2015 Acura TLX Prototype Photo Gallery (20 Photos)

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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

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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

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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 (29)

Recall Alert: 2014 Acura MDX

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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)

2013 Acura ILX Hybrid Cars.com Review

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If the mark of a good hybrid is how unlike a hybrid it drives, the 2013 Acura ILX Hybrid isn't working hard to differentiate itself. Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder says a mushy brake pedal, lagging acceleration from its continuously variable automatic transmission and sometimes droning engine noise are constant reminders of the performance-for-efficiency compromise. Still, the hybrid's relative novelty in the compact-luxury class could bring niche success. Read Wiesenfelder's review below.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 6, 2013 | Comments (1)

How Do the Acura ILX's and Honda Civic's Interiors Compare?

"What do you think of the Honda Civic's interior versus that of the Acura ILX?"

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By Rick Popely | December 2, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Competes with: Infiniti M35h, Lexus ES 300h, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Looks like: The non-hybrid 2014 RLX luxury sedan
Drivetrain: 310-hp V-6 with two 27-kilowatt rear electric motors, a 35-kilowatt front electric motor and a 260-volt lithium-ion battery pack (for a combined total 377 horsepower), and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014

The 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD debuted as a concept car at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, but its gas-only sibling beat it to production. Now, the hybrid version of Acura's luxury sedan is finally gearing up to hit dealerships in the spring. The automaker is touting it as the "most powerful and technologically advanced vehicle in Acura history."

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The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD keeps its gas-powered sibling's looks. Both the RLX and RLX Sport Hybrid sedans bridge the gap between the midsize and full-size sedan categories.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2013 | Comments (1)

Which Full-Size SUVs Have Similar Gas Mileage to The 2014 Acura MDX?

"Which full-size SUVs come close to the 2014 MDX's mileage?"

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By Rick Popely | November 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Acura MDX: Explaining the Trim Levels

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The redesigned MDX, Acura's three-row crossover SUV, went on sale in June, and so far the introductory prices have remained unchanged.

The MDX comes in one well-equipped price level with three available option packages — Technology, Technology and Entertainment, and Advance and Entertainment — that effectively serve as trim levels.

It is a unique tiering strategy and can be confusing. However, there are few options available. You pick one of these four packages and that's about all the customizing you can do outside of paint and interior colors.

All are available with all-wheel or front-wheel drive. The front-drive option is new for 2014, as all previous versions came with AWD.

All prices include an $895 destination charge.

By Rick Popely | November 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

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