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Modern vehicles are expensive, but one way to avoid headaches and purchasing a new ride is by properly maintaining your existing car or truck. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Not only can regular maintenance save you money but it can also prevent unexpected mechanical failures. Nobody wants to be stranded on the side of the road in the middle of the night during a thunderstorm. Keeping up with your vehicle’s needs is critical to a happy ownership experience and fortunately there’s quite a bit the average motorist can do to keep their ride running in tip-top shape.
You could say Acura’s RDX is dressed to the nines. Just revealed in Chicago, this compact crossover has been freshened for 2016, gaining things like LED headlamps, new driver-assistance features and even more horsepower.
But that passé phrase might be better used to describe this vehicle’s drivetrain. The RDX gains three additional forward ratios thanks to a new nine-speed automatic transmission. That gearbox is paired to an updated 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s been goosed for six extra horses and one more lb-ft of torque. These figures total 279 and 252, respectively. Enhancing drivability, its torque curve has been broadened as well.
When you include cylinder deactivation these under-hood changes add up to enhanced fuel economy. Both front- and all-wheel-drive RDXs gains one mile per gallon on their highway scores. The most economical version now stickers at 29 MPG on the interstate.
Of course Acura designers tweaked this vehicle’s styling. It features LED projector headlamps, a trait they carried around back. The taillights are also of the light-emitting-diode variety. Front and rear the fascias have been reworked and there are new wheels to choose from.
When the 2016 Acura NSX debuted last month during the Detroit Auto Show, its chief engineer confirmed that the company is planning more powerful models.
Acura said the longitudinally-mounted engine mated to three electric motors will make 'more than 550 hp' in its normal form. One of those electric motors is mounted between the engine and transmission while the other two sit ahead of the cockpit to power the front axle.
Technology advances at a rapid rate and unless you can afford to buy a new car once or twice a year, chances are your current vehicle may be lacking some of the latest gadgets.
Well, the aftermarket is always willing and able to help you out. With more accessories, gadgets and conveniences available than anyone could ever use, we’ve listed fifteen of the most useful aftermarket accessories below.
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