Acura Foregoes Model Expansion, Instead Perfecting Its Core Lineup
As many car manufacturers are opting to expand their line of available models, Acura has gone against the grain in favor of a different decision. For the 2019 model year, Acura has focused its energy on refining and enhancing its core lineup, as opposed to adding new models. From making the Diamond Pentagon grille standard on all models to lowering introductory prices, Acura projects customers, and the automobile industry as a whole, will see its fleet of vehicles in a way they’ve never seen them before. The 2019 Acura lineup includes the ILX, TLX, RDX, MDX, RLX and NSX. You can take an up close and personal look at each model, and even take a test drive, at your local Acura dealership.
The ILX is Acura’s base model, but don’t let that sway your perception of what this vehicle offers. As noted earlier, Acura’s signature Diamond Pentagon grille comes standard. The ILX is the final member of Acura’s core fleet of vehicles to be equipped with the grille.
The ILX also now comes standard with AcuraWatch, the car manufacturer’s suite of safety features, which includes Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Road Departure Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise Control. Here are brief overviews for some of these standard features:
The Lane Departure Warning System monitors the vehicle’s forward path via a camera mounted directly between the windshield and rearview mirror. If the system detects the vehicle moving beyond the parameters of the lane in which the vehicle is traveling, and the driver does not use a turn signal, the system warns the driver with visual and audible alerts. The system will continuously warn the driver until the driver actively rectifies the situation.
The Lane Keep Assist System works similarly to the Lane Departure Warning System. As with the Lane Departure Warning System, the Lane Keep Assist System is also designed to keep the vehicle within the lanes in which it’s moving unless the driver initiates a lane departure. However, the Lane Keep Assist System also specifically keeps the vehicle in the center of the lane. If the Lane Keep Assist System detects movement beyond the center of the lane, the driver is alerted via a slight tug on the steering wheel, while the system guides the vehicle back toward the center of the lane. If the vehicle is being driven on rough terrain, the Lane Keep Assist System will continuously work to maintain the vehicle’s centered position. Keep in mind, though the system has the ability to alert the driver with a tug and offer continuous assistance in rough and rugged terrains, the system’s assistance is not indefinite. If the system does not detect the driver making a proactive effort to maintain control of the vehicle after 10 seconds, the system will alert them to retain control.
The Road Departure Mitigation System works collaboratively with the Lane Keep Assist System. The Road Departure Mitigation System is able to detect roadside objects such as trees and parked cars. Upon determining the vehicle may be approaching these obstructions along the side of the road, the system alerts the driver to safely take evasive action to avoid them. If the system detects that the driver needs assistance in taking evasive action, it taps into the emergency braking feature of the Lane Keep Assist System to safely apply brake pressure and avoid an impending collision
Adaptive Cruise Control is a few steps beyond the conventional cruise control. Adaptive Cruise Control allows drivers to not only set a cruising speed, but it also allows them to set a cruising distance between their vehicle and the vehicle immediately in front of them. Cruising distances are defined as short, medium and long. Once the distance has been set, Adaptive Cruise Control maintains that interval at the set speed and below the set speed. At speeds lower than the cruising speed, the vehicle will automatically make throttle and braking adjustments to maintain the cruising distance. Adaptive Cruise Control even maintains the cruising distance when a vehicle comes to a complete stop and will retain it after the vehicle begins forward motion. The driver simply needs to touch the throttle, which signals the vehicle to return to its set speed and cruising distance.
Additionally, the ILX also comes standard with an engine start/stop button and a driver’s seat with two-way power lumbar control. The infotainment center has been equipped with better graphics, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.
There are five trim levels available: Base, Premium, Technology, Premium with A-Spec, and Technology with A-Spec packages. For example, the A-Spec trim includes all-new sports seats embellished with Ultrasuede center panels. Drivers have access to a variety of features and options depending on the trim level they choose.
The starting price for the standard 2019 Acura ILX is $25,590, which is roughly $2,200 less than the 2018 model. Destination and Handling fee is not included
The 2019 Acura TLX is a midsize luxury sedan. Standard features include sports seats with a leatherette-trimmed interior, a driver’s seat with 10-way power movement and lumbar support and a front passenger seat with four-way power movement and lumbar support, as well as a power moonroof. After significant redesigning in 2018, the sedan only received a few changes, but they’re noticeable ones. The A-Spec package is now available on the V6 as well as the four-cylinder model. Additionally, 19-inch wheels are no longer exclusively offered on the A-Spec trim level. Customers opting for the Technology and Advance trim levels also have 19-inch wheels as an available option.
The starting price for the 2019 Acura TLX is $33,000. Destination and Handling fee is not included
The 2019 Acura RDX is a high-performance, luxury crossover SUV. For the 2019 model year, it underwent a complete redesign that only enhanced what this SUV offers owners. It comes standard with a 2.0 L Inline-4 engine complemented by a 10-speed automatic transmission with sequential sports shift paddle shifters and this front-wheel-drive crossover SUV has an EPA fuel economy rating of 22/28/24 (city/highway/combined). The interior is just as luxurious with standard features including heated front seats with 12-way power movement and lumbar support, as well as dual-zone climate control complemented by humidity control and air filtration.
The starting price for the 2019 Acura RDX is $37,400. Destination and Handling fee is not included
The 2019 Acura MDX is a third-row, midsize luxury SUV. The 2019 model saw a few upgrades and redesigns that play a significant role in creating an even more luxurious driving experience. The A-Spec trim is now available on the AWD MDXs. A-Spec trim options exclusively available on the MDX include 20-inch wheels and low-profile tires, and paddle shifters on a thicker steering wheel. Overall, the available A-Spec options enhance the MDX’s sporty look and feel.
There are also some mechanical redesigns. For 2019, the nine-speed transmission, as well as the auto start/stop feature, has been engineered to provide a more natural feel when driving on typical surfaces. Front row seats with four-way power movement and lumbar support are standard on the latest model. There are additional features and available options, depending on the trim level selected.
The starting price for the 2019 Acura MDX is $44,300. Destination and Handling fee is not included
The 2019 Acura RLX is a premium luxury sedan that did not see any significant changes after a number of key upgrades in 2018, which included the addition of the Diamond Pentagon grille and the 10-speed automatic transmission.
Selecting the RLX affords drivers standard options such as an aluminum-alloy direct injection 3.5L V6 engine and FWD. The RLX is a fuel-efficient vehicle with an EPA fuel efficiency rating of 20/27/23 (city/highway/combined) and comes equipped with sports seats that have a leather-trimmed interior. Second-row passengers have the convenience of four-way manual seats to make their ride even more comfortable. The RLX also offers three-way climate control complemented by humidity control and air filtration.
The starting price for the 2019 Acura RLX is $54,900. Destination and Handling fee is not included
The 2019 Acura NSX is at the apex of luxury vehicles. This vehicle, defined and characterized as a supercar, is the only one of its kind to be manufactured in the United States. As the name implies, the luxurious options and features supersede those found on your typical vehicle. They include:
- Perforated leather and Alcantara seats that are designed for durability and to resist wear and staining
- Four-way power seats with four-way power lumbar support and two-position memory system
- Equipped with active safety features such as Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control and Multi-Angle Rearview Mirror with Dynamic Guidelines, as well as passive safety features such as multizone airbags and Seat-best e-Pretensioner System
- Flush-mounted automatic power pop-out door handles
- Exterior paint colors including Curva Red, Berlina Black, 130R White and the newly introduced Thermal Orange Pearl
If you’re in the market for the ultimate luxury sports car, the NSX should be at the top of your list. But it’ll set you back a pretty penny with a starting price of $157,500. Destination and Handling fee is not included
Though Acura decided to focus its energy on perfecting their core vehicle lineup, consumers will be pleased with the decision once they have a chance to take a look at the 2019 upgrades. Acura has created a line of vehicles that have price points to fit most budgets, body styles to meet consumers’ needs and numerous standard and available options to customize that perfect vehicle. Head on over to your local Acura dealership and speak to a salesperson today.