2015 Acura TLX Video

At the 2014 New York International Auto Show, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got up close to the all-new 2015 Acura TLX luxury sedan — not that proximity made things more exciting. "It kind of looks like every other Acura," Mays said. Similar to the TL/TSX replacement's prototype we saw at the 2014 Detroit auto show, the TLX is shorter than the TL and wears Acura's shield grille and "jewel-eye" LED headlights. With a comfortable cabin and roomier trunk, Mays found little to criticize but not much to get excited about either. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 23, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Detroit Auto Show: Acura to Unveil TSX, TL Replacement Dubbed TLX

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Acura has announced that it will show a new TLX Prototype, a midlevel performance-oriented luxury sedan concept, at the upcoming 2014 North American International Auto Show in January in Detroit. The production version of the TLX will replace both the TSX and TL sedans in the brand's lineup. It is the next step in creating a three-level sedan lineup, says Acura, with the smaller ILX at the entry level and the larger RLX as the flagship.

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The TLX will feature two new direct-injected engines mated to a new transmission, and will be available in two- or all-wheel drive (Acura has not specified if the car will be front-wheel drive, but seeing as how the brand has no rear-wheel-drive platform, this would be a safe bet).

By Aaron Bragman | December 19, 2013 | Comments (1)

Ten Cars That Won't See 2015

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Automakers give all sorts of reasons for canceling a model. Sometimes it comes from a deliberate one-and-done cycle, as Scion often employs. Other times a car too similar to its corporate siblings — compare the ultra-luxury Maybach brand to an optioned-out Mercedes-Benz S-Class — and allowed to age without a redesign can spell doom. And some cars just plain stink: Four of our 10 Worst Cars of the 2000s sputtered out with no direct replacement.

Whatever the cause, cancellations often coincide with lackluster sales. Consider former Volvo spokesman James Hope, whose eulogy for the now-defunct S40 and V50 was short and sweet. "The S40 and V50 are great cars," Hope said. "Our focus, however, needs to be on our [sales] volume vehicles."

More than a dozen models were discontinued in 2013. We polled our editors to see which cars we think will meet their end next year.

By Kelsey Mays | December 18, 2013 | Comments (36)

Mercedes-Benz Is Luxury Car Thieves' Most Wanted

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That Mercedes-Benz in your driveway might have turned the tables on the Joneses, who are now trying to keep up with you, but that envy doesn't end with your neighbors. According to a report released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, to steal a Mercedes-Benz is considered an honor among thieves. The German automaker's iconic three-pointed star adorns three of the top 10 most-stolen luxury models in the U.S., with the C-Class taking the No. 1 spot with 485 thefts from Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2012.

The Des Plaines, Ill.-based nonprofit's analysis divided the luxury-vehicle segment into three subclasses — compact, midsize and premium — with thefts across all three totaling 4,384 for the 2010-12 model years. The compact class accounted for the greatest portion of that total, with 2,150 thefts, followed by the midsize class' 1,734 thefts and the premium's 500. By state, the distribution of thefts largely correlates with population size: California lays claim to 1,063 of the total luxury thefts, the most, while South Dakota and Wyoming each had only one. By core-based statistical area, which includes a densely populated urban center and its surrounding areas, the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area had the largest number of luxury thefts at 806, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif., with 491, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla., with 452.

By Matt Schmitz | July 30, 2013 | Comments (5)

2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon: Family Checklist

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Sometimes you sit inside a car and instantly feel a connection, and that's what happened to me in the 2013 Acura TSX Sport Wagon. This luxury wagon nearly has it all — styling, handling and cargo space, but it falls short in backseat legroom when the whole family is onboard.

I was skeptical of the TSX Sport Wagon before my test drive. When I previously tested the TSX sedan, I found it to be too tight a fit for my family of three. But two years later, with a toddler now in a forward-facing convertible seat instead of a rear-facing infant carrier, the TSX wagon was a better fit, though it's not exactly spacious in the second row. The wagon and sedan have the same space in the front and rear seats.

By Carrie Kim | July 26, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2004-08 Acura TSX

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Honda is recalling 76,253 model-year 2004-08 versions of the Acura TSX compact sedan due to electrical problems, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Only cars originally sold in or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia are affected. In these states, corrosive materials (like salt) are used to de-ice roads. If the material enters the car through a driver's shoe and saturates the carpet over time, it could come in contact with the car's electronic control unit and cause it to corrode. This could lead to the engine stalling.

Honda will start notifying owners on April 11, and dealers will install a waterproof cover on the electronic control unit for free. Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

Luxury Wagons Work to Woo Families

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I'm a wagon lover, and I'm not ashamed to say it. If things went my way, I'd have one of those big, wood-paneled ones in my driveway right now. However, most Americans don't share my enthusiasm for the old-school wagon. They have no idea what they're missing out on because today's wagons are often quite luxurious — and lacking in wood paneling.

With many of today's wagons focusing on luxury, these original grocery-getters have gotten pricey. A short list of wagons — Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen — can be had for less than $25,000.

Several luxury automakers are doing their best to woo families with high-end wagons, but they're not always as family-friendly as you'd think:

By Carrie Kim | February 26, 2013 | Comments (13)

Why Isn't the Buick Regal Selling Well?

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Over the past few years, we've seen a global convergence and streamlining of major vehicle lineups, which means more of the Eurocentric vehicles that automotive enthusiasts covet are coming here. But many of them aren't selling well.

For proof, just look at the relatively poor-selling BMW 1 Series, Smart ForTwo, Suzuki Kizashi or Scion iQ. (The latter two were designed with Europe in mind.) At the top of the list is the Buick Regal, which historically was one of Buick's best-selling models. In 2004 it was redesigned and renamed LaCrosse — now Buick's flagship sedan in the U.S. After a six-year hiatus in the U.S., the Regal returned to our shores, but as a different beast.

By Colin Bird | August 17, 2012 | Comments (60)

Mercedes, Lexus and Audi Fail Latest IIHS Crash Tests

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The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and two Lexus sedans — the IS 250/350 and the outgoing ES 350 — failed the latest round of IIHS frontal tests.

As we reported Monday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new offset frontal-barrier test simulates a 40-mph collision with a rigid barrier that overlaps just 25% of the car. The test simulates a front-corner collision with a tree, a pole or another vehicle, a scenario that is responsible for almost 25% of front crashes that seriously injure or kill someone in front, IIHS says. The new test will augment the agency's existing frontal test, which crashes a car at 40 mph against a deformable barrier that overlaps 40% of the front.

"Outside of some automakers’ proving grounds, such a test isn’t currently conducted anywhere else in the United States or Europe," IIHS said in a statement, noting that despite an increasing number of cars that score well in frontal crash tests, some 10,000 highway deaths still come from frontal collisions each year.

By Kelsey Mays | August 14, 2012 | Comments (30)

2012 Acura TSX Priced at $29,810

12tsxextFor the 2012 model year, Acura increases its prices by $200 across the line for its entry-level TSX and adds a new Special Edition trim.

The Special Edition adds sportier appearance add-ons inside and out.  You can learn more about that here.

The Special Edition starts at $30,810, $1,000 more than the base TSX ($29,810). For 2012, the TSX Sport Wagon comes with a compact tire-repair kit instead of a spare tire, to increase storage underneath the cargo area floor.

The TSX sedan and wagon are on sale today. The Special Edition will go on sale by the end of this month.

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By Colin Bird | September 16, 2011 | Comments (2)

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