While it's nice to always know which car handles the best and which has more advanced and easier to use on-board tech, ownership costs can be just as important when buying new.
With that in mind, Kelley Blue Book drove this 2016 Acura MDX for a whole year, putting more than 24,000 miles (38,624 km) on the clock, and what they found was a very reliable product.
The Acura CDX is a small crossover currently only sold in China, but that might change soon.
With the crossover segment continuing to grow in North America, Acura is thinking about adding the CDX to its lineup. The Acura CDX went on sale in China last year and rides on the same platform underpinning the Honda HR-V. If it does make its way to North America, it would slot below the Acura RDX and would likely be powered by the same 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the Honda Civic.
Want a new Acura sedan, but find the TLX too small? You could step up to the bigger RLX – or, if you live in China, into the stretched TLX-L. Or at least you could at sometime later this year.
Previewed as in near-production concept form at the Shanghai Auto Show this week is the Acura TLX-L prototype. It's clearly based closely on the latest version of Honda's midsize luxury sedan revealed – complete with its more crowd-pleasing grille – at the New York Auto Show last week, but adds more space for the rear passengers by increasing the wheelbase.
Acura is giving the TLX a thorough refresh three years into its life cycle. The biggest changes are outside. All TLXs now feature a rendition of the pentagon-shaped grille found on the Precision concept and the MDX. In addition, the hood, fenders, lights, and front bumpers are tweaked. Other changes are exclusive to higher trim levels and engine options. The V6 model gets a unique rear bumper with dual-outlet exhaust and 18-inch alloy wheels rather than the four-cylinder's 17-inch wheels.
The most visually unique variant of the TLX lineup is the new A-Spec model. It comes with a more aggressive front bumper, side skirts, and rear bumper with faux diffuser. Fog lights, round dual exhaust outlets, and a black-painted rear spoiler are also standard features. The A-Spec receives some performance upgrades as well. Front-wheel-drive TLX A-Specs get firmer shocks and more responsive steering on the front-wheel-drive version, while the Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) version adds firmer springs and a stiffer rear anti-roll bar. Wider tires on 19-inch wheels also come fitted to A-Spec models.
While Acura is preparing the beakless 2018 TLX for its introduction in New York, the brand's Asian arm is preparing to uncover a long wheelbase form of the auto.
It will show up surprisingly at the 2017 Auto Shanghai that opens its doors on April 1, including a couple crawls between the two axles to lift raise legroom, something that's clearly valued by Chinese clients.