2015 Acura TLX to Debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show


Honda is not one for surprising auto show debuts; the automaker displayed the TLX prototype (pictured) at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and now plans to unveil the production version of the sedan at the 2014 New York International Auto Show in April.

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We already know a lot about the sedan, which will go on sale this summer and replace the TL and TSX in the automaker's lineup. Powering the five-passenger sedan will be a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a nine-speed automatic, a first for Honda. All-wheel drive will be available on V-6 models.

What we didn't get to see at the Detroit Auto Show was the sedan's interior, and we'll have to wait until New York for the details. The 2015 TLX will be on the Acura stand April 16. Check back with us for more details. 

Cars.com photos by Steven Pham

By Jennifer Geiger | March 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Acura TLX Video

Acura's new sedan has to fill some big shoes; the 2015 TLX replaces the TL and TSX in Acura's lineup. At this year's Chicago Auto Show, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got a closer look at the prototype version that debuted at the 2014 Detroit auto show. Mays said Acura played it safe with the car's styling, including using a toned-down version of the brand's shield grille. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 7, 2014 | Comments (10)

Honda Is a Net Exporter, Sort Of


You might have heard that Honda is a net U.S. exporter, sending more U.S.-built cars to international markets than it imports into the U.S. for sale. But don't take the news at face value.

Here's why. The automaker, which includes the Honda brand and its Acura luxury division, declared itself a "net exporter in the U.S. for the first time" on Tuesday by virtue of shipping more U.S.-built cars to international markets than it imported to the U.S. in 2013. 

But it only counts imports from Japan — which accounted for 88,537 cars in 2013 — in that tally. Those Japan imports fell below the 108,705 cars that Honda shipped out of the U.S. in 2013, excluding cars sent to Canada. The infographic above is provided by Honda and the line "Honda exported more cars from the U.S. than it imported from Japan" is correct.

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That means Honda exported more cars from the U.S., excluding exports to Canada, than it imported from Japan alone in 2013. Did it export more cars from the U.S. than it imported from all countries? Honda won't say, but it's unlikely.

By Kelsey Mays | January 28, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Acura RLX


Vehicles affected: About 7,387 model-year 2014 Acura RLX sedans manufactured between Aug. 7, 2012, and Nov. 5, 2013.

The problem: The bolts that attach the rear lower control arms to the subframe of the vehicle may have loosened during transport to dealerships. This could reduce steering ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

The fix: The brand's parent, Honda, will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace the rear suspension lower control arm bolts for free.

What owners should do: Call Honda at 800-999-1009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Acura TLX Prototype Wisely Plays It Safe


Acura may not have gone back to the drawing board when designing the 2015 TLX Prototype's exterior, but what it ended up with is no doubt a much-needed evolution. The TLX's front styling is a blend of the 2014 MDX SUV and RLX sedan, while the profile is lean and mean with pronounced curves that pop on the red TLX Prototype shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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A replacement for the midsize TL, the TLX has less fat around the outside and appears more taut, fit and athletic. It's the awkward kid who bulked up at the gym. The TLX is tidier around the nose and trunk with shorter overhangs on both sides, bringing the proportions into a more athletic shape. Overall length is shortened 3.8 inches compared to the current TL, and interior room is said to remain relatively unchanged. The interior, however, won't be shown until later.

By Joe Bruzek | January 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Acura TLX Prototype Photo Gallery (20 Photos)


The 2015 Acura TLX Prototype sports a cleaner, tamer look with a shorter nose than its predecessor’s beaklike styling; it falls between the compact ILX and the full-size RLX in size and seats five. Acura is only showing us the midsize luxury sedan’s exterior this week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, so we’ll have to wait until closer to its summer launch to show you what’s in the cabin.

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We do, however, know what’s under the hood: a direct-injected 2.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission or a 3.5-liter V-6, also direct-injected. Moreover, a new body construction is said to reduce interior noise. Safety equipment includes collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and a low-speed follow feature, and a blind spot warning system. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 15, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Acura TLX Prototype at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show


Looks like: A more curvaceous ILX with MDX front styling
Defining characteristics: Taut proportions and swooping rear fenders
Ridiculous features: Tailor-made side mirrors
Chance of being mass-produced: You'll see the TLX on sale this summer

Acura's "prototype" designation means the all-new TLX is coming to a dealership near you this summer as a full-blown production car; engine, transmission and drivelines were all divulged at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit today. The TLX replaces the TL as Acura's midsize sedan and also bumps out the oddly sized TSX sedan.

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Because it's a prototype, Acura can show the outside and leave the interior a mystery, which is the case with the 2015 TLX Prototype. The outside is the star, so far, though, with a familiar look cleaned up and toned down compared to a generation of beak-like styling that's now subdued and more rounded.

By Joe Bruzek | January 14, 2014 | Comments (7)

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


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


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 (40)

Recall Alert: 2014 Acura MDX


Vehicles Affected: Approximately 19,197 model-year 2014 Acura MDX crossovers. Only all-wheel-drive MDXs built between May 6 and Oct. 14, 2013, are affected.

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that faulty bolts that attach the drive shaft to the automatic transmission could become loose and allow the shaft to detach. If this happens during driving, it could cause a loud noise and distract the driver, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Acura parent company Honda will notify owners later this month. Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

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