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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.