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2006 New Car Model Guide, Model Guide, New Car Reviews, Acura Cars, Trucks, & SUVs


2006 Acura New Car Model GuideFive distinct vehicles comprise the 2006 fleet from Acura, a marque of luxury and performance vehicles derived from Honda of Japan. The diverse collection ranges from Acura's elegant full-size flagship RL sedan to a racy RSX sports hatchback coupe and two more four-doors -- the mid-size TL performance luxury sedan and compact-class TSX sports sedan -- plus a cushy mid-size crossover SUV called MDX.

Acura RL
2006 Acura RL

Acura's top model, a lavishly equipped full-size sedan, packs a powerful engine and an intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system which can disburse the engine's torque not only to wheels fore and aft but the left or right ones too. RL's aluminum V6 plant, displacing 3.5 liters with drive-by-wire throttle and VTEC (Variable valve Timing and lift Electronic Control) system, nets 290 hp for 2006. All muscle from this engine is controlled through a five-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

Acura creates an optional Technology Package for 2006 RL issues that installs a Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with grille-mounted radar unit, motorized seatbelt pretentioners and automatic braking system. Other features of the package include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Michelin PAX Run-Flat Tires. RL also carries as standard gear an adaptive front lighting system (AFS) with xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps.

Acura TL
2006 Acura TL

Consider the chic TL a car of malleable character -- a keen performer if you wish to romp but also a plush ride with haute-cush gear aboard. Acura defines it as a mid-size performance sedan for the near-luxury category. It's capable of performing hard-wrought maneuvers like a sports car, although the content of a five-seat passenger compartment -- with soft leather on seats and sophisticated electronic controls governing climate and sound and navigation equipment -- portrays a conflicting image of elegant, even luxurious, motoring.TL's aluminum V6 engine displaces 3.2 liters with overhead camshafts, drive-by-wire throttle and VTEC technology.

For 2006, the plant rates at 258 hp with an automatic five-speed transmission adding SportShift override for manual shifts without clutching when desired. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) applies to 2006 issues of the TL, plus new paint choices like Alabaster Silver Metallic.

Acura TSX
2006 Acura TSX

Keen new exterior lines define the 2006 issues of Acura's compact-class sports sedan with a fresh front fascia and integrated foglamps, swoopy side sills plus new nine-spoke alloy wheels. Engine output rises too -- it bumps to 205 hp from a twin-cam 2.4-liter in-line-four plant with close-ratio six-speed manual shifter or no-load electronic automatic five-speed Sequential SportShift. Electronic Brake Assist (EBA) has been added as standard hardware for 2006 on the TSX, which also carries Honda's vehicle stability assist (VSA) equipment operating in conjunction with an anti-lock brake system (ABS) and traction control system (TCS).

The five-seat cockpit - with bolstered sport bucket seats clad in perforated leather - also gets a make-over this year. There's a sports steering wheel aboard plus restyled gauges in the instrument panel and an auxiliary audio jack for connecting a digital music player to the audio system.


Acura RSX
2006 Acura RSX

The raucous two-door sports hatchback coupe by Acura fits in the compact class and comes in two flavors with a base edition and the high-performance Type-S. Both stock a twin-cam 2.0-liter four-in-line engine. In base trim the plant achieves 155 hp in 2006 and ties to a five-speed manual transmission or optional five-speed Sequential SportShift automatic.

Type-S goes further through tuning to push the output higher and manage the power through a six-speed manual. Engine modifications boost performance to 201 hp this year. Type-S also has track-tuned suspension settings with firmer springs and dampers plus larger front vented disc brakes. Both RSX models stock a lot of gear -- including an automatic climate system and keyless entry and power moonroof. Type-S also shows a Bose Music System with seven speakers and a six-disc CD deck plus seats clad in perforated leather.

Acura MDX
2006 Acura MDX

Acura's car-based SUV tips toward performance, as the MDX name means Multi-Dimensional Cross-Trainer in the image of a toned athlete. However, MDX is also a refined luxury SUV with AWD traction and a cabin stuffed with appointments and three rows of flexible seats. A front-mounted engine sends power to the front wheels with an electronic device on tap to channel some of that muscle to the rear wheels when front ones slip.

A total of 253 hp on 2006 editions flows from the six-cylinder engine through a five-speed automatic transmission. The cabin adds leather and wood trimmings, with two bucket seats in the front row, a three-person split bench for the second row and two third-row seats divided 50/50. The optional Touring Package adds ebony-colored zebra wood-patterned trim on the center console as well as satin chrome interior accents.