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Do Powertrain Warranties Matter and do People Even Care?
Jul 14, 2015 - 2:58 PM - by

Warranties are often advertised as a fix-everything safety net, but are they actually useful?

Recently, there have been some changes with the powertrain warranty coverage on new vehicles from General Motors and Fiat–Chrysler Automobiles. Both automakers have dropped their powertrain warranty coverage to five years/60,000 miles from 10 years/100,000 miles.

Powertrain warranties only cover a limited selection of items on your car, specifically components that only have to do with providing the vehicle power and making it move. Only Kia, Hyundai and Mitsubishi offer 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranties following the changes by GM and FCA.

See Also: What is a Powertrain Warranty?

In the past, those long warranties were offered to help get new buyers into showrooms, but now companies are realizing that such coverage doesn’t seem to impact new car buyers. Even Kia and Hyundai put some heavy restrictions on their warranties, like how they can’t be transferred to second owners.
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2015 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid vs Infiniti Q70L
Apr 29, 2015 - 7:21 PM - by

Acura hailed the RLX as its most sophisticated product to date when it arrived for the 2014 model year. Sadly, Nobody was listening.

In its first full year on the market, only 3,413 copies of the RLX sold and 2015 is off to a rough start. It’s too early to tell how the rest of the year will go, but RLX sales are down almost 54 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to last year.

Meanwhile the aging Infiniti Q70 (formerly the M) is outperforming the RLX despite its lack of an up-to-the-minute powertrain.

To recap, the RLX is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. The less expensive front-wheel drive models get all-wheel steering to improve cornering agility and braking, but the all-wheel drive model is Acura’s real piece de resistance.

It uses a 3.5-liter direct injection V6 mated to an electric motor and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that work in concert to power the front wheels. A pair of electric motors power the rear wheels independently. They can also individually brake to offer something akin to – but not the same as – rear-wheel steering for enhanced handling.

Infiniti sells the Q70 with either rear- or all-wheel drive layouts with provision for a V6 or V8 with a regular or extended wheelbase as well as a hybrid model. Six-cylinder models use multi-port injection while the V8 takes advantage of direct injection. Regardless of which engine type you choose, the Q70 comes with a seven-speed automatic.

Acura’s hybrid technology boosts the V6 powertrain to a total of 377 HP, which isn’t as robust as the V8 Q70 with 416, but it’s still quick from a dead stop. The 5.6-liter V8 will tug the Q70 off the line with purpose, but that power comes with a significant pump tax.
Gulps Per Gallon

In an identical loop, the Q70 – equipped with all-wheel drive, the V8 and the extended wheelbase – averaged an eye watering 13 MPG. The RLX Sport Hybrid got 22.4 MPG. It’s true that the Infiniti is more powerful, but the extra muscle isn’t worth suffering through such poor mileage to enjoy.
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What Kind of Tires Should I Buy?
Apr 28, 2015 - 3:06 PM - by

Are your tires worn out after seeing several thousand miles of asphalt? It’s time to get a new set, but now you might be asking yourself “what kind of tires should I buy?”
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2016 Acura ILX Spy Photos
Oct 21, 2014 - 2:52 PM - by

The other day Acura teased its upcoming 2016 ILX sedan by releasing a darkened photo of the car. It revealed next to nothing, but fortunately we can do much better than that; we’ve got an entire gallery of spy photos.

The car was caught with its pants down so to speak, out in the blinding desert sun. The littlest Acura will borrow some styling cues from its TLX big brother but it also resembles the Honda Civic Si in some ways.

The car’s headlamps and front fascia appear to be more aggressive than what’s on today’s version. The body-side appears to have received some tweaking as well, but the big story is ‘round back. The ILX’s booty is dramatically different, with much more aggressive styling elements and surface details.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Acura TLX Review

This compact luxury car is expected to receive new powertrains as well. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder base engine is rumored to get a boost to 170 hp; torque will likely climb as well. Thanks to Honda’s “Earth Dreams” technology it might even get more efficient. The optional 2.4-liter unit is expected to be matched to an automatic transmission instead of just a manual, which is the case with today’s version of the car. This should make it appeal to many more customers.

Look for the 2016 Acura ILX to formally debut at next month’s L.A. Auto Show. And we’ll be there in California bringing you the latest news from this critically important motoring event, so stay tuned for more.
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Acura RLX Hybrid Delayed
Aug 14, 2014 - 9:11 PM - by

The Acura RLX Hybrid still isn’t up to the Japanese automaker’s expectations.

Originally expected to arrive this spring, the RLX Hybrid was then delayed and was supposed to arrive this summer. But the RLX Hybrid has yet to show up at dealerships and according to the company’s senior vice president and general manager, Mike Accavitti, the car isn’t on sale due to a “technical” issue. Unfortunately Accavitti wouldn’t elaborate on the issue simply telling WardsAuto that the sedan “just hasn’t met with our expectations yet.”

SEE ALSO: 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Review

Reported reasons for the car’s delay vary from a lithium-ion battery shortage to engineers needing to work out the car’s three-electric-motor Super-Handling-All-Wheel-Drive system. The RLX Hybrid will feature a trio of electric motors paired to a 3.5-liter V6 engine for a total system output of 377 hp.

As of now, the RLX Hybrid is expected to arrive dealerships within the next month as some units were on a boat from Japan late last month.
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