2020 Acura MDX “A Spec” AWD Crossover

Pirate Radio DJ George “Elvis” Gray was able to help this reviewer analyze the new MDX Acura “A Spec”:

Apex Blue Pearl paint with red leather (Alcantara suede inserts) seating for 7 plus heated and ventilated front buckets – Weighs 4,285 lbs. and is 196.3” long – 90 cubic ft. of cargo space with the back seat folded down – 20” Shark gray aluminum wheels and 265/45R20 Continental all season radial tires – Pushbutton/remote start, power memory seats, heated steering wheel, power lift gate, and moon roof – 8” LED infotainment screen and navigation system – multi-view backup camera, and 10 speaker XM/AM/FM Acura ELS Studio premium sound system – Adaptive cruise control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot warning – 3.5 liter, 290 horsepower V-6 engine with nine speed automatic transmission, push button – shifter, paddle shifters, and all wheel drive – $56,295.00  list price  – built in E. Liberty, Ohio – Fuel economy (Combined – 21 mpg) (Highway – 25 mpg) (City – 19 mpg)  19.5 gallon tank with 488 mi.range 

2020 Acura RDX “A Spec” AWD Crossover

The Acura was taken to Pirate Radio for an analysis by George “Elvis” Gray, Morning Show DJ and former auto retailer:

Platinum white metallic paint – Red leather interior with black suede inserts – Five passenger capacity – 272 horsepower turbo four with ten speed automatic transmission (all wheel drive) – Navigation system – 16 speaker stereo – 20″ black spoke aluminum wheels with Hankook all season tires – Panoramic moon roof – built in E. Liberty, Ohio – $46,795.00 list price – Fuel mileage is 26/highway, 21/city and 23/combined miles per gallon – 14.9 gallon fuel tank allows for 388 miles of highway range

2019 Acura MDX A-Spec AWD

The Acura was taken out to the studios of Pirate Radio 104.7FM for an analysis by the DJ’s there, George “Elvis” Gray and Matt “The Big Kahuna” Arguello:

Apex Blue Pearl metallic paint – Red/Black perforated leather and suede seating – 7 passenger – 111” wheelbase – 196.2” long – Weighs 4,486 lbs. –  15 cubic ft. of cargo space – 20” bright silver 10 – spoke alloy wheels and P265/45R20 all season radials LED daytime running lights/headlights plus 9” infotainment screen – Push button shifter mounted on console – Backup camera, navigation, radar cruise control, tilt wheel, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability, and power tailgate – Heated and ventilated leather front bucket seats and heated rear seats – XM/AM/FM Acura ELS performance enhanced sound system – 3.5 liter, 290 horsepower V-6 engine with 9 – Speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive – $56,195.00  list price           Built in E. Liberty, Ohio – 488 miles of range, 25 mpg highway/219 mpg city/21 mpg combined – 19.5 gallon tank – regular gasoline

2014 Acura ILX FWD Sedan

_DSC3101The Acura ILX is the entry-level luxury car sold by the upscale division of Honda Motor Company.  It is based on Honda’s Civic, with luxury appointments to bring it up to the Acura standard.  It is the first luxury compact sedan sold by Acura in America since 2001 – that was the Integra.

A month ago I travelled to San Francisco to test an ILX, with plans to both attend some Giant-Rockie games and also to drive it to Salinas, California.  Ruth, my wife, accompanied me there and our stay was at the Inn at the Opera on Fulton Street near Haight-Ashbury.  I mention that district because as a child of the 60’s, I served in Viet Nam, had a stay-at-home Mom, fell in love with cars, enjoyed reading John Steinbeck’s books, and watched scenes from Haight-Ashbury on television.  The hotel was also relatively close to Golden Gate Park, the Civic Center, AT&T Park, and Fisherman’s Wharf.  San Francisco is quite compact.

As a little boy, I read those books written by Steinbeck, the Nobel- and Pulitzer- prize winner from Salinas, and I often fantasized about that area of California.  So Ruth and I drove there, about 100 miles away, in the ILX.  In Salinas is the National Steinbeck Center, the only museum in America dedicated to one author.  Between it, lunch, and driving the Acura down U.S. 101, it was a very pleasurable day.

The test Acura was the 5-speed automatic with technology package, priced at $31,600.00 (base).  Freight, added to the M.S.R.P., brought the total to $32,495.00.  The 5-speed automatic had sequential sport-shift setup with paddle shifters on the steering column, and the engine was a 4-cylinder, 2.0 liter, 150 horsepower unit with EPA ratings of 35 mpg on the highway, 24 in the city, and a combined rating of 28 mpg.  Premium gasoline is required in the ILX, and the tank holds 13.2 gallons.  My observation of the gas mileage for the ILX was 27 mpg.

Handling, guidance, and ride of the ILX were all suitable for the five-passenger sedan.  The road noise on our highway cruising was about average for a sedan of this size and caliber.  Acceleration to 60 mph reportedly occurs in ten seconds and top speed is 113 mph.  The fifteen foot car sits on a wheelbase of 105.1” and weighs 3,000 lb.

The interior was leather-equipped, came in black, and featured the navigation (8” display), cruise control, backup camera, power locks/mirrors/doors, seven-speaker premium stereo with satellite radio, pushbutton start, and proximity keyless entry.  Ruth and I found the front buckets to be supportive and attractive and back seat legroom for our daughter was adequate.  We were able to just get by, luggage-wise, with the 12.3 cubic foot trunk.

Acura manages to make the ILX look more expensive and attractive than its sister, the Honda Civic, and the five-spoke, 17” alloy wheels added to the allure.  Shoppers in this category would do themselves a favor by taking a long look at the ILX from Acura.