Price Range (MSRP): $27,050 (ILX) to $48,450 (RLX)
Acura, the luxury division of Honda, offers a range of vehicles high on sophistication but with a sporty edge as well.
Acura's passenger car lineup starts with the entry level ILX sedan. The ILX stands pat for 2015, after adding standard features last year, 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.
Acura cancelled two of its models (the TSX and TL) and replaced them with one new car, the midsize TLX. It offers many of the latest safety technology, two engine options, and a new nine-speed transmission that Acura is debuting on this car.
Last year, the RLX replaced the RL as the flagship of Acura’s lineup. It features unique styling with jewel eye headlights (also on the TLX) and special features like active four-wheel 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 ILX Hybrid, TSX, and TL have been discontinued for 2015.)