Kia K900: Fit for a King

Meet the Kia K900, a luxury car from a most unexpected source. A couple new commercials take you inside the plush sedan to show you why the K900 is fit for a king – King James, that is, as in, NBA star Lebron James – and to encourage you to challenge the luxury you know.

Driving the 2014 Acura RLX

Up close and personal with a 2014 Acura RLX in Crystal Black Pearl.

Up close and personal with a 2014 Acura RLX in Crystal Black Pearl.

Acura wants you to have time to get used to the all new 2014 RLX. The auto maker sent Butler Acura two of the luxury sedans – one a rich Crystal Black Pearl, the other Bella Nova White Pearl. Crystal Black is a demo. It’s here to be driven. Bella Nova is for display purposes and is sitting pretty in the Butler Acura showroom while we wait for mid-March when the RLX models will finally go on sale.

But that black one… it’s been calling to me. So, today’s lunch break saw the two of us fleeing the dealership in an attempt to get familiar with each other.

Much has been said about the RLX (read some of it here) so I’ll just tell you what struck me about Acura’s new flagship sedan:

1. The heated seats emanate heat from the back rest as well as the bottom seat cushion. Yes, this truly was the first thing I noticed as heat is big in my world.

2. The quiet. It’s delicious how silent the ride is.

3. The sound system. Once all that silence gets old, crank up the tunes and be wowed by the Krell audio system.

4. The touch screen. In and of itself the touch screen is not a new concept. But the touch screen in the RLX pulses in response to your touch (Haptic Feedback). It’s trippy and makes me giggle.

5. The Lane Departure Warning System. The RLX watches the lines on the road even when you don’t. Drive over one on either side of the vehicle and a warning light on the dash will flash.

6. The Blind Spot Information System. Every car has a blind spot and, depending on which vehicle you’re in, that blind spot can be tiny or large enough to swallow an F-250. The RLX features an appropriately placed icon (near each side mirror) that illuminates if there is a vehicle in your blind spot. I gave thanks for this more than once.

7. The leg room. Not in front. That’s never been an issue for my 5’4″ self. In the back! Even the tallest among us would be comfy back there!

8. The envious glances. The RLX beautifully embodies understated elegance. One fan even nodded at the car while commenting, “My, you’re doing well for yourself.” Given that it’s my job to “test” drive such gorgeous machines, I’d say yes… yes, I am.

Acura Highlights the 2014 RLX at Chicago Auto Show

2014 Acura RLX

2014 Acura RLX

Acura’s making sure it’s new flagship luxury sedan is firmly centered in the spotlight at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show… The 2014 RLX is the only vehicle Acura entered into the show!We’re expecting our first RLX sometime this month. In the meantime, read more about Acura’s most technologically advanced vehicle yet here, and enjoy the photos. We’ll let you know when you can come visit us for a test drive!

Acura Nabs ALG’s ‘Best Premium Brand’ Award


2013 Acura RDX

Congratulations to Acura!  ALG, a consultant to the automotive has given Acura the “Residual Value Award for Best Premium Brand for 2013”!  The honor includes the entire Acura lineup including the 2013 RDX which also nabbed the top spot in the Premium Compact Utility Vehicle category.  The Residual Value awards honor vehicles in each industry segment that ALG predicts will retain the highest percentage of their original price three years down the road.  The awards just reiterate what Michael Accavitti, Acura’s Vice President of National Marketing Operations, already knows:  “ALG is confirming what customers have been telling us by purchasing the all-new RDX in record numbers for the past six months,” he says.  Here’s to another six!


TSX Sport Wagon: An Acura for the Sporty Set

Outdoorsy types often opt for SUVs or all-wheel drive vehicles that can haul lots of gear and go just about anywhere. Those vehicles are roomy and rugged but not always all that luxurious. But there is a vehicle that can meet all those needs: The Acura TSX Sport Wagon. The wagon body style provides room for all your camping, hiking, climbing, kayaking/canoeing or cycling equipment while getting you to your outdoor destination in comfort and style. But don’t take our word for it; Ask the BMC Racing Team for which Acura’s been providing TSX Sport Wagons since 2011: