The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just introduced an additional test, a frontal crash that simulates just a small overlap between the front of a car and an object or vehicle it hits.
Acura missed the mark with its first small SUV. Aiming for youthful, driving enthusiasts, the original RDX was stiff riding, unrefined, and returned unimpressive fuel economy. Even the targeted buyers didn't love it. For the second-generation, the RDX aims for a more mature audience, with a more mature product and hits a bulls-eye.
When Acura entered the small, upscale SUV market with the first-generation RDX, their target customer was a 30-something yuppie, with a sense of style and enough disposable income that something like a basic Honda CR-V just wouldn't be on their shopping list. But alas, according to Acura, they never found that buyer.
Honda has recalled 52,615 of its 2007-2008 Acura TL sedans because over time, the power steering hose can deteriorate and develop a fluid leak, leading to a loss of power steering assistance.
Acura has announced pricing and more details about the ILX, their new entry-level sedan set to go on sale May 22. The ILX will be positioned beneath the TSX in the Acura line up, providing a more affordable, and fuel-efficient, starting point.
Our Annual Autos Issue presents a dizzying array of facts and figures, all aimed at helping car shoppers choose the right model for their needs and budget. While we rate the automakers and present numerous best and worst lists, we haven’t offered a simple guide to the best and worst models by brand. Until now.
American Honda Motors has announced a recall of its 2012 Pilot and Acura MDX sport-utility vehicles. Approximately 8,709 of the Honda and Acura SUVs have "vent shut float (VSF) valve" cases that do not meet Honda's specifications. The improper VSF valve could cause a fuel leak and an increased risk of fire.
The future of vehicle safety depends on talking cars. That is, cars that can communicate wirelessly, sharing data on their speed and positioning, giving them the ability to alert drivers of potential dangers.
Acura will take the wraps off the production version of its ILX compact sedan at the Chicago Auto Show today, and we present a sneak peek here before the doors open at the convention center.
The people have spoken: Toyota, Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet excel over other brands in the minds of adult car owners, though the brand’s advantages are less this year than in the past. These are among the findings of the 2012 Car-Brand Perception Survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.
The first-generation RDX small upscale SUV was something of a miss for Acura. Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine was unrefined. Its overall fuel economy of 18 mpg in our tests fell below that of many rivals’ V6 engines. Handling was agile, but the ride was very stiff and the cabin was narrow. Add in somewhat awkward styling and the RDX was a modest seller that was completely overshadowed by its three-row MDX big brother. Acura seeks to remedy these problems with the redesigned RDX unveiled at the Detroit auto show.
At the Detroit auto show, almost every other introduction mentioned going after the youth market. In some alternative universe, young professional buyers graduate into a robust economy and treat themselves to an upscale sedan or SUV. Acura is hoping that, in the real world, there are enough young buyers to be attracted to their new ILX. It slots in beneath the TSX in Acura’s crowded sedan lineup. (See the Acura ILX in our Detroit show coverage.)
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