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2017 Acura RDX

As if the Acura RDX was not powerful enough, the 2016 Acura RDX has been given even more power. Plus it’s look has also been restyled for 2016. This comes hot on the heel of two years of sales increases. Now Acura engineers have improved the SUV by giving it a more powerful engine, improving its interior and transformed the 2016 Acura RDX into a better SUV. They have also improved its steering and suspension and given it radically new exterior styling. The result is an impressive small crossover with a spirited ride with a suspension that has a unique feel. To get a true feel for how an RDX is, check one out at Chapman Acura.

The new RDX has handling that is elegant and practical. It also incorporates some of the latest technology designed to ensure both driver and passengers get safely to their destination. Honda’s excellent V6 was created to power all its vehicles, including its Acura premium car division. The 2016 version now boasts 279 horsepower, up from last year. Add an increase in torque, and a smooth six-speed automatic transmission, and you get the wonderful 2016 Acura RDX. An SUV with all the safety and comfort features, technology, roominess, and versatility you want and still goes from zero to 60 in 6.5 seconds. One of the fastest times in its segment.

Fuel efficiency is a hallmark of Honda and Acura. Its cylinder deactivation technology helps to make a little fuel go a long way. Its smooth, powerful engine performs perfectly. Combine that with improved steering and updated suspension mounts and you have a firmly grounded small SUV with incredible handling. This makes it stiff competition for the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Volvo XC60, and the new Lexus NX 200t, at a great price. The RDX’s redesigned front grille, jewel-eye LED head and taillights, restyled fascias in the front and rear, aggressive stance, and great riding experience and you have an eye-catching vehicle with great personality.

When it comes to safety features, the Acura RDX is near the top of its class. It has an available collision mitigation system, lane departure warning, and active lane-keeping assist which provide audible alerts and nudges the steering wheel to keep the vehicle in its lane when the driver doesn’t activate their turn signals. The RDX also has available adaptive cruise control to keep the automobile at a pre-set speed and distance from the vehicles ahead of it, and automatic braking to keep it at your desired speed during highway travel.

The RDXs interior surfaces are covered with soft, supple material and accented with contrasting silver and black trim. It also boasts a multi-adjustable driver’s seat with great lumber support and other comfortable seats throughout. The RDX has great acceleration and performs well in both city and highway driving. The cylinder deactivation system shuts down three cylinders during highway cruising or light use to improve gas mileage. Whether you choose the well-equipped base model or one with optional technology and comfort packages, it’s easy to see why the 2016 Acura RDX is selling so well.


Certified Pre-Owned Acuras Provide Affordable Options

If you’ve always wanted to own an Acura but found the price tag a bit out of reach, consider buying one that’s gently used. A certified pre-owned Acura must go through a 182-point inspection that covers everything from the coolant system and the engine to the suspension and operation of the sunroof. To qualify for the CPO program, an Acura has to be less than 6 years old with no more than 80,000 miles on the odometer. Each CPO vehicle comes with a 12-month/12,000 mile limited warranty and is covered by Roadside Assistance. Stop by Chapman Acura and view the extensive selection of CPO vehicles.

Trade-ins Must First Pass Eye Test

To qualify as a certified pre-owned Acura, any trade-in must first pass a visual inspection for dents, dings and any other problems that would preclude it from the program. Only vehicles that have been well-maintained and have an unblemished vehicle history report are considered. If a vehicle meets the age and mileage standard, trained technicians conduct a thorough inspection that not only guarantees everything works, but that each component is within a set of precise specifications issued by the factory. Once the vehicle passes the inspection, dealers like Chapman Acura assemble a complete set of documentation and owner’s manuals and place them in the glove box before offering the vehicle for sale.

Save Thousands From New Car Prices

A quick search of the current CPO inventory at Chapman Acura shows how much you can save by choosing a used vehicle. A 2016 Acura TLX has a price of more than $32,000, but by choosing one just a year older with less than 6,000 miles, you can save almost $6,000. Certified pre-owned Acura vehicles also come with the remainder of the factory warranty, which offers a great deal of comfort when repair bills for new cars can run into the thousands. The CPO warranty actually extends the existing new car warranty by a year or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first.

CPO Gets Membership in Acura Owners

When you buy an Acura CPO vehicle, you not only get a great car or crossover vehicle, but also membership into an online service source that helps keep you abreast of service due, parts availability and other personalized information only applicable to your vehicle. This online program lets you schedule service on your computer, get maintenance and operation tips and receive special offers.


According to Kelly Blue Book, Acura has the lowest cost of ownership of any of the luxury car brands. That means if consumers want a luxury automobile that makes ownership affordable they should opt for one of the excellent automobiles in the Acura line-up. For many people one of the biggest obstacles to purchasing a luxury automobile is the amount of money it takes to maintain it. That includes the cost of replacing tires and brakes or even something as basic as an oil change. So many people were pleasantly surprised to learn that the ownership costs associated with Acura vehicles is not as steep as a BMW or a Mercedes Benz. Check out our extensive stock at Chapman Acura.

Many people would love to upgrade from a Ford or a Chevy to an upscale foreign automobile. The news from Kelly Blue Book now lets them know which brand of luxury automobile they should invest in if they want to keep their ownership costs to a minimum. Plus,  Acura makes great cars that many consider on-par with the German luxury brands. What this report from KBB may do is help steer many people that want a high-quality luxury automobile they can afford towards the Acura brand. To see what fits your budget, head to your local Tucson Acura dealer.

Purchasing an Acura can make it easier for people to take a step up in the class of automobile they drive. Acura makes some of the most reliable luxury automobiles in the world. Some may not be less than impressed by Acura’s styling, but without a doubt the quality engineering developed by Honda has reached new heights in the Acura model line.

KBB considers several factors when it compares ownership cost. They include financing, insurance fee, the cost of fuel, and the price of repairs and maintenance along with the rate of depreciation. All of those were looked at over a 5-year period and KBB found that while Acura is one of the top luxury cars in the world, the average cost of owning one is significantly lower than the other top luxury brands. And many people agree that when it comes to performance, comfort, handling, and safety, Acura is indeed among the top luxury cars.

According to Acura’s vice president Jon Ikeda, Acura automobiles provide an exhilarating driving experience and offer an outstanding quality and reliability.’s Dan Ingle, Vice President of Vehicle Valuations, points to Acura exceptional value and low ownership cost across 7 categories. Consumers see a great opportunity to save money and get an award-winning luxury car.


Acura Luxury Cars Come From Outside the Box

Inside the box is a boring place; there are four walls, a floor and a ceiling. It’s possible to design a car from inside the box, but chances are it will look like a box. Acura’s designers and engineers like to live outside the box and make their living by asking, “What If?” Engineers and scientists work on creating technology that makes the driving experience safer, more comfortable and sometimes, as in the case of the new NSX supercar, much more exciting. With innovations like Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, Acura not only gives you more control, but allows you to push the boundaries of your own driving experience. You can almost see the wheels of innovation spinning when you visit your Acura in Tucson dealer, Chapman Acura.

Precision Concept Model Debuts in Detroit

There is no more “outside the box” vehicle than the Acura Precision Concept model that was unveiled earlier this year in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. “There is no more clear promise for the Acura brand than Precision Crafted Performance,” said Acura vice president Jon Ikeda. “We’re committed to infusing this core Acura promise into every facet of our products and every aspect of our relationship with the customer.” The Precision Concept vehicle is a work of art, the creation of the California Acura Design Studio. “It is more than simply a concept vehicle, it is a design study model that literally will shape the direction of all future Acura products around our Precision Crafted Performance DNA,” Dave Marek, global creative director said.

MDX Luxury SUV Unveiling Later This Month

Acura is taking the wraps off the 2017 MDX SUV in New York later this month at the International Auto Show. This is anything but a boxy SUV, with sleek lines, sophisticated comfort and completely new powertrain technology. Following along the lines of the Precision Concept model, the new MDX takes the company another step along the path of creating a complete line of vehicles unlike any the consumer has seen before. The new look relies on high contrast details with a muscular sculpting that creates an aggressive, athletic look. The MDX has been the best selling luxury SUV with three rows of all time, as well as the best selling SUV in the Acura lineup. You can see the current model of the MDX at Chapman Acura, your source for Acura in Tucson.

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New Supercar Puts You Behind the Mouse

Before you can get behind the wheel of the new Acura NSX sports car, you first must get behind the mouse. Go to the Acura website here to pick everything from the paint to the engine cover. Then all you have to do is come up with the $168,400 starting price (not including options or delivery) and Acura will make you one of the finest driving machines to ever grace the planet. The 2017 version of the NSX has been in development for years and is finally coming to fruition this spring. You can’t test drive one yet, but you can certainly get more detailed information at Chapman Acura.

Luxury Hybrid Certain to Deliver Shock and Awe

The last version of the NSX was discontinued in 2012 and the push began to create a true supercar that also addressed environmental concerns. The result is a hybrid electric with four-wheel drive. It has three electric motors along with a gasoline powered twin-turbocharged V6. Two engines are on the front axle while the third is wedged between the engine and the automatic transmission, a layout similar to a much pricier Porsche 918 Spyder. As Porsche discovered, the benefits of this layout result in quicker torque vectoring, the ability to compensate for turbo lag and some fuel efficiency benefits.

Who Says Sports Cars Have to Be Noisy

Dial your drive mode to “Quiet” and you can rely on the electric engines to sneak away into the night. Change to Sport mode for the best fuel efficiency while delivering a throaty rumble more typical of high performance engines. Sport Plus actually moves the redline to 7500 RPM and you really start to feel the explosion of 573 horsepower through the combined efforts of the gas and electric engines. Go one more notch up to Track mode (hopefully you’re on a closed track) and the NSX becomes the monster you’d always hoped you’d own. It bounds through corners like a panther on the prowl as the onboard computers constantly analyze road conditions to adjust suspension and throttle on the fly.

Craftsmen Take Your Input and Create a Masterpiece

Once you go through and make your selections, a number of different skilled craftsmen take the time to create a true masterpiece. No computer assembly here; the 2017 Acura NXS is put together by loving hands. Start with layers of hand-painted and finished beauty, topped off by a nano-particle aerospace coating that almost makes the car glow. The interior is designed around the driver, allowing for ultimate slightlines and putting all controls within a finger’s reach. The hand-assembled engine is topped off by an engine cover that features punched steel grates and styling that would be right at home as a superhero costume. The 2017 Acura NSX is designed to turn heads. Stop in at Chapman Acura and see how easy it is for the next great supercar to turn yours.