Acura is the luxury vehicle marque of Japanese automaker Honda. The
brand was launched in the
United States and
Canada in March 1986,
marketing luxury, performance, and high-performance vehicles. It was
Hong Kong in 1991,
Mexico in 2004, China in 2006, Russia
in 2014 and
Kuwait in 2015, and is also sold in Ukraine. Honda's
plan to introduce
Acura to the
Japanese domestic market
Japanese domestic market (JDM) in 2008
was delayed, due to economic reasons, and later withheld as a
result of the 2008 financial crisis.
Acura holds the distinction of being the first Japanese automotive
luxury brand. The creation of
Acura coincided with the introduction
of a JDM
Honda dealership sales channel, called
Honda Clio, which sold
luxury vehicles, joining previously established
Honda Verno, followed
Honda Primo the following year. In its first few years of
Acura was among the best-selling luxury marques in the US.
Though sales were down in the mid-to-late 1990s, the brand experienced
a revival in the early 2000s, due to drastic redesigns and the
introductions of new models.
In the late 1980s, the success of the company's first flagship
vehicle, the Legend, inspired fellow Japanese automakers
Nissan to launch their own luxury brands,
Lexus and Infiniti,
respectively. The 1990 launch of the NSX, a mid-engine exotic sports
car, offered a reliable and practical alternative to exotic European
sports cars, and introduced Honda's
VTEC variable valve timing system
to the North American market. The 1993 Legend coupé featured Honda's
first use of a six-speed manual transmission, mated to a Type II
engine. In the late 1990s,
Acura produced a Type R version of its
compact Integra coupé, which featured a reduced curb weight, a
stiffer and lower suspension, and a high-output
In the early 2000s,
Acura introduced new models, including the
company's first all-original SUV, the MDX, and two models which
replaced the Integra coupé and sedan, the RSX and TSX, respectively.
Type-S versions of the RSX, CL, and TL were added to the brand's
lineup during that decade. Acura's 2005 RL flagship introduced SH-AWD,
a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. The 2007 RDX, a crossover
SUV, featured the first North American use of a turbocharged Honda
engine. In the 2010s,
Acura debuted more new models, including the
ILX, TLX, and RLX, the latter of which introduced Acura's Jewel Eye
LED headlights. A second generation NSX was launched in 2015 and
features a twin-turbocharged mid-engine, a nine-speed dual-clutch
transmission, and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD.
1.1 1980s: Introduction of the
1.2 1990s: NSX,
1.3 2010s: NSX, update
1.4 2000–2003: TL, CL, RSX, MDX
1.5 2004–2006: RL, TSX, RDX
1.6 2007–present: ILX, TLX, RLX, RDX, MDX, ZDX
5 Current models
5.1 Product Gallery
6 Discontinued models
7 US sales
8 See also
10 External links
1980s: Introduction of the
The brand was created around the same time as Japanese rivals Nissan
Toyota developed their
Lexus premium brands. The
Japanese government imposed voluntary export restraints for the U.S.
market, so it was more profitable for Japanese automakers to export
more expensive cars to the U.S.
Following a decade of research,
Honda opened 60 new dealerships in
North America by 1986, to support its
Acura automobile division. Acura
was the first Japanese luxury brand, introduced under the slogan,
"Acura. Precision Crafted Automobiles." Its initial offering
consisted of two models: the executive class Legend and the compact
class Integra, available as a five-door and three-door hatchback. The
Legend was the result of Project XX, a joint venture
into with the UK's Austin Rover Group. It was mechanically related to
Rover 800 series, while the Integra was an improvement of the
Honda Quint hatchback.
The success of these models, particularly the Legend, led to competing
Japanese luxury brand ventures (Toyota's
Lexus that began development
in 1983 as the F1 project, and Nissan's
Infiniti who began development
in 1985 by revising their Japan-only flagship
Nissan President; in the
Mazda planned but never launched its own Amati luxury
division). The goal of the Legend was to compete with rivals Toyota
Crown and the
Nissan Cedric and Gloria, but due to its 1986
introduction worldwide, Toyota,
Nissan and other companies like
Lincoln took notice of the markets reaction to the Legend and later
the Vigor and offered vehicles that addressed the executive size car.
Toyota introduced the
Nissan introduced the
Infiniti J30 and
Ford utilized the Taurus platform and named their new sedan the
In 1987, Acura's first full year of sales, they sold 109,000 cars with
the flagship Legend sedan accounting for 55,000 sales and the rest
were of the smaller Integra. By 1990,
Acura was selling 138,000
vehicles, including 54,000 Legends, compared to Mercedes-Benz's 78,000
cars and 64,000 each for BMW and Lexus.
In 1990, five years after the debut of the Legend and Integra, Acura
introduced the NSX, a midship V6 powered, rear-wheel-drive sports car.
The NSX, an acronym for "New Sports eXperimental", was billed as the
first Japanese car capable of competing with
Ferrari and Porsche. This
vehicle served as an "image car" for both the
heralding the introduction of Honda's
VTEC technology. The NSX was the
world's first all-aluminum production car, and was also marketed and
viewed by some as the "Everyday Supercar" thanks in part to its ease
of use, quality and reliability, traits that were unheard of in the
supercar segment at the time. With the release of the NSX, Acura
introduced the "A-badge", a stylized pair of calipers—a tool used
for exacting measurements to imply that
Acura vehicles are built to
precise and demanding standards.
Honda NSX, badged as an
Acura in certain regions
Despite a strong start in market acceptance for the
Acura brand, sales
suffered in the mid-to-late 1990s. Some critics attributed this
decline in part to less inspiring designs, which were re-branded
Japanese-spec Hondas, such as the
Acura Vigor in 1992. Additionally,
during this time
Acura switched to an alphanumeric nomenclature
formula, dropping the Legend, Vigor and Integra titles, following the
lead of the NSX sportscar. The 1996 3.5 RL, which replaced the popular
Legend, and the Vigor became the 2.5 TL and 3.2 TL, and was regarded
by many as the epitome of this problem, namely because the
alphanumeric designations were more anonymous than the former Legend,
Vigor and Integra titles, which had grown into their own cult
The parent company, Honda, was also feeling the results of the decline
of the Japanese economy, due to the
Japanese asset price bubble
Japanese asset price bubble that
took place during the 1990s and into the 2000s. This period is known
Japan as The Lost Decade.
During this time, the NSX also lost sales as
Acura made few changes
from its original 1990 trim. A year later, the Integra sedan was
withdrawn from the Canadian market, replaced by the market-exclusive
Acura 1.6 EL, a rebadged
Honda Civic/Domani. The Integra sedan
continued to be sold in the
United States until 2001 (in name only,
the model it was replaced with, the RSX, was simply a rebadged
left-hand-drive version of the JDM DC5
Despite these letdowns,
Acura gained prominence in the 1990s with a
young group of customers: "tuner" enthusiasts.
Parent company Honda's
reputation with this demographic as a maker of "easy-to-tune" and
"rev-happy" engines rubbed off onto Acura, and the Integra became a
popular tuner car.
2010s: NSX, update
Honda NSX second generation
2000–2003: TL, CL, RSX, MDX
Acura 3.2 TL
Beginning around the year 2000,
Acura experienced a rebirth which was
catalyzed by the introduction of several redesigned models. The first
of these models was the 1999
Acura 3.2 TL, an upscale sedan. Critics
suggested that although 3.2 TL did not outdo its competition in any
one area of luxury cars, it offered a well-rounded blend of sportiness
and luxury. These characteristics, combined with the TL's
competitive price, proved very popular with consumers. Subsequent
Acura models have followed a similar philosophy of offering lots of
standard equipment and very few options.
Acura introduced in the early 2000s was the MDX, a
popular three-row crossover SUV based on the
Honda Odyssey minivan.
The MDX replaced the slow-selling SLX, which was little more than a
rebadged Isuzu Trooper. The MDX was a car-like crossover SUV with
limited off-road capability that catered to the demands of the luxury
SUV market. It was given top honors by
Car and Driver
Car and Driver in its first
comparison test against seven other SUVs. Other cars in Acura's
line-up during this time included the 3.2 TL, 3.2 CL, RSX (formerly
the Integra hatchback), and the NSX. By the late 2000s,
dropped the inclusion of engine displacement numbers in its vehicle
designations, retaining a simpler, two- or three-letter designation
instead (e.g. 3.5 RL became RL). The 1999-2003 TL have been plagued by
transmission and other problems.
In 2001, a new coupe, badged as the RSX was introduced to the Acura
line up. It was a replacement for the outgoing Integra. The RSX is a
Honda Integra (DC5) from the Japanese market. As a result,
the RSX is technically a new generation of the outgoing Integra. Much
like the Integra, the RSX was a hit in the tuner market. However, at
the end of 2006, the RSX was taken out of the
Acura line up,
subsequently in the Japanese market as well. It is not known why the
RSX did not continue to be sold as the Integra in Japan, however, the
Acura gave for the cancellation of the RSX is that Acura
wishes to move up in the luxury brand, thus cannot sell a car that is
mostly driven by teenagers.
2004–2006: RL, TSX, RDX
A new TL debuted for the 2004 model year, featuring sharp, Italianate
styling and a 270 hp (200 kW) V6 measured by the
then-current SAE standards. The new TL increased sales dramatically to
70,943 American units in 2005.
Also around the same time the
Acura TSX was introduced. It was
essentially a re-badged European and Japanese market
loaded with features. This model became the only 4-cylinder sedan in
Acura's line-up (with the exception of the Canadian market
which replaced the EL in 2006).
In 2005, a new RL was introduced with a 300 hp (220 kW) V6,
improved styling, and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), a
system capable of sending almost all of the RL's power to just one
wheel in a turn. The second-generation RL appeared on Car and Driver's
Ten Best list for 2005, and also garnered an CNET.com "Editor's
Choice" When the RL was introduced, it did not perceive
Acura as being
on par with its German rivals and expected more value from the
Japanese marque. The damage from
Honda Japan's alleged hubris was
done, even though
Canada has since reduced the RL's price.
Acura's new models—particularly the TL and TSX—were well received
by the motoring press and became Acura's top selling vehicles. The TSX
was on Car and Driver's Ten Best list from 2004–2006.
Acura introduced a small SUV which was based on its own unique
unibody chassis called the RDX with models becoming available to U.S.
consumers in August 2006. It is powered by a turbocharged 240-hp
4-cylinder engine and, like the RL, uses Acura's
SH-AWD system. The
model is available in two versions: Premium (the standard offering),
and Technology Package (an upgraded offering with a GPS navigation
system). A completely redesigned MDX became available in the fall of
2006 with a 300 hp (220 kW) V6 engine and Super Handling
This section reads like a press release or a news article. (August
2007–present: ILX, TLX, RLX, RDX, MDX, ZDX
Acura re-introduced the TL Type-S for the 2007 model year. 2009 marked
the all new TL and TSX models as well as a mid-year model update for
the RL; all three made their debuts in the 2008 calendar year. Acura
planned on redesigning the RL by 2011 as well as announced the
creation of a brand new luxury crossover vehicle called the ZDX,
previewed by the concept of the same name.
The ZDX was the first
Acura designed in Acura's design studio located
at Torrance in Southern California. The ZDX was designed by Michelle
Christensen and based on the
Acura MDX using that vehicles 3.7 litre
V6 engine (300 bhp) and
SH-AWD system. A common misconception is
that it is based on the
Honda Crosstour which was based on the Honda
Accord rather than the bigger and more complex underpinnings of the
MDX. It is also the first
Acura to be completely built in North
America. The production model of the ZDX made its debut in the Orange
County Auto Show in Southern California on October 15, 2009. The
concept behind the ZDX is that it is a "four door coupe," and the
design emphasis of the body of the car is like a "pulled back
slingshot." Another prominent design aspect of the ZDX is the wide
rear shoulders above the rear wheels. The ZDX went on sale in December
Acura initially had plans for the third generation of RL to be a rear
wheel drive V8 sedan for its flagship, but shelved the plans in the
wake of the 2008 economic downturn.
Acura announced new TSX wagon in the 2010 New York Auto Show and the
car is due to go on sale in Fall of 2010. The wagon version of the TSX
is based on the wagon version of the Euro-spec
Honda Accord which has
been in the European market for some time. However,
Acura did not
announce any plans for the third-generation RL.
For the 2010 model year the MDX models received some slight exterior
changes and increased equipment levels. Mechanically the engine
remained unchanged but the transmission was updated from the previous
5-speeds to 6-speeds including steering column mounted shift override
paddles. This new transmission was shared with the ZDX.
Acura introduced a new model called the
ILX which is based
heavily on the
Honda Civic platform. It shares the same 3 power train
variants from the Civic: the 2.0L, 2.4L
VTEC and a 1.5L Hybrid. It
also unveiled the
Acura RLX Concept, a replacement for the RL sedan,
at the New York International Auto Show. The
ILX went on sale in May
2012 in the
United States as a 2013 model.
Also in 2012,
Acura "reinvented" another model, The RDX concept. For
the new model,
Acura dropped the 4 cylinder turbo for a 3.5L V6. When
the official 2013
Acura RDX was released, it was relatively similar to
the concept but had changes in wheels, taillights, and some other
cosmetics. A lot of this
Acura looks like its brother the ILX. The
2013 RDX doesn't have the
SH-AWD system instead it has "AWD with
intelligent control", similar to the CR-V's AWD system. The RDX is now
available with BASE, BASE AWD, TECH., and TECH AWD.
Acura showed a 2014 Concept of the MDX. Shortly after, it was
released to the public. The MDX competes with the
Lexus RX, Audi Q7,
and many others. For the first time, American buyers of the 2014 MDX
didn't have to get the
SH-AWD model since
Acura released the FWD model
of the MDX. However the Canadians will have
SH-AWD with the standard
model of the MDX due to weather conditions. This model also gets the
Jewel Eye LED lights similar to the RLX. The trim levels are BASE,
TECH, TECH AND ENTERTAINMENT, and ADVANCE AND ENTERTAINMENT. All of
these can be equipped with SH-AWD.
For the 2014 model of the RDX.
Acura drops color Amber Brownstone
which was really popular for Kona Coffee Metallic from the CR-V. The
new color is a little darker. Changes for the 2014
ILX include the
1.5L engine being dropped and leather now being standard on all trims.
In December 2013, at the Los Angeles Auto Show,
Acura unveiled a Sport
SH-AWD version of the flagship RLX sedan. It will be the most
powerful and technologically advanced vehicle in Acura's history. This
high-end vehicle will come standard with a 310-horsepower 3.5L V6
engine and a pair of electric motors (one for each axle) that generate
a combined 377 horsepower through a new 7-speed dual clutch
Acura technology firsts on the 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid
SH-AWD also include an electronic gear selector that replaces the
conventional, center console-mounted shift lever with an efficiently
packaged push-button array allowing the driver to easily select the
desired mode—Park, Drive and Reverse, as well as Sport and Normal
driving modes. The new RLX Sport Hybrid will go on sale in mid-2014.
In January 2014, at the Detroit Auto Show,
Acura unveiled the all-new
2015 TLX sports sedan. This new vehicle will replace the soon to be
discontinued TSX and TL sedans. The TLX in the 2.4-liter comes with
Acura’s all new eight-speed dual clutch DCT transmission. Meanwhile,
the high-end 3.5-liter V6 model will come with the new nine-speed
transmission and Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). The TLX went
on sale in the Summer of 2014.
Acura redesigned the
ILX for the 2016 model year. Now with a
2.4L 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) instead of the 2.0L
5-speed and 2.4L manual. Added is the signature
Acura Jewel Eye LED
headlights, LED taillights, updated wheels, suspension modifications,
bumper redesign, and new packages such as AcuraWatch Package (includes
adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation, lane keeping assist
system, road departure mitigation, and forward collision warning) and
A-Spec (sportier appearance). Replacing the color Fathom Blue is
Catalina Blue Pearl.
Also redesigned is the 2016 RDX. Featured with the same 3.5L 6-speed
automatic with some slight adjustments for efficiency and hp/torque
boosts. The RDX gets the
Acura Jewel Eye LED treatment as well. A new
suspension is added to "solve" the shock failures of 2013-2015 models.
A new Advance Package is being offered with the inclusion of upgraded
wheels, parking sensors (front and rear), rain-sensing windshield
wipers, auto-dimming side mirrors, remote start, ventilated seats, and
Acura is making foglight an option for those lower trims
such as Technology Package and Premium. AcuraWatch is also now being
offered throughout the line.
Almost since its inception,
Acura has been involved in American
motorsports, specifically in
Sports Car Club of America
Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and
IMSA GT Championship
IMSA GT Championship series. Starting in 1991,
Acura reached an
Comptech Racing to use the V6 motor of the all-new
Acura NSX in Comptech's Camel Lights Spice prototype.
Acura would go
on to take the Lights championship in its initial year, including a
class win at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Comptech would take
the Lights championships again in 1992 and 1993, as well as another
Daytona class win in 1992 and a class win at the 12 Hours of Sebring
Comptech's 1992 Spice-
IMSA GT Championship
IMSA GT Championship competitor.
However a change in the IMSA rules would lead to the demise of the
Camel Lights, and so
Acura moved to touring car racing, joining
Realtime Racing in the SCCA World Challenge with the NSX in 1996,
winning the final two races of the season. In 1997,
Acura added Acura
Integras to the lower classes, and were successful in taking the
championship in both of these classes. Realtime took the touring
championship with the Integra again in 1998, and came within a few
points of winning it again in 1999 only to lose it in the final race,
then coming back to retake the title in 2000.
Although Realtime had abandoned the NSX program in 1998, the NSXs
returned to the top class in 2001. Although the NSX squad suffered
mechanical woes and were unable to take the title, the Integras of the
touring class once again took the teams championship. By 2002, Acura
replaced the aged Integra with the new
Acura RSX in the final races of
the season, scoring good finishes in their debut. At the same time,
Acura finally retired the NSXs from the top GT class. The RSXs would
later be joined by new
Acura TSXs in 2004. Realtime continues to
campaign the RSX and TSX in the SCCA Speed World Challenge.
currently races RSXs and TSXs in the Grand American Road Racing
KONI Challenge Series
KONI Challenge Series for touring cars.
Highcroft Racing's ARX-01a.
Detroit Auto Show
Detroit Auto Show in 2006,
Acura announced their plans to enter
American Le Mans Series
American Le Mans Series with multiple teams of Le Mans prototypes
in the LMP2 class starting in 2007 season. The cars would be purchased
chassis from existing manufacturers, but use American-built
(a first for
Acura and Honda).
Acura also announced their initiative
to take the cars to the
24 Hours of Le Mans
24 Hours of Le Mans in 2008 and eventually
move to the superior LMP1 class with cars built by
Acura themselves in
2009. Later in 2006,
Acura announced that the three factory teams
would be Andretti Green Racing, Fernández Racing, and Highcroft
Racing, and that the chassis would be built by
Lola Cars of the UK and
Courage Compétition of France.
The three Acura-powered prototypes debuted at the 2007 12 Hours of
Sebring, which was the opening round of the ALMS season, and were
successful in their debut. Andretti Green's
Acura took second place
overall and first in the LMP2 class, while
Fernández Racing took
third overall, and Highcroft sixth, beating a series of established
Porsche teams in their class. At the same time,
development of their own chassis by heavily modifying their purchased
Courage chassis. The cars now have been so radically changed from
their original orientation that they are now named
Acura will introduce evolved B-spec cars in the 2008 season, with Gil
de Ferran launching a fourth
Acura team in the ALMS.
Acura produced its very first LMP1 car, the
Honda rebadged all
Acura prototypes as
Development (HPD) cars, and announced that all future prototypes (such
as the HPD ARX-03) would be constructed under the HPD name.
Acura did not participate in motorsports again until 2013, where an
Acura ILX was unofficially entered in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill by
Honda engineers. The car would retire from the race due to engine
Acura ILX returned to Thunderhill for the 2014 25-hour race. This
time the car won its class and finished 8th overall.
Acura logo, introduced in 1990 for the 1991 model year, is,
according to Honda, a caliper - a design tool used for measuring
that can also be interpreted as a skewed "H" (for Honda) or a stylised
"A" (for Acura). The logo that was originally authorized without
approval by Soichiro
Honda did not contain the small horizontal bar
joining the two vertical pillars—thus, it did not form the letter
Honda ordered the 5,000 badges already produced to be
destroyed, including prying off the emblems applied to 309 cars
already (US-spec Integra, Legend, and NSX models).
Acura's current marketing slogan is "Precision Crafted
Performance." Recent models include Technology, Advance,
SH-AWD trim levels. Technology and Advance models
typically come with the latest hi-tech features such as keyless start
and a blind spot information system. Type-S and
SH-AWD models are
performance-oriented, with a substantial increase in horsepower
compared to the lower trim levels. Some models, such as the TL, also
combine trim levels (i.e. "
SH-AWD with Advance").
Acura began an association with
Marvel Entertainment in 2010, upon
release of the film
Iron Man 2, which featured a ZDX after the ending
credits. On April 20, 2011,
Acura and Marvel announced a promotional
Acura the official brand of Marvel's fictional
S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. Soon thereafter, several Acura
models—such as the MDX, ZDX, RL, and TL—appeared in the films Thor
and Captain America: The First Avenger. In the 2012 film, The
Iron Man (played by Robert Downey, Jr.) drove an exotic
sportscar by Acura, made specifically for the film, rather than
the Audi R8 he previously drove. It was rumored that the car spotted
during filming was a concept for the second generation NSX,
however, a different-looking 2012
Acura NSX Concept was unveiled at
the North American International Auto Show, on January 9, 2012.
From 1995 to 2007,
Acura sponsored two WTA Tour tennis tournaments,
both named the
Acura was the presenting sponsor and official vehicle of the
Sundance Film Festival.
Acura also has a 'Mobility Program' that ensures drivers who are
disabled are safe in their vehicles. The program offers cash
reimbursement towards the cost of adaptive equipment for disabled
Acura debuts in North America as the first Japanese luxury marque.
Acura dealerships in the US win their fifth consecutive first-place
ranking on the Customer Satisfaction Index by J. D. Power and
Acura announces that it will expand research and development in the US
The second-generation Integra is introduced
The Legend coupe wins Motor Trend's "Import Car of the Year" trophy
VTEC technology is introduced in the NSX
Acura is introduced in
Hong Kong by Reliance Motors
The Legend and Integra are joined by the Vigor
The third generation Integra is introduced
Acura SLX (re-badged Isuzu Trooper) is introduced
The CL is introduced as a 1997 model
The Legend is replaced by the RL and the Vigor is replaced by the TL
The Integra Type R is introduced
The NSX receives 20 more horsepower with a larger 3.2 L V6 engine
and a new six-speed manual transmission
The Civic-based 1.6 EL replaces the Integra sedan in the Canadian
lineup, while the Integra sedan continued U.S. sales until 2001
Acura SLX is discontinued
The MDX is introduced as a 2001 model along with a new CL
The MDX wins the
Motor Trend "2001 Sport/Utility of the Year" award
Civic-based 1.7 EL launched, replacing the 1.6 EL, in the Canadian
The Integra is replaced by the RSX, which is a left-hand-drive version
of the fourth generation
The TL Type-S is introduced
The NSX receives a cosmetic face-lift, with the retractable headlights
being replaced with fixed ones. The suspension is also slightly
revised, and an automatic transmission becomes optional
The CL receives a new six-speed manual transmission, before being
discontinued later that year
Acura is introduced in
Honda de Mexico
Acura TL is introduced
The TSX is introduced and becomes a very competitive choice against
popular BMW 3 Series
The MDX receives a mid-model change with more horsepower
The NSX is discontinued
The RSX receives a mid-model change and more horsepower in the Type-S
Acura TL wins "Consumer's Most Wanted Vehicle" at Edmunds.com
Acura RL is introduced with the
Acura drops engine size from 1.7 EL model name
Acura is introduced in China
Acura RDX is introduced with SH-AWD
Acura introduces CSX to replace EL, and is only sold in Canada
The RSX (as well as the
Honda Integra) is discontinued
The TSX gets mid-model change with 5 more horsepower
Acura MDX receives a redesign
Acura TL Type-S is reintroduced, and the CSX Type-S is introduced in
Acura leaves the
Hong Kong market
Acura introduces the new RL, which receives a mid-model change
Acura introduces new TSX at the New York Auto Show
2009 model year
Acura TSX receives a redesign.
Acura TL receives a redesign
Acura RL receives a mid-model change
Acura CSX receives a mid-model change
2010 model year
Acura introduces all new ZDX
Acura MDX receives a mid-model change
Acura RDX receives a mid-model change
Acura TSX receives an optional V6 engine from the TL and a minor
2011 model year
Acura TSX Sport Wagon is introduced
Acura CSX is dropped
2012 model year
Acura TL gets mid-model change
Special Edition is introduced
2013 model year
Acura ILX is introduced
Acura RDX receives a redesign
Acura RLX is released to the market.
Acura MDX is redesigned.
2014 model year
Acura is introduced in Russia.
Last year for both TSX and TL.
Acura ZDX is discontinued.
RDX little changes
Last year for
ILX hybrid, leaving
Acura with the RLX Sports Hybrid
(that will be coming soon)
2015 model year
Acura is introduced in
Kuwait in April 2015.
Acura TLX is introduced and was expected to go on sale in
The TL and TSX are retired, with the TLX taking its place.
ILX hybrid is dropped, leaving only the 2.0 and 2.4 engines.
2016 model year
Acura leaves Russian market
A new generation NSX is introduced.
Honda Motor Company filed a trademark with the US Patent and Trademark
Office to register the ‘CDX’ name, which is rumored to be for a
2000–present MDX (luxury SUV)
2006–present RDX (crossover SUV)
ILX (compact sedan, successor to the Integra)
2013–present RLX (full-size luxury sedan, replaces RL and RSX)
2014–present TLX (mid-size sports sedan, replaces TL and TSX)
2017–present NSX (exotic sports car, successor to 1st-gen NSX)
2017–present CDX (Luxury CUV)
2009–2013 ZDX (crossover SUV, discontinued for 2014 model year due
to low sales and a $50,000 pricetag)
2005–2011 CSX (compact sedan, replacement for the EL; only available
in Canada, replaced by the ILX)
2003–2014 TSX (compact sports sedan, sport wagon, replaced by the
2002–2006 RSX (sports coupe, replaced by the TSX)
1997–2005 EL (compact sedan, replaced Integra sedan; only available
in Canada, replaced by the CSX)
1997–1999, 2001–2003 CL (luxury coupe, discontinued after 2003
1996–2014 TL (mid-size sports sedan, replaced by the TLX)
1996–2012 RL (full-size sedan, discontinued after 2012 model year,
replaced by the RLX)
1996–1999 SLX (SUV, re-badged Isuzu Trooper, replaced by the MDX;
only available in the United States)
1992–1994 Vigor (mid-sized sedan, replaced by the TL)
1990–2005 NSX (exotic coupe, in production until 2005; revived in
1985–2001 Integra (sports coupe and sedan, replaced by the RSX and
1985–1995 Legend (luxury sedan and coupe, renamed RL for 1996)
Total US sales
Japanese Car portal
RPA (Rubin Postaer and Associates)
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