The 2007+ is a world-class SUV and is probably the sportiest mid-sizer not wearing an AMG/M/Porsche S badge. There is a real argument to be made that SH-AWD is superior to quattro in both wet and dry, and it's certainly better than xDrive or 4MATIC.
I've driven a lot of crossover SUVs including some 550 MBs and the Cayenne S, and the '07 MDX still stands out. Night and day vs. the 01-06. Think of the jump from the 2nd-gen TL to the 3rd-gen Type-S and that's the kind of leap it took.
The next one should be pretty impressive. I'm expecting a 9AT and some kind of next-gen AWD, either hybrid or otherwise.
I don't know how feasible such a thing would even be, but it would sure change the Acura brand's like of mojo/an image.
That was supposed to be the plan! Damn you, Ito...
They're coming around. The company seems lost right now but that's the time lag in effect. They've been rocked by the outcry about the Civic and made some serious internal changes in response, and they know they bet wrong about performance cars when they saw the GTR succeed.
The 9AT is pretty crazy news at least IMO, and they have already apparently produced the best current CVT. So I have high hopes for the DCT in the new NSX.
The new RLX is supposed to get something like 25 city MPG in a car bigger and faster than the current RL. Things are looking up.
I think folks around here get passionate about Acura's lack of mojo because they know how good Honda can be when it wants to. When Honda was building awesome stuff, it was more forgivable that Acuras were just Hondas + leather and plastic wood trim. But that's not enough anymore and Honda/Acura really hasn't grown with the rest of the industry.
"Smart luxury" is a recipe to continue this malaise. Hence, the Civic-based ILX.
Speaking of which, I don't think I've seen an ILX here in Canada outside of the dealer lot.
I think this is mostly a marketing thing. I haven't seen a single ad for the ILX and I didn't even know they were out until someone suggested them when I made threads about my mom looking at a Verano. With the Verano, which is selling well from what I understand, it is on TV all the time and even has Peyton Manning doing stuff in it.
The idea that a successful Acura can't be based on a Civic is silly, as proved by the Integra's success.
We know why they decided to get rid of the Integra/RSX, but obviously that was a mistake. The question is whether this ILX will eventually be good enough to rectify that mistake.
)Killing the "Legend"
)Dropping the Integra/RSX line
were bad moves, and that after finally finding another successful formula,
)Uglifying the TL
was a further bad idea would go a long way to fixing the direction of the company.
The ILX is probably the best looking Acura right now, but the value proposition isn't there. I would hope it's a starting point to build it into a proper Integra line replacement, coupe/hatch and sedan, but with the recent track record I'm not sure they'll go more than one generation without changing the formula again.
Everybody's dying, bitch; let's get you some fruit.