2010 Acura TSX V6 Review – The veritable TSX gets an engine upgrade for 2010

Thursday January 28th, 2010 at 10:11 AM
Posted by: anson

2010 Acura TSX V6
By Anson Tse


  • One of the best looking interiors
  • Smooth and quiet V6
  • Nimble handling


  • Some ergonomic details are a bit off
  • The V6 option is expensive
  • Underwhelming audio system

The Acura brand has been around for over 20 years now but it’s not top of mind when thinking about Japanese luxury vehicles. Lexus and Infiniti always seemed to gather the most attention, which probably attests more to marketing efforts than the vehicles themselves. I have noticed an increased marketing effort from Acura to generate more awareness of the brand, mainly touting its 5 star safety ratings across its whole line. But what about the cars themselves, how do they compare with everything else out there in this crowded premium sedan market?

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2009

Monday November 23rd, 2009 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

New Year 2009-2010 SignpostContributing editors: Greg Gaillard, Alex Kramer, Kurt Gensheimer, Derek Mau

Despite 2008′s desperate measures to help auto manufacturers hold on to business as usual, 2009 brought only radical change leaving many old business practices and brands behind.

We have been spectators in this year of turmoil and watched the industry struggle to reinvent itself.  Two of The Big Three went bankrupt; one emerged with a global partner, the other became lean and focused.  Diesels are now faster than their gasoline counterparts. Nine out of ten EPA mpg champs are hybrids. VW bought Porsche while Porsche was buying VW.  Overall sales were millions of units short of expectations. Manufacturers now pin their hopes on the Chinese market, while Americans pray that the Volt is half as good as it needs to be. Somehow, during all of this turmoil Kia became cool.  What was once unthinkable has happened.

Amidst the mayhem consumer conservatism has redefined value to mean more than MSRP, monthly payments and residuals. Cars had better be good at what they do or people won’t buy them. The industry must meet the new expectation of great cars and real innovation. Tricky marketing and trend analysis will not build the product portfolios of the future.

While the industry was being shaken to its core, 2009 was a banner year for new technologies and remarkable products.  Read on to find out which cars persevered as CarReview’s best choices of 2009

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Featured User Review: Acura RDX

Friday August 14th, 2009 at 9:88 AM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Acura RDX

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Featured Review: 2009 Acura RDX

by Dave

Price Paid: $34000.00
Review Date: August 13, 2009
Overall Rating: 5 of 5
Value Rating: 4 of 5
Used product for: More than 1 year

I love my RDX! I thought I would miss the car like feel by going to a SUV but not true with the RDX. It literally feels like a sports car behind the wheel. Very agile for a 4000 lbs vehicle! SH-AWD is AWESOME on both dry pavement and snow/ice. I just loved driving it in the snow this past winter. I purposely took the back roads unpaved by the plows just for the fun of it. Couldn’t get this thing stuck in the snow if I tried. Great AWD!!!

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Acura ZDX Sporty Crossover Concept

Wednesday April 15th, 2009 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Acura ZDX

More concept news from this month’s New York Auto Show points the way forward to what SUV could be like in the future. Or at least what they could be like if the Honda Motor Company has its way. Say hello to the Acura ZDX. Sources say that the ZDX is ” … very close to [a] production version of the Japanese firm’s forthcoming crossover that is due to go on sale in the States in the fall of 2009.” So Acura is really going to build this thing, and it’s going to be hitting showrooms within months. Although at first bringing another SUV-like ride to the streets might not be the brightest of ideas, there is a certain rational here. BMW, to name one, is rolling out their X6 crossover SUVs as we speak, which has the same ‘it’s a coupe, and it’s SUV’ looks of the ZDX, so if Honda is wrong, they’re not the only ones being wrong.

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Four New Cars From The Foreign 4 Knocking at the Door

Monday February 23rd, 2009 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: m35man


Who would have dreamed a year ago that the big names at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show would be Acura, Hyundai, Kia, and Mazda? Who would have ever imagined that a U.S. auto show would be dominated by companies from Japan and Korea?

Everyone thought the Chicago Auto Show would be a great opportunity for the Big 3 to pull out the stops and put a positive spin on a bad situation. But, instead of a much-needed infusion of confidence, all the Big 3 got was an old-school whuppin’ at the hands of the Foreign 4.

While the Big 3 was busy taking private jets to Washington D.C., closing production facilities and laying off workers at an alarming rate, it seems that the Foreign 4 has been hard at work.

Sure, the Big 3 did unveil some great new cars. But, questions still remain. How quickly can they get these vehicles to market? Are they earmarking bailout money for these projects? (They must be.) But, while the Big 3 wonders, the Foreign 4 plunders, and that’s the name of that tune.

4 new cars from the Foreign 4: The 2010 Acura TSX V-6, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis coupe R-Spec, the 2010 Kia Forte, and the 2009 Mazda MX-5 were displayed at the Chicago Auto Show.

Read the article from Kirk Bell, contributing author to CarReview and Search Chicago, after the jump:

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2009 Acura TL SH-AWD – First Impressions

Friday January 16th, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2009 Acura TL
By Holly R.

  • Super comfortable seats, which hold you in place nicely when railing corners, accelerating quickly, or just cruising along the freeway
  • Easy to drive, easy to see out of and super sexy to look at
  • Pure quality on the interior and exterior. Not a rattle, creak, jerk when opening or closing anything
  • Really nice luxury features
  • Lots of thoughtful (and hidden) cubbyholes for things
  • Drives like a dream
  • Firm suspension that reminds you that this really has sports-car qualities, yet smooth enough to not be a bone-jarring ride

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Sources: Honda To Cut More Future Sport and Luxury Models – S2000 and RWD Acuras

Monday January 12th, 2009 at 1:11 PM
Posted by: tonyb

The ax continues to swing over at Honda, and this time, it’s a bit too close to home. This time the sources say the axeman cometh for, gulp, the S2000 and various rear wheel drive Acuras.

According to CarScoop (via England’s AutoCar) Honda’s restructuring plans call for the death of more models in addition to the NSX to cope with slowing demand worldwide. Honda has eliminated a range of rear-wheel drive models for the Acura range along with a new V8 engine also slated for Acura. Also to be killed, the convertible version of the CR-Z hybrid coupe form last year’s London Show and finally and most sadly, the successor to the Honda S2000 sports car.

I can live without the big sedans with the big V8s to push them, but losing the S2000 is quite the blow. I never fit in the right, but they sure were a hoot to drive. Losing the S2K AND the NSX means that Honda will be without ant sort of sports car. Which is both sad, and borderline unforgivable. Let’s hope that not all of these rumors are true.

Source: CarScoop

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2009 Acura TL First Impressions – Its inner beauty wins me over

Thursday January 8th, 2009 at 7:11 AM
Posted by: Derek

By Derek Mau


  • Smooth and supple ride
  • Lots of power on demand from a normally aspirated motor
  • An abundant number of luxury features makes for happy passengers
  • Full iPod integration
  • Respectable fuel economy from a 305 hp engine


  • Should have stayed true with the old exterior design

They say beauty is only skin deep. For the redesigned 2009 Acura TL you have to look under the skin to find its true beauty. With a lot of hype surrounding the new motor and suspension setup, I figured a true test for the new TL would be a long road trip. Like a blue-wing teal flying south for the winter, I decided to drive 400 miles from the San Francisco bay area to Los Angeles in search of warmer climate.

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2008

Wednesday December 31st, 2008 at 1:1212 PM
Posted by: Derek

Happy New YearHappy New Year everyone!

Another year has passed by and it is time for reflection upon the past year, as well as looking forward to more good things happening in 2009. 2008 had the debut of the largely anticipated Nissan GT-R which ran rings around the competition from the European stalwarts such as the BMW M3 and Porsche 911. In 2008, gas prices reached an all-time high of over $4 per gallon and dropped below $2 a gallon in less than six months. I don’t even want to mention the controversy surrounding the subject of bailing out the big 3 American auto makers because that conjures up more pain that the taxpayers have to bear. Getting past the greedy oil brokers and money-grubbing banks, there were still some outstanding cars that came out in 2008. CarReview’s editors reviewed the cars for 2008 and picked their favorites. Below is our list of outstanding vehicles that don’t require any handouts from congress.

(The photos are linked to the page with the corresponding consumer reviews.)
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2009 Acura RL Review – Acura achieves balance once again with the RL

Monday November 3rd, 2008 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: peter

2009 Acura RL
By Peter N.


  • Smooth, but powerful driving
  • Excellent ergonomics and practicality
  • Packed with advanced technology


  • Bland styling

I have long been a fan of Honda’s premier brand of cars, which has delivered many cars with solid performance at attractive price points. Lately, the Acura brand has put a significant emphasis on the technology they offer, touting their ability to bring the latest advancements in luxury automotive electronics to their customers. Has Acura created the next M-Drive or is this something humans can actually use?

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