Millennial Favorite Acura ILX Gateway Sports Sedan Returns for 2017 Model Year

  • Millennials choose ILX at a greater rate than any other model in segment

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The 2017 Acura ILX goes on sale tomorrow, April 13, retaining the popular enhancements introduced last year that helped make it one of the most popular models in the entry luxury segment. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP)2 of the 2017 ILX starts at $27,990.

As Acura’s most affordable sport sedan and serving as the gateway to the Acura lineup, the ILX has captured a higher rate of under 35 year olds than any other vehicle in the entry-luxury sedan segment since 20101. Also, with KBB.com naming Acura as the luxury brand with the lowest projected 5-year cost of ownership and Edmunds.com voting the brand as the 2015 Best Retained Value® Luxury Brand, the ILX is a wise choice for gateway luxury vehicle customers.

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The ILX received significant upgrades for the 2016 model year including styling, powertrain, technology, luxury refinement and safety features. The 2017 ILX carries over the freshened exterior styling including Acura’s signature Jewel Eye® LED headlights, 201 horsepower3 2.4-liter direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC engine paired with an 8-speed dual clutch transmission with paddle-controlled Sequential Sport Shift, and signature Acura technologies such as the available AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies. The 2017 ILX is available in three new exterior colors, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and San Marino Red. The ILX is also available in Bellanova White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and Catalina Blue Pearl.

2017 ILX Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
Model MSRP2 EPA MPG4 Ratings
(city/highway/combined)
ILX $27,990 25/35/29
ILX with AcuraWatch™ Plus Package $29,290 25/35/29
ILX with Premium Package $29,990 25/35/29
ILX with Premium & A-SPEC Package $31,980 25/35/29
ILX with Tech Plus Package $32,990 25/35/29
ILX with Tech Plus & A-SPEC Package $34,980 25/35/29

The 2017 ILX is available in three grades – the standard ILX, the ILX with Premium Package, and the line-topping ILX Tech Plus Package; in addition an A-SPEC Package is available with the Premium and Tech Plus grades. The ILX A-SPEC Package further accentuates the ILX’s premium and performance image with sporty side sill garnishes, a trunk spoiler, front fog lights, 18-inch, 10-spoke machined alloy wheels, and several unique interior appearance touches. View, build and price a 2017 Acura ILX at http://www.rosenthalacura.com.

About Rosenthal Acura

Since 1986 Rosenthal Acura has provided top of the line vehicles with exceptional service. We have received Acura’s highly coveted Precision Team Award for customer service for 20 consecutive years. We are proud to be the only Acura dealership in Maryland, Washington DC and Northern Virginia to win the Dealership of Distinction in 2015.

Our dealership was founded on the principle that the customer always comes first. This means that we do not simply sell cars, our professionals help you choose a vehicle that fits your needs and after the sale we will help you keep it running like new. We attend to every detail and accommodate your personal preferences. We always go the extra mile as the premier Acura dealership in the Washington DC Metropolitan Region.

Contact us to find out more about Rosenthal Acura’s Personal Approach at 1-877-300-4226.

To visit our dealership, check our Map and Location and Department Hours – we would like to meet you in person and help you with your car ownership needs. Our dealership is conveniently located in the Gaithersburg area and worth the drive.

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2017 Acura MDX Previews New Look for Acura: 2016 New York Auto Show


TORRANCE, California — The redesigned 2017 Acura MDX midsize luxury SUV, which previews a distinctive new look for the Acura brand, will debut on March 23 at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

Acura’s best-selling SUV gets a dramatic new look patterned after the Acura Precision Concept model that debuted in January at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

A single teaser image of the 2017 MDX shows a bold exterior with a low and wide stance. The redesign is part of Acura’s new “Precision Crafted Performance” initiative.

“The 2017 MDX will boast substantial design enhancements, added luxury comfort and convenience features and advanced new powertrain technology, in concert with the Acura brand’s focus on Precision Crafted Performance,” said American Honda Motor Co. in a statement on Wednesday.

Earlier this year, Acura said its new look focuses on “high-contrast details and the intersection of modern, sheer surfaces and muscular, organic sculpting.”

Other elements include a long dash-to-axle ratio and the debut of a new Diamond Pentagon grille.

Pricing, launch timing and technical details on the 2017 MDX were not announced.

Honda said the 2017 MDX was designed by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, California and will continue to be built at the company’s Lincoln, Alabama plant. In early 2017, MDX production also will be added at the company’s East Liberty, Ohio plant.

The 2016 MDX is on sale now at Acura dealerships, featuring a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Key MDX competitors include the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Infiniti QX70 and Volvo XC90.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers will want to pay close attention to the debut of the 2017 MDX, since it plays in one of the most competitive and crowded segments on the market.

About Rosenthal Acura

Since 1986 Rosenthal Acura has provided top of the line vehicles with exceptional service. We have received Acura’s highly coveted Precision Team Award for customer service for 19 consecutive years. We are proud to be the only Acura dealership to achieve this honor 19 years in a row.

Our dealership was founded on the principle that the customer always comes first. This means that we do not simply sell cars, our professionals help you choose a vehicle that fits your needs and after the sale we will help you keep it running like new. We attend to every detail and accommodate your personal preferences. We always go the extra mile as the premier Acura dealership in the Washington DC Metropolitan Region.

Contact us to find out more about Rosenthal Acura’s Personal Approach at 1-877-300-4226.

To visit our dealership, check our Map and Location and Department Hours – we would like to meet you in person and help you with your car ownership needs. Our dealership is conveniently located in the Gaithersburg area and worth the drive.

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Acura ILX a Worthy Luxury Sport Sedan

Acura dropped the underpowered base 2.0-liter, and the old 2.4-liter of recent years, in favor of an upgraded 2.4-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine that gets 201 horses and 180 pound-feet of torque. (Acura/TNS) - Acura | Acura

Acura dropped the underpowered base 2.0-liter, and the old 2.4-liter of recent years, in favor of an upgraded 2.4-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine that gets 201 horses and 180 pound-feet of torque. (Acura/TNS)

At first glance, it’s the look — the aggressive grille, wheels and sharp, Jewel-Eye LED headlights — that suggests Acura is stepping up its game with the 2016 ILX.

But the real proof is in its performance — that surge from a dead stop, the quick and smooth upshifts from Acura’s new dual-clutch automatic transmission, the tacky grip on corners. Add to that some new safety features, and you have a compelling argument that the ILX is becoming one to watch in the luxury sport sedan market.

Yeah, BMW and Audi, that’s the ILX gaining ground in your rearview mirrors. The ILX may not be with the big boys in all categories but it is now a more worthy opponent. And hey, it costs a few bucks less than those big shots.

Acura dropped the underpowered base 2.0-liter and the old 2.4-liter of recent years in favor of an upgraded 2.4-liter, inline four-cylinder engine that gets 201 horses and 180 pound-feet of torque. Borrowed from the TLX, it’s the sole powerplant available.

Much credit for the car’s improved driving performance goes to the eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. For the record, this is actually a sequential manual tranny. It uses a torque converter to produce smoother, quicker shifts — and it happens either on its own or when the driver taps the paddle shifters.

While no one driving this car is bragging about neck-jarring speed, the front-wheel-drive ILX has good pep and gets up to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds.

Electric power-assisted steering has been retuned and is on the lighter side but still doesn’t offer great feedback. Still, the ILX is fun to drive and stays flat and true through corners.

Ride quality is improved with updated shocks and springs smoothing out the road’s imperfections. On the highway, ILX goes comfortably and confidently, with little wind or road noise to compete with conversation. Acura put a lot of effort into quieting the ride with thicker door glass and quiet-induced wheels.

And, when you drive the car under ideal conditions on the open road, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates you’ll see wallet-comforting gas mileage of 36 mpg. Meanwhile, you’ll get 25 mpg around town.

While the interior feels a bit more refined, there is not much new here. Touch surfaces are still rather mainstream and don’t look or feel as upscale as you might expect.

Seating is comfortable and supportive, and with the A-SPEC styling package, you get suede inserts with contrast stitching. Headroom and legroom are sufficient up front, and legroom is surprisingly decent in the backseat too. Taller folks might wish they had a bit more headroom, though.

A dual touchscreen setup separates the audio and navigation functions, while climate is controlled with its own manual knobs. The infotainment system remains pesky — it is not the most intuitive system around — but it can be figured out.

Trunk space is decent at 12.3 cubic feet, but you may have to get creative when it comes to stashing bulky or oddly shaped stuff; the trunk opening is a bit narrow. The ILX does have a fold-down rear seatback, however.

For safety, Acura offers the usual package of air bags standard — front, side and side-curtain — and also offers a rearview camera with cross-traffic alert as standard.

More impressive is a new package of tech safety features that come with the AcuraWatch Plus package. Features include adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, road departure warning and mitigation, forward collision warning and lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist.

This safety package is one of six equipment levels offered with the ILX. Even the base, though, gets a sunroof, auto headlights, eight-way power driver seat, and dual-zone climate control.

The Premium package adds a dual-screen infotainment setup which boasts an upper screen of 8 inches instead of 5 plus a seven-speaker audio system with satellite radio. It also gets leather seats and driver memory settings, and blind-spot monitor.

Then there’s the Technology plan, which combines the AcuraWatch and Premium packages and includes navigation and 10-speaker ELS audio system.

The A-SPEC package can be attached to the Premium or Technology setup, giving the ILX 18-inch wheels, a rear-deck spoiler, fog lights and snazzier seats.

With the 2016 ILX, Acura is making strides against class-leaders BMW 3-Series, Mercedes CLA and Audi A3

About Rosenthal Acura

Since 1986 Rosenthal Acura has provided top of the line vehicles with exceptional service. We have received Acura’s highly coveted Precision Team Award for customer service for 19 consecutive years. We are proud to be the only Acura dealership to achieve this honor 19 years in a row.

Our dealership was founded on the principle that the customer always comes first. This means that we do not simply sell cars, our professionals help you choose a vehicle that fits your needs and after the sale we will help you keep it running like new. We attend to every detail and accommodate your personal preferences. We always go the extra mile as the premier Acura dealership in the Washington DC Metropolitan Region.

Contact us to find out more about Rosenthal Acura’s Personal Approach at 1-877-300-4226.

To visit our dealership, check our Map and Location and Department Hours – we would like to meet you in person and help you with your car ownership needs. Our dealership is conveniently located in the Gaithersburg area and worth the drive.

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Five Questions with Acura: A Brand on the Brink of Revival

Acura is in the midst of rediscovering itself. For the past several years, Honda’s luxury division has had decent offerings, but nothing that set the world on fire the way names like NSX, Integra and Legend did during Acura’s heyday in the 1990s. But Acura promises things are about to change.

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During the 2015 SEMA show, we had a chance to sit down with Jon Ikeda, vice-president and general manager of the Acura division to discuss the NSX, Ludacris and where Acura is heading in the future.


Q: Why restore Ludacris’ Acura Legend?

A: The guy is obviously so passionate about the brand and the car. When we talked to him, it became very clear to us that he was very attached to this car. I can relate to that, being a car guy myself. I’m sure a lot of people understand the emotional attachment that can build up with a car.

At that point, whether we fixed the car or not, he wasn’t going to throw it away, so I said, “C’mon, it’s the right thing to do. Let’s fix this guy’s car.”


Q: Acura always has a strong presence at SEMA. What is it about this show that’s important for Acura as a brand?

A: Our brand’s heritage goes back to precision-crafted performance, and I’m sure there are a lot of fans out there, whether it’s a new Acura or original Integra, who understand tuning and having fun with your vehicle.

I really feel strongly that it’s part of our heritage, this whole scene, and as long as we’re in it, we should be a big part of it.


Q: It must feel pretty good having the NSX on display at SEMA. How long until we start to see modified NSXs all over SEMA?

A: I have no idea exactly on when that will be, but I’m sure it will start to happen. To just get this car out in the hands of people who want to drive this vehicle, is an exciting time for the brand. It’s the epitome of precision-crafted performance for us.


Q: And speaking of the NSX, can you give us any details on the rumored baby NSX?

A: (laughs) We just got this NSX out, so I can’t talk about a baby NSX. We’re focusing on this [2016] NSX right now.

I will say this though. It’s really important to tie and leverage this vehicle and its performance to all the other core [Acura] models. Like the ILX on display here, with future sport variants and things, we want to really leverage what [the NSX] brings. That’s how we did it in the past, and I think Acura really needs to do that now.


Q: Honda is beginning to utilize turbocharging on its products in North America and Acura is with the NSX. Will we see more turbocharges from Acura in the future?

A: We can’t talk about specific engine layouts and things, but performance is what our brand is about. If it needs [turbochargers] to get the right performance for vehicles, then yeah, I could see that happening.

About Rosenthal Acura

Since 1986 Rosenthal Acura has provided top of the line vehicles with exceptional service. We have received Acura’s highly coveted Precision Team Award for customer service for 19 consecutive years. We are proud to be the only Acura dealership to achieve this honor 19 years in a row.

Our dealership was founded on the principle that the customer always comes first. This means that we do not simply sell cars, our professionals help you choose a vehicle that fits your needs and after the sale we will help you keep it running like new. We attend to every detail and accommodate your personal preferences. We always go the extra mile as the premier Acura dealership in the Washington DC Metropolitan Region.

Contact us to find out more about Rosenthal Acura’s Personal Approach at 1-877-300-4226.

To visit our dealership, check our Map and Location and Department Hours – we would like to meet you in person and help you with your car ownership needs. Our dealership is conveniently located in the Gaithersburg area and worth the drive.

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Acura Has Some Awesome Plans For The New NSX

Originally posted by Jay Traugott
Time to get down to business.
It’s been less than a year since the all-new, second generation Acura NSX debuted at Detroit, and sales are set to begin shortly. With demand expected to be high, at least initially, we’ve been hearing about plans to not only keep the NSX fresh but also more competitive against a growing number of rivals. The latest bit of news comes to us today from Australia’s CarAdvice who, speaking with NSX project leader Ted Klaus, confirmed that two more NSX variants are in the pipeline.

Expect an open top NSX to arrive fairly soon and it’ll likely pay homage to the original NSX with a targa style removable roof. But what ought to be really quite something is the even more powerful NSX Type R. According to Klaus, the NSX’s “chassis has way more capability, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we take advantage of that in the future as well.” If any NSX fans recall, the original NSX Type R, put more of an emphasis on weight reduction as opposed to added power. This time, however, Acura/Honda is intent on doing both. The “base” NSX is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that’s paired to three electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack for a combined output of 573 hp.

The state-of-the-art Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive System, according to Honda, provides superior handling and Ferrari 458-matching acceleration but with far greater fuel efficiency. So when will that NSX targa and Type R appear? No timetable for either has been announced just yet but we’re guessing the targa will come along first.

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Acura Restoring a Legend, That’s Ludacris!

You might remember Christopher Brian “Ludacris” Bridges as the best haircut in the early Fast & Furious franchise. He’s also a famous rapper and who apparently keeps it real in a 1993 Acura Legend which just got wrecked. Don’t worry! Good Guy Acura will bring it back to life.

But seriously, Ludacris is calling the Legend his favorite car and after being in what looks like enough of an accident to total the 22-year-old near-luxury sedan Acura’s Global Creative Director Dave Marek will personally oversee the car’s restoration just in time for the SEMA aftermarket show next month.

Luda’ wants somebody to take his repair seriously, Acura needs any excuse to get a little youth-marketing edge in, everybody wins! In case you were questioning the legitimacy of how much the rapper digs his mid-sized Japanese sedan, here it is on the cover of Ludaversal, his ninth album which came out a few months ago.

Ludacris Is Getting His Favorite Car Restored: A 1993 Acura Legend

Marek says “Working with a real car guy and a passionate Acura owner like Ludacris has made the processes of bringing his Legend back to its original glory a fun and unique experience. We wanted to put our own stamp on the Legend while retaining the essence of the original that Ludacris has worked so hard to maintain over the years and we look forward to unveiling the sedan for the first time at the SEMA Show.”

The idea that a famous and wealthy rapper has been actively preserving an ancient and generally unremarkable car is totally dope. I’m a little less excited about Acura feeling obligated to work some in-dash TVs or quilted leather into this thing, but it’s great that the car’s being spared from the scrap yard.

Apparently build updates will be going up on @Acura and @Ludacris’s social media channels under #LegendaryDuo [sigh] so you can check in with them there until the thing’s trotted out at the SEMA show in early November.

If you think this whole thing sounds familiar, you’re remembering that Redskins running back Alfred Morris had a similar resurrection performed on his beloved Mazda 626 two years ago.

About Rosenthal Acura

Since 1986 Rosenthal Acura has provided top of the line vehicles with exceptional service. We have received Acura’s highly coveted Precision Team Award for customer service for 19 consecutive years. We are proud to be the only Acura dealership to achieve this honor 19 years in a row.

Our dealership was founded on the principle that the customer always comes first. This means that we do not simply sell cars, our professionals help you choose a vehicle that fits your needs and after the sale we will help you keep it running like new. We attend to every detail and accommodate your personal preferences. We always go the extra mile as the premier Acura dealership in the Washington DC Metropolitan Region.

Contact us to find out more about Rosenthal Acura’s Personal Approach at 1-877-300-4226.

To visit our dealership, check our Map and Location and Department Hours – we would like to meet you in person and help you with your car ownership needs. Our dealership is conveniently located in the Gaithersburg area and worth the drive.

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