Acura was the first Japanese premium brand, several years ahead of Lexus and Infiniti. Since then, its model range has gradually expanded and now includes several sedans and crossover SUVs. The compact ILX and new TLX sedans are intended to rejuvenate Acura sales. The MDX SUV continues to be one of its best-selling models. Looking forward, the next NSX sports car promises to raise Acura's profile among enthusiasts.
New or Significantly Altered Models
The NSX returns after a 12-year hiatus. Whereas the original NSX was known for its simple and flawless execution, the modern NSX breaks new ground in cutting-edge hybrid powertrain technology. The powertrain consists of a turbocharged 3.5l V6 engine, a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission and three electric motors that collaborate to drive all four wheels. Total system output is estimated at 573-bhp.
The MDX wears revised styling for 2017. The MDX adds a Sport Hybrid model. Similar to the drive system in the new NSX, the MDX Sport Hybrid combines a 3.0l V6 engine with three electric motors for a total system horsepower of 321-bhp. This all-wheel-drive powertrain is rated at an estimated 26/27 mpg (city/hwy).
The RLX adds a Sport Hybrid model. Similar to the drive system in the new NSX, the RLX Sport Hybrid combines a 3.5l V6 engine with three electric motors for a total system horsepower of 377-bhp. This all-wheel-drive powertrain is rated at an estimated 29/30 mpg (city/hwy).