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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.

 

The Acura RDX is the perfect SUV. The small luxury crossover SUV has two rows of seats, and while it may not be a class leader when it comes to performance and luxury, like all other Acura’s, it’s a vehicle that’s well-rounded and has many strengths. That includes its quick acceleration, composed handling and a confident highway cruising demeanor. The interior of the RDX is great. The cabin is spacious and well-constructed. The vehicle also has front seats that are exceptionally supportive. Plus, the vehicle has a great reputation when it comes to reliability and overall quality.

People looking to purchase an Acura RDX have many options to choose from. There are RDX models that combine a four cylinder, turbocharged engine, with all-wheel drive as a standard, plus it has unusually sporty handling. Newer versions of the Acura RDX have gotten rave reviews for their power, interior space and added refinements. Buyers now also have the option to purchase a front-wheel-drive version of the RDX. These are particularly suited for people that live in milder climates. Plus the RDX has a generously equipped base model as well as an options structure that’s straightforward and package-based.

The Acura RDX is a beautiful upscale crossover with ample seating for five passengers. Its quiet, spacious interior has room for the entire family. Despite the RDX’s compact footprint, the vehicle’s passenger cabin has more room than many larger midsize luxury SUVs. The front seat offers superior support, and the rear seat is elevated so its occupants to have a great view out the front and on both sides. Plus it has generous head and leg room, which enables tall adults to feel comfortable while sitting in a back seat wide enough to sit three across.

Another reason many people think the RDX is perfect is because of the value it offers. It comes with a well-equipped trim level and many desirable standard features. They include a power liftgate and LED headlights. It also comes with three option packages, the AcuraWatch Plus, Advance and Technology. However, even with all those options added, the Acura RDX is still affordably priced compared to many other luxury crossover’s base models, and you will see the value in an RDX if you check one out at Chapman Acura.

When it’s time to decide what options you want on your RDX, it helps to know that Acura does technology well. The RDX’s AcuraWatch Plus option package comes with advanced safety features like collision warning, automatic braking, lane-keeping alert and lane-keeping assist. The Technology package has a navigation system and blind-spot warning featuring rear cross-traffic alert. The RDX’s Advance package has all those things plus parking sensors in the front and rear and auto-dimming side mirrors.

Under the hood, there’s a 3.5-liter, 279-horsepower, V6 engine paired with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Plus it goes from zero-to-60 in 6.5 seconds, making it one of the fastest in its segment. yet it still gets great gas mileage.

The combination of power, performance, comfort, safety and exceptional handling makes the Acura RDX the perfect SUV.