Acura Could Get HR-V Variant
February 4, 2015
By: Joe Lorio
Acura in recent years has become an SUV maker that has a side business in cars. Its MDX and RDX crossovers (updated versions of which are debuting at the Chicago auto show) far outsell any of its passenger cars. Now comes word that the brand may add another crossover to its stable. Interviewed by WardsAuto at the recent Automotive News World Conference, American Honda executive vice president John Mendel says that Acura is looking at a doing compact crossover based on the new Honda HR-V.
It is highly odd that the move to the 9AT is actually lowering the MDX's fuel economy, although it was something for which I'd been advocating as soon as it was announced on the TLX V-6s. Either way, good to see Acura keeping the MDX up to date. The "Acura HR-V" is another item I've been saying Acura could use. C&D suggests the 2.4L, but instead I think either a high-output version of the upcoming 1.5T or the 2.0T are better options, and it should have either the 8-speed twin-clutch or the 9AT; the CVT, 5AT, and 6ATs that other Hondas use should be irrelevant in a vehicle with upscale ambitions. I'd also really like to see this compact crossover use SH-AWD as an option to properly Acura-ize it. And while I'm dreaming, maybe a 270+ horsepower Type-S version?X-Ray Specs: 2016 Acura MDX Gets 9-Speed Trans, Electronic Gimcrackery
February 3, 2015
By: Davey G. Johnson
Strangely, going from a six-speed to a nine-speed gearbox does not improve fuel economy. In the front-wheel-drive model, the EPA ratings drop from 20/28 mpg city/highway to 19/27 mpg. With all-wheel drive, the EPA figures are 18/26 mpg, versus 18/27 mpg previously. In both cases, however, a newly available idle-stop feature bumps the city rating up by 1 mpg.
Inside, all trim levels receive a frameless rearview mirror, Apple’s Siri Eyes Free voice recognition, and a driver’s seat that retreats 1.4 inches to aid ingress and egress when the door is opened. Add Acura’s Tech package and receive a multiview rear camera capable of detecting cross traffic behind you, lane-keeping assist/lane-departure warning, and a forward-collision warning system that can recognize pedestrians.