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Honda Offers Siri Integration

Automaker is first of several expected to pair Apple's voice assistant with cars.

by on Feb.01, 2013

Honda will offer integration of Apple's Siri as a dealer-installed option in three vehicles starting later this year.

Honda will integrate Apple’s Siri intelligent assistant into its vehicles as an option for customers who own iPhones.

Siri’s is a potentially significant development for an auto industry where carmakers are scrambling to equip vehicles with the next big thing in infotainment systems that can both limit driver distractions while allowing motorists to have access to their media and friends.

Integrated Infotainment!

Ford has said that its Sync voice-activated system has driven sales of its cars. It has also triggered a wave of copycat systems, such as Toyota’s EnForm and Cadillac’s Cue. Analysts are now watching to see if Siri integration in cars will become a prime purchasing factor for buyers.

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First Drive: 2013 Acura RDX

Honda’s luxury brand bucks conventional wisdom, replacing a turbo four with a V-6.

by on Sep.25, 2012

Acura redesigned the RDX to be more luxury oriented and less sporty.

Just when many carmakers are downsizing their engines, it came as quite a shock when Acura announced at the Detroit auto show earlier this year that it was replacing the turbocharged four cylinder in the RDX compact luxury ute with its venerable 3.5-liter V-6.

But cars are about the bottom line, the way the car performs, not what’s under the hood. If bucking conventional wisdom works, then why not?

Powerful, Yet Efficient!

In a lot of ways a V-6 makes a lot of sense for a luxury sport utility. No matter what you do to make a four feel smooth, an extra pair of cylinders will almost always feel smoother.

So, what’s the verdict? Does the new V-6 make for a better luxury crossover? Let’s found out.

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Acura Swaps RDX’s Turbo Four for V-6 in Revamped 2013 Model

Automaker says decision was made to improve fuel economy.

by on Jan.12, 2012

Acura's Vicki Poponi introduces the 2013 Acura RDX prototype at the Detroit Auto Show.

Acura is revamping in attempt to return to its core values, but the decisions regarding the second-generation RDX small crossover seem to go against the current convention.

The 2013 RDX will trade its turbocharged 240-horsepower 2.3-liter four cylinder for parent Honda’s venerable 3.5-liter V-6, producing 273 horses, Acura announced this week at the Detroit Auto Show. The larger engine is a surprise as almost every other automaker is frantically replacing its V-6 engines with turbocharged four cylinders precisely for the reason Honda says it is moving to the V-6.

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Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president for product planning for Acura, admitted during her part of the presentation on the Acura stand that fuel mileage for the RDX has been a disappointment to owners.

But maybe Acura is onto something. It claims that the RDX will have the best fuel economy in the compact luxury crossover class with 20 mpg city and 28 highway for the front-wheel-drive model.

Also helping improve fuel economy, the new RDX also gets a new six-speed automatic replacing the old five-speed and a new, lightweight all-wheel-drive system.

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