2020 Acura MDX Review

For 2020 the Acura MDX soldiers on mostly unchanged from the previous model year. Offering three rows of seating, a premium design and accommodating interior, it’s a well-rounded three-row luxury crossover. Which vehicles compete with the 2020 Acura MDX ? The MDX’s closest competitors are the Infiniti QX60 and Lexus RXL. It also competes to a lesser extent with more expensive and opulent vehicles like the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Volvo XC90. What is the price of…

Building a 2019 Acura RDX

The 2019 Acura RDX is one of the best-selling compact luxury SUV’s and the brand’s most popular model. A complete redesign for this year brought with it more daring styling inside and out, plenty of tech features and a turbocharged 4-cylinder in lieu of the naturally aspirated V-6. The RDX, and Acura brand as a whole, occupies a middle ground in the market somewhere above mainstream and below full-on luxury automakers. Acura occupies the same gray area as Lincoln, Volvo…

Rx for the Acura RLX

Perched atop Acura’s sedan lineup is the full-size RLX. Far less popular than the mid-size TLX and virtually all of its competitors, the RLX is a rare bird indeed. Last year a total of just 1,931 units were sold in America. That pales in comparison to the volume of Volvo S90’s (6,967 units) and Audi A6’s (10,561 units) sold in America last year. For heaven’s sake, even the often forgotten Infiniti Q80 (née M) had more than double the sales…

2019 Acura ILX

For 2019 Acura has updated and restyled its smallest sedan, the compact ILX. With styling that now matches the brand’s latest design philosophy, it looks sportier and more premium than the 2018 model. As with other Acura models, a sporty A-Spec package is available that mostly offers cosmetic enhancements, like side sills and larger wheels. For 2019 Acura made previously optional advanced safety tech standard and also upgraded the seats and infotainment system. Within the brand’s lineup the ILX slots below…

2019 Cadillac XT4

The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is a compact luxury SUV with a starting price of $34,795. Competing in a crowded segment, the XT4 goes up against the likes of the BMW X1, Lexus NX, Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40. What sets the Cadillac XT4 apart from the competition is bold styling borrowed from the famous Escalade. Available in Luxury, Premium Luxury and Sport trims. The mid-level trim should suit most as it comes with leather, park assist and a power liftgate….

2019 Acura TLX

The 2019 Acura TLX enters its final year in its current form, as a full redesign is expected for 2010. With a starting MSRP of $33,000 the TLX is a mid-size luxury sedan that slots above the compact Acura ILX and full-size RLX in the brand’s sedan lineup. Its available with a 2.4 L 4-Cyl and optional 3.5 L V-6. As with other Acura models, a sporty A-Spec variant is available, which mainly consists of cosmetic enhancements. With a new…

Infographic: Acura MDX 2001-Present

The Acura MDX has been a mainstay in the Acura stable since its debut in 2001. A perennial strong seller, the MDX is now in its third generation. Learn more about the MDX and its changes over time. RELATED: 2019 Acura MDX Review RELATED: Lux SUV Olympics: Going for Gold! Sponsored Content Automotive Consulting Services for Media, Manufacturers & Dealers  Third Auto offers expert automotive industry consulting services for dealerships, manufacturers and media companies. With a focus on consumer trends,…

2019 Acura MDX

The 2019 Acura MDX is a three-row luxury crossover with a starting MSRP of $45,295. Although mostly carried over from 2018, the 2019 model features a sporty A-Spec version that lends some sporty design cues inside and out. The MDX offers luxurious accommodations and a smooth V-6 engine. It’s also available in hybrid form, although it’s quite pricey with a starting price of $52,800, which diminishes its value proposition. The Acura MDX is an upscale variant of the mainstream Honda…

Discovering Automaker’s Awesome Original Websites: Japanese Luxury Roundup

In the mid-1990’s most automotive brands that existed at the time began launching websites as digital was rapidly becoming the next frontier and offered an opportunity to showcase products and influence consumers as they perform research. Early examples of auto manufacturer websites provide a unique window into brand identity as there were wild variations in style and tone compared to the much more uniform websites of today, where virtually all have a nearly identical layout and user experience. Lexus: The…

2019 Acura RDX

The Acura RDX has been completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. Slotted below the mid-size Acura MDX in the brand’s SUV lineup, the RDX is a luxury compact crossover that competes with BMW, Audi, Lexus, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz segment entries. Prices start from an MSRP of $37,300. For 2019 the RDX’s V6 has been swapped out for a turbocharged four-cylinder, which saves weight and delivers improved fuel-efficiency. Pros: Less Expensive Than Competitors, Comfortable Interior, Good Ride/Handling Balance, Standard Advance Safety…

Lux SUV Olympics: Going For Gold!

hen shopping for a family-friendly three-row SUV that has luxury features and lots of utility, the choices are plentiful. In this evaluation we’ve narrowed down the choices to luxury brands only, as they generally offer upgraded dealer service, longer warranties, and more creature comforts than mainstream brands. However, shoppers on a budget or uninterested in all the gizmos can check out some top mainstream picks like the Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, Ford Explorer, and Kia Sorento.

2018 Acura RLX

Rounding out our review of Acura’s sedan lineup, we come to the 2018 Acura RLX. This is the full-size luxury sedan perched above the midsize Acura TLX and compact Acura ILX. The 2018 RLX has a starting price of $54,900. Pros: Speedy & Efficient Available Hybrid/AWD Combo, Less Common Than Competitors, Solid Construction, Good Interior Materials Cons: Interior/Exterior Design Philosophy Leaves Something To Be Desired, Huge Price Jump From TLX What You Should Know: Unless AWD is absolutely essential, check out…

2018 Acura MDX

The 2018 Acura MDX is the brand’s full-size luxury crossover with a starting MSRP $44,200, and is among the most popular vehicles in its class. The MDX slots above the compact Acura RDX, and have three rows of seating. Pros: Roomy & Comfortable, Sleek Design, Available Hybrid Improves Efficiency Cons: Infiniti QX60 Is More Stylish & More Efficient Than Non-Hybrid MDX What You Should Know: When considering the MDX be sure the check out archrival Infiniti QX60, which is another great…