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The 2016 Acura MDX features a new 9-speed automatic transmission with push-button gear selection and an optional selection of vehicle safety technologies (named AcuraWatch Plus). In addition the MDX includes an updated all-wheel-drive system that Acura claims is less heavy and more quick to respond. Further improvements include Siri Eyes Free voice options for compatible Apple gadgets, frameless rearview mirror, an easy-entry driver seat, and automatic stop-start (through the Advance package option).

The 2016 Acura MDX comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that outputs 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. The new 9-speed transmission is 66 pounds lighter than the previous 6 speed version. Not only is it lighter, acceleration performance is improved and gearshift times are 25% faster due to the closely spaced gears. No more column mounted gear selector. Park, neutral and drive are now selected from push button gear selectors. Reverse gear is selected via a different control.

The 2016 front wheel drive model has a fuel economy of 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. The AWD models have a fuel economy of 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined. Even with the 3 additional gears and weight reduction from the above mentioned features, the 2016 MDX shows little to no fuel economy improvement over the 2015 model.

The new MDX’s AWD system has been converted to the next generation Acura Super Handling, All-Wheel Drive. At almost 20 pounds lighter, the torque vector response has been increased for enhanced turning, resulting in more responsive handling along with better agility and stability.

The MDX’s interior is visually appealing, highlighted by stylish leather upholstery along with a sporty, thick-rimmed steering wheel with shift paddles. The push-button gear selector is a new feature that gives the interior a cool modern feeling.

The second row seat can be adjusted forward, backward and in rearmost position that provides more than adequate legroom. The third row is more suited for kids with limited legroom.

With the third row seats up the MDX only gives 15.8 ft3 of cargo space. However with the third row seats down, cargo space increases to 43.4 ft3. To increase even more space to an impressive 90.9 ft3, both second and third row seats can be folded down.

Driving on the roads, the 2016 Acura MDX continues to be one of the more pleasing three-row crossovers to drive. This is all thanks to a noiseless interior at freeway speeds and an unanticipated athleticism while driving around bends. The regular 3.5-liter V6 engine falls short of the powerful low-rpm torsional power of some turbocharged competitors. But get used to it’s handling and you will discover that the MDX continues to be one of the faster automobiles available. Considering everything that this Acura vehicle provides, such as several standard features, which are usually optionally available elsewhere. There is certainly little question that it truly is a compelling vehicle for the money.

Visit Chapman Acura to find out more about the new 2016 Acura MDX.

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When thinking about happy car buyers, it’s obvious that Acura is a company that truly cares about buyers. Acura has satisfied plenty of people over the years. This is true whether a buyer gets a luxury sports car or an SUV. In fact, the 2015 Acura TLX just achieved the highest overall vehicle score, and here are a few things that helps make it one of the safest cars on the planet.

First, if you want to drive and avoid accidents, you are going to have to pay attention to the road. This is hard to do, especially when you have to watch out for other drivers who are distracted by phones, radios and other people in the car. However, with the Collision Mitigation Braking System, a driver can avoid bad situations as the car will anticipate problems via GPS, and it will help you slow down. Simply put, this system helps you slow down and anticipate traffic. If you want to test drive one and get a feel for it, head to Chapman Acura

If you take long road trips in your Acura TLX, and you should because it is comfortable car, you will want to use cruise control. Luckily, with the Acura TLX, a buyer gets Adaptive Cruise Control, or ACC. The car also comes with Low-Speed Follow, or LSF. With these two futures, you can avoid accidents, and you can set our cruise control, even in heavier traffic as you can set the car to the one in front of you. That way, you won’t follow too closely.  However, if you are not convinced, you need to get out and drive a 2015 Acura TLX.

If you are on the highway or the city streets, you know how much of a pain it is to change lanes and see the cars, bikes and motorcycles around you. While a quick spot check can help, you are not fully protected. Acura has stepped up with the Blind spot information, or BSI, system. With this, you can check the rear view mirror, and you will get an alert when a car is in your blind spot. This is great for freeway driving where you may want to change lanes often.

When you are on the freeway going 70 miles an hour, one mistake can cause you a serious problem, and you can end up in a bad accident. This is something that is often hard to avoid, especially if you have been on the road for hours. Again, Acura has stepped in with the Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning, With the LKAS and LDW, you can avoid accidents as the car will alert you when you are about to go into another lane. With this system alone, you can avoid a lot of problems while driving on the freeway.

If you want comfortable luxurious and safe car, you cannot go wrong with the 2015 Acura TLX. For years, people have loved the Acura brand, and this car does not disappoint in any way. Since it’s a safe and luxurious car, you should get out there and test drive it as you are sure to enjoy everything about this luxury vehicle.

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The 2016 Acura ILX at Chapman Acura is attractive, well equipped and is a good choice for a luxury compact sedan. It offers good value with a number of standard features, along with roomy rear seats and a balanced approach to ride quality and handling ability. Previous models have not been up to par with the competition in terms of powertrain and safety features. But the 2016 ILX version has brought the Acura model to at least level with its competition.

What’s New for 2016?

The 2016 Acura ILX receives a freshened front and rear end improvements, such as new Jewel Eye LED headlights, new grille, fascias, wheel designs, and LED rear lights for a crisper appearance. The previous base model 2.0-liter engine is not offered this year, therefore the formerly optional 2.4-liter engine is actually standard in all ILX. This year the engine will generate some extra torsional power and includes an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4-liter engine produces 201 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Its fuel economy is a combined 29 mpg (25 city/36 highway).

There are many new safety features offered, such as a blind-spot alert system, rear- cross traffic monitor, lane departure warning, forward impact mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and rearview cameras.

On the interior a dual display screen that has a touchscreen on the lower display, now performs the ILX’s infotainment features. The climate controls are separate and are set by typical knobs and switches. Also new are ht silver metallic trims, the 2-way seat memory for the driver and a 4-way power adjustable passenger seat. The cabin is also quieter thanks to the active noise control system, thicker glass on the front door and noise minimizing wheels.

We were impressed right away with the power from the new 2.4-liter engine. The previous 2.0-liter model felt underpowered and unimpressive. The 2016 version is fast off the line and has strong pull in the middle of the range. At the top end, the pull tapers off but there is no sudden drop off.

Thanks to the torque converter, the 8 speed dual clutch was outstanding at slower speeds.

The paddle shifters on the steering wheel along with the rev matched downshifts help to provide a lively driving experience.

The 2016 Acura ILX offers a great balance between control and comfort. For pure driving enthusiasts, don’t expect too much feedback from the steering wheel; however it is sure-footed and enjoyable to drive around bends.

2016 RDX debuts

The all-new 2016 Acura RDX made its worldwide debut at the recent Chicago Auto Show and this model included improvements to performance, luxury and style. The RDX had its highest sales ever in 2014. Some of the upgrades in the 2016 RDX include Jewel Eye™ LED projector headlamps and LED taillights, a more potent i-VTEC 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 9 speed automatic transmission, and more driver safety innovations.

The more powerful V6 engine produces 279 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, with the Variable Cylinder Management™ the RDX can deactivate 2 cylinders under light loads, which improves its fuel economy. The AWD model gives a fuel economy of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, while the FWD model provides 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. The AWD has been tuned to give more torque to the rear wheels, which provides better dynamic stability in all weather conditions.

The interior of the new RDX receives an upgraded look with high-contrast trims of silver and black. Along with notable improvements to both standard and optional luxury amenities and technological innovation, such as standard heated front seating and completely new air-conditioning vents in the second-row.

The Technology Package of the RDX includes a new passenger’s front seat with 8-way power adjustment, HD Radio®, Acura’s On-Demand Multi-Information Display (ODMD), Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, and Blind Spot Information (BSI).

The 2016 RDX Advance Package includes rain-sensing wipers, fog lights at the front, the ability to start the engine with keyless remote control, parking collision sensors at front and rear, ventilated front seats, an auto dimmer on the driver’s side mirror, driver-assistive innovations, and AcuraWatch™ advanced safety features. The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ is part of both Technology and Advance packages. The RDX models that include AcuraWatch™ also receive a TFT Multi-Information 4.2-inch full-color Display has improved customisable data readouts such as speed of the vehicle, tire pressure monitoring system (TMPS), fuel economy, fuel range, and turn-by-turn navigation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2016 RDX a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.

The RDX is manufactured at the company’s award-winning East Liberty, Ohio manufacturing plant, making use of local and internationally procured components. In January, Acura recorded the selling of its two-millionth North American-made automobile in the US. At present, roughly 94 % of all Acura models offered for sale in the US are manufactured in the company’s plants in Ohio and Alabama.

Visit Chapman Acura to find out more about the new Acura RDX or to take one for a test drive.

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The Geneva Auto Show was the locale for the unveiling of the diesel-electric Audi Q7, the e-Tron hybrid plug-in. The car uses an electric motor, a large capacity kilowatt battery, and a diesel engine to produce horsepower and very low emissions. The mileage rating is more than 150 MPGe with an emissions rate of about 45 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. It has an electric-only range of 34 miles. It uses an eight–speed electronic transmission, and the onboard computer provides an enormous range of driver preferences. The car can accelerate to nearly 60 mph in six seconds. It has a top speed of 140 miles per hour. One must bear in mind, this is a full-sized vehicle, equipped with every conceivable luxury. The mileage ratings are truly extraordinary, and it is a triumph of technology.

The essence of the automotive power innovations is in the distribution of work between the gas engine and the electric power plant. There are driver controlled options for preferences that can adapt the system to driving conditions. There are settings tuned to highway driving as opposed to the constant stopping and starting of crowded city traffic. The rechargeable electric battery has a strong rating for the useful life.
There are advances and innovations in every part of this vehicle. Audi has used lighter weight materials and shaved 130 pounds off of the front and rear suspensions. It re-engineered power trains and added advanced braking, steering, and chassis designs.

The synergy between the electric power plant and the diesel engine demonstrates the remarkable progress this vehicle makes towards extending the mileage range of consumer vehicles. If the fleet average for a major manufacturer exceeded 100 MPGe, the rate of fuel consumption would drop remarkably on a national basis. It would have the effect of reducing the number of vehicles in use by a factor of approximately 60 percent. However, the price of this vehicle is not in the range of average consumers. It falls into a class of sporty extravagances that already includes the Tesla Roadster and the Mercedes V Class V-ision e. Meanwhile, if you want to check out other models with some of the same characteristics, you should head to Audi of Tucson.

There is an irony in these equations. The world’s most technologically advanced street rated automobiles have the potential to revolutionize fuel consumption and pollution levels in western nations. However, the prohibitively expensive designs will keep all but a few drivers from purchasing them. Instead, the societies will spend considerable sums reducing the impact of dirtier engine designs. One can hope that the principles of the Audi Q7 e-Tron electric/ diesel plug-in will work their way into production lines. If you like anything else by Audi or want to check out the Audi Q7, you can check one out for yourself.

With such amazing numbers for torque, mileage, and environmental impact, it may yet be the creature comforts that are the most outstanding features of this vehicle. It begins with a voice-activated, high-definition screen center console. The standard features include a fully operational computer in the rear seat area. The plush heated seats come with massages, and it has a wide sunroof. The overall interior provides the feeling of a sound-proofed, cozy room.

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The 2015 Acura TLX earned high points for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It was one among three to receive these high ratings with a five-star vehicle score. This was one of the first models to be equipped with AcuraWatch. This program uses wave radar and a mounted camera to respond to hazards in the road and with pedestrians.  If you want to test drive this great vehicle, head to Chapman Acura.

The AcuraWatch assisted technology program for the Acura TLX 2015 has many special features. It has a collision mitigating braking system, cruise control that can be adapted, blind spot sensing with information, lane warning, and rear camera that helps drivers keep their eye on safety.

The Lane Keeping Assist system is the back seat driver. If the driver accidentally goes into another lane without signaling, the steering wheel will tug and steer the car back to the center of the lane. It works to keep the cars in the center of the lane on curvy and windy roads. This is a special car, and it’s fun to drive, so you should check out one and you are sure to be happy as the 2015 Acura TLX is fun for all ages.

All cars hit blinds spots. The Blind Spot Information System in the Acura TXL is like having another pair of eyes watching the road for you. An indicator will appear on the side windshield pillar and the Midi Screen when it detects a person or car. The tire pressure monitoring system helps drivers with tires with low air and those that are over inflated. It will alert you on the car display. The display tells you it is time to stop at the gas station and the amount of air to put in the tires.

The Acura TLX has three-point seatbelts and head restraints for driver and passenger protection. It has two front and two side airbags and a special knee airbag for the driver of the car. The car also has two side airbags. Sensors decide if the passenger seat is empty or the person is too small for the airbag to inflate in a crash. When someone hits the TLX from the side, the SmartVent side air will inflate to protect the driver and passengers upper torso.

With child safety being a big issue, the Acura TLX has three rear seat positions that can be latched. This means safety when using a child’s car seat without using a seat belt. They stay snugly latched to the seat and don’t move. All windows have an auto-reverse feature that keeps small hands and finger from getting caught in the windows.

The exterior of the Acura TXL 2015 is made for safety. It is reinforced with extra braces in the front to handle crashes better. The design helps with the impact being more evenly distributed. With the extra braces in the body, this make the car stronger and better made.

The Acura TLX earned five stars on the rollover crash test, side crash test, and front impact crash test. This is a good rating and gives buyers peace of mind. The improved body helps with distributing crash energy more evenly.

Other safety features of the 2015 TXL are excellent technology assisted systems that help drivers monitor the back of the car and help with lane changes. It has adequate seat belts and airbags for accidents making this one of the safest cars to drive in 2015.

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AcuraWatch sets a new industry standard for safety by providing vehicle surrounding sensors that alert a driver to a possible obstacle. Now available in the 2016 Acura RLX, AcuraWatch is designed to create a cocoon of awareness that will help avoid collisions or minimize their severity. Available features vary depending on the trim package, but include adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic monitor, collision mitigating braking system, multi-view rear camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot information, road departure mitigation and lane keeping assist system. AcuraWatch is available for your inspection at Chapman Acura in Tucson.

Marriage Between Camera and Radar

The engineers at Acura designed a system that takes the best elements of camera and radar technology and combines them to create a state-of-the-art warning system. AccuraWatch cannot only sense the roadway and lanes within the road, but also foreign objects including pedestrians, vehicles and highway debris. When necessary, elements of AcuraWatch take over certain aspects of control to avoid leaving the road or bumping into the car in front of you. The road departure mitigation system uses a monocular windshield mounted camera to identify lane markers and delivers a warning when you are drifting or getting read to leave the roadway.

Advance Package Includes Surround View Camera3

If you opt for the 2016 Acura RLX with the advance package, you’ll receive the innovative Surround View Camera3 system that provides a 360-degree look around your vehicle. Designed to help in critical maneuvering situations as well as tight parking spaces, the system uses four cameras to display all angles on your navigation screen. If you choose, select the bird’s eye setting to provide a view from above created by stitching all the views together. Chapman Acura in Tucson is the place to see the Surround View Camera3 system in action.

RLX Receives Other Refinements for 2016

Along with the implementation of AcuraWatch, the 2016 Acura RLX has received a suspension tune-up to improve ride quality and cut down on noise. A 310 horsepower engine delivers plenty of zip while providing 20 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The RLX is available in three trim packages, including RLX with Navigation, RLX with Technology and RLX with Advance. A sport hybrid package is also available. Prices start at just over $50,000 for this technologically advanced luxury sedan.

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The all-new 2015 Acura TLX will be at an Acura dealer near you very soon. Acura’s newest line of luxury sedans come with a great selection of features that make it comfortable and easy to drive on long road trips, while keeping you entertained at the same time.

You can safely stay connected in your new 2015 TLX while on the road. With intuitive controls like rain sensing wipers, you have one less thing to worry about when driving.

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
The 2015 TLX will be available in either the front wheel drive version or the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) version. If you go with the SH-AWD, you get the Acura’s improved cornering ability due to the vectoring of torque. The 2015 SH-AWD edition is a whopping 25% lighter than the previous model while being more compact and responsive. Passing on the highway is easier than ever. The front-wheel drive alternative is comparable to the Acura RLX four-door because the back wheels use actuators to help steer the vehicle.

Driving Technology
Many pieces of Acura’s driving technology come into play when driving the new 2015 TLX. Built in radar and camera systems provide a number of important safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane drifting notification, monitoring blind spots, and automatic braking (only at low speeds). With the multi-view rear cameras, parking, changing lanes and reversing are now much easier.

Entertainment
Do you like listening to music on long road trips? The TLX comes with the high quality ELS Studio Premium Audio system. It is compatible with Pandora and includes SiriusXM Satellite Radio. You can also connect your iPhone to the system and you can integrate iPhone Siri Eyes Free system. You never have to take your eyes off the road or hands off the steering wheel with the TLXs Bluetooth, and hands-free calling technology.

Seating and Storage
On your long road trip the 2015 Acura TLX can comfortably seat 5 with extra legroom for passengers. The TLX has ample trunk storage and has a deeper opening and wider mouth compared to the Acura TL. For extra storage, the TLX has fold down 60/40 split back seats.

To find out more about the new 2015 Acura TLX or to take one for a spin, visit Chapman Acura today!

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Small Refinements add Substance to Luxury Crossover

Although the Acura RDX has always been a contender as a favorite entry-level luxury crossover, some tweaks for the new model year have created a more sophisticated look that is sure to entice those looking for both style and functionality. LED headlights and running lamps frame the newly sculpted grille and rest on top of more aggressive looking air intake vents. The taillights are also LED, offering a brighter warning to drivers who may be following too closely. New wheels add a touch of pizzazz to the profile of the vehicle, which retains its striking aerodynamic appeal.

Dual Screen Technology Keeps Driver Focused on the Road

The 2016 Acura RDX has a totally redesigned center stack that uses the same two-screen infotainment system as the MDX. A touch screen complete with Android or Apple apps is located in the center of the dash, with the navigation screen mounted higher to help the driver keep her eyes on the road. You can control both the navigation and audio choices by either touch or voice command.

Interior Offers Power at a Touch

Sit in the lush leather driver’s seat and adjust it to the perfect position with just the touch of a button. Store the position in memory and your seat knows where to go when you get ready to take the wheel again. All 2016 Acura RDX models come with a power moon roof and power tailgate as well. The higher end Tech models also include navigation, blind spot assistance and a higher-end audio system. The Advance model takes technology to another level with rain sensing wipers, remote start capability and collision avoidance features. Check out the new Acura RDX when it comes to Chapman Acura in the very near future. Models are expected to start arriving this spring.

Same Engine Offers More Power

Acura has had such success with the 3.5-liter V-6 that it remains the only option for the 2016 RDX. Engineers have tweaked the engine to deliver a few more horsepower and low-end torque while moving the fuel gauge to a more efficient 20 miles per gallon in the city and 29 on the highway for the front wheel drive model. The all wheel drive RDX dips just 1 mile per gallon in both the city and the highway. The company also fine tuned the all wheel drive system to deliver more power to the rear wheels in an attempt to add even more stability to your driving experience.

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According to the U.S. News & World Report, the American Honda Motor Company with their Honda and Acura brands won 3 awards each in their 2015 Best Cars for the Money winners. That’s the most awards received by any car maker this year. There are 21 automotive categories total and the vehicle that offers the best combination of quality and value, according to the composite score, is named the Best Car for the Money in that category.

The total score obtained in the U.S. News car standings at the time the awards are released calculates quality. Value is calculated by a 5-year overall price of ownership and the average cost of the automobile at the moment the award results are revealed.

Managing Editor of U.S. News Best Cars, Jamie Page Deaton, pointed out that the 2015 Best Cars for the Money awards is a quick way for shoppers to pinpoint cars that offer great quality and value for their money. Now they don’t have to be overwhelmed by the vehicle shopping process, and can find a car that fits their budget and lifestyle.

In prior years there was a fairly even split between domestic and international car manufacturers. However this year, imports won by a landslide taking 18 of the 21 awards.

In the Luxury 3-Row SUV category, the 2015 Acura MDX was awarded the Best for the Money for the 3rd year in a row.

The 2015 Acura RDX was named the Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money for a second straight year.

The 2015 Acura TLX took the honors in the Upscale Midsize Car category. Having only been introduced in 2014, the TLX has quickly become one of Acura’s bestsellers.

Other Best Car for the Money winners under the American Honda brand included the 2015 Honda Fit for Subcompact Cars, 2015 Honda Fit in the Hatchback and the Honda CRV in the Compact SUV category.

One other notable mention was the Lexus RX 350 SUV, which now has the longest winning streak in the history of the awards; after winning it 7th consecutive Best Car for the Money award this year in the Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUVs category.

There are over 270 Acura dealerships across the US that offer the full line of Acura’s precision crafted, performance-luxury automobiles. Edmunds.com recently named Acura (for the 3rd consecutive year) as the leading luxury brand to retain its value after 5 years of ownership.

To find out more about Acura or take one for a test drive, visit Chapman Acura.