Acura is the brand under which Japanese automaker Honda markets luxury, performance (and high-performance) vehicles around the world; it’s been sold in the United States since 1986. Although the marque performed poorly in the U.S. through the mid-to-late 1990s, the introduction of new models — and the comprehensive redesign of trusted favorites — has seen a strong resurgence in recent years.
Acura’s new market strength is, in large part, thanks to its sedan products. The company has a long history of bringing upscale, sporty and luxurious sedans to the forecourt; the 3.2 TL, released in 1999, is often cited as the first car in its class to offer buyers an ideal blend of great provision at a great price.
This philosophy continues into the 2014 model year, with four Acura sedans effectively covering the requirements of every market sector: TL, ILX, RLX and TSX
The venerable Acura TL nomenclature continues to badge one of Acura’s best-selling products. Now a mid-size luxury sport sedan, exceptional value and above-average durability come as standard. Now in its fourth generation, TL continues to combine bracing performance with cutting-edge technology, generous amenities and engaging handling.
Two trim levels are available:
- Base, with a 3.5-liter V6 creating 280 horsepower
- Sportier SH-AWD, with a 3.7-liter V6 motor generating 306 ponies bolted to (and there’s a clue in the name) an all-wheel drive layout
Six-speed auto, with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel, is standard, with an available six-speed manual.
The Acura ILX model made its U.S. debut in 2012, largely based on the factory’s Honda Civic platform; in fact, it shares all the Civic’s three powertrain variants (a 2.0-liter, a 2.4-liter VTEC and a 1.5-liter hybrid). ILX is the brand’s entry-level luxury car, and is the company’s first compact sedan produced since the Integra’s demise.
This compact sedan is available in four variants, all balancing good handling with excellent ride quality. The 2014 Acura ILX earned a top five-star rating for overall protection in government crash tests, and comes standard with:
- Active front head restraints
- Antilock brakes
- Front seat side airbags
- Side curtain airbags
- Stability control
- Traction control
The Acura RLX is Acura’s flagship sedan, a mid-size luxury offering that’s spacious, yet packed with all the latest technology. Initially, all RLX shared the same power train, a 3.5-liter V6 engine — developing 310 horsepower at 6,500 RPM – bolted to a six-speed auto box and a front-wheel drive lay-out (returning 20 MPG* city, 31 highway). The new all-wheel drive hybrid is both more powerful and more fuel-efficient.
Model choices are determined by “packages;” groupings of assets that would otherwise be options. Five are available:
- Krell Audio
Depending on trim, your sticker will be between $49,345 and $60,450
The Acura TSX is at heart, a sport sedan, designed for aspirational drivers – who want an upscale brand parked in the drive – seeking a small daily driver that’s also fun when the work week’s over. Acura’s well-earned reputation for competent handling, generous provision of standard features, a refined interior and above-average reliability are all represented in the TSX.
The base TSX is powered by a four-cylinder engine (a V6 engine is optional); on both, a five-speed auto box is standard, with a six-speed manual offered as an option. The four-cylinder engine/automatic combo returns 22 MPG city, 31 highway.
Drivers in the Doylestown/Norristown/Southampton area can schedule a test drive of any model at Montgomeryville Acura, where expert technicians also service and repair the full Acura range.
*2014 EPA Mileage
Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.