Acura continues to do well even in this time of economic struggle. It’s already well known that Acura’s vehicles are based on platform cars by Honda. This provides a real reliable automobile. And Acura’s score well in terms of safety, price, comfort and resale value.
The Acura ZDX is a crossover based on the Honda Accord platform, but looks nothing like the Honda Accord Crosstour. Its panormic roof spans the whole length of the passenger cabin of the vehicle. Its sporty new look is enhanced by the hidden rear door handles and the swept rear end.
The interior of the Acura ZDX is very roomy thanks to the fast back design which allows for more head room and cubic storage space. The lavish and comfortable interior features the generous use of leather. The brushed aluminum trim and center navigation console make you feel like you’re in a very modern vehicle. They complement the car’s exterior perfectly.
Under the hood of the Acura ZDX you get a smooth 3.7 liter V6 engine that produces 300 hp. A 6 speed auto transmission is on hand, complete with paddle shifters if needed. Acura’s Super Handling All Wheel Drive, or SH-AWD for short, completes the package. This computer controlled system can send torque to whichever wheels need it at that moment. Safety features of the Acura ZDX include stability and traction control. This contributes to its overall rollover protection. Fuel economy checks in at 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Price for the new Acura ZDX start at $45K.
Changes for the new Acura TSX are fairly small, since it was completely redesigned for last year’s model. New for this year is the addition of a V-6 engine. Still available is last year’s standard four cylinder engine. For an additional $5,500 over the base price, you can get the new V-6 engine. $5K is a bit pricey for the 3.5 liter V-6 engine. It produces 254 lb-fot of torque and 280 horsepower, but at that price, you might choose to stick with the standard 4 cylinder. Once you’ve shelled out the price for the upgrade to get the V-6, you’re in the price range for the Acura TL, which is a better car all around. Also, the V-6 available in the TSX puts out 20 horsepower less than the comparable engine in the TL and the ZDX. The base price for the Acura TSX with the 4 cylinder engine is $35K. Add the V-6 and it starts at over $40K.
The Acura TL was also recently redesigned but for this year the super luxury car gets sporty upgrades. First, is the addition of a 6-speed manual transmission. This can only be had with the all wheel drive system, but those two combine for some serious road going presence. Plus, the 6-speed manual shed almost 100 lbs of the curb weight of the automatic. Without the automatic transmission, the torque converter is no longer necessary. This allows Acura’s SH-AWD system to shine. These new enhancements combine a comfortable luxury sedan into a fun to drive, corner hugging performance automobile. The base price for the Acura TL is $39K.
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