New Cars for 2016: Acura

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ILX: For 2016, Acura’s Civic-based sedan only comes one way: with a 201-hp 2.4-liter four and a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. The manual trans is gone. Clever restyling of the LED headlights and the front and rear fascias makes the ILX look like the larger TLX. To combat NVH, the ILX now has thicker front-door glass, additional sound deadening, and active noise cancellation. An A-Spec trim level adds a more aggressive look, but it’s still no Integra Type R. See test ››

MDX: Acura’s seven-passenger SUV gains a nine-speed automatic and a reengineered Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system that is purported to improve handling. See test ››

NSX (shown above): After an 11-year hiatus, a new mid-engined NSX is bound for Acura showrooms. It’s built in Marysville, Ohio, with an aluminum space frame, a carbon-fiber floor, steel A-pillars, and plastic body panels. A longitudinally mounted twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 with dual-overhead cams shares nothing with other Honda/Acura V-6s and connects to a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic. An electric motor sandwiched between the engine and gearbox adds power to the mix. Driving the front wheels are two electric motors that also provide torque vectoring. Total output is expected to be in the neighborhood of 550 horsepower, and the price is expected to be in the $150,000 to $180,000 range. See official photos and info ››

RDX: LED headlights and redone front and rear ends are the obvious changes to Acura’s mid-size SUV. Under the new duds is a revised 3.5-liter V-6 that adds cylinder deactivation and bumps up fuel economy on the highway cycle by 1 mpg. The optional four-wheel-drive system is now tuned to send more power to the rear wheels. See test ››

Minor trim changes: RLX/Sport Hybrid

Unchanged: TLX

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