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First Drive Review- 2015 Acura ILX

Honda’s luxury brand Acura has always been the understated luxury Japanese import. When names like Lexus and Infiniti are your direct competitors, and BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi are often cross-shopped by consumers- making a statement and setting your product aside from the competition is important. The platform sharing is very obvious here, which Honda has done a pretty good job at keeping low-key. Lets be frank- this is a Civic sedan that went to Princeton and wears Gucci suits and Rolexes.

You get the choice of inline 4-cylinders displacing either 2.0L or a 2.4L. 2.4L only available with a manual transmission and is good for just over 200 horses unleased at 7,000 rpm in typical Honda fashion. The base 2.0L produces 150 horsepower at a lower 6500 rpm. Don’t even bother with torque, its minuscule, but sufficient. Average fuel economy is low 30’s, and it requires 91 octane or better- the automotive equivalent of drinking only Dom Perignon while the proletariat Civic is happy with Korbel.

You get a few trim choices, the most base starting at just over $27k. Opt for a fully loaded Technology Package equipped ILX you’ll pay nearly $32k. Essentially the Technology Package gets you Navigation, ELS Premium Audio and Sirius XM radio.

The suspension is nicely controlled and taut but not jarring. The transmission holds first gear longer than I would like and seems confused- for lack of a better term. The steering is very assisted, and does not provide much weight or feedback.  Like all members of the Acura family, the steering wheel is wrapped in supple leather, and feels very nice in your clutch. The front seats provide only minimal lateral support, but is nicely trimmed in your choice of two leather colors.

In summary, Acura’s entry level offering- the ILX- is everything you could expect- an entry level offering. Step up to the TLX if you want a true luxury sedan from a brand that knows how to make one.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for reviews of the rest of Acura’s lineup and some offerings from Infiniti.


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First Drive Review- 2015 Acura RLX Advance

If you’ve followed my blog for any period of time, you know that I am a loyal fan of Acura products. I love the understated luxury, high quality and track record of reliability. This is Acura’s flagship sedan.  The large luxury sport sedan segment is fiercely contested, with competitors such as the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Lexus GS. Acura is relatively new to this segment, and the RLX is not what you would call a strong competitor among the others, selling supposedly less than 8,000 units last year. The 3.5L V6 makes a healthy 310 horsepower which is enough to calmly propel the large sedan at a nice pace and still have enough grunt in store for freeway merging or passing. The RLX sets itself apart from the competition by offering a 3-motor Hybrid AWD system. You read that correctly- 3 electric motors. The largest of the 3 mated to the transmission in between the front wheels operates like any other FWD-based hybrid- providing power assist at low speeds and also in high-load scenarios. The rear motors- operate together using Acura’s SH-AWD torque vectoring programming to allow for stellar cornering and traction and can be powered under low speed.

The bolstering isn’t excessive, the RLX is geared towards comfort, not sport. The back seat is roomy and the cushioning is soft. The leather is high-quality and surrounds the entire cabin. Acura is now using a two-screen infotainment system, the larger screen sitting high on the dash is used for the navigation map, and the smaller, sits lower in the dash and is an interactive touch-screen with tactile feedback. The smaller unit is used to control climate, audio, phone and navigation inputs.

Models with the Advance Package include safety features such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Collision Mitigation Braking System, and Lane Keep Assist. The RLX can be ordered in a few different trim levels- base, w/ Navigation, w/ Technology Package, w/ Krell Audio, w/ Advance Package and SH-AWD Hybrid w/ Technology or Advance. Prices begin at $48k and climb to a steep $65k before options and accessories- prices are right in line with the competitors.

The car feels as large as it is. The steering has weight to it, but not a sporty type of weight- almost an artificial feeling designed to create the feeling of size. The 3.5L Direct Injected V6 provides a nice feel of power reserve and the brakes inspire confidence.

All in all, the RLX is aimed at a very specific demographic of a very large market. I honestly think the only people who will buy an RLX are Acura loyalists who find themselves in the market for a large sedan. Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more reviews of the rest of Acura’s lineup and some offerings from Infiniti.

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First Drive Review- 2015 Acura MDX SH-AWD Advance w/ Theater Package

Acura has offered the MDX for many years and after multiple face-lifts and botox implants- we find ourselves with the current form.

The MDX is Acura’s largest SUV, the size allows for a 3rd row of seats which will accommodate children and miniature adults with ease. The second row is very spacious and tells that this is meant to be a luxury family hauler and grocery-getter.  The MDX features Acura’s 3.5L V6 with Direct Injection, producing just under 300 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, which will scurry you and the children to soccer practice at a rate of 27 mpg combined if you opt for a model equipped with Acura’s SH-AWD system. The MDX can tow up to 5,000 if equipped properly from a dealership.

The MDX can be ordered in a multitude of trim levels, with or without SH-AWD, with Technology, Advance and/or Entertainment packages starting at $43k and surging all the way to $57k. The model featured is a fully loaded SH-AWD with Advance and Entertainment Packages. This means this vehicle is equipped with navigation, backup camera, ELS surround sound system, blind spot monitoring, collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning system, remote start, and Acura’s “Ultrawide” Rear Entertainment Screen. The MDX can also be ordered with a screen half the size of the ultrawide variant.

The MDX is a large SUV and definitely feels it. The ride height is tall, the steering is heavy, but not in a sporty way, the suspension provides a taut ride without being too firm or too mushy. Acura is great at producing suspensions that ride this way. Visibility is pretty good for this size of vehicle, and the aforementioned safety features create a confident driving experience for the pilot. The power liftgate is helpful if you’ve got your hands full with groceries or children, and the second row can be folded forward with the touch of a button making entrance for third row passengers a breeze.

The interior materials are typical Acura, nicely finished, soft-to-the-touch, durable materials that feel good in your clutch. The steering wheel is wrapped in soft-grain leather, has mild grip extensions and is on the thicker side, which is always appreciated. The seats are nicely padded, but do not feature much side bolstering- this isnt surprising, as the MDX doesnt necessarily put the sport in Sport Utility Vehicle. The MDX also features Acura’s dual-screen infotainment system, the larger of the two shows the Navigation map or backup camera display, and the smaller of the two is a touch screen with tactile feedback, and is used to control everything from climate control and heated seats to radio to navigation to phone settings.

All in all, the MDX is a great GL-Class/QX60/QX80/GX/X5 competitor, offering the equipment of the competitors and a fraction of the price. Acura’s tried and true SH-AWD system and optional extra safety features in the MDX make it a very smart choice for the consumers with a small family in the large luxury SUV market.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for reviews of a few Infiniti products, as well as some more offerings from Acura.

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Photoshoot- 2010 Acura ZDX

This past weekend I made a trip up to Flagstaff, AZ to see my family and to watch my best friend in her theater performance. While there I took my ZDX for a cruise to some scenic roads and places and took some photos. IMG_0080.JPGIMG_0075.JPG


These were taken in Lockett Meadow, which lies high on the Peaks.




These were taken off of Walnut Canyon Road




And these were taken on a residential road near the Flagstaff Mall.

Hope you guys enjoy the photos!

First Drive Review- 2015 Acura TLX Advance

Acura has had a plethora of sedans in their lineup for years now, ranging from the TSX to the TL to the RLX. For the 2015 model year they chose to combine their two smaller sedans, the TSX and TL into one all-new model- the TLX. The new model is cleanly styled, packed with tech, trimmed with high-quality materials, and is surprisingly affordable. The base 4-cylinder model starts at just under $31k while the range topping 3.5L V6 SH-AWD Advance w/ P-AWS starts at just under $45k. There are seven exterior colors and four interior colors to choose from, as well as Technology and Advance packages available for both engine and transmission choices. Speaking of powertrains, Acura has refreshed their offerings by giving buyers the choice of either a 2.4L I4 mated to an 8-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic, or a 3.5L V6 paired to a 9-speed Automatic- thats right- NINE forward gears all of which are controlled through buttons in the dash as opposed to a more conventional lever, and power is fed to either the front wheels, or through Acura’s SH-AWD system to all four.


The EPA rates the FWD 4-cylinder model at 24MPG city and 35MPG highway, while a SH-AWD V6 will net you 21 city and 31 highway.

At first glance, the exterior styling is very typical Acura- clean, modern, classy, and still sporting their controversial “beak” grille.

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The size is a good combination of it’s predecessors, and interior space is abundant for the average sized human. 10-way adjustable driver’s seat means the pilot can find the perfect position. Rear seat room is more than sufficient for long trips and offer 60-40 folding capabilities if you like to replace people with cargo.

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Interior appointments are high-quality and newly refreshed for 2015. As mentioned before, there are 4 different leather colors to choose from (some may be only available with specific exterior colors)




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The Advance Package includes navigation, backup camera, ELS Surround Sound system, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and remote engine start (included in keyless fob) The engagement of remote start takes longer than other vehicles in it’s class.


The steering feel is very organic, and feels very direct. The steering wheel is on the thicker side, and is wrapped in silky smooth soft grain leather. The suspension is tuned perfectly for this vehicle and feels very planted and reacts to bumps with complete control and adjustable dampeners do a stellar job at keeping the ride smooth and taut.

New for this class from Acura is the addition of P-AWS, or Precision-All Wheel Steer. P-AWS is a system that can allow the rear wheels to adjust toe angles independently, this adjustment allows the TLX to handle twisty roads with complete control. Available on Acuras for a few years now, IDS, or Integrated Dynamics System, allows the driver to choose from Economy, Normal, Sport, and Sport+. Each setting provides changes to transmission shift points, throttle response, suspension firmness, and steering feel.

If you’re in the market for a luxury mid-size sedan, have a driving enthusiast that lives somewhere in your heart, and enjoys more understated styling- the TLX is the sedan for you.

Feel free to ask me any questions about the TLX or anything in general. Thanks for reading.