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Many people love the Acura RDX Crossover’s style, performance, durability, versatility and dependability. Now, by adding more standard safety features, Acura has made the 2019 Acura RDX Crossover even more desirable. The 2018 RDX outsold Acura’s other four passenger cars combined. Now they’ve made the compact luxury crossover SUV even better. It’s part of the RDX’s first major overhaul in 10 years. The 2019 Acura RDX displayed during the 2018 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit recently was technically a ‘prototype’. However, that road-to-roof re-done vehicle is almost exactly what people will get when they buy the SUV this summer. If you have time, you need to head down to Chapman Acura and see how great the Acura RDX really is.

The 2019 RDX features a sporty new 4-cylinder turbocharged engine mated with a brand new 10-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle’s output figures haven’t yet been revealed, but the new engine and transmission should improve the vehicle’s EPA fuel-economy estimates over last year’s V6 RDX model. The 2019 Acura RDX has even adopted the automaker’s diamond pentagon grille’s latest rendition and flanked it with 14 Jewel Eye LED headlamps.

The new powerplant is anticipated to produce better numbers than the 252 horsepower, plus 273 pound-feet of torque the 2018 Honda Accord it’s borrowed form produced after the recalibration and the intake/exhaust routing tweaks. It’s the same engine that powers Honda’s excellent 306-horsepower Civic Type R. And the new 10-speed automatic transmission has even better throttle response.

The third-generation RDX is, in a sense, returning to its roots in 2019 with its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive torque-vectoring system. Acura has also added a SH-AWD rear differential that’s newly developed. It produces an additional 40% torque capacity which will boost performance. There’s also an A-Spec version for people who really love to drive. The 2019 RDX draws elements from the Acura Precision Concept and the NSX sports car. They include the dash layout that’s more driver-centric, along with the new True Touchpad Interface which features a high-definition infotainment display that’s 10.2 inches.

The sportier 2019 RDX includes an NSX-inspired more compact console-mounted pushbutton shifter. The Dynamic System with its driving mode dial is very prominent and gives the adaptive damping suspension settings for Sport, Sport+, Comfort as well as Snow. The interior features brushed aluminum accents, perforated Nappa leather, along with open-pore Ash wood trim. There’s also a dashboard-mounted, remote touchpad controlled, dual-screen, Android-based 10.2-inch HD infotainment screen. The sound system is a 16-channel 3D Acura ELS one which has four ceiling-mounted speakers on either side of the RDX’s full-length panoramic sliding sunroof that’s now standard equipment. .

Most importantly, Acura has now made their AccuraWatch safety systems standard equipment on the 2019 RDX. It includes forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance. Buyers can also get Acura’s AcuraLink subscription services with its surround-view camera system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, rear cross-traffic and blind-spot alert system and ultrasonic parking sensors in the front and rear.

All of these things make the 2019 Acura RDX a small luxury SUV buyers will love.

 

An in-depth look at the 2018 Acura TLX A Spec reveals exciting new design elements and a fresh new style. It’s an excellent balance that makes this relaxing luxury sedan an all-around good choice and compelling alternative to the other vehicles in this competitive and progressive segment. It all begins with its 3.5 liter, 290 horsepower, naturally aspirated V6 engine that combines with a 9-speed automatic transmission to dole out power to all four wheels. Add a sportier suspension and an aggressive looking appearance package and this vehicle makes a powerful statement.

Inside the comfortable cabin, there are black or red leather sport seats that are heated and ventilated, attractive Alcantara upholstery and door inserts, a sport steering wheel, sportier gauges, wireless charging, a reskinned infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, new metallic trim on the dash and elsewhere, ambient light piping on the center console and other subtle touches. Together they give the 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec a very sporty look. Its included Technology package provides navigation, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers and a top-of-the-line 10-speaker audio system.

Outside, the 2018 TLX A-Spec benefits from the more aggressive appearance package. It includes a new black matte grill with a chrome surround that stretches further horizontally and sits higher up on the front bumper, gorgeous 19-inch Shark Grey wheels, more prominent rear spoiler and side sills, upgraded taillights and 4-inch artillery sized tailpipes integrated into the rear fascia. The result is a much lighter, more powerful, sportier look that’s just flashy enough to make it stand out from its German competitors and makes people want to get in it and put it through its paces. While it sounds good in theory, to see one for yourself, you should test drive one out at Chapman Acura

Even with the 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec’s interior and exterior changes and hardware improvements, Acura enthusiasts still have to remind themselves it’s not a full-scale redesign, but instead is a mid-cycle update. However, this upgraded TLX A-Spec with its firmer dampers and stiffer springs in the front and rear has a more composed body. Its larger-diameter, thicker, rear sway bar gives it quicker turn-in and more neutral handling. Plus, the wider tires with narrower sidewalls of its new 19-inch wheels are designed to improve grip while increasing the feedback felt through the steering wheel.

The 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec’s sport-tuned suspension, thicker steering wheel grips and other upgrades have created a more comfortable ride, improved cornering, crisp handling and an overall great experience driving in the vehicle. It’s more dynamically capable, fun to drive and more forgiving. It also delivers excellent performance and its upgraded Active Sound Control eliminates engine noise and makes going anywhere in the vehicle more enjoyable. Plus, the V6’s powerful, rich, sonorous engine intake note makes it sound fantastic at any speed and helps creates a more exciting driving experience.

With a starting price of $43,795, the 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec with all it technological upgrades, power, handling, stylish look and comfortable interior is an excellent value and a fine choice for anyone looking for a luxury sedan.

 

Ready or not here comes the new Acura RDX SUV. The Japanese automaker has recently announced that it plans to reveal its newly redesigned RDX SUV at the upcoming Detroit auto show. This new luxury SUV has design and interior features that were borrowed from the Acura Precision concept vehicle, industry insiders say. Acura is set to launch its new design theme with the unveiling of its new luxury SUV in Detroit on January 15 in the North American International Auto Show. And automotive enthusiasts are waiting with baited breath to see exactly what changes the innovative automaker has made.

This new vehicle is being called a prototype by Acura. However, the automotive loving public knows that Acura’s auto-show prototypes almost always are nearly identical to the company’s production models. For the uninitiated, Acura is a luxury brand produced by beloved automaker Honda. Acura’s new RDX is anticipated to go on sale beginning in 2018, although it will be listed as a 2019 model. The new Acura RDX SUV was designed and developed on U.S. soil. It’s the first of Acura’s production vehicle to use some of the design themes that was debuted in 2016 on Acura’s Precision concept automobile.

Acura’s Precision concept had several unique features. It had a prominent hexagonal grille, a set of narrow lights, a long hood, sharp creases along the doors and fenders and a sloping roof. A brief video shows that the production RDX seems to incorporate all those design elements. But they are toned down slightly to allow for easy production and to please the broad mainstream audience. The 2018 RDX has a price tag that starts at $35,800. The vehicle will competes with a number of five-seat compact luxury SUVs that include the Audi Q5, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Mercedes GLC and BMW X3.

The new RDX will build on a new architecture that was developed by Honda exclusively for Acura. This is a major change for Acura. Historically Acura has had lots of trouble securing the corporate resources that is necessary for it to develop vehicles that enable the Acura brand to compete on equal footing with the other luxury brands in the marketplace. The new architecture Honda refers to is a set of components and structures which can be used to create several different vehicles.

The interior of the new RDX will be based on the features and looks that were showcased in 2016 in Acura’s Precision Cockpit model. The seats featured in the Precision Cockpit model were similar to the ones in Acura’s NSX exotic car. The vehicle also had a large screen that was mounted atop the dashboard and had features that were controlled using a touchpad located in the center console. If you are into technology and want to see an RDX SUV in person, you can check one out at Chapman Acura.

The Acura RDX is built by Honda in its factory in East Liberty, Ohio. Acura has sold more than 46,487 RDXs in the United States through November. That is an increase of about 0.3% from sales of the RDX in the U.S. market in 2016.