2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Advance Test Drive

“2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Advance” Acura expands luxury performance flagship lineup Acura introduced their new RLX flagship with P-AWS (Precision All-Wheel Steering) in 2014, powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produced 310 horsepower and 273 pound feet of torque that metered the driving force to the driving wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission….

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Acura TLX Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer For many years, the Acura TL was a “go to” car when someone asked that standard “what would you recommend?” question — we always seemed to get that response when we identified ourselves as “auto writers.” The answer wasn’t because we thought it was the best car in the category,…

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NWAPA Mudfest 2016 – Part 1

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Shelton, Wash. – One of our favorite events each year is the annual Northwest Automotive Press Association’s (NWAPA) Mudfest. We were involved in the creation of the annual SUV evaluation and have participated in a majority of the programs during the event’s 22-year history. Mudfest has evolved through the years…

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2017 Acura NSX Sport Hybrid Test Drive

“2017 Acura NSX” Revolution vs. Evolution – the New Sports eXperience The first Acura NSX is clearly as popular now, perhaps even more so than when it was first introduced, and it still maintains a substantial fan base. Avid devotees mourned the disappearance of the original iconic sports car from Honda’s luxury division, constantly clamoring…

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2016 Acura RDX Advance Test Drive

“2016 Acura RDX AWD Advance” A Mid-model Cycle Refresh The Acura RDX made its debut in 2007 to answer the consumer demand for luxury oriented crossover vehicles that offered increased cargo and passenger capability along with versatility and flexibility. The original example RDX was followed in 2012 by the 2013 RDX, marking the second generation…

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2015 Acura TLX Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer It’s nice to know that some things don’t change too much even when they are totally new. The 2015 Acura TLX is a great example of just such a product. It’s completely new in a slightly smaller size, with new design, new transmissions and even a new name, yet it’s…

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2016 Acura ILX A-Spec Test Drive

“2016 Acura ILX Tech Plus A-Spec Sedan” Acura’s entry level sedan eliminates negative issues When Acura dealers felt the need for an entry level vehicle to be offered as part of their premium inventory, the Acura team (Honda’s luxury division) answered the call with an all-new 2013 ILX sedan lineup. Essentially it was a worthwhile…

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Chicago Auto Show Notes – Part 2

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Chicago – The highlight of the winter auto show season is the annual Chicago Auto Show each February. Sure, the temperature outside might be in the single digits and the “Windy City” is living up to its name, but inside the McCormick Place is a warm and wonderful arena for…

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2016 Acura ILX Test Drive

By Bill Schaffer Calistoga, Calif. – My mother always judged my success with a simple question, “Are you happy.” She didn’t seem to care what I was doing or, how much I was making, success always boiled down to the answer of that three word question. I suppose a similar test could be advanced when…

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