The German luxury car brand Audi may have coined the phrase “Never Follow” for its advertising efforts, but truth be told, it fits Acura too. First of all, Acura (or more precisely Acura’s parent company Honda) led the wave of Japanese flagship luxury cars in the United States. Acura was the first Japanese luxury car to be offered here.
Further, where large flagship models tend to be either rear- or all-wheel drive and powered by V8 engines, the Acura flagship has always been either front- or all-wheel drive and powered by a V6 engine. Many will say this is because Honda has no V8 engine for a road car. While this may well be the case, a company as renowned for engineering as Honda could certainly come up with one if its management decides to do so. They just don’t believe they don’t need one. And frankly, as time progresses, they are being proven right more and more often.
Acura (nee Honda) has always pursued a more efficient approach, endowing its large luxury model with light weight, and by extension, superior fuel economy. Yes, sales may have suffered a bit in the past against those torque-rich V8 engines, however it should be noted; today every one of Acura’s competitors also offers its commensurate models with a six-cylinder option.
If we’re saying “Never Follow”, in those regards, Acura has been a leader.
That said, the outgoing Acura RL model had been allowed to wither on the vine well past its “best consumed before” date. Further, it ran way too long with way too few changes. This situation all but eradicated the leadership position Acura had established with the introduction of the original Acura Legend back in 1986.
But now, we have an all-new Acura flagship to evaluate.
The question is, has Acura gone far enough with the 2014 Acura RLX?