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These Six Rich Celebrities Drive Surprisingly Affordable Cars 7
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Acura TSX, Cadillac XTS, celebrities, Ford F-150, Ford Fusion, GMC Savana, Reports, VOLVO on 10 7th, 2017


While people with large amounts of money in their names usually tend to trade up every chance they get when it comes to cars, others, regardless of how successful they are, simply live well enough alone.
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1.3 Million Hondas Recalled Over Takata Passenger Airbags 12
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Acura, Acura MDX, Acura RL, Acura TSX, Acura ZDX, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Clarity, Honda CR-V, Honda Element, Honda FCX, Honda Jazz - Fit, Honda Pilot, Honda Ridgeline, honda-fit, Recalls on 01 12th, 2017


Honda has issued another recall to replace problematic Takata airbags. More of the same, you say? Maybe, but this time it's not the airbag in the steering wheel – it's the passenger airbag.
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Recall Alert: Acura MDX, RL And TSX Models 25
Mar
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Acura, Acura MDX, Acura RL, Acura TSX, Automotive, honda, Kurt, News, Recalls on 03 25th, 2013
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2005 Acura MDX

2005 Acura MDX

Do you drive a 2005-06 Acura MDX, a 2005 Acura RL or a 2004-08 Acura TSX? If you answered yes to this question, be prepared to receive a recall notice on your vehicle from Honda. MDX and RL models are being recalled for an unintended braking issue, while TSX models sold or currently registered in snow belt states are being recalled for a corrosion issue that could affect the car’s ECU.

The braking issue on MDX and RL models (which also affects 2005 Honda Pilot SUVs) ties back to a capacitor that may have damaged during Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) control module assembly. Vehicles with the damaged capacitor may show intermittent, light application of the brakes without driver assist. If the driver applies the brakes while the VSA system is malfunctioning, the brakes may bring the vehicle to a sudden stop.

To remedy this, Acura and Honda dealers will install a new partial wiring harness that includes a replacement capacitor. As a loose ground may further complicate matters on Honda Pilots included in this recall, Honda dealers will tighten ground wires as well.

The TSX recall affects vehicles in states that use salts for de-icing. Drivers can track in road salts, which leach through the footwell carpeting and can cause a short in vehicle’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU), leading to potential stalling.

To remedy this, Acura dealers will inspect affected vehicles and replace ECU assemblies (under warranty) as needed. All cars in the recall will also get a waterproof cover for the ECU, designed to prohibit re-occurrence of the issue.

Owners with questions or concerns can contact Honda’s customer service at (800) 999-1009, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.



Acura Continues to Revamp Line to Compete with Tier 2 Luxury Brands 1
Aug
Posted by Darryl in 2013 Acura ILX, Acura, Acura MDX, Acura NSX, Acura RL, Acura TL, Acura TLX, Acura TSX, Acura ZDX, Automotive, News on 08 1st, 2012

Honda C Concept – Rumored design basis for upcoming Acura TLX

Honda’s luxury division plans to continue their product line revamp to put them in a better position to challenge second-tier luxury brand rivals such as Audi, Buick, Infiniti and Volvo. Acura’s new positioning will not focus so much on directly competing with the likings of BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.

Acura’s bread and butter TL will likely be renamed the TLX and shrink in size while they phase out the TSX potentially carrying on in a limited V6 production form. The TLX is due to get a new line of Earth Dreams engines featuring direct injection, 310 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The same powertrain will be used in the upcoming Honda Accord and potentially deliver as much as 45 MPG.

Honda C Concept – Rumored design basis for upcoming Acura TLX

Reportedly, the smaller Acura ILX, which will not have a coupe variant, will have the base 2.0-liter engine replaced by a 2.4-liter making 181 horsepower. Additionally, a more-powerful 2.4-liter direct injection engine could also be offered producing close to 230 horsepower.

The new 2013 RDX will carry on with its current 273 horsepower V6 while its larger MDX sibling will eventually get the Earth Dreams V6 engine adding power and efficiency over the current 300 horsepower V6. The ZDX could remain in the lineup for now but eventually phased out due to slipping sales well after the new MDX is launched.

The Acura RL flagship is due for a redesign in the fall where it will get the TL’s Earth Dreams V6 engine and weigh in below 4,000 pounds due to lightweight aluminum and high-strength steel.

Of course 2014 will bring about the launch of the highly anticipated Acura NSX using an all-wheel-drive system powered by a V6 engine and two electric motors.

With Acura’s semi-conservative approach to competing with so-called ‘second-tier’ luxury brands, they will put themselves into an attractive position for consumers looking to slip into the luxury auto market for the first time.

[source: AutoNews]



2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Review & Test Drive 8
Jun
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Acura, Acura TSX, Acura TSX Sport Wagon, Automotive, featured, Test Drives on 06 8th, 2011

In the good old days of wood paneled station wagons and trips to Wally Word, the automotive enthusiast could not fathom a time when a wagon would be even remotely considered to be cool. Fortunately, the wagon has been resurrected to be cool once again not only by the American and German automakers, but by the Japanese at Acura as well. The all-new Acura TSX Sport Wagon is a car that embodies balanced performance, sexy styling, and utility all wrapped up in a luxury-sports sedan platform.

Honda gave Americans the Crosstour in the hopes of filling a void for utilitarian sedans. Unfortunately, some of us still begged for that stylish European Honda Accord Tourer Wagon, which has now been brought to our shores in the form of the new Acura TSX Sport Wagon.

The all-new 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon, as you can guess, is essentially a TSX with extra utility room. But the TSX Sport Wagon is a bit more than just a regular TSX with a gigantic trunk that adds extra weight; it is engineered to have that same tenacity in the performance and luxury departments as the TSX sedan, despite its larger cargo capacity.

The new TSX Sport Wagon drives just like the regular TSX sedan with no compromise due to the larger rear end. Its 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine puts out 201 horsepower and provides good EPA fuel economy numbers rated at 22mpg city and 30mpg highway. The 201 horsepower and 170 pounds-feet of torque engine strains at times when you demand power. The 5-speed automatic transmission is very competent in most driving situations providing smooth, direct shifts. It does, however, have a manual sport mode that allows you to utilize the steering wheel paddle shifters and basically rev the engine into the redline all the way to fuel cut.

The V6 found in the TSX sedan is not offered in the TSX Sport Wagon currently. Although the 2.4-liter cylinder is not a bad engine, the TSX Sport Wagon could use a bit more oomph when you have it loaded full of “stuff” along with 5 breathing bodies. It is quite possible Acura may offer a more tenacious powertrain for the TSX Sport Wagon in the future. For now the economical 2.4-liter is surprisingly adequate.

Steering response from the electric steering rack is predictable but does not give you a good representation of road surfaces and the feedback that you may expect from a sporty car. Visibility towards the rear does take a little time to become accustomed to because of the low slopping roof-line of the wagon part of the TSX. The suspension is tuned well, keeping body roll in check when taking moderate turns.

Acura is not only testing the waters for offering a sport wagon in the American market, but they have put the new TSX Sport Wagon up against BMW and Audi wagon offerings. Estimated to produce 4000 units this year, Acura may be attempting to get some feedback from the market before the research yields higher production numbers.  So far, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon is off to a good start. Having a price starting at only $30,960 could be a major factor that wins over many young buyers.

During my time with the Acura TSX Sport Wagon I was able to put it to the test by loading and unloading several card tables and chairs. Surprisingly I was able to make only one trip to carry 6 folding chairs and two tables without putting the rear seats down. The power rear liftgate, part of the tech-package option, is also a nice touch considering how low the TSX Sport Wagon’s rear bumper is for loading and unloading items. Just a push of the button lowers and completely closes the rear left gate for easy access.

The inside of the Acura TSX Sport Wagon provides the right blend of luxury and sport. The front heated leather buckets provide excellent lateral support and are comfortable enough to prevent fatigue during long road trips.  The dashboard is virtually the same as a TSX sedan, nicely integrating the audio and hvac controls down the center console in the fashion that Acura and Honda owners are accustomed to. The navigation LCD screen, slightly set apart from other center-console controls, is bright and easy to read. Having the tech package offers up one of the best navigation systems on the market with voice activation, XM Navtraffic and XM Weather.

The center armrest storage area provides an adjustable a/c vent to keep items cool. It won’t keep ice frozen for longer than a hour but it does provide occupants with enough cool ventilation to keep a sandwich fresh for wherever you end up on a full tank of gas.

When you consider the cargo capacity of the TSX Sport Wagon, it surpasses offerings from BMW and Audi and even the Acura RDX’s total space with the seats down. With that amount of utility for a price starting around $30,000, young buyers would consider the TSX Sport Wagon to be a sensible competitor especially when compared to the price of similarly equipped wagons from Audi and BMW.

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Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base TSX Sport Wagon $30,960 As-Tested $31,820
  • Engine: 2.4-liter 4-cylinder 201 horsepower @ 7000 rpm / 170 ft-lbs. torque @ 4300 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 106.5in.
  • Total length: 189.4in.
  • Total width: 72.4in.
  • Total height: 57.9in.
  • Headroom: f/r-37.6/37.0in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.4/34.3in.
  • Curb weight: 3,599lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 8.5 seconds
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • EPA cargo volume: 60.5cu.ft.
  • EPA fuel economy: 22mpg/city 30mpg/highway






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