“It pays to be Meticulous” is the slogan for Acura, which seems to fit this luxury vehicle well. The Acura is the luxury division of Honda, a name already associated with quality and good resale values.
The current line up of Acuras includes the RL, TL, TSX, MDX and RDX, with a ZDX expected in the future. In 1986 Acura entered into the US market with 2 vehicles, the Legend and the Integra. After their initial success Acura added the NSX. The NSX was introduced in 1990 as a V6 rear wheel drive sports car.
In 1996 The Legend was replaced by the 3.5 RL and in 1997 the Integra was replace by the Acura 1.6EL. Two years later the 3.2TL was added to the lineup of Acura cars. With the emergence of popularity of the SUV Acura added its version, the MDX. Unlike many of the SUVs on the market at that time, the MDX was not geared toward off-roading but stuck to a more car like feel.
In 2004 Acura started offering the SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) to some other their vehicles, starting with the Acura RL and later to be seen on the RDX and MDX models. Overall the SH-AWD seems to have lived up to its name even being praised by Popular Science in 2004 and again by cnet.com in 2005.
Along with those mentioned above Acura also in the past manufactured the Vigor, CL, SLX, NSX and Sterling. There was also a CSX model that was only available in Canada.
Acura is also active in the racing circuits with 2009 marking their third year in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), with vehicles in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes. Acura has also taken 7 Manufacturers’ Championships in the touring class of the World Challenge.
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