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2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Review

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AutoGuide 2014 Car of the Year Award Winner - 2014 Mazda3
Last week we presented the five finalists for the AutoGuide.com 2014 Car of the Year Award. Diversity was the name of the game this year as our five finalists represent five different market segments and hail from three different continents. As a recap, the compact 2014 Mazda3, the mid-size 2014 Mazda6, the full-size 2014 Chevrolet Impala, the luxurious Cadillac CTS and the segment busting Mercedes-Benz CLA all made the cut into the final five. But there can only be one winner. For days we evaluated the finalists, had heated discussions and finally came to a consensus. The 2014 AutoGuide.com Car of the Year is the 2014 Mazda3. http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2013/12/autoguide-com-2014-car-year-awar d-winner-2014-mazda3.html Subscribe http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=AutoGuideVideo YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/AutoguideVideo Facebook - http://facebook.com/AutoGuide Twitter - http://twitter.com/AutoGuide Google+ - http://goo.gl/LBxsP Web - http://www.AutoGuide.com AutoGuide reviews the latest new cars with test drives, car comparisons and shootouts plus coverage of breaking auto industry news, auto shows, rumors and spy photos. Help shop for your new car with informative car buying tips and car recall news, and be entertained with feature stories, Top 10s and car review videos.





2015 Acura TLX - Review
Can the TLX Really Replace Two Cars? http://www.autoguide.com/manufacturer/acura/2015-acura-tlx-review-4055.html Subscribe http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=AutoGuideVideo YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/AutoguideVideo Facebook - http://facebook.com/AutoGuide Twitter - http://twitter.com/AutoGuide Google+ - http://goo.gl/LBxsP Web - http://www.AutoGuide.com AutoGuide reviews the latest new cars with test drives, car comparisons and shootouts plus coverage of breaking auto industry news, auto shows, rumors and spy photos. Help shop for your new car with informative car buying tips and car recall news, and be entertained with feature stories, Top 10s and car review videos.





2014 Porsche Cayman S vs. 2013 Audi TT RS
A German sports car clash of semi-epic proportions! http://www.autoguide.com/car-comparisons/2014-porsche-cayman-s-vs-2013-audi -ttrs-3615.html Subscribe http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=AutoGuideVideo YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/AutoguideVideo Facebook - http://facebook.com/AutoGuide Twitter - http://twitter.com/AutoGuide Google+ - http://goo.gl/LBxsP Web - http://www.AutoGuide.com AutoGuide reviews the latest new cars with test drives, car comparisons and shootouts plus coverage of breaking auto industry news, auto shows, rumors and spy photos. Help shop for your new car with informative car buying tips and car recall news, and be entertained with feature stories, Top 10s and car review videos.





2014 Acura MDX - Review
A good luxury crossover gets even better. http://www.autoguide.com/manufacturer/acura/2014-acura-mdx-review-video-264 5.html Subscribe http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=AutoGuideVideo YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/AutoguideVideo Facebook - http://facebook.com/AutoGuide Twitter - http://twitter.com/AutoGuide Google+ - http://goo.gl/LBxsP Web - http://www.AutoGuide.com AutoGuide reviews the latest new cars with test drives, car comparisons and shootouts plus coverage of breaking auto industry news, auto shows, rumors and spy photos. Help shop for your new car with informative car buying tips and car recall news, and be entertained with feature stories, Top 10s and car review videos.





2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Review and Road Test (Pre-Production)
Check out my other videos! http://vid.io/xqoB Who is Alex? Find out here! http://vid.io/xqoF It wasn't that long ago that I had an Acura RLX for a week. If you recall that review, I came away liking the car but found little joy in its high price tag. Despite wearing a fantastic stitched leather interior, there was just no way I could justify the $10,000 premium over the AWD competition from Lincoln, Volvo and others. In an attempt to remedy the faults that many found, Acura will be releasing the RLX Sport Hybrid in the spring. Can a new dual clutch transmission and three electric motors save the RLX from being a good car with the wrong price tag? Let's find out.





Road Test: 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid
We boot up the high-tech, high flying Acura RLX Sport Hybrid.





2014 Lexus GS 450h Hybrid Review and Road Test
Check out my other videos! http://vid.io/xqoB Who is Alex? Find out here! http://vid.io/xqoF The GS used to be the only hybrid game in town, but times have changed and nearly everyone has joined the party. BMW has their turbocharged ActiveHybrid 5, Mercedes just launched the E400 Hybrid, Infiniti has re-badged their M Hybrid the Q70 Hybrid, Acura is finally selling the all-wheel-drive RLX Hybrid and Audi has announced the A6 hybrid will come to America "soon." This means that the S80 T6 and Genesis are no longer on my list because we have head-to-head competition now. Lexus used to be known for restrained styling but the current generation GS marked a change for the Japanese luxury brand. In addition to taking on more aggressive front end styling, the GS was the first Lexus to wear the new "spindle" grille. The schnozz that seemed so controversial three years ago seems downright demure today, especially since this form has been adapted to the enormous (and some say questionable) LX 470. Perhaps because the GS was the first to wear the corporate grille, the styling seems slightly awkward from the front 3/4 shot (seen at the top) but looks better in person. Unlike the IS, which gets some sheetmetal swooshes on the side, the GS's profile and rump are luxury car restrained. Overall I think the Infiniti Q70 hybrid, despite being a little long in the tooth, still wins the beauty contest. The Lexus and BMW are a bit too sedate for my tastes, and the RLX and A6 suffer from decidedly front-wheel-drive proportions when compared to the rest and the Mercedes lands smack in the middle. While the GS 350 recently got an update in the form of a new Aisin 8-speed automatic, the GS 450h continues with just a minor software update. This means under the hood you will find the same direct-injection 3.5L Atkinson-cycle V6 engine and RWD hybrid transmission that launched in 2011. Combined with a 1.9 kWh NiMH battery pack in the trunk the system is good for 338 combined horsepower, 286 of which come from the gasoline engine. This is essentially the same engine found in the Highlander and RX hybrids, but the transmission is more similar to what Lexus uses in the LS 600hL. The unit combines the two motor/generator units with a 2-speed planetary gearset to improve efficiency at high speeds (as in on the Autobahn) but without the AWD system standard in the LS 600hL. The 2014 software update improves "sportiness" in sport mode and now imitates an 8-speed automatic instead of a 6-speed. While 338 horsepower compares well with the 6-cylinder competition, the GS 450h has the unenviable task of trying to be both the most efficient GS and the performance version as well. For reasons nobody knows, the more efficient GS 300h which uses a 2.5L four-cylinder engine is not sold in America. By design, the Lexus hybrid system is very different from the competition. The two motor/generator units and the electrical circuitry combine with a single planetary gearsest to "act" as a continuously variable transmission. This setup allows the drivetrain to act as a serial hybrid (kind of), parallel hybrid, electric generator, or a pure EV at low speeds. In contrast Mercedes, BMW and Infiniti combine a traditional transmission with a single electric motor that replaces the torque converter. Transitions between electric and gasoline drive modes in these systems aren't as smooth as the Lexus system because of the clutch packs involved in reconnecting the engine. Meanwhile Acura combines a dual-clutch robotic manual transmission with a twin-motor pack in the rear for the only AWD hybrid luxury sedan in this category. Of course the primary reason for buying a hybrid is to save on gas. Right? Maybe. With a 29 MPG City, 34 MPG Highway and 31 MPG combined rating there's no doubt that the GS 450h is a fuel sipping 338 horsepower luxury sedan. However at more than $10,000 more expensive than a similarly equipped GS 350 it would take you more than 20 years to "save money." We did average an excellent 31.5 MPG over 800 miles with the GS hybrid, a notable improvement over the Infiniti hybrid and the short time I spent in the RLX hybrid. Although we haven't extensively tested the BMW and Mercedes hybrids yet, brief spins in both indicate they will slot in under the GS. There's one more problem for the GS: Mercedes' new E250 diesel. No, it's not a speed daemon, but at 34 mpg combined it not only makes up for the higher cost of diesel with the higher fuel economy, it starts around $9,000 less than a GS 450h as well.





2014 Acura RLX 0-60 MPH Drive & Review: The return of All-Wheel-Steering
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2014 Acura RLX is Acura's flagship vehicle until the new NSX hits the showroom. It is stuffed full of the latest and newest technology including PAWS which in Honda speak stands for Precision All-Wheel-Steering. Get it? The brand new 2014 Acura RLX is powered by a 3.5L 310 HP V6 engine that powers the front wheels and loves to rev. In another fun and informative TFLcar drive and review we test and review the new top dog Acura from 0-60 MPH to see how fast and how well it drives with the new all wheel steering. Check us out on: Facebook: ( https://www.facebook.com/tflcar ) Twitter: ( https://www.twitter.com/tflcar ) and now even Truck Videos on YouTube at: The Fast Lane Truck ( http://www.youtube.com/user/tflcar )





2013 Acura RLX Concept in New York
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2014 / 2015 Acura RLX Review and Road Test with AcuraLink Review
Check out my other videos! http://vid.io/xqoB Who is Alex? Find out here! http://vid.io/xqoF Breaking into the Luxury market isn’t easy. Toyota has arguably had the most success with Lexus, the only full-line luxury marque sold in America that isn’t German. Infiniti gave up on trying to go head-to-head with the S-Class and 7-Series when they ditched the Q, and Cadillac has yet to have a complete and coherent strategy. Meanwhile Acura started off strong with the Legend, created a competent E/5 competitor with the all-wheel-drive RL, and then things started to fall apart. Can the RLX bring the brand back? Why do I bring up Germans in a review of a front-wheel-drive luxury sedan? Because some folks [not everyone mind you] at Acura and plenty of fan boys would like to think the brand runs with the big dogs. In truth Acura has always been a “near-luxury” brand because they lack a full-size competitor to play in the S-Class/7-Series/A8 pool. Competition In order to look at the RLX through the right lens, we need to nail down the competition. Acura would like you to believe the front-wheel-drive RLX should be pitted against the rear-wheel-drive BMW 528/535, Mercedes E350 and Lexus GS350. I think this comparison has a few problems. First, the RLX isn’t as dynamic as a RWD sedan. Second, Acura’s brand position is a problem. What say our readers? Should the brand matter in comparisons? Should this all be priced based? In my mind the RLX’s drivetrain and the brand’s near-luxury image put the Acura in direct competition with the Cadillac XTS, Lincoln MKS and Volvo S80. What about the FWD/AWD A6? Perhaps, but Audi’s brand is a solid BMW/Mercedes competitor these days.





Redline Review: 2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD
As the original 7-passenger luxury crossover, the third-generation Acura MDX quickly moves itself back to the top of a segment it created. It's advanced safety features, excellent fuel-efficiency, and spacious cabin ensure that families will flock to Acura's newest crossover. Offering something for everyone, including driving enthusiasts, make sure and put this vehicle at the top of your list.





New Toyota Supra, A Lincoln Mustang!?, Lexus LF-LC, Tesla Mocks i3, & Doing It Wrong!
A Toyota Supra concept is heading to Detroit next month. The new 2015 Mustang may lend its chassis/platform to Lincoln and some other models. Lexus wants to put that LF-LC sportscar into production, and Tesla's design chief goes and disses BMW's i3. Also, someone is Doing It Wrong. That and more all today on Fast Lane Daily, hosted by your boy Derek D! Crazy Dubstep LF-LC video: http://youtu.be/wxXV0qA_hac FLD Twitter: http://bit.ly/14WmK60 FLD Facebook: http://on.fb.me/120yqjQ Derek D Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/theDerekD FLD on Instagram: http://bit.ly/10Yl3oa Get Jimmy Fallon on Fast Lane Daily!! Tweet at him with hashtag #GetJimmyOnFLD: http://www.getjimmyonfld.com Have a tip? Email us: tips@fastlanedaily.com FLD T-shirts: http://bit.ly/189mVMC Link to watch Fast Lane Daily on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fast-lane-daily/id525614536





2014 Hyundai Equus Signature vs Ultimate Test Drive & Luxury Car Video Review
The 2014 Hyundai Equus is an exceptional value for the dollar. Although Hyundai is not a prestige brand like Mercedes or BMW; instead it's a value brand. The Equus comes as 2 different trim levels: the Signature starts at $61k while the Ultimate goes for $68k. This full-sized luxury sedan offers a marvelous level of comfort at a discount price when compared to the competition. Check Out the 2014 Hyundai Equus http://www.autobytel.com/hyundai/equus/2014/?id=32972 This review takes on both the Signature and Ultimate Equus models and shows some differences between the two. The Equus presents a unique value proposition among full-sized luxury sedans. Hyundai has a concierge service that will bring an Equus Luxury Car to your front door for a test drive. That same service will also pick up your car when the maintenance is due. The 2014 Hyundai Equus is powered by a 5.0 liter V-8 gasoline direct injection engine that makes 429 horsepower and 376 lb-ft. of torque. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic. Fuel economy figures are not that great since this is a big heavy car with a large displacement V-8. The numbers are 15 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. The Equus is an executive transport that is as nice to drive and it is to be driven around. The rear-view backup camera and multi-view cameras are fantastic. On the inside the 2014 Equus puts everything at the driver and passenger's control. The ride and handling is as smooth as you could possibly want it to be. The big question is "does the Equus really compete with Lexus, Mercedes, BMW, or Audi?" Well the Equus is a whole lot less expensive. Driving the 2014 Hyundai Equus is a pleasure. This luxury sedan is fact, comfortable, and packed with technology. While the Equus may be Hyundai's flagship sedan, they are content to keep sales here in the U.S. relatively low which adds to the exclusivity of this luxury car. See More Car Videos http://www.autobytel.com/car-videos/?id=32972 Join Our Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/autobytel





2014 Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry 0-60 MPH Hybrid Matchup Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid and the 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid directly compete against each other for new car hybrid sedan buyers. Click link for all of the Kickstarter details ( http://kck.st/19SN7KF ) So which of these two fuel sipping sedans is the better buy. In another accurate fun and informative TFLcar 0-60 MPG video review Nathan and Roman put both hybrid up against each other to not only see which is the most fuel efficient, but which one is the fastest. Check us out on: Facebook: ( https://www.facebook.com/tflcar ) Twitter: ( https://www.twitter.com/tflcar ) and now even Truck Videos on YouTube at: The Fast Lane Truck ( http://www.youtube.com/user/tflcar )





Quick Spin: 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD
We take for a "Quick Spin" in the all new Acura RLX.





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