Everybody wants a good deal, but sometimes the “great” price paid at purchase, even after factoring in a deep discount, doesn’t seem as good later on. Kelley Blue Book tries to remedy this problem…

Acura has lowest cost of ownership over five years amongst luxury brands

Everybody wants a good deal, but sometimes the "great" price paid at purchase, even after factoring in a deep discount, doesn't seem as good later on. Kelley Blue Book tries to remedy this problem by educating consumers about the real cost of owning a vehicle, and then recommends models it believes drive real long-term value. As part of this exercise its 5-Year Cost to Own Awards program recognizes high achieving vehicles and brands. Acura earns KBB 5-Year Cost to Own Luxury Award two years straight For the second consecutive year Acura took home KBB's 5-Year Cost to Own Luxury Brand award thanks to its entire lineup placing either first or second in more than half of seven total 5-Year Cost to Own factors, which include the vehicle's upfront price, depreciation, finance and insurance fees, expected fuel costs, maintenance and repair costs, and jurisdictional fees. With all totals tallied up, KBB projects Acura models will incur the lowest ownership costs over the next five years. "This Read Full Story
When can a base model compete with competitors’ mid and even top-line trims? When it’s an Acura, the base RDX filled with standard features like V6 power, paddles, AWD, full LED headlamps, proximity…

2017 Acura RDX AWD Road Test

If you want to know what makes a brand tick, drive its most inexpensive models in their most basic trims. With respect to Acura's SUV lineup, that would be this RDX. The SUV you're looking at has zero options, which means it hits the road at just $42,190 plus freight and dealer fees yet comes packed full of high value features and is loads of fun to drive. A shortlist includes standard V6 power, AWD, Acura's Jewel Eye LED headlights, LED taillights, 18-inch alloys, proximity-sensing keyless entry, pushbutton ignition (that's made from anodized red metal for a sporty touch), ambient cabin lighting, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, dual-zone auto climate control with large dials at each side for easy operation while wearing winter gloves, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, five-inch colour infotainment, a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a 360-watt seven-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, text messaging functionality, Read Full Story
5,425 Canadian luxury SUV buyers can’t be wrong. Last year’s bestselling 7-passenger luxury SUV is a winner. To prove the point we test the Acura MDX in top-line Elite trim with its 6 Passenger layout,…

2017 Acura MDX Elite 6 Passenger Road Test Review

Now this is an MDX I can easily warm up to. Not that lesser trims leave me cold. It's just that a luxury SUV should make its owner feel rich, or at least richly pampered, and this top-line MDX Elite 6 Passenger is one nicely tailored ride.

After ogling the stunning open-pore hardwood trim and beautiful satin-finish aluminum across the Elite's instrument panel, doors, and centre console, take a closer look at its unique seat upholstery, complete with off-white piping and stitching on perforated Ebony Milano black hides. It's all a cut above. And the second-row would never have me calling shotgun if I weren't always in the driver's seat. It's as luxuriously appointed as the row up front, with individual captain's chairs to each side and a wonderfully detailed brushed metal, wood and leather trimmed centre console down the middle. The usual third row sits behind, giving this particular MDX six-occupant seating, so it's not quite as capable for family hauling, but those second-row Read Full Story
It should hardly come as a surprise to hear that Acura’s recently updated 2017 MDX received the highest possible safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as the MDX earned…

Acura MDX earns Top Safety Pick Plus rating for fourth year in a row

It should hardly come as a surprise to hear that Acura's recently updated 2017 MDX received the highest possible safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as the MDX earned Top Safety Pick Plus status for its three previous years.

If it was an easy feat then all of the MDX' competitors would have done likewise, but only two of its 16 mid-size rivals measured up, the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Lexus RX. That makes the MDX one of Canada's safest luxury SUVs, while the smaller RDX utility also achieved a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, and Acura's ILX compact sedan and flagship RLX luxury sedan managed Top Safety Pick ratings.

The impressive IIHS safety score came thanks to the Japanese brand's advanced AcuraWatch suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies that comes standard with every 2017 MDX and RDX model. AcuraWatch includes Collision Mitigation Braking with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, Read Full Story
Some premium buyers are brand motivated while others want all the performance and luxury at a more modest price, this latter group well provided for by Acura’s TLX. The D-segment compact goes up against…

2017 Acura TLX SH-AWD Tech A-Spec Road Test Review

Let's begin by agreeing that it's highly unlikely a competitor to Germany's big three sport sedans, which include BMW's 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz' C-Class and Audi's A4, will outpace any on Canada's sales charts for a very long time. The best and brightest from Lexus, Infiniti, Acura, Cadillac, Volvo, and Jaguar have tried over and over, and while each has made headway none has unseated even one of these popular performers so far. BMW, Mercedes and Audi own this market, just like they did when rival Saab was a serious player and will continue to once Alfa Romeo fully reenters our market. Therefore we really should award prizes for the best of the rest.

In this respect, Acura has long held position at the top of the "others" category, first with its TL and then by adding the smaller TSX, plus more recently with their single TLX offering. Comparing D-segment sport sedan sales alone (which is difficult to do as BMW includes its Gran Turismo hatchback and Touring wagon models in the Read Full Story