You’ve been driving a Honda for years — maybe it was even your first car — but now you’re ready to switch things up. You love the reliability of your Honda, but have a taste for a bit more luxury and style for your next car purchase.
Enter, Acura. Honda’s luxury brand has been sold in North American since 1986. Although Acura isn’t the most common car on the road, this make is well-rated for comfort and reliability. Sure, you’ll spend a bit more, but you’ll be well-rewarded with features, sporty appeal, and a quiet drive.
If you’re considering buying an Acura, understanding the appeal of each model can help you choose the car that is best for you and your family. Here’s what we suggest:
If you’re looking for a comfortable commuter car, choose the Acura RLX. If you have a long drive to work and are looking to invest in a car that you won’t mind spending hours in every day, the Acura RLX is a great fit. The seats are supportive and comfortable, making the RLX a good choice for people who commute. Additionally, the technology features will make sure you have access to your preferred entertainment during your ride.
Importantly, the RLX is also super safe: in fact, it’s one of the safest large luxury sedans on the market. With optional all-wheel drive and great fuel efficiency, the Acura RLX will get you to work on time no matter the weather, and save you a few dollars on gas along the way.
If you want luxury on a budget, opt for the Acura TLX. If you’re just breaking into the luxury car market and looking for a lower purchase price, the Acura TLX is a good option. The TLX sells new for about $30,000 less than the RLX , and is priced lower than many other mid-sized luxury sedans, giving you good value for your money. You’ll still enjoy luxury features like a great entertainment system, comfortable seats, and a quiet ride, which all helped the TLX qualify as the best upscale mid-sized car for your money in 2016, according to U.S. News and World Report.
If you have a large family, the Acura MDX is a good fit. The Acura MDX will allow you to transport your whole family — and all their accessories — in style and comfort. With seating for seven and ample storage, the MDX will get your entire crew where they need to go.
Best of all, this is a mid-sized SUV that a driver can have fun with. The V6 engine provides plenty of power, and the MDX has more responsive handling than many comparable vehicles. The sporty handling, good gas mileage, and high safety rating all contributed to the MDX being named the best luxury 3-row SUV by U.S. News and World Report in 2016.
If you want an SUV, but don’t need quite as much space. If you prefer to drive an SUV, but don’t need extra seating or space, opt for the Acura RDX. The RDX has seating for five, but with a spacious and comfortable interior this SUV won’t feel small even if you’re riding at full capacity. The array of standard features and responsive handling are why the Acura RDX is one of the top-rated compact luxury SUVs.