separate electric motors drive the rear axle. This combination of motors greatly increases grip and overall horsepower. The 2014 Acura RLX Hybrid has an impressive 377 horsepower and a top tier sport suspension to squeeze out all the performance possible from that 377.

Many car aficionados thought the inner workings of the RLX would be similar, if not identical, to the hybrid insides of the Acura NSX. However, the RLX is a notch above when it comes to the quality of parts that drive the vehicle. The RLX and NSX do share a common part that is called a Twin Motor Unit. The TMU is a pair of 36-horsepower electric motors that drive the rear axle. The TMU allows the RLX to have a four wheel drive function that can independently drive each wheel and vector torque to each wheel as needed. This ability to supply each wheel with different amounts of torque at once gives the RLX top-tier speed, handling and response while cornering.

The RLX can run solely on electricity up to about 50-mph. It has other impressive numbers as well.  The RLX Hybrid goes from 0-60 mph in just under 5 seconds and runs a quarter mile in just under 14 seconds. The new Acura adds about 360 pounds during its transition to a hybrid vehicle but this weight isn’t reflected in its 0-60 time and isn’t felt by the driver thanks to the torque-vectoring capabilities of the motors that independently drive each wheel. The sporty suspension paired with the torque-vectoring make for extremely smooth ride, even over bumpy, unforgiving roads. For more information visit your local Chapman Acura.