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KBB Expert Ratings Countdown: Acura

Posted 7/16/2014 4:40 PM
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KBB Expert Ratings Countdown: Acura

Acura - consider it the luxurious side of Honda. As respected as models like the Honda Civic have been over the decades, they aren't viewed as coveted vehicles befitting a genuine luxury marque. To address that void, Acura was born in 1986 with the launch of the Integra and Legend.

In the years since, buyers have enjoyed a wider variety of Acura vehicles from which to choose. Dubbed the entry-level model since the demise of the Acura RSX (formerly the Acura Integra), the well-equipped Acura TSX is delivered for about $30,000. The Acura TL midsize sedan, priced from the mid $30,000s and offered with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), is the brand's answer to cars such as the BMW 3 Series and the Infiniti G37; the larger Acura RL takes on the Infiniti M, the BMW 5 Series, and others. Pricing for the RL starts in the high $40,000s.

Sold alongside those sedans is the turbocharged Acura RDX SUV, priced from the mid $30,000s. The RDX faces serious competition from the Infiniti EX35 and new entrants like the Audi Q5. Buyers seeking added luxury, size and performance - for at least $40,000 - will be drawn to the Acura MDX. This seven-passenger SUV also features SH-AWD and gives shoppers of the BMW X5, Audi Q7, and Volkswagen Touareg a reason to consider Acura.


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