2021 Acura TLX A-Spec

2021 Acura TLX A-Spec

Acura’s mid-size sedans have regularly found themselves without a direct competitor as their larger size, lower MSRP, and missing tier-one status makes credible comparisons with the BMW’s, Mercedes’, and Audi’s a bit of a challenge. But this all-new generation seeks to force its way into that conversation by riding on Acura’s current wave of successful designs and engineering achievements and, with an all-new chassis, more power, cutting-edge safety technology, a studio-grade sound system, and a premium and edgy design, the TLX is the most convincing competitor yet.

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Quick Drive: 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

This new generation of Pathfinder attempts to re-establish its link with a rugged past with upright and blocky exterior and interior styling. The ride is nicely isolated and it has a sense of heft when negotiating fast turns while the steering feels a bit light just off-center – both traits that show the Pathfinder’s commitment to a trucky theme.

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2022 Acura MDX SH-AWD Advance

First impression: Wow! This all-new fourth-generation is impressive. It handsomely wears the brand’s latest and unique design traits and is the most luxurious and tech-laden vehicle that Acura has created, so far. As it pushes into new territory, however, some areas of the MDX prove to be more successful than others. 

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Quick Drive: 2021 Acura TLX Type-S

The TLX Type S is the result of Acura’s heightened efforts to deliver a true sports sedan. A turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 provides very strong acceleration as the standard SH-AWD system effortlessly puts the power down for a neutral full-power corner exit. The suspension in Sport+ mode keeps the TLX very flat and always ready for the next curve. But in typical Acura fashion, the practicality of the base sedan is not lost and the Type S can just as easily adapt for a smooth highway ride. Initial impressions – it’s an exciting piece of machinery that will certainly please the Acura faithful. 

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

Lexus ES 250 AWD

Just as the automotive world was still reveling with the launch of the Lexus LS 400, the ES 250 quietly debuted for the 1990 model year. While it didn’t set the world on fire with its obvious ties to the Camry, it only needed a couple of years to find its own form and has established itself as a steadfast contributor to the brand’s sales and image. The ES has grown in size and even become a bit bold with its styling, but its never wavering commitment to attainable luxury has allowed it to be continuously refined to the point where it is now an expert in the field. 

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Quick Drive: 2021 Ford Bronco – First Edition

2021 Ford Bronco

This is the fully loaded, full-size Bronco and is very different than the Bronco Sport. It has all of the advertised and hyped off-road goodies, such as an electronically disconnecting sway bar (that can release while under load), Bilstein dampers, a locking front and rear differential with lower gearing, modular steel bumpers, and 35-inch tires. Still, some off-road specs may not match those of a fully fitted Wrangler, but the Bronco has superior high-speed stability – a critical component to getting to the trails without already feeling worn out. The steering feel is very distant but it’s at least accurate and responsive and the road noise is about what one might expect from an off-roader with a removable top – simply don’t bother with the more expensive stereo.

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Quick Drive: 2022 Genesis GV70 3.5T AWD Sport Prestige

2022 Genesis GV70

While Genesis touts the GV70 as a performance luxury crossover, its fancy bits shine the brightest. In-person, the crossover looks larger than it is and its exterior is full of details that take the styling to the next level. The wheels, headlights, bumper designs, and body curves, especially in this dark red color, all speak of luxury and the extra effort in design and engineering that went into the GV70.

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