The Acura “LX” Factor

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The Acura “LX” Factor

The 2015 Acura TLX and the 2016 Acura RLX are proving that Honda is keeping a firm eye on quality and performance. The TLX is Acura model #3 to receive recent top safety scores. The RLX has just gone on sale, boasting the “the most comprehensive suite of safety and driver assistive technologies yet available on an Acura” according to the manufacturer.


2015 Acura TLX – a model of safety     

Both the FWD (front-wheel drive) and AWD (all-wheel drive) models earned the U.S. government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) 5-star rating. This means that they cope excellently with accident conditions such as frontal crash, side crash, and rollover.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has further supported the safety features of the 2015 Acura TLX.


The IIHS tests several types of accident conditions. Then, using crash test dummies, they measure the risk of significant injuries. The 2015 Acura TLX received the top rating in all crash situations.  


While we all hope never to personally be “crash test dummies”, it's good to know we're driving a car that is prepared for such unfortunate circumstances.


It's safe to say that senior vice president and general manager, Acura Division, Michael Accavitti was very pleased with the results. However, it's also safe to say that he wasn't all that surprised. "The TLX exemplifies how advanced safety performance is an inherent part of how Acura delivers luxury," said Accavitti. "Safety is a core value of the brand."


2016 Acura RLX – a model of sophistication   

Beginning March 3, consumers had the option to get MORE Acura safety and driver assistive technologies at the same manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP).


One of the big additions is the U.S. debut of Acura's Surround View Camera system3.


According to Honda, this camera system gives total external coverage of vehicle (360 degrees). The system is based on four cameras which provide front, rear, and side views. Drivers can opt for separate views, displaying the left and right side views simultaneously, or blending all four views to get a “composite bird's eye image”.


The camera images are supported by “dynamic on-screen guidelines help the driver see their projected path relative to the lines demarking parking spaces or other objects”. As a result, drivers are assisted in making “critical and precise maneuvers” in such situations as parking.


Another two important improvements are Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Cross Traffic Monitor.


RDM helps drivers stay in their lanes. A monocular camera positioned on the windshield detects are variety of lane markers including painted lane lines, Botts' Dots and Cat's Eye markers.


When the system concludes that the vehicle is departing the indicated lane, it first provides steering assist. If this is insufficient, the system can also assist with braking.


The RDM system uses multiple sights and sounds to alert drivers that it is taking corrective action. Some of these warnings can be customized via the vehicle settings.


Cross Traffic Monitor reduces drivers blind spots when reversing. While in backing-up mode, this system detects approaching cars. Arrows display from which direction the car is arriving. There is also an audible warning in case drivers do not notice the arrows.




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