Should You Wait for the 2016 Acura RDX or Buy the 2015?

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The Acura RDX, the Japanese luxury brand's entry-level SUV, has just come off of its best sales year ever. But Acura isn't content with coasting on that recent success, introducing a mildly refreshed version of the RDX at the recent Chicago Auto Show to keep that sales momentum going.

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We've had an up-close look at the new '16 RDX and wondered if the changes that Acura has made to the new luxury SUV go far enough. If you're in the market for a new RDX, or will be soon, the question then becomes: Should you wait for the new 2016 to arrive in showrooms this spring, or should you go out and buy one of the slightly more than 10,000 that are sitting on dealer lots right now?

Normally we ask this question before we've actually seen the new model, so we have an advantage here in that we can compare what we know about the 2016 model with the vehicle currently for sale. Sadly we have to wait a bit before driving it, but based on what we do know, here's what we can recommend.

By Aaron Bragman | February 26, 2015 | Comments (2)

The Concept Cars of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

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Car shoppers at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show will be able to get an up-close look at the year's newest vehicles, but it's not all business. This year's crop of concept cars is sure to catch a few eyes, from Buick's stunning and stylish Avenir sedan to Kia's hybrid off-road-ready Trail'ster.

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This year's show starts Feb. 14 and continues until Feb. 22 at the McCormick Place convention center. Click here for tickets and times and here for a show floor map. Check out some of our favorite concept cars ... and a couple new production models that sure look like concepts.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Acura RDX Video

Acura gave its compact SUV a more chiseled look for 2016. The RDX gets minor updates inside and out this year, and Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays takes us through the highlights.

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Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

More Details and Photos of the New 2016 Acura RDX (32 photos)

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Acura's updates to the 2016 RDX import a healthy dose of styling from the brand's other recently updated models. Five years ago I'd be groaning after reading that, but Acura's latest design direction is on the up and up as the luxury brand distances itself from the exaggerated shield/beaked designs of the past.

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The 2016 RDX adds a more dimensional, attractive shape to the compact SUV with new front and rear styling for a more contemporary look. One of the stand-out features of the 2016 are the new jewel-eye LED headlights, which are becoming a staple of the brand and feature LED low and high beams and LED "light pipe" accents. Acura's wild LED projector headlights sparkle even when they're off and are standard equipment on the RDX.

By Joe Bruzek | February 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Acura RDX: First Look

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Competes with: BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Cadillac SRX

Looks like: Designers took an angle grinder to the front and rear bumpers

Drivetrain: 279-hp, 3.5-liter V-6; six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Spring 2015

Acura's compact luxury crossover is coming off its best year of sales since being introduced for 2007. The RDX hasn't been updated since 2013, and for 2016 it gains a number of updates that should keep Acura's second-best seller fresh.

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The RDX gets new front and rear styling, a slightly more efficient and powerful engine plus a new optional multimedia system. A line-topping Advance Package is also available for the first time; it slots above the Technology Package and offers newly available features as well as a suite of advanced safety options.

By Joe Bruzek | February 12, 2015 | Comments (5)

2016 Acura MDX: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: New transmission with push-button gear selector, revised all-wheel drive and new optional safety features
Price change: $100-$250 increase
On sale: Today
Which should you buy, 2015 or 2016? 2015. The nine-speed automatic transmission and push-button gear selector weren't two of our favorite features in the new Acura TLX; maybe they're better executed in the MDX.

Acura is giving the MDX a tweak not long after the popular luxury three-row SUV was redesigned for 2014. The 2016 Acura MDX receives an updated powertrain with a revised all-wheel-drive system and a new nine-speed automatic transmission featuring a push-button gear selector. The mechanical changes don't help fuel economy, however, which is actually down 1 mpg on some models compared to the 2015's ratings.

Related: 2015 Acura MDX Review

New for 2016, safety features are bundled into an available AcuraWatch package that Acura adds to its family of trim levels: MDX with Technology Package, MDX with Rear Entertainment System, etc. AcuraWatch separates advanced safety features available for 2015 into a package and adds a few new ones such as Road Departure Mitigation and rear cross-traffic alert.

By Joe Bruzek | February 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

Government Forces New Airbag Recall For 2.12 Million Vehicles

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recalling more than 2 million vehicles to fix a defect it says was not properly remedied under a previous recall. Airbags can inadvertently deploy in 2.12 million Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac and Toyota vehicles, increasing the risk of an injury.

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NHTSA says this campaign will provide owners with a new remedy after the manufacturers' original attempts to fix the defects proved ineffective.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Honda Pilot, 2016 Acura RDX to Debut in Chicago

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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is still displaying the industry's newest vehicles, but Honda is already making news for its plans for the next auto show; the automaker will unveil the new Pilot alongside an updated Acura RDX from its luxury arm at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

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Details on the new version of Honda's largest SUV are slim, but the automaker says the eight-passenger 'ute will offer "new technology, advanced safety, class-leading fuel economy and enhanced family utility and versatility." The stocky, blocky family hauler should also get a total exterior makeover. Honda says the new model represents a dramatic shift in design, and the teaser image hints at the 2016 version's sloping roofline and more angular body. It looks like the rear three-quarters of the new Pilot borrows styling from Honda’s smaller SUVs, the CR-V and HR-V.

The 2016 Pilot will meet the public at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12 and go on sale this summer. Acura will also show off an updated RDX in Chicago. The automaker promises that the new compact crossover will be safer and more luxurious as well as offer styling and performance enhancements. Check back with us on Feb. 12 for more details.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 21, 2015 | Comments (6)

2016 Acura NSX Video

The production version of Acura's mid-engine supercar is finally here; after years of teasing concept versions of the NSX, the automaker unveiled the real deal at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays gives the sleek, aerodynamic coupe a closer look; check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

More 2016 Acura NSX Details and Photos

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The NSX had a lot to live up to with all the hype that's developed around the car's return over the last few years, but the finally arrived production model did. It's modern, sleek and aggressive, yet it retains a clear design connection with the original NSX. During the car's reveal, Acura said team members from the original NSX project were part of the group working on the new car.

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The front-end looks good and appropriately exotic. It's covered with cooling inlets and a slim version of Acura's corporate shield grille. The car is designed so air flows through the front inlets and out the hood and fender vents, both of which are new design elements since the last NSX concept. The rear gets a prominent diffuser and quad exhaust outlets. The overall look is more McLaren than Ferrari or Lamborghini.

By Mike Hanley | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

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