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Acura Motor Cars Through the Years

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After a decade of extensive research, in 1986 in support of its newly formed Acura Auto Division, Honda opened 60 Acura dealerships within North America. Its initial models consisted of just two models: the first was the executive Legend model and the compact Integra model, which could be purchased as a five-door or three-door hatchback. Project XX, which was a joint venture between Honda and Great Britain's Austin Rover Group which resulted in the Legend. It was mechanically similar to the 800 series Rover, while the Integra coupe was an upscale Honda Quint hatchback.

Acura was the first Japanese luxury brand automobile. The establishment of Acura coincided with the announcement of a JDM Honda dealership television sales channel, called Honda Clio, which sold luxury brand vehicles, joining previously established Honda Verno, and followed by Honda Primo the next year. During its first few years of existence, Acura became among the top selling luxury marques in the US. Despite the fact that sales were off in the mid-to-late 1990s, the brand encountered a revival in the mid 2000s, because of extreme redesigns and the announcement of new models.

Since its beginning, Acura has been a pioneer in the car business. In the late 1980s, the achievement of the organization's first flagship vehicle, the Legend, inspired kindred Japanese carmakers Toyota and Nissan to announce their own luxury car brands, Lexus and Infiniti, respectively. The 1990 introduction of the NSX, an exotic mid-engine sports car, offered a solid and down to earth option to European exotic sports cars, and presented Honda's VTEC variable valve timing system to the market in North American. The 1993 Legend coupe included Honda's first utilization of a six-speed manual transmission, attached to a Type II engine. During the late 1990s, Acura created a Type R rendition of its Integra compact coupe, which offered a reduced curb weight, a lower and stiffer suspension, and a high-yield VTEC motor. Acura Official Web Site

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In the mid 2000s, Acura presented new models, including the organization's first all-unique SUV, the MDX, and two new models which replaced the Integra sedan and coupe, the RSX and TSX, respectively. Type S renditions of the RSX, CL, and TL were also added to the brand's lineup amid that decade. Acura's 2005 RL flagship announced SH-AWD, a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive vehicle. The 2007 RDX, a hybrid SUV, highlighted the initial North American utilization of a Honda engine with a turbocharger. In the 2010s, Acura added more new models, which including the ILX, TLX, and RLX, the last of which presented Acura's Jewel Eye LED headlights. A second era NSX was propelled in 2015 and has a twin-turbocharged mid-engine, a nine-speed dual clutch transmission, and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

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Large Acuras

Acura Legend (1985-1995)

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The Acura Legend is a mid-size luxury/executive car manufactured by Honda. It was sold in the U.S., Canada, and parts of China under Honda's luxury brand, Acura, from 1985 to 2012, as both a sedan, which was classified as a full-size car, and a coupe, which was classified as a mid-size car (similar to how the Honda Accord is set up today). It was the first flagship sedan sold under the Acura nameplate, until being renamed in 1996 as the Acura 3.5RL. The 3.5RL was the North American version of the KA9 series Honda Legend.

Acura RL (1996-2012)

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2012 Acura RL
The Acura RL is a mid-sized / executive luxury car that was manufactured by the Acura division of Honda for the 1996–2012 model years over two generations. The RL was the flagship of the marque, having succeeded the Acura Legend, and was replaced in 2013 by the Acura RLX. All models of the Legend, RL and RLX lines have been adapted from the Japanese domestic market Honda Legend. The model name "RL" is an abbreviation for "Refined Luxury."

Acura RLX (2014-present)

2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid
2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid
2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid
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2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid
2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid
2019 Acura RLX
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2020 Acura RLX Type S
2020 Acura RLX Type S
The Acura RLX is an executive car manufactured by Honda and sold under their Acura division, released in 2013. Succeeding the Acura RL, the RLX offers two versions, a front-wheel drive base model equipped with Acura's Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) four-wheel steering system, and a hybrid variant featuring SH-AWD that serves as Acura's flagship. The JDM version, the Honda Legend, is only offered with the SH-AWD powertrain.

Mid-Size Acuras

Acura CL (1996-2003)

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2003 Acura CL 3.2 Type-S
The Acura CL is a midsize coupé manufactured by Honda's Acura brand from February 19, 1996 to 1999, and from 2000 to 2003. The CL is often thought to have been a replacement for the Acura Legend coupé, but with the advent of the TL in 1996, which directly replaced the Vigor, the CL is more precisely a TL coupé. All Acura CLs were built at Honda's plant in East Liberty, Ohio, which is also the plant that builds the Honda Civic. The TL and the Honda Accord upon which the Acura CLs were based, are built Honda's plant in Marysville, Ohio, a few miles away from East Liberty. The CL was the first Acura to be built in the United States.

Small Acuras

Acura Vigor (1981-1994)

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The Honda Vigor is a premium sedan that was sold in Japan through the Honda Verno dealer network from 1981 to 1995 derived from the Honda Accord, and briefly sold in North America from June 1991 to 1994 as the Acura Vigor. Early Vigors were more upmarket versions of the Accord and served as Honda's flagship until the arrival of the Honda Legend. In 1989, the Vigor would differentiate itself further from the Accord with unique styling and an available longitudinal five-cylinder engine, and a twin to the Vigor was introduced with the Honda Inspire, available at Honda Clio dealerships. It was replaced in North America with the Acura TL and in Japan with the Honda Saber/Inspire, which were the same vehicle sold through different networks.

Acura Integra (1985-2001)

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1998 Acura Integra LS
In North America, the Integra was sold under the Acura nameplate. Acura offered three trim levels (RS, LS and GS) for 1990 and 1991 model years and added a fourth trim level (GS-R) beginning in MY 1992. Model choices consisted of a 3-door hatchback and a new 4-door notchback. All trim levels were available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission except for the GS-R which was only offered in a manual. It became the RSX in 2002

Acura TL (1996-2014)

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2014 Acura TL
The Acura TL is a compact executive / entry-level luxury car that was manufactured by Acura. It was introduced in 1995 to replace the Acura Legend and was badged for the Japanese-market from 1996 to 2000 as the Honda Inspire and from 1996 to 2004 as the Honda Saber. The TL was Acura's best-selling model until it was outsold by the MDX in 2007. While it once ranked as the second best-selling luxury sedan in the United States behind the BMW 3 Series, sales have decreased by over 50% since then.

Acura RSX (2002-2006)

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2006 Acura RSX Type S
The Honda Integra DC5 is the fourth and final generation of the Honda Integra compact car, introduced in Japan on April 13, 2001, and produced from July 2001 to July 2006. It was introduced in North America for the 2002 model year as the Acura RSX (the name changed from Integra due to Honda wanting customers to relate cars to the Acura brand.

Acura TSX (2004-2014)

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2014 Acura TSX
The Acura TSX is a compact executive car that was manufactured by Acura from 2003 to 2014. Introduced in April 2003 as a 2004 model, it was sold only in the United States and Canada, but since the 2009 model year it has also been available in Mexico. It is also sold in Guam and Puerto Rico. It was sold in North America under the Acura luxury marque, where it filled the gap as Acura's 4-door, entry-level sedan when the Integra sedan was discontinued in 2001 (1996 in Canada since the EL was the Integra sedan's replacement there). The TSX would also eventually replace the Acura RSX in the US (which in turn succeeded the Acura Integra coupe). From 2008 until 2013, the TSX was the smallest vehicle in the Acura model line, other than the Civic-based CSX

Acura ILX (2013-present)

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The Acura ILX is a compact executive car for Honda's luxury brand Acura. All ILX variants are based upon the ninth-generation Civic Sedan. The ILX became Acura's first compact model in the United States since the RSX was discontinued after the 2006 model year, and their first compact sedan in the United States since the Integra was last produced in 2001. The ILX was also Acura's first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle.

Acura TLX (2015-present)

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2019 Acura TLX
2019 Acura TLX
2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition
2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition
The Acura TLX is a compact executive / entry-level luxury sedan manufactured by Acura, the luxury vehicle division of Honda, since 2014. The Acura TLX was first shown as the "TLX Prototype", a sedan designed in Acura's Los Angeles Design Studio, as a replacement of the TL and TSX

Acura Sports Cars

Acura NSX (1990-present)

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2019 Acura NSX
The the Acura NSX, is a two-seat, mid-engine sports car manufactured by Honda/Acura The origins of the NSX trace back to 1984, with the HP-X (Honda Pininfarina eXperimental) concept, which was a mid-engined 3.0 L V6 engined rear wheel drive sports car. Honda committed to the project, with the intention of meeting or exceeding the performance of the then V8 engined Ferrari range, while offering reliability and a lower price point. The concept thus evolved and had its name changed to NS-X, which stood for "New", "Sportscar".

Acura SUVs / Crossovers

Acura SLX (1996-1999)

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1999 Acura SLX
The "Acura SLX" was a lightly upgraded and re-badged Isuzu Trooper sold by the Acura division of Honda from 1995 to 1999, as 1996 to 1999 year models. Sold only in the United States, the SLX was later replaced by the Acura MDX in 2001. The SLX omitted some of the options available on Troopers from concurrent model years, including the manual transmission and certain engines. From 1996 to 1997 the SLX was only available with the 3.2-litre SOHC or DOHC V6 engine, switching to the new 3.5-litre DOHC V6 engine in 1998. The SLX received a restyled front end for the 1998 model year, but continued to sell poorly and was ultimately discontinued after 1999. It is said that sales were affected by bad press when the 1996 to 1997 models were rated "Not Acceptable" by Consumer Reports for their tendency to roll over during testing.

Acura MDX (2001-present)

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2019 Acura MDX
2019 Acura MDX
The MDX was the first crossover SUV to have third-row seating, and shares a platform with the Honda Pilot. The Pilot seats eight, while the MDX seats seven, with two seating positions in the third row. The MDX was introduced as a 2001 model, replacing the slow-selling U.S.-only body-on-frame SLX, based on the Isuzu Trooper.

Acura RDX Hybrid (2007-present)

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2020 Acura RDX
2020 Acura RDX
The Acura RDX is Acura’s first compact luxury crossover SUV, taking over from the MDX as Acura's entry-level crossover SUV, as the MDX grew in size and price. Originally, the RDX was built upon the same platform Honda uses for their Civic and CR-V passenger cars, however starting from its third generation, the Acura RDX is built on its own platform.

Acura ZDX (2010-2013)

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2013 Acura ZDX
The Acura ZDX is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV developed by Honda for its upmarket brand Acura. The ZDX debuted at the 2009 New York International Auto Show on April 8, 2009. The vehicle was also the first to be completely designed at Acura's southern California design studio in Torrance. The original ZDX concept was penned by Michelle Christensen who labeled it a "4-door luxury sports coupe" and which Acura says "blurs the distinction between coupe, sedan and sport utility vehicle."

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