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Acura TLX

If you want a car that is luxurious but not overly expensive, you will want to think about your options. When you think about the best and most luxurious cars, you must think about Acura. The Acura TLX is a great vehicle if you want a refined ride, all while not spending your life savings. However, at the same time, while it’s a good deal, you aren’t going to miss out on the luxuries.

Nothing is more annoying than spending a lot of money on a luxury vehicle only to get little power and speed. You are in luck with the Acura TLX as it comes with a 206 horsepower engine. But, don’t worry; you will still get excellent fuel economy as it gets 24 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway. Furthermore, you get a very respectable, and useful, 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds. With this much speed, you can hop on the freeway and not worry about merging and changing lanes. Simply put, if you are tired of underpowered sport or luxury cars, you don’t have to worry with the TLX, and you can see one for yourself if you visit Chapman Acura.

If you get behind the wheel and on the highway, you will notice that the TLX is quiet. With a quiet ride, you and your family can ride in comfort and not worry about all the annoying noises of the road. Not only that, you will enjoy sporty handling, especially if you get eh all-wheel-drive version. Usually, these luxuries are seen in more expensive vehicles, so it’s refreshing to see the Acura TLX offering so much for a decent price. Coupled with the drivers assistance tech and comfortable seats, and you can see why this is a great buy.

Whether you are looking for an SUV, truck or small car, you are going to want all the latest and greatest tech. Buyers have come to expect it, and Acura does not let drivers down. With the TLX, you get a top-of-the-line climate control system, and you also get a great stereo and plenty of control from the cockpit.

When buying an expensive car, you will want to get plenty of safety features. The same is true if you are buying a regular sedan. Luckily, Acura TLX comes with more safety features than most cars on the planet. For starters, you get seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag. There is also a tire pressure monitoring system and Lane Keeping Assist, which will help you avoid going into another lane if you are distracted or tired. The NHTSA scores for safety are nothing short of incredible. Whether talking about head-on, side or rollover collisions, the NHTSA gives the Acura TLX five stars. Simply put, it’s as safe and luxurious car.

Without a doubt, if you want to invest in a decent car, you should buy an Acura TLX. It comes with everything, and you won’t be disappointed if you buy one.

 

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Annual Cost Placed at $59 Billion

In 2013, the most recent year with available statistics, a little more than 10,000 people were killed as the result of driver-impaired vehicle crashes. That means that there is more than one death an hour on the nation’s highways costing up to $59 billion a year in related costs. The vast majority of the crashes involving an impaired driver found that the operator had at least one previous DWI conviction. Although the number of DWI crashes has gone down due to multi-pronged approach from law enforcement and social pressure, there is still much work to be done.

Young Adults and Motorcyclists Most at Risk

Chapman Acura reminds you that when you plan to go out for a night on the town, select a designated driver to make sure you all get home safe. The risk of being injured or killed in a crash involving alcohol is much higher for young people than older drivers. Of all drivers who were involved in a fatal crash as a result of a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.08 percent or higher in 2013, a third were between the ages of 21 and 24. Twenty-nine percent fell between ages 25 and 34, while the next largest percentage (24 percent) came between 35 and 44. Of all the motorcyclists killed in 2013, 27 percent had a BAC above the legal limit.

Effective Measures Include Zero Tolerance, Sobriety Checkpoints

Due to increased law enforcement measures and a committed effort from private organizations like the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, DWI rates have fallen in the past few years. Some effective measures to reduce the number of drunk drivers include:

  • Enforcing BAC laws and the minimum legal drinking age.
  • Implementing zero tolerance laws for drivers under 21.
  • Strategic use of sobriety checkpoints and immediately seizing drivers licenses of those found impaired.
  • Raise taxes on alcohol.

What Can You Do?

  • Prior to going out for a night of fun, appoint a designated driver you can trust not to drink.
  • If you see a friend is inebriated, take their keys away and call them a taxi. They may be angry in the moment, but they’ll get over it and it’s better than seeing them dead.
  • If you’re hosting a party, keep an eye on the drinkers and offer plenty of alcohol-free coffee as well as a driving service to get people home.
  • Reinforce the importance of driving sober with your children on a regular basis and set a good example.

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Japanese cars are known to last quite a while and 10 to 15 year lifespans are not uncommon. Now AcuraLink infotainment systems are being developed to connect smartphones to the car’s system, and Chapman Acura is excited about it.

The AcuraLink is a 3-tiered service that provides a number of features.

Standard service includes vehicle connectivity via smartphone, as well as navigation and free traffic updates.

Connect service advances the integration via a mobile app which can remotely connect with the vehicle.

Premium service includes all the above along with 24 hour real concierge service where you can talk to a live person 24 hours a day.

AcuraLink Setup and Design

The AcuraLink has 2 displays on the dashboard. One display is a 7” contextual displays that shows navigation, music info and menus. The other smaller display is the main control unit, which has reduced 30 buttons down to 9 and is called the On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD). A rotary wheel is located below the display and it can be used to make selections on the ODMD. The system includes standard technology like USB port, AUX-In, Siri, and Bluetooth.

Smartphone Integration

Bluetooth pairing has improved considerably over the past few years and Siri Eyes Free technology takes care of calls with ease. There is one small inconsistency with Siri because the voice button has to be pressed for several seconds before Siri springs to life. Therefore it is not as fast as with other infotainment systems that use Siri Eyes Free.

The downside is that the Android-based platform for voice recognition is not supported, so if you have Samsung’s S voice, Windows Phone’s Cortana or Google Now, you are out of luck. Surprisingly, the Blackberry Assistant works pretty well even though it isn’t officially supported.

One glaring omission of the system is the lack of popular apps like Rdio, Spotify or TuneIn. Drivers will have to use Aha Radio instead, as it is the only third party app that is integrated into the system. The Aha Radio works for iPhone and Android.

AcuraLink App

The AcuraLink Connect app can find a destination and send the map info to the car before you start driving. It is very useful at avoiding gridlock and dangers on the road. With the premium package, if you are already on the road and need directions, make use of the concierge service. The advanced concierge service will send the information directly to the car.

Conclusion

There are some parts of the AcuraLink system that work great like the HERE Maps, Siri and concierge service for premium users, but the lack of integration for Android devices is glaring. With technology changing so fast it is understandable why Acura was on the cautious side.

Acura NSX Turns 25

When you look at the ultimate sports car, you have to put Acura NSX on that list. It’s not for a person who is only a casual fan of sports cars and racing, but it’s made for a real sports car enthusiast who wants to burn rubber both on and off the track. Twenty-five years ago, Acura created this model, partly due to the connection the company had with Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. And, this model is still going strong today as people love the name, love the car and love what it offers. For this reason, not only has it survived for 25 years, but is coming back as a halo model for 2016.

From day one, Acura wanted to be different, and the company wanted to make its sports car accessible while not taking away from the driver experience. It’s obvious that the company succeeded as people routinely rank this as one of their favorite cars or dream cars. Simply put, the Acura NSX has survived so long because it’s user-friendly, reliable and inexpensive to service, when compared to the competition. Not to mention, it looks cool, and it handles well. To find out for yourself in-person, head down to Chapman Acura when the new 2016 NSX arrives, to get behind the wheel of one.

The NSX, New Sportscar eXperimental, has a state-of-the-art all-aluminum monocoque, which cuts down on the weight drastically. Anyone who races or knows much about cars knows that they don’t want to have too much weight, and Acura responded beautifully. Surprisingly enough, the NSX comes with a VTEC V6 all-aluminum engine. This is both more efficient than most V-8s on the road, and it’s way more powerful. Before the Acura NSX was popular, it was not common to see Japanese sports cars dominate the market. In fact, back in the 90s, people would head to Italy if they wanted to check out exotic sports cars that provided a driver with everything he or she has wanted. Of course, now European and Asian companies have plenty of cars that will blow people away, including the NSX.

As far as stats, there are no official numbers for the 2016 version, but buyers should expect a 0-60 time of around 4.5 seconds. They should expect a quarter-mile time of around 13 seconds. Furthermore, it’s not easy to measure this, but the handling is superb as Acura went out of its way to give it a nearly equal weight distribution. That way, when you speed around curvy mountain roads, you are going to do so with ease in this car.

When looking at sports cars, you should check out the NSX and discover its rich history for yourself.Acura NSX

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Acura replaced its two smallest sedans last year with one all-new 2015 Acura TLX.

In essence the 4 cylinder TLX 2.4 liter (starting at $32,365) replaces the compact TSX, while the 6 cylinder 3.5 liter TLX (starting at $36,240) replaces the midsize TL.

The 3.5L AWD torque vectoring system provides nimble athleticism and delivers on the superior bad weather performance. The 3.5L engine produces an impressive 290 horsepower that gives it amazing acceleration. In terms of fuel efficiency, 3.5 L TLX delivers 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined.

The 206 horsepower 2.4L is more agile and responsive compare to its 3.5L trims. This could be because it weighs 100 pounds less than it FWD cousin and 265 pounds lighter than the AWD 8 speed double clutch transmission.

The result is sharpened by Acura’s Precision All-wheel Steering system (PAW-S), which is now a standard feature on four-cylinder trims. PAW-S makes the back wheels shift a little towards a turn. This counters the preference of a front-drive vehicle to understeer, a problem where the front tires lose some hold, making the front end “plow.”

PAW-S tightens a curve by “steering” the back end around the arc, similar to the trailing steering equipment on a fire truck. Corners can now be taken quicker and with more control.

In testing, the TLX has been known to remain stuck to the road when going around corners at speed, even on loose surfaces like gravel.

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) is also included as a safety feature. The LKAS kicks in if the TLX driver gets too close to the center or shoulder line and nudges the TLX safely back into its proper lane.

If the LKAS is turned off, the TLX goes back to regular driving mode. If it is on, it only kicks in if the turn indicator was not used to signal a lane change.

The new 2015 TLX fulfills driver expectations for this class of near luxury car. Even though the base trim is well outfitted, there are many options that will greatly increase comfort and convenience and push the TLX into the luxury class.

You cannot go wrong with either the 4 or 6 cylinder TLX options. Acura has made both options a pleasure to drive and with safety features like PAWS, you can drive confidently in any weather condition.

At Chapman Acura, we look forward to the new Acura TLX. Come take a look at our current vehicle lineup and test drive an Acura vehicle today!

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The brand new 2016 Acura RDX is making a splash on the showroom floor. Increased power, improved fuel economy, and some stylish exterior upgrades – these are huge takeaways about the Acura RDX. And lest we forget that those benefits are offered at just a fraction over the initial price of the 2015 RDX.

Here are the must-know facts about the new RDX to sweeten the deal even further:

From great to greater

Looking back at the 2015 model, Acura’s luxury crossover didn’t offer much as far as upgrades. It was well-established as one of the most highly acclaimed vehicles in its class. Furthermore, U.S. News & World Report named it the 2015 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money due to its popular appeal in combination with its low ownership costs.

According to auto journalists, one of the only setbacks for the RDX was its scant offerings for available safety features. Having mentioned that, you could probably guess what all-new features are being offered in the new model.

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Check out AcuraWatch

​The new RDX is equipped with state-of-the-art collision mitigation technologies in an available package called AcuraWatch. If you are tech savvy, this is especially for you. AcuraWatch comes with drivers adaptive cruise control, forward collision monitors with automatic braking, lane departure alerts, and lane-keeping assist technologies.

Even without the new age safety technologies, the Acura RDX has proven itself as a safety leader. It received the highest possible crash test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The RDX also received a perfect five stars in government crash testing for the 2015 model, according to Edmunds. Acura has claimed that crash-test performance has further improved in the new model as well.

Look under the hood

While other crossovers have gravitated toward turbocharged four-cylinders, the RDX is sticking with the tried and proven winning recipe from the prior year—a punchy 3.5-liter V-6; good for 279 horsepower. That’s up from 273 horsepower the prior year. All-wheel drive returns too, but not with Acura’s same torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive package. According to Car and Driver, the new all-wheel drive system has been improved to deliver more power to the rear wheels.

Fuel economy also improves, and the RDX already surpassed high EPA-estimated ratings in comparison to other vehicles in its class. The new model gains 1 mpg in fuel economy in the front-wheel drive option, resulting in 23 mpg combined. While the all-wheel drive model delivers 22 mpg combined.

An eye for detail

As for aesthetics, you can anticipate something similar to the 2015 RDX with some minor upgrades. What immediately jumps out at you is Acura’s switch to multiple-LED headlights, which the auto manufacturer calls “Jewel Eye” headlights. LED lights follow suit accordingly in the rear too. The styling from front to back has slightly changed. Therefore besides the new wheel designs, you’ll have to take a close inspection in order to notice the differences between the 2015 and the 2016.

As far as the interior is concerned, the RDX switches to high contrast silver and black trim. Acura offers even more available luxury features and tech, including standard heated seats too in addition to a new optional multi-screen informational display.

All things considered, the new RDX arrives with all the new upgrades at only $175 over what the 2015 model’s initial manufacturer’s suggested retail price was. Contact Chapman Acura for your Acura RDX test drive today.

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Auto insurance is one of those frustrating expenses that you never want to use, but are happy you have it during a time of tragedy. Although it’s a misnomer, the term “full coverage” is typically used when you have liability insurance for damages you may cause to another vehicle, as well as coverage on your own car. “Comprehensive” coverage also protects your own vehicle from damage caused by events other than an collision with a moving vehicle. Examples of this are damages by nature, vandalism and theft. Collision coverage kicks in when you are at fault to pay the cost of damages for your car

Only Buy What You Need

Although auto repairs are expensive, so is auto insurance. If you are driving around in a vehicle worth just a few thousand dollars, you might consider dropping the collision coverage. Even if you are in a wreck, once you pay your deductible you won’t receive that much money even if the car is totaled. Instead, put the extra cost of collision insurance into a rainy day fund. You can use it for auto repairs if needed, but if you are lucky enough to skate through without an auto accident for a few years, you can use the money saved as a down payment for a new car.

Bundle Coverages

Auto companies like it when you bring all your insurance purchases under one roof, You can receive very large discounts with multiple-vehicle policies, combining homeowners or renters insurance with your auto policies, or by adding on personal liability amendments that protect you from lawsuits in your business or personal life.

Shop Around

If you haven’t noticed a gecko, a general, or Jake from State Farm selling insurance and all the advantages their company has to offer, you haven’t been paying attention. Although you can build up great loyalty savings by sticking with a company for long periods of time, sometimes it’s best to take a day and just start shopping around. You’ll need the social security numbers and driver’s licenses of all drivers in the household, as well as the VINs for all vehicles. Chances are you’ll realize quite a great savings as companies continue to compete for the consumer dollar.

Keep Your Credit Up

There are many factors that go into determining an auto insurance rate. Driving history, geographic location, length of driving experience and credit rating are just a few. By keeping your credit rating above 700 shows the insurance companies that you are a responsible individual that takes driving seriously. Check your credit scores at least once a year and file corrections as necessary.

Pick the Right Vehicle

The car you drive also goes a long way toward determining your insurance rate. Pick out a general type of vehicle (sports car, SUV, sedan) and then discuss which particular models are cheapest to insure. The Acura model line has a good history of being inexpensive to repair. If you decide on an Acura, visit your Acura in Tucson dealer, Chapman Acura, for the best prices on this dependable vehicle.

2015 Acura MDX

When looking at the best SUVs, most people think of German ones, and that is a mistake as there are plenty of versions from Acura and other automakers that are competing with, and overtaking, the German models. In fact, the Acura MDX has started to pass German SUVs in US sales, and here are a few reasons why you should check out the MDX.

Since more Americans are now looking at, and choosing, the mid-size luxury sport utility MDX, its worth your time to find out why. For starters, the MDX is much cheaper with a base price of, at minimum, $5,440 less than the major German offerings. At the same time, the MDX comes with standard leather-covered seats, which should coax most people into checking out an MDX. If you are looking to see one for yourself, you should head to Chapman Acura where you can get a feel for the SUV.

If you are looking to carry a lot of people in your SUV, you don’t want to get the X5 by BWM or the ML350 by Mercedes Benz. They only carry up to five passengers, and the MDX allows you to carry seven people comfortably. If you want a rearview camera to help you see while backing up, you should get the MDX as it comes standard. It doesn’t for the Audi Q7, and this adds another $3,500 to the final price.

If you are going to pluck down a lot of money for a car, you don’t want to spend it on one that is not well-liked or well-reviewed. If you get the MDX, you are in luck. The MDX is recommended by Consumer Reports, and it also earned five out of five stars on both frontal and side crash testing. It also boasts the higher fuel economy of any non-hybrid luxury as it gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

When looking for power in an SUV, you are often going to have to look hard. But, with the Acura MDX, you don’t have to worry too much. It comes with a 3.5-liter engine with a V-6 that includes a Variable Cylinder Management. With a Variable Cylinder Management, you will get better mileage as it helps you use the engine more efficiently. It also comes with the new Idle Stop, which powers off the engine when you are at a complete stop. This is just another feature that will save you gas.

If you are looking for the ultimate SUV and don’t want to overpay, you should consider the Acura MDX as it offers you all you need, and more. Not only does it offer you more base options, but it offers you plenty of power, great gas mileage, and it gets great safety ratings from the federal government. Since Acura is a name you can trust without worry, you should head down to your local dealer and check one out.