Acura, the luxury division of Honda, offers a range of vehicles high on sophistication but with a sporty edge as well.
The entry level ILX sedan and the efficient ILX Hybrid debuted last year and add more standard features for 2014, including a backup camera, leather upholstery, and active noise cancellation. The ILX is a smaller luxury car, close in size to the Honda Civic but with an upgraded interior and better powertrain options. The ILX Hybrid gets the best fuel economy of any Acura with 39 combined mpg.
Up next is the flexible TSX, which comes as both a sedan and a wagon. Inside you get plenty of standard features including Bluetooth® connectivity and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The midsize TL luxury sedan was restyled in 2012 and now has a more elegant, less “beaky” look. Fuel economy was also improved which brings highway mpg up to 29. The TL also features Acura’s super-handling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) system as an option.
Replacing the RL flagship sedan for 2014 is the RLX, which offers unique styling with never before seen headlights and special features like active steering. Instead of normal headlights, the RLX has eight LEDs in each headlight cluster, which double as daytime running lights, and a separate bulb for the high beams. Active steering uses all four wheels to help steer the RLX, improving stability in both normal and panic conditions.
Acura also offers a pair of crossovers, each with different aims. The smallest is the five-seat RDX, which underwent a redesign last year, adding a little size all around which means more passenger room and a new, more powerful V-6 that adds an extra 33-hp to the mix.
If you need more space or cargo room, the seven-seat MDX might be more up your alley. The MDX also packs in the features, as all trims come with SH-AWD, tri-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth connectivity.
(The ZDX has been discontinued for 2014.)