Acura TSX Sport Wagon — Practicality with a dose of luxury

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Acura TSX Sport Wagon is a charming addition to the Acura lineup and is the beneficiary of spectacular timing, its greatest attribute being its fuel-sipping 4-cylinder engine rated at 30 miles to the gallon in highway driving, just as a new era of rising pump prices began accelerating.

A selling point certainly for a very pleasant and entertaining entry-level luxury hauler as gas prices again take a bigger bite out of the family pocketbook. Perhaps that’s why Acura decided not to put its V-6, an optional choice in the TSX sedan, in the newly minted wagon.

Acura TL — Fun to drive luxury

By Al Vinikour

Generally a mid-model run will receive freshened looks and some mechanical and technical tweaks. In other words it’s different but you probably have to be a car nut to see the subtle differences.

Apparently Acura didn’t get the memo because their newly-refined 2012 TL — while bearing a familial resemblance to the 2009 model, (which experienced a complete from-the-wheel-up redesign) — is like saying Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger  really were twins in their movie of the same name.

2012 Acura TL


AUSTIN, Texas — The beak is back. There had been speculation that the guillotine blade grille on the current-generation Acura TL would be eliminated with its 2012 mid-cycle refresh. The answer is in — and it's no.

Acura RDX — Nimble crossover, sporty excitement

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The 2011 Acura RDX caught our attention in a big way. We had not driven an RDX since its first model year in 2007 and forgot just how enjoyable it is. If you have lost sight of the Acura — now in its fifth year of production — while shopping such products as the BMW X3 or Infiniti EX35 you might find it advantageous to take a test drive.

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

SAN FRANCISCO — If you are a fan of the entry-level luxury Acura TSX sedan — and there will be about 30,000 new owners this year — then we think you will be a fan of the new TSX Sport Wagon. It has the same sporty nature as the sedan.

Acura MDX — How to build a modern mid-sized luxury crossover

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Of all the new driving aids now available, and it seems the MDX has all of them, we came to the conclusion while hurdling down a congested section of Interstate 95 in South Carolina in a 2010 Acura MDX that adaptive cruise control is the most useful.

As with most new technology it quickly evolves. In its first iteration more than a decade ago, we disliked the long distance between cars adaptive cruise forced on the driver.

Acura ZDX – a battle between form and function

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The newly conceived Acura ZDX is a conundrum. On the one hand, it offers many things that make Acura vehicles desirable including solid performance and outstanding handling, a hushed interior with quality materials and stylish surroundings, and a cutting-edge audio and communications system.

Acura’s aging 3.5 RL still has the looks 

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

In car years, the Acura 3.5 RL is pretty long in the tooth. But the flagship of the Acura lineup has aged gracefully and it is still a premium sedan worth considering when shopping for a luxury four door especially if you’re not hip to changes in technology or you really don’t care.

Acura’s new 2004 TL could be all you’ll ever need

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

If your budget can stand the monthly payment involved with a $35,000 entry-level luxury car, then we have a deal for you.

Acura’s all-new mid-sized TL sedan is as good as it gets for under 35-grand even if you don’t get a discount or a low interest rate. This car is worth the price. Period!

Acura TSX mixes well with the Euro sport sedans

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Acura is comparing its all-new compact sport sedan to such vaunted makes as the BMW 325i, Audi A4 1.8T and Mercedes-Benz C240. After all it has its roots in Europe as does this list of heady competition.