2016 Acura ILX A-SPEC: Serious hard-edged-handling-performance has a refined side

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For 2016 Acura took the under-appreciated ILX and gave it a much needed injection of hard-edged-handling and TLX i-4 derived engine and transmission. Has Acura gone too far with ILX street performance?

We’ll begin this article with a bit of praise for Acura design and engineering. The short story is this: Acura’s made all the right moves with the significant mid-model refresh of ILX. The body design captures the imagination while inspiring visions of tight-sweeping uphill turns and high speed straightaways; ILX looks fast while sitting in park! The color pallet and tire rim designs stand with the best in the segment; not too ostentatious, yet sport-stylish none the less.

Short overhang, low to the ground tendency with just enough Acura design cue to keep ILX in good company; on first view, we like what we see. As Mike Accavitti and company proudly states;“there’s nothing else quite like 2016 Acura ILX on the market today,” we agree, and A-SPEC punctuates Acura’s refreshed commitment to attainable sports-sedan performance.

Like no ILX you’ve ever driven

When opening the driver’s side door, one recognizes a nicely balanced interior of Acura understated quality. Our 2016 Acura ILX is the top of the line A-SPEC. One will discover a race inspired interior, breathable fabric, hand-stitched-looking high bolstered 8 way adjustable driver’s seat, perforated metal brake and gas pedal, red-lit dash gauges and just enough burnished metal to keep the interior look on the “racer’s edge”; it works!

Yes, Acura’s latest entertainment system, personal connectivity, passive and active safety features are available and handly accessed through an uncluttered touch-screen center dash monitor.

Gear shifting in the case of ILX is accomplished via a 5 position center console stick(P,R,N,D and sport.) For 2016, power is transferred to the road via a direct injected 201 horsepower 2.4 liter 16-valve DOHC 1-VTEC gasoline 4 cyl. engine, and paddle shiftable dual clutched- automated 8 speed transmission with torque converter and limited slip differential.

Instantaneous shift mesh and torque transfer, we found this transmission to work flawlessly

ILX is a Disneyland “E” ticket ride for adults looking from a daily dose of adrenaline, while retaining the ‘sense and sensibility of a well-finished compact performance sedan; Acura style…

Acura assures us that 2016 ILX holds the highest power to weight ratio in its class; we’ve driven it and we believe Acura; ILX performs!

201 horsepower, 181 ft-lb torque right where you need it, in the mid-range

Torque News appreciates the new found horsepower and torque experienced through ILX. The overall ride quality is exceptional for this Honda Civic sized Acura. When driven in a civilized manner, the ILX engine, transmission and suspension work in unison to produce a ride of relative comfort while averaging MPG 25 city/36 hwy; and yet when called for, Acura ILX steps up to double as a well tuned corner burner of extreme Flatitude ™ .

2016 Acura ILX in A-SPEC trim presents enough torque to keep you in Chiropractic adjustment with the drop of an F-Bomb and a flip of the stick to the “S” position. Add to the equation relatively stiff, suportive seating, suspension and low profile sidewall performance rated tires, one may wish to spend a week or two in the Gym prior to launching A-SPECK through some “S” turns; you’ll feel the ‘G” forces!

2016 ILX “Catch it if you can.”

Torque News has driven 2016 Acura ILX A-SPEC way beyond the track limits of most production cars; it revealed no signs of breaking; tracked flat and true with little to no sign of over or understeer. Although ILX is a true front wheel drive vehicle, most wouldn’t know, by driving it.

Acura is master at producing cars with split personalities

We’ve written much as to the performance sans premium attributes of 2015 TLX; in walks ILX, a bit more purpose built toward the compact performance side of the force; it will put your head back in the seat with conviction!

For entry-level or downsizing Acura fans wishing for a little less cutting edge handling-performance, 2016 ILX is offered in 6 trim levels priced from MSRP $27,900 to $34,890 + all applicable taxes and fees. All trim levels feature the high output direct injected i-VTEC engine, 8 speed transmission and standard convenience and safety features. You’ll find some very attractive standard features and option packaging here.

A final word or two

When measuring the broad and multiple faceted automotive attributes of 2016 Acura ILX, we discover a “portal” premium level compact sports-sedan worthy of serious purchase or lease consideration. ILX is truly “ageless” as to its broad demographic appeal; and while not the “perfect” choice for everyone’s “daily driver,” it does offer an uncompromising, financially attainable performance sedan platform for the weekend warrior; or the driver that simply yearns for a little entertainment while commuting.

In other words: 2016 Acura ILX A-SPEC features serious hard-edged-handling performance has a refined side; something that Acura does so well.

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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Ludacris, Legends And The New Acura NSX

Originally posted to BBC Autos
By: Brett Burk
With the NSX at the 2016 Detroit auto show. (Credit: American Honda Motor)

With the NSX at the 2016 Detroit auto show. (Credit: American Honda Motor)

Christopher Bridges, aka Ludacris, is famous for many things: being among the first successful hip-hop artists from the US southeast, starring in the highly successful The Fast and the Furious movie franchise, creating his own brand of cognac (Conjure) and sponsoring a not-for-profit foundation focused on youth education and leadership. He also happens to love cars.

In addition to brand new Bentleys, Ferraris, Rolls-Royces and Range Rovers, he has a special place in his collection for his favourite vintage ride: a 1993 Acura Legend sedan, which he has kept since he bought it. In fact, he’s such a fan of Acura that he was on hand to witness the unveiling of the brand’s new hybrid supercar, the 2016 NSX, at January’s Detroit auto show.

Once the car was unveiled and the scrum died down, Ludacris – or Luda to his fans – sat to answer a few questions about automotive innovation, car love and his latest fantasy car.

Brett Berk: So, this new NSX. Thoughts?

Ludacris: I love the way it looks. My immediate thoughts are that they really studied the competition. I see the influence of lots of supercars: a bit of the Audi R8, a bit of the Ferrari 458 Italia, even some of the new McLaren. Cars are like women. They’ve got to have curves. And this one has very nice curves.”

And what about your Legend?

I’ve got a 1993 Legend with over 230,000 miles on it. I bought it used in 1999 and I’m still driving it. It becomes a part of your life. A lot of times with men, we become one with our cars. So when it breaks down on you, you take care of it. You continue to treat it as if it’s a life partner. When you really love your car, that’s how you treat it, take care of it. You change the oil. You change the tires.”

Does that car love inform other areas of your career?

For a lot of men, a love of cars is a cultural thing. And I think that’s why the Fast and Furiousfranchise was so successful, because there’s so many car enthusiasts out there.

Is there any connective tissue between this new NSX and your ’93 Legend?

I think it’s years of innovation. Just [Acura] continuing to try to outdo themselves. A focus on engineering, on always making it better. Even on improving the aerodynamics, the way the air goes around the car so you have a smoother ride and better performance.

What was your first car? It wasn’t the Legend, was it?

My very first car was a Plymouth Reliant with a messed up wax job. Then I had a Honda. And then the Acura. The Acura was my third car.

Do you have a current fantasy car? Something you’d love to get in the future, something you’ve always wanted?

[Gestures at NSX] That right there! Come on, man. That’s my fantasy car. So hopefully, we’ll get it.

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2015 Acura TLX Achieves Highest Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • Acura TLX is third new Acura model to earn highest possible safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS
  • TLX is one of only three new midsize luxury/near luxury vehicles to earn top NHTSA and IIHS safety ratings
  • Acura brand is positioned for safety leadership with all models expected to achieve an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating for 2016

Acura continues to advance its reputation as a safety leader and innovator with the 2015 Acura TLX receiving a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the top available rating in the U.S. government’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), including 5-stars in all six vehicle test modes. The Acura TLX performance luxury sedan, introduced in August 2014, has quickly become one of Acura’s best-selling vehicles and is one of only three 2015 model vehicles in the midsize luxury/near luxury category to earn both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating and the NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score.

“The TLX exemplifies how advanced safety performance is an inherent part of how Acura delivers luxury,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura Division. “Safety is a core value of the brand and all 2016 Acura models are expected to earn top safety scores. When you think of safety performance and luxury, you’ll think Acura.”

Acura anticipates earning top NCAP and IIHS ratings for every model in its lineup for the 2016 model year. The brand currently has four models earning an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score: the 2015 ILX, TLX, RDX and MDX. The Acura RLX sedan has yet to undergo NCAP testing. Three models also earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS: the 2015 RLX, TLX and MDX.

Innovative Safety and Drive Assistive Technologies
The 2015 TLX was the first Acura model equipped with the exclusive AcuraWatch™, utilizing sensor fusion technology – the cooperative operation of a millimeter wave radar system and a windshield-mounted monocular camera – to expand both the scope and fidelity of the vehicle’s sensing capabilities, including the ability to sense and respond to pedestrians in the roadway and numerous road hazards. Acura is expanding the availability of its AcuraWatch™ suite of advance safety and driver-assistive technologies to all models for the 2016 model year.

Standard and available driver-assistive features in the AcuraWatch™ suite include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Blind spot information (BSI)
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKAS) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

The TLX also utilizes its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) frontal body structure along with advanced airbags systems – including front, side and side-curtain airbags – to provide a high level of occupant protection in a wide spectrum of collision scenarios.

The award-winning TLX is one of Acura’s best-selling models. Designed to deliver a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan dynamic proportion, premium luxury refinement and super-handling performance, the TLX is appealing to a broad cross-section of luxury customers with three new powertrains and advanced chassis technologies that respond intelligently to the will of the driver. The TLX lineup features three distinct model offerings that deliver new levels of quietness and ride comfort for a luxurious driving experience.

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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The Reviews Are In, 2016 ILX Is Fresh, Hot And Here!

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The refreshed 2016 Acura ILX is here and the time to get excited is now. We could tell you about all the incredible features and impressive numbers on this vehicle (and we probably will), but instead of us telling you about it, why don’t we let the experts in the industry? We’re sure you’re more likely to trust an independent journalist, and having a whole lot of independent journalists saying the same thing should be doubly convincing. Lucky for us, the automotive world is already amassing a pretty large amount of praise. Let’s take a look at what some of the most respected publications in the country are saying about the 2016 ILX.

Autoblog

“Acura says the ILX already leads sales in the 16-to-35-year-old demographic; if the updated model is any indication, the Japanese carmaker should expect a new crop of brand enthusiasts to join the family.”

Autoweek

“If you’re looking for an entry-level sports sedan, you’ll definitely want to consider the 2016 ILX now. The new drivetrain has done wonders for Acura’s gateway vehicle, giving it adequate muscle to make a stand against the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA.”

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Torque News

“No other brand in North America can touch ILX for standard added value features and baseline performance.”

SlashGear

“What you get from the 2016 ILX for your less-than-$30k is, then, pretty astonishing. The… Premium package is enough to put German rivals several steps up the pay ladder to shame, and AcuraWatch’s various collision warnings and such not only work well together, but legitimately improve the everyday experience behind the wheel.”

Auto World News

“The ILX exceeds our expectations as a driver’s car, making hours of back roads fly by—and that isn’t light praise”

DigitalTrends.com

“It’s fun, refined, and well priced. It’s good-looking, but not gaudy. And unlike the 2015 car, it has an impressive array of driver aid and safety tech. It’s without a doubt a step in the right direction.”

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Hopefully all this has given you an idea of just how exciting this new ILX is. If you’re thinking you want the 2016 ILX to be your next vehicle, then come see us at Rosenthal Acura today. Our friendly sales team will sit down with you to help decide which model is going to best fit your lifestyle, and find the perfect finance plan for your budget. Visit us today and set yourself up to be one of the first to enjoy the exciting new 2016 Acura ILX!

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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2016 Acura RDX arrives with freshened styling, powertrain enhancements

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Launched in 2012 for the 2013 model year, the second-generation RDX is hardly an old vehicle, and the luxury crossover is coming off its best sales year ever, according to Acura. Still, three years after the debut, the Japanese automaker is giving the CUV a thorough refresh with a facelift and bountiful new tech at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, with sales set to kick off this spring.

The most obvious update at the front for the 2016 RDX is Acura’sJewel Eye LED headlight array already found on some of its other models, but the improvements go a lot further than just the lighting. All of the fascia’s lines appear just a little sharper and the added chrome helps grab the eye. The refinements are similar at the rear, where there are now LED taillights. While not obvious on the surface, the structure underneath is supposed to offer better frontal crash performance, too.

Acura’s engineers turned their attention to the RDX’s powertrain for some tweaks, as well. The crossover now benefits from a nine-speed automatic gearbox to replace the previous six-speed. The 3.5-liter V6 with cylinder deactivation also gets a slight upgrade to make 279 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque – up 6 hp and 1 lb-ft over the 2015 model. The changes benefit fuel economy by one-mile-per-gallon on the highway with ratings of 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway for the front-wheel drive version and 19/28 with all-wheel drive.

The 2016 RDX is also packed with new tech to improve drivability and safety. Active front and rear engine mounts should improve NVH, and the all-wheel-drive system has more rear bias. Inside, the cabin trim sees an update, and heated front seats are standard. The optional Technology Package now gets an eight-way power front passenger seat, the company’s dual-screen multi-info display and both blind spot and rear cross traffic monitoring. However, for those looking for a ton of gadgets to brag about, the new Advance Package option is the place to be. It includes rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, remote engine start, ventilated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror and the full suite of the AcuraWatch safety assist functions.

2016 Acura RDX Brings the Heat in World Debut at 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Hot-selling Acura RDX luxury crossover boosts its considerable market strength with significant upgrades to performance, luxury, styling and safety features

CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2015 – Coming off its best-ever year, the newly refreshed and energized 2016 Acura RDX luxury sport-utility made its world debut at the Chicago Auto Show, sporting a host of significant upgrades to performance, luxury prestige and styling. Launching at Acura dealerships nationwide this Spring, the 2016 Acura RDX receives Jewel Eye™ LED projector headlamps and LED taillights, a new, more powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine, an expanded list of AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, and a host of new luxury features and technologies, including a new line-topping RDX with Advance Package.

The Acura RDX and MDX have formed a potent 1-2 punch in the luxury SUV game, posting record sales in 2014 well ahead of European rivals in their segments. With the 2016 MDX also getting significant new features and technologies, including a 9-speed automatic transmission, the new RDX and MDX stand as an even more formidable presence in the luxury SUV space.

“The RDX ended on a high note in 2014, posting its best sales year ever, but at Acura, we are not content in resting on our laurels,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura. “The 2016 RDX gets a major infusion of Acura brand DNA including enhancements to styling, driving performance, and exciting new luxury feature-content, further solidifying its place as the one to beat in the entry luxury SUV segment.”

The 2016 RDX gets an important performance boost courtesy of its new 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation technology. Peak horsepower and torque output are up-279 (+6 hp) and 252 lb.-ft. (+1 lb.-ft.), respectively, while sporting a broader torque curve for more immediate and powerful acceleration response-right where it counts. Variable Cylinder Management™ allows for deactivation of two of the engine’s six cylinders under light engine loads, helping the more powerful 2016 RDX increase its highway EPA fuel-economy ratings by 1 mpg, rising to 19/28mpg for AWD models and 20/29mpg for FWD models (city/highway). Driving refinement is further enhanced by new active front and rear engine mounts, updates to the steering control system and increased suspension mount stiffness. Additionally, the RDX’s all-wheel-drive system – AWD with Intelligent Control – has been tuned for greater rear torque bias to further enhance dynamic stability and all-weather performance.

The 2016 RDX also gets key elements of Acura design DNA with restyled front and rear fasciae, including the addition of Acura’s signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and LED taillights with light-pipe design on all models and a new three-dimensional grille treatment. The lower front and rear fascia areas also support the new look with fresh luxury details while all models receive new wheel designs.

Inside, the new RDX gets a fresh look with a high-contrast silver and black trim plus significant upgrades to both standard and available luxury features and technology, including standard heated front seats and new second-row air-conditioning vents. The RDX with Technology Package adds a new 8-way adjustable power passenger’s front seat (4-way power in base models), Acura’s intuitive dual-screen On-Demand Multi-Information Display (ODMD), HD Radio®, blind spot information (BSI) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

A new Advance Package for the 2016 RDX adds rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, Bi-Directional Keyless remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, and AcuraWatch™ advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Both the Technology and Advance packages can be equipped with the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™. All RDX models with AcuraWatch™ also get a new 4.2-inch full-color TFT Multi-Information Display with expanded, customizable information readouts such as average vehicle speed, fuel economy, fuel range, tire pressure monitoring system (TMPS) and turn-by-turn navigation.

While offered as standard equipment on the new Advance Package, all RDX models can now be equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ and Lane Keeping Assist, along with a standard Multi-View Rear Camera and Expanded View driver’s side mirror. AcuraWatch™ uses sensor fusion technology, the cooperative operation of a millimeter wave radar system and a windshield-mounted monocular camera to expand both the scope and fidelity of its sensing capabilities, including the ability to sense and respond to numerous road hazards, including a pedestrian detected in the roadway.

In addition to the available AcuraWatch™ technologies, the 2016 RDX offers enhanced collision performance with numerous changes to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that further improve frontal collision performance. The 2016 RDX targets top-in-class safety ratings – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The RDX is produced at the company’s award-winning East Liberty, Ohio, plant, using domestic and globally sources parts. In January, Acura marked the sale of its two-millionth North American-made vehicle in America. Today, approximately 94 percent of all Acura models sold in America are made in the company’s plants in Ohio and Alabama.

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2015 Acura MDX, RDX and TLX Named Best Cars for the Money from U.S. News & World Report

Three of Acura’s luxury performance vehicles have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Cars for the Money awards: the 2015 MDX was lauded the Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money, the 2015 RDX took the Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money award and the 2015 TLX won the Upscale Midsize Car category.

The MDX, the best-selling 3-row luxury SUV in the U.S., is a Best Cars for the Money recipient for the third consecutive year while the RDX was named Best Compact SUV for the second straight year. The TLX, which was introduced as a new model in August 2014, is one of the brand’s best-selling models and it continues to rack up industry nods at a comparable pace.

“Receiving accolades for our best-selling SUVs and our new performance sedan speaks to the powerful momentum that continues to drive the Acura brand forward,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura Division. “Acura’s unique combination of performance, proportion and prestige is delivering value to the customer and the marketplace is taking notice. We’re proud and honored to receive these awards from U.S. News Best Cars.”

The Best Cars for the Money methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of 21 categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the Best Car for the Money in that category. Quality is measured by the overall score achieved in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards are published. Value is measured by five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published. The 2015 Acura MDX, RDX and TLX and other winners can be found at usnews.com/cars-money.

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 18 consecutive years. We are proud to be the only Acura dealership to achieve this honor 18 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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Best Selling Acura MDX Receives Powertrain Upgrades, AcuraWatch™ and Expanded Options for 2016, Enhancing Performance, Safety and Luxury

- 9-speed automatic transmission with electronic gear selector

– New twin-clutch SH-AWD system

– AcuraWatch™suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies

– Model range adds more options

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The significantly upgraded 2016 Acura MDX, America’s best-selling three-row luxury SUV, launches next month with multiple new features and technologies, a more advanced powertrain and an expanded model range. The enhanced 2016 MDX provides even more advanced technology and exhilarating performance to complement the luxury, comfort and quietness inherent to Acura’s premium eight-passenger SUV. The 2016 Acura MDX launches at Acura dealerships nationwide on Feb. 4, with the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $42,8651.

All 2016 MDX models will come equipped with an advanced new 9-speed automatic transmission, a push-button electronic gear selector that frees up room above the center console, and a new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with a twin-clutch design that delivers enhanced torque transfer and handling capabilities. The 2016 MDX and MDX with Technology Package models can now be equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes the first application of Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor to the MDX model line. The MDX with Advance Package comes standard with AcuraWatch™.

The 2016 MDX adds numerous other luxury upgrades including a frameless rearview mirror, Siri™ Eyes Free voice recognition, an easy-entry/exit driver’s seat that moves 35 mm rearward when the driver’s door is opened and TPMS fill assist that sounds an audible alert when the driver inflates the tire to the correct pressure. Additional upgrades, depending on trim, include a Multi-View Angle Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines (standard on all models), a bi-directional remote engine starter, idle stop and head up warning.

Doubling the model offerings, the 2016 MDX is now available with AcuraWatch™ on all trims (standard on the Advance Package), while the Technology and Advance packages are available with or without the Rear Entertainment System (RES).

Now in its third generation, the MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time2. This sales history is backed up by the current generation MDX, which has received multiple awards including a KBB.com Best Buy award in the Luxury SUV/Crossover category for the 2015 model year. With the numerous enhancements made for 2016, the Acura MDX is primed to again impress customers and critics alike. Customers can view, build and price a 2016 Acura MDX at acura.com/MDX.

2016 MDX Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim

MSRP1

EPA MPG3 (city/highway/combined)

MDX

$42,865

19/27/22

MDX with AcuraWatch™ Plus Package

$44,365

19/27/22

MDX with Technology Package

$47,290

19/27/22

2016 MDX Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings (continued)

Trim

MSRP1

EPA MPG3 (city/highway/combined)

MDX with Technology & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$48,490

19/27/22

MDX with Technology & Entertainment Packages

$49,290

19/27/22

MDX with Technology Package, Entertainment & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$50,490

19/27/22

MDX with Advance & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$53,080

20/27/23 (with idle stop)

MDX with Advance, Entertainment & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$55,080

20/27/23 (with idle stop)

MDX SH-AWD

$44,865

18/26/21

MDX SH-AWD with AcuraWatch™ Plus Package

$46,365

18/26/21

MDX SH-AWD with Technology Package

$49,290

18/26/21

MDX SH-AWD with Technology & AcuraWatch™ Plus Package

$50,490

18/26/21

MDX SH-AWD with Technology & Entertainment Packages

$51,290

18/26/21

MDX SH-AWD with Technology Package, Entertainment & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$52,490

18/26/21

MDX SH-AWD with Advance & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$55,080

19/26/22 (with idle stop)

MDX SH-AWD with Advance, Entertainment & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$57,080

19/26/22 (with idle stop)

Powertrain
The 2016 Acura MDX’s 3.5-liter, 24-valve i-VTEC direct-injected V-6 engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission featuring Sequential SportShift. The new transmission is 66 lbs. lighter than the 6-speed automatic it replaces, with more closely spaced gear ratios and 25 percent faster gear shifts that enhance acceleration performance. The weight reduction also improves front-to-rear weight distribution for better handling characteristics.

The console-mounted shift lever is replaced with a fully electronic, shift-by-wire gear selector. Park, Neutral and Drive are selected with the push of a button. Reverse is selected by pulling back on a dedicated switch. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters let the driver manually select gears. The low-profile gear selector also creates more “working space” in the center console area, making it more convenient to use.

The next generation of Acura’s acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD™) utilizes a new, lighter weight (by 19 lbs.) twin-clutch rear differential. SH-AWD progressively distributes torque not only between the front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels. Using torque vectoring to create a yaw moment that helps turn the vehicle, SH-AWD enables more responsive, neutral and predictable handling characteristics while providing outstanding all-weather confidence and control. In the MDX, torque-vectoring effectiveness has been greatly enhanced, benefiting responsiveness, agility and stability.

AcuraWatch™
AcuraWatch is available as a standalone package on every 2016 MDX and is standard on the Advance Package. Certain features, including Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning, are offered as standard equipment on the MDX with Technology Package. All MDX models come equipped with a Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines. The AcuraWatch™ suite of variously available features – depending upon trim – includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) (standard on Tech Package)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Blind Spot Information (BSI) (Technology and Advance)
  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

At the heart of AcuraWatch™ is the fusion of camera and radar technology that can sense the roadway and objects within it, including other vehicles and pedestrians. This technology underpins the systems that help provide the driver with superior vision around the vehicle, can alert the driver of potential issues and, if necessary, intervene to help keep the MDX from departing a lane, departing the road, or help to avoid or mitigate the severity of a collision.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
New for the 2016 Acura MDX, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) uses a Monocular Camera (mounted on the upper portion of the windshield) to identify solid or dashed painted lane lines, Botts’ Dots and Cat Eye markers. RDM uses both steering force, via EPS,and braking force, via VSA, to help the MDX stay a detected lane.

The monocular camera can recognize lane features and identify a lane or roadway edge. If the RDM system determines that the MDX is about to leave a detected lane or roadway defined by solid lines, it will provide steering assist (primary) and, in rare occasions when steering is not sufficient, braking assist to help the driver stay on the road. If a lane only identified by dashed lines, Bott’s Dots or Cat Eye markers and the system determines that there is an unintended departure, no braking assist will be provided. Instead, the MDX will use active steering force to return to the detected lane. RDM is integrated with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system to provide moderate braking, and with the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system to provide steering input.

Multiple visual and audible warnings alert the driver when the RDM system is taking corrective action. These include a lane departure warning on the driver’s Multi Information Display (MID) along with an audible warning. RDM also has a customizable initial warning of either a steering wheel shake/vibration and/or an audible alert. This can be customized in the vehicle settings.

Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
Another new driver assistive technology included with AcuraWatch™, the Rear Cross Traffic Monitor works in conjunction with the MDX’s Blind Spot Information (BSI) radar sensors to enhance driver confidence when backing up. The system is especially useful when reversing in congested parking lots with an obstructed view from the driver’s seat.

The system utilizes a pair of blind-spot radar units located in the rear bumper corners. When Reverse is selected and an approaching vehicle is detected, arrows indicating the approaching vehicle’s direction are shown on the center display’s rear camera image. An audible warning is simultaneously emitted.4

2016 MDX Feature Upgrade Summary

Trim

New 2016 Features

MDX/

w/RES

- 9-speed automatic transmission

- Electronic gear selector

- Frameless rearview mirror

- Siri voice recognition

- Easy Entry driver’s seat

MDX

Tech/

w/RES

Changed or added from MDX:

- Multi-View Rear camera with Cross Traffic Monitor

- Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) + Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

- Forward Collision Warning (FCW), car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian

MDX

Adv/

w/RES

Changed or added from MDX with Technology Package:

- Bi-directional remote engine starter

- Idle stop

- Head Up Warning

- AcuraWatch™ (components listed below)

Acura-

Watch™

When added to MDX and MDX with Technology Package:

- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF)

- Forward Collision Warning (FCW), car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian

- Collision Mitigating Braking System (CMBS),

   car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian

- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) + Lane Departure Warning

  (LDW)

- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)

For More Information
Consumer information is available at acura.com. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/Acura. Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at hondanews.com/acura-automobiles/channels/mdx.

1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $920.00. Dealer prices may vary.

2 Sales numbers based on Automotive News Sales Database 1999-2014; manufacturer data for prior to 1994.

3 Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

4 Visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up or parking. Certain conditions (such as weather, lighting and high temperatures) may also restrict the camera view. Do not rely on the camera displays as they may not give you all information about conditions, persons, objects or obstructions around your vehicle.

Rosenthal Acura has been serving the local communities of Montgomery County, D.C. and NOVA since 1987. Conveniently located in Gaithersburg, Maryland right off I-270. We are committed to providing an experience that exceeds our guests and clients expectations. If you are thinking about a new Acura MDX give us a call or stop by and allow us to show you why Rosenthal Acura has won Acuras Precision Team Award for guest loyalty and satisfaction for the past 18 years in a row, no other Acura dealer has done this.

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