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New for 2014: Acura

By: Jeff Youngs, 10/9/2013
2014 Acura Overview

For those who don't know, Acura is Honda's premium brand, much like Toyota's Lexus, Nissan's Infiniti, and Ford's Lincoln. For 2014, the company has added a new flagship sedan, heavily updated its largest crossover, left a few models unchanged, and discontinued the ZDX.

Replacing the RL, the all-new Acura RLX sedan arrives with contemporary styling set off by LED headlights, a modern interior, choice of front-wheel-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability, gasoline or hybrid powertrains, and EPA-rated fuel economy in the low 30s. That 5-passenger 4-door is complemented by a redesigned MDX crossover that also sports a fresh look, as well as high-quality interior purported to be quieter and more comfortable, several new features, available FWD (all previous MDXs were AWD), improved handling and efficiency, and enhanced safety.

Also noteworthy is the 2014 Acura ILX sedan's upgraded interior, newly standard heated front seats, and restyled alloy wheels.

That leaves the RDX, TL, and TSX, all of which have been carried over without updates for 2014.


2014 Acura ILX
Though it debuted in 2013, the 5-passenger Acura ILX sedan returns for 2014 with more changes than one might expect for a car that's only been on the market for one year. Updates include revised alloy wheels, new leather upholstery and leatherette door trim, standard heated front seats with power 8-way adjustment for the driver, audio system with active noise cancellation, and a multi-view rearview camera. Buyers have the choice of two 4-cylinder engines or a hybrid powertrain.

What's New:
  • Revised alloy wheels
  • Upgraded leather upholstery
  • Updated audio system
  • Standard heated front seats
  • Standard power driver's seat with 8-way adjustment
  • Updated rearview camera


2014 Acura MDX
Acura has redesigned its MDX crossover from bumper to bumper for 2014, with the end result being a model exhibiting all-new styling, a new V-6 powertrain with fuel-efficient cylinder-deactivation and direct-injection technology, updated 6-speed automatic transmission, and an interior that boasts simplified instrumentation, higher-quality materials, and improved access for passengers and cargo. Unlike its predecessor, the 2014 Acura MDX is available as a FWD or AWD model. One trim level is offered, along with several option packages.

What's New:
  • Completely redesigned
  • Newly designed 3.5-liter V-6 engine with cylinder-deactivation technology
  • Updated 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Longer and narrower than 2013 model
  • Revised suspension
  • Reclining and sliding second-row seats
  • Larger front center console storage
  • FWD or AWD capability
  • Lower curb weight
  • Improved handling and braking performance
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Electric power steering
  • Comfort, normal and sport driving modes
  • Quieter than 2013 model
  • Improved interior materials
  • Rear sunshades
  • Push-button start
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Front and rear park-assist sensors
  • Enhanced rearview camera
  • Exterior auto-dimming rearview mirrors
  • Updated smartphone-linked infotainment system
  • Upgraded audio system
  • Internet radio compatibility
  • Rear-seat entertainment system with available 16.2-inch display
  • Front 7-inch touch-screen display
  • Simplified instrument panel (32 fewer buttons)
  • Updated navigation system
  • Driver's knee air bag
  • Added safety features


2014 Acura RDX
Following a complete redesign for the 2013 model year, the 2014 Acura RDX crossover arrives unchanged. Like its larger counterpart, the MDX, the RDX is available in a single trim level that can be upgraded with various option packages. Buyers have the choice of FWD or AWD capability, but every 2014 RDX is equipped with a 273-horsepower V-6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission featuring steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

What's New:
  • No changes for the 2014 model year


2014 Acura RLX
In addition to the overhauled MDX, the big news from Acura is the debut of its new large sedan, which fills a void created when the RL was discontinued after the 2012 model year. Dubbed RLX, the company's 2014 flagship sedan sports a standard V-6 engine that delivers an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway, advanced safety systems like forward-collision warning and intelligent cruise control, stylish and bright LED headlights, and an interior that serves as host to a pair of touch-screen control panels. Acura offers the 2014 RLX in FWD form, though a hybrid AWD variant is also available.

What's New:
  • All-new flagship sedan replaces discontinued RL
  • 310-horsepower V-6 engine
  • EPA-estimated fuel-economy ratings are 20/31/24 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Available forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning systems
  • Dual touch-screen displays
  • LED headlights
  • Hybrid AWD system
  • Available 14-speaker audio system
  • Updated infotainment system
  • Available intelligent cruise control
  • Driver's knee air bag
  • Available heated and cooled front seats
  • Available heated rear seats


2014 Acura TL
The 2014 Acura TL sedan has been carried over unchanged. Available as a FWD model powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 or an AWD model equipped with a 3.7-liter 6-cylinder engine, the 5-passenger TL includes a generous assortment of standard features including HID headlights, power tilt/slide moonroof, heated power front seats with 10-way adjustment for the driver and 8-way adjustment for the passenger, 276-watt sound system, front active head restraints, and more. Among the 2014 Acura TL's options are a Technology package consisting of premium audio, navigation system with a rearview camera, upgraded leather upholstery, and push-button start; and an Advance package featuring heated and cooled front seats, blind-spot monitoring system, and unique alloy wheels.

What's New:
  • No changes for the 2014 model year


2014 Acura TSX
Like the TL, the 2014 Acura TSX has been carried over essentially unchanged. This FWD model is available in sedan and wagon body styles, with power coming from a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or 3.5-liter V-6 engine (sedan only) directing output to the front wheels. Base models are offered, as is a Special Edition sedan variant that features unique alloy wheels, rear spoiler and lower body kit, and a red-accented interior. Among the standard amenities found on every 2014 TSX are HID headlights, turn signal mirrors, perforated leather upholstery, 360-watt sound system, and dual-zone climate control.

What's New:
  • No changes for the 2014 model year

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