2016 Acura Lineup Shines With Luxury Models
The 2016 Acura lineup contains six models covering luxury sport sedans, crossovers and sports cars. Compare Acura vehicles before a visit to the dealership and get to know the brand’s entry in each segment here. Acura’s lineup distinguishes itself from other luxury brands in that cars don’t advertise outrageous power figures or specs, but have each been built with a lot of thought into their overall quality and drive-ability.
Unless you go crazy with the option book, Acura models also tend to fall a few thousand dollars cheaper in each segment than had you gone with something from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi or even Lexus. This fact, along with generous standard features, positions Acura as a value buy among luxury cars, but one that still manages to have some brand cachet. Here is the breakdown.
2016 Acura ILX
As the most affordable point of entry to the Acura brand, the ILX does not skimp on interior quality, even though it shares its chassis with the more economy-minded Honda Civic. The ILX was launched with a ho-hum variety of engines including a hybrid, but Acura pulled the plug on all of them when it released its new 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which is now the standard engine. With 201 horsepower and an 8-speed automatic, the ILX gets 36 highway mpg and costs quite a bit less than most compact luxury cars.
2016 Acura TLX
The sporty TLX is the next step up in Acura’s luxury sedan food chain, and replaces both the outgoing TL and TSX. The TLX uses Acura’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder, here making 206 horsepower, but a 3.5-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower is optional and can be ordered with Super Handling AWD (SH-AWD). With four-wheel steering, GPS-linked automatic climate control, and a wide variety of active driving aid and safety features, the TLX is a high-tech sport sedan with an available Milano leather interior.
2016 Acura RLX
Acura’s range-topping sedan is the stately and high-tech RLX, sized and priced about like a BMW 5-Series but offering a bit more interior room along with all of the brand’s latest and greatest in interior and active driving aid technology. That means the AcuraWatch safety suite, bringing adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning system, collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, and more. The car can’t quite drive itself, but sure comes close. Further up the food chain is the RLX Sport Hybrid, which uses a high-tech hybrid electric powertrain similar to that of the NSX sports car for thrilling AWD performance and 32 highway mpg.
2016 Acura RDX
The RDX is Acura’s entry in the wildly popular compact luxury crossover segment and shares some underpinnings with the Honda CR-V. What the CR-V does not have is the RDX’s coddling interior, with features such as standard leather heated seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. AcuraWatch is available as an add-on option package with many of the same safety technologies found in the RLX sedan. The five-seat crossover can accommodate up to 61.3 cubic feet of cargo, and drivers are prone to like its high seating position and big greenhouse for good visibility. At 20 city and 29 highway mpg, fuel efficiency is pretty good for this class thanks to a new-for-2016 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 279 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard, while AWD is available as an option.
2016 Acura MDX
Dollar for dollar, it’s hard to make a case against the MDX for best all-around luxury SUV and certainly among the best Acura vehicles. The large seven-seat crossover has a powerful 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a new-for-2016 nine-speed automatic transmission that improves fuel efficiency to 27 mpg on the highway. The MDX comes with heated leather seats with driver memory function, a multiple-angle rearview camera, dual display screens for the touchscreen navigation and infotainment system, Bluetooth, internet radio and more. Top competitors include the Audi Q7 and BMW X5 along with the Cadillac SRX, but most of those vehicles are more expensive than the MDX.
2016 Acura NSX
Back after years of teasers and development, the Acura NSX is a bona fide supercar, but one that uses an innovative hybrid all-wheel drive system that is a meaner version of the system Acura fits to the RLX. A 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that shares nothing in common with other Honda and Acura engines pairs with three electric motors for 560 peak horsepower, running a Sport Electric Super Handling AWD system where each front wheel gets torque from its own electric motor. The result is breathtaking acceleration in this rare-air supercar with a flashy design to match.