A Brief History of Acura
Acura was established in the 1980s as the luxury brand of Honda, at around the same time that Nissan and Toyota released their Infinity and Lexus brands respectively. Acura was the first Japanese luxury brand, introduced under the slogan, “Acura. Precision Crafted Automobiles.” The first two models Acura released were the executive class Legend and the compact class Integra. Acura’s first full year of sales in 1987 saw 109,000 cars sold. This success inspired Nissan and Toyota to release their own luxury car lines.
In 1990, Acura released the NSX, a two-seat, mid-engine sports car. The NSX was the first car completely made from aluminum and became known as the “Everyday Supercar” because of its ease of use, reliability and quality, which was unheard of for a sports car at that time. Acura suffered a bit financially in the mid-1990s, however, perhaps because of less inspiring designs they released and the renaming of some of their models, making them more anonymous and less known.
Beginning around the year 2000, Acura experienced a rebirth which was catalyzed by the introduction of several redesigned models. The first of these models was the Acura TL, an upscale sedan, that was released in 1999. Another refreshed model was the Acura MDX, a three-row crossover SUV that catered to the demands of the luxury SUV market. The Acura was given top honors by Car and Driver when compared to seven other SUVs. In 2001, the RSX was announced to replace the Integra, but was taken out of the Acura lineup in 2006.
From sporty sedans to sophisticated SUVs, today’s Acura cars suit the versatile needs of Conyers residents. Some of the best Acura models to buy used or new are:
- Acura TSX
The TSX, a compact executive car, is one of the safest sedans in the world. Although the car was discontinued in 2014, the TSX won many awards during its fourteen year run, including the 2008 Wheels Car of the Year, the Best Upscale Car for Families in 2011 by U.S. News and World Report, Top-Value Car of 2004 in the Category: Best Sedan Under $35,000 from SmartMoney.com, and AutoPacific’s most ideal midsize luxury car in 2012.
- Acura RL
The Acura RL is an executive luxury car that was manufactured from 1996-2012 over two generations. While the car may look modest, its engine manages a cool 300 horses, making it a fast car. During its run, the Acura RL earned several awards, including the 2005 “Tech Car of the Year” from CNET.com and appeared on Car and Driver’s Ten Best List in 2005.
- Acura ILX
This compact executive car received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The ILX received the most sales in 2013, with 20,000 models sold in the United States. Today’s Acura ILX comes with the best safety features, including a Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, a Blind Spot Information System, and a Multi-View Rearview Camera.
- Acura MDX
This three-row luxury crossover SUV is the best selling three-row luxury crossover of all time, and was the first SUV to have three row seating. The MDX was named Car and Driver magazine’s Best Luxury SUV in 2001, the IIHS Top Safety Pick award in 2018, and was Motor Trend magazine’s SUV of the Year Contender in 2017.
Your Trusted Shop for Acura Repair
When your Acura needs repairs, you can bring your car to Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers. Our highly trained technicians receive ongoing training in automotive technology and auto repair services, and will offer you dealer quality knowledge and experience without dealership pricing. Your car will go through an inspection and safety check, and all needed repairs will be thoroughly explained for your approval. We will never recommend repairs that aren’t absolutely necessary. So why not give us a try? If you are in Conyers or surrounding areas, schedule an appointment at Auto Tech Service Center today! You can schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 770-922-1480.