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2013 Acura TSX sedan2013 Acura TSX sport wagon

With engaging, athletic handling, the 2013 Acura TSX Sedan and Sport Wagon continue a well-established sporting streak. With comfortable space for five passengers coupled with compact exterior dimensions, the TSX also hits the sweet spot for drivers with an enthusiast’s mindset.

Available at a Tucson Acura dealership, The TSX Sedan model range offers two powerful engine choices: a responsive 201-horsepower 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine and a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V-65. Both engines are paired with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The 4-cylinder TSX Special Edition Sedan offers the alternate choice of a 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission as a no-cost option. The TSX Sport Wagon is powered exclusively by the TSX Sedan’s 4-cylinder engine paired with a Sequential SportShift automatic transmission.

On the exterior, the TSX fully looks the part of a sport sedan, with bold lines and a wide, powerful stance. The 2013 TSX comes well equipped with standard features such as Xenon High Intensity Discharge headlights and a glass moon roof. With the TSX Sport Wagon model, sport-sedan styling and added utility join to create a perfect mix for those who lead an active lifestyle.

Inside, the TSX blends sport sedan style with inviting comfort, with standard leather seating highlighted by handsome contrasting-color stitching. An 8-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support and a passenger seat with 4-way power adjustment are standard. The TSX Sport Wagon offers a generous 66.2 cubic feet of rear cargo area with rear seats folded down, allowing the Sport Wagon to accommodate bulky items such as large boxes, furniture or bicycles.

As for technology, the TSX with the available Technology Package includes an LED backlit full VGA navigation screen, rearview camera, Song By Voice user interface, and the ability to download 15-gigabytes of personal music (more than 3,500 songs) to the TSX’s hard disk drive.

Standard safety equipment on all Acura models includes Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, ABS, dual-stage/multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions, front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and Daytime Running Lights.

The TSX Sedan and Sport Wagon are on sale now. Visit Chapman Acura to schedule a test drive.

2014 Acura MDX

The 2014 Acura MDX recently received recognition for its advanced Crash Warning and Mitigation Systems from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) test program.  News was recently released that the 2014 MDX offers a wide array of innovative safety and driver assistance technology to protect the driver and passengers.  These systems ranked well in the IIHS test programs including a ranking of GOOD in the IIHS new strict small overlap front crash test.

A Focus on Safety

Acura engineers are proud of the accomplishment since the 2014 Acura MDX was designed with advanced safety features in mind.  The vehicle features driver assistance programs such as Collision Mitigation Braking System and Forward Collision Warning.  Acura actually targeted the new IIHS safety ratings when developing the latest MDX model.  The engineers and drivers will not be disappointed since the 2014 Acura MDX is anticipated to earn a five-star overall vehicle score and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating in addition to the highest rating of GOOD on the small overlap front crash test.  Chapman Acura drivers can have peace of mind each time they get behind the wheel of the 2014 Acura MDX knowing the vehicle was engineered with their safety and comfort as a primary focus.

Available Safety Technology

The Forward Collision Warning system and Lane Departure Warning system are standard on each 2014 MDX Technology Package and above.  The vehicle also features an array of available driver assistive technologies including:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Pre-tensioning driver and front passenger seatbelts
  • Driver’s knee airbag and three side-row curtain airbags
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ body structure
  • Ultra-high strength steel, one-piece front door stiffener ring
  • Blind Spot Information
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
  • Multi-view Rear Camera
  • Front and Rear parking sensors

Driver-assistive technologies will vary depending on the package selected at the time of purchase.  Customers can speak with a Chapman Acura sales professional to learn more about each unique package and the available safety features they include.

At Tucson Acura, our drivers will appreciate the luxury style, performance, comfort, technology and safety of the 2014 MDX that are offered at a price no other luxury brand can match.


The Acura MDX has been completely redesigned to illustrate how style can appeal to a wider range of drivers. For 2014, the crossover gets a new platform that offers a slight increase in interior room. Within the MDX’s cabin are useful new features, such as a second row that slides forward with the touch of a button to facilitate third-row access. A 7-inch touchscreen largely replaces the endless array of buttons that dominated the center stack of previous models, and this upgrade gives the dash a cleaner, more modern look.

Other standard features include 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlamps, heated mirrors, a power liftgate, a sunroof, rear privacy glass, keyless entry/ignition, heated eight-way power front seats, driver memory settings, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Electronics features include twin console displays, a multi-angle rearview camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, an iPod/USB interface, a Pandora radio interface and satellite radio.

Available at Chapman Acura in Tucson, The Technology package adds a navigation system, voice controls, Bluetooth audio connectivity, AcuraLink and a 10-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound audio system with HD radio. Also included with this package are 19-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, rear-door keyless entry, GPS-linked and solar-sensing climate control; and lane departure warning, blind spot warning and forward collision warning systems.

Under the hood, there’s a new 3.5-liter that Acura says can get from zero to 60 mph half a second quicker than last year’s model, due largely to a 275-pound curb weight reduction. The new engine brings fuel economy gain as well. EPA-estimated fuel economy with front-wheel drive is 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined*.

Standard safety equipment for the 2014 Acura MDX includes antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, active front head restraints and traction and stability control. A multi-angle rearview camera is also standard, and AWD models come with a stabilizing feature for trailer towing.

According to, the MDX’s interior is driver-focused, with a pleasantly thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel and easy-to-read gauges. Materials quality is high grade, a step up from last year’s model. The center stack has been simplified, with a cleaner layout and two display screens that largely replace the previous generation’s seemingly endless ocean of buttons. Overall, the cabin is a pleasant and luxurious place in which to spend time.

For more information on the 2014 Acura MDX, visit Chapman Acura in Tucson.

*Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, lithium-ion battery age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.