Where Are Acuras Made?

Five out of six Acura models are made in the United States. The Acura brand has become much more of an American brand over the last few decades. Vehicle and parts manufacturing are two factors in the equation. Research and development is also done, by and large, in the United States. As such, Acura, the luxury division of Honda, seems to have its finger on the pulse of American luxury car buyers.

Vehicle Assembly Plants

State-of-the-art manufacturing centers are in Ohio and Alabama. Until recently the MDX was made at the Acura Alabama plant, but the three-row model is now manufactured with at the East Liberty, Ohio, plant. It is in good company since this is also where the RDX sport utility vehicle is made. Consumer Reports has called the Acura MDX one of the ten best cars made in America. The Marysville, Ohio, plant produces Acura ILX sport sedans and TLX performance sedans. A new performance center was just set up in Ohio to assemble the exciting Acura NSX. This makes it the only supercar built in the United States. Purchasers can ask to watch the process, enjoying a close-up view of how humans and machines work together to produce these remarkable cars.

Acura Excellence

From start to finish, Acuras are designed and equipped in the United States. Acura puts an emphasis on flexible manufacturing. This allows it to shift production to models as needed. To support production, it recently invested $85 million in equipment. Engines are made at a plant in Anna, Ohio. A Russells Point, Ohio, factory manufactures transmissions and all-wheel components.

The NSX and other Acura products are developed and tested at both a Los Angeles Research and Development facility and the Raymond R&D Center in Ohio. This puts developers in close proximity to the manufacturing process where they can oversee the implementation of their engineering plans. Designers can monitor the quality of the craftsmanship and materials that go into every luxury Acura.

You can find out more about Acura quality when you contact Pohanka Acura or visit our dealership in Chantilly, VA for a test drive.


Who Makes Acura Engines?

Acura is one of the most prestigious nameplates in the automotive world. From blistering-fast coupes such as the NSX to the plush RLX luxury sedan, Acura has produced a long line of premium vehicles over the years. Every model promises to deliver a high level of performance. Honda is responsible for manufacturing all of Acura’s famed engines.

Why Are Acura Engines Held in Such High Regard?

Honda has a worldwide reputation for developing extremely reliable vehicles. To no surprise, Acura also produces some of the most dependable models on the market. When properly maintained, an Acura engine can easily last for more than 300,000 miles. Top-notch build quality enables the engine to truly withstand the test of time. Only the most durable parts are used. You will also benefit from an Acura’s engine low cost of maintenance.

When behind the wheel of an Acura, you can always expect to experience a strong performance. Honda’s legendary VTEC system helps you to experience the optimum blend of power and efficiency. Aside from Acura’s impressive engine lineup, you can also take advantage of the automaker’s other performance technologies. With the ability to provide superior traction, Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive package enables you to experience sports car-like agility.

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Are Acura and Honda the Same?

Many car buyers find themselves wondering what the difference is between the Honda and the Acura brands. The Acura brand is a part of the Honda Corporation, being introduced in the 1980s in order to provide Honda with a luxury vehicle to compete with brands such as the Mercedes-Benz. Where the Honda brand focuses on being an affordable working-class car, the Acura focuses on providing the best comfort possible in a luxurious package.

Honda Compared to Acura

Honda cars are designed for function over form, although they are very attractive vehicles. Focusing on providing a spacious interior and larger cargo area, the Honda is a vehicle that is intended for family or work use. In addition, superior gas mileage helps to keep the cost of operation well within the budget range of a typical family.

The Acura is a vehicle designed for luxury. With such amenities as heated passenger and driver seats, DVD-Audio systems and a 206 hp engine and excellent road-handling qualities, the Acura is an excellent choice for those looking for a fast, luxury vehicle. Business professionals will find that the Acura will definitely present a stylish appearance to personal and professional colleagues alike.

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Can Acura Use Regular Gas?

According to the Acura Owner’s Manual, Acura recommend drivers to use premium gasoline that has an octane rating of 91. But is it safe to go against the recommendation using regular gas?

The issue of using regular gasoline or premium gasoline will always be debated among automotive experts and car-buying consumers. While some tout premium over regular, others don’t believe that there’s much difference between the two grades of fuel. Indeed, some experts even believe that the benefits are so insignificant, if not outright non-existent, that you might as well throw money away if you refuel your car with premium gas. One thing’s for certain, though: Acura recommends that you feed its cars with premium gasoline that has an octane rating of 91 over regular gasoline with an octane rating of 87.

Regular vs. Premium

So, if Acura recommends premium unleaded gas for all its vehicles, there must be a reason for that. And what exactly is the difference between regular gas and premium gas? Continue reading “Can Acura Use Regular Gas?”

3 Signs Your Acura Needs An Oil Change

Most Acura models are powered by the i-VTEC engine that delivers solid performance for daily trips. This signature powertrain needs to receive a routine oil change in order to operate according to the manufacturer’s standards. Here are three signs that might indicate the need for your Acura to get an oil change as soon as possible.

Noise Under the Hood

When your Acura’s engine block is not properly lubricated, it will make more noise than usual. Excessive friction in the moving components could create loud and unpleasant sounds that are heard in the cabin. Under normal operating conditions, the signature i-VTEC engine is supposed to run smoothly at minimum noise levels. The camshafts, cylinders and crankshafts of this patented powertrain need sufficient motor oil to overcome friction.

Slow and Weak Response

The tachometer reading in your Acura might indicate the urgent need for an oil change. Even after fully depressing the accelerator, you might notice a relatively slow response from the i-VTEC engine. A lack of sufficient motor oil naturally reduces the responsiveness of the entire powertrain. Therefore, your Acura might struggle to accelerate smoothly on the highway. Additionally, the Sequential SportShift transmission and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive might not work smoothly with an engine that has become less responsive.

Loss of Fuel Economy

Acura cars that are properly lubricated with motor oil offer great fuel economy on the highway and in the city. Most models come with digital instrument panels that precisely record and display the range and efficiency of your trips. The Sport Hybrid editions
might be dramatically impacted by an imbalance in the lubrication system of the gas engine. Even if you’re driving a hybrid Acura car, the quality of the oil can still have a major influence on the fuel economy. The regenerative braking technology also becomes less efficient when it’s paired with an engine that needs an urgent oil change.

Visit our Acura dealership to learn more about technical specifications of select sedans and crossover SUVs. We encourage you to test drive the TLX, RLX, MDX and other trims in our inventory.


How To Tell If You Need New Tires

Your car is only as safe as its tires. It’s an old saying, but one that you should repeat over and over as a sort of religious mantra. When tires become worn, your car, truck, or SUV becomes much more of a liability, especially at high speeds or when traveling over uneven surfaces. Tires are designed with specific tread patterns to increase friction and also to provide better spreading out of the pressure put on them. How do you know if your tires are becoming worn? Here are three signs to check for.

Tread Thickness

The rubber your vehicle’s tires are made of is tough and can handle extreme heat produced by friction when the rubber meets the pavement. However, the tread does eventually become thinner. Take the penny test. Insert a penny with Lincoln’s head upside down into the tread. If you can see to the top of his head, your tread is wearing thin, and it’s time to replace the tires. This critical thickness is 1/16 of an inch. When you perform this test, be sure also to move the car forward and back just a bit so that you can see the entire tread. Look for strange tread patterns such as a smooth center of the tread or a polished, worn-down look along the edges.

Sidewall Cracks And Bulges

The sidewall of the tire doesn’t meet the road surface, so it wears out much more slowly. However, if there’s a problem with the overall integrity of the rubber, this is the place where signs of trouble are most commonly visible. If the sidewall has a weird cut or groove, something is definitely wrong with the tire strength. Remember, your tire is supporting one-fourth of the entire weight of the vehicle, and this puts outward pressure on the sidewall. A crack in the sidewall also means that a slow leak is already occurring or soon will be. Bulges should be taken seriously. If your sidewall has one, put on the spare and get to the service center immediately.

Road Vibration

If your car begins to shake when approaching 60 mph, it usually means that the tire is unbalanced. The tires may also be misaligned. Although this doesn’t mean the tire itself is damaged, continued driving with this alignment or balance problem will very quickly begin to affect the tread patterns. At high speed, it can cause stress along the edge of the tires, resulting in a blowout. Unbalance tires can be fixed in a jiffy, but don’t wait to get the problem corrected.

If you suspect something is wrong with your tires or your wheel alignment, come on down to the Pohanka Acura service center today. A quick diagnosis of the problem will save money — and possibly heartache — tomorrow.


What Acura Was In The Avengers?

In the 2015 movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark (Robert Downey), also known as Iron Man and co-founder of the titular superhero team, drives off in a dark-red Acura vehicle. At the time, it was a concept for the forthcoming NSX, which was being reintroduced after a decade of absence. The vehicle that would eventually become the 2017 Acura NSX embodies the personality of Tony Stark’s character: sleek, powerful, intelligent, and attractive—and knows it.

NSX Performance

Under the hood of the 2017 Acura NSX is an all-aluminum twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that provides 500 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. The mid-mounted engine is joined with a 9-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, which has auto-shift ability for enabling smooth-as-silk gear-shifting control. The NSX uses what is described as a “sport hybrid” version of Acura’s Super Handling-All Wheel Drive system. That means that rather than draw power from the engine itself, this drivetrain relies on an electric motor for each wheel. Notably, the front wheels get torque vectoring control under acceleration and braking. The results are improved efficiency and cornering.

NSX Safety

For restraint and cushioning in the event of a crash, the 2017 Acura NSX comes with a driver’s knee airbag, a pair of front impact airbags, dual front side impact airbags, and an overhead side curtain. Also standard are four-wheel anti-lock Brembo® disc brakes, traction control, brake assist, and electronic vehicle stability. The theft-deterrent system on the NSX combines remote keyless entry with engine immobilization.

With so much work put into the technology of the NSX, it’s no surprise that it carries over into the 2018 model year—its second—completely unchanged.

To check out the Acura NSX for yourself, call us today to set up an appointment. One of our sales experts will meet with you and help with identifying the NSX that meets your specifications.


Which Acura Models Offer 4-Cylinder Engines?

Acura takes great pride in developing fun-to-drive vehicles that are easy to maintain. Acura models equipped with a four-cylinder engine deliver an especially great blend of performance and fuel efficiency. Let’s take a look at the Acura vehicles that offer a four-cylinder engine.

Acura TLX

The Acura TLX is ranked among the best sports sedans in its class. Bulletproof reliability and precise handling push it to the top of the segment. While the Acura TLX can be equipped with a high-powered V6 engine, a lot of drivers like the standard four-cylinder engine. Acura tuned it to develop a healthy 206 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. Dual overhead cams and Acura’s signature i-VTEC technology help it to deliver the optimum performance. An eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission further aids the sedan’s responsiveness. Not only is the four-cylinder TLX quick, but it can also return up to 33 mpg.

Of course, the Acura TLX offers more than just driving excitement. It comes loaded with a number of exciting features, including a seven-speaker sound system and smartphone integration. You can also take full advantage of its standard AcuraWatch safety package. Some of the advanced driving aids include automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Acura ILX

If you are looking for a sleek compact sedan that offers unmatched dependability, take a look at the new Acura ILX. All trims come equipped with a quick-revving 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. It pumps out a satisfying 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. A unique Drive-by-Wire throttle system enables the ILX to offer very strong acceleration. The best part is that you can still look forward to getting up to 35 mpg.

On the inside, the Acura ILX surrounds you with a long list of modern features. A 10-speaker ELS Studio sound system and a high-resolution infotainment system are just a couple of the available upgrades. Advanced safety innovations, such as Road Departure Mitigation, make the ILX even more appealing.

If you wish to take these exciting cars for a test drive, contact your local Acura dealer to request a test drive.


Acura With The Most Horsepower

Sport Hybrid technology isn’t slowing down Acura performance. As you can see from these three stars, it is possible to go faster and not to waste fuel. These three rate have the highest horsepower in the Acura lineup.

2018 Acura NSX

If you want to feel at one with the road, the 2018 Acura NSX Sport Hybrid generates 573 horsepower and 476 lb.-ft. of torque. The top speed is a track-friendly 191 miles per hour. How does it do it? For starters, there’s a twin-turbo V6. A hybrid motor and battery are added to increase horsepower. The Direct Drive Electric Motor is attached to the transmission to ensure an instant response. The automatic is a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. The first speed launches the NSX. The ninth lets it cruise. In between there’s a close-ratio seven-speed gearbox. Harnessing the wheels, a twin motor unit creates a truly active all-wheel drive.

2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

The RLX Sport Hybrid may look like a sedan, but it wants to be a racecar. The combination of V6 engine and hybrid technology kicks out 377 horsepower. Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive is standard. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission manages the power outlay with precision. Here’s a real shocker: This mover-and-shaker earns 28 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, proving it really is a hybrid. This one just happens to be extremely fast. Like the NSX, this hybrid has a three-motor system.

2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

The 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is a big SUV with a serious competitive streak. It has a 3-liter V6 engine which it combines with three electric motors. The result is a 321 horsepower output. This three-row ride earns its hybrid credentials by earning 26 mpg city/27 mpg highway. The rear motors work independently on curves to maintain safe travel without reducing speed. Torque vectoring moves power to the wheels that need it most. An active damper system regulates the SUV’s reaction to pavement imperfections.

Every Acura is designed to please the driver. Find out more about these three at Pohanka Acura.


Acura Service Open Until Midnight

We here at Pohanka Acura know that it’s hard to find time throughout your day to receive services on your vehicle. Between working your full-time job, taking care of the kids, running errands, plus countless other tasks, it’s no mystery why you can’t find the time! Your local dealership, Pohanka Acura is now open from six in the morning until midnight, Monday through Friday. So, it’s easy to stop by to get that service done on your Acura that you keep putting off!

It’s important to note that our dealership is your one-stop shop when you are searching for services for your Acura. We provide different services, like for when you need to change your car’s oil, switch its battery out, receive a tire rotation, and have its brakes inspected, plus so much more. You can receive these even when you have a late night at the office thanks to our dealership being open until midnight! You won’t have to worry about moving things around in your busy schedule anymore when you need a service done as soon as possible due to our convenient business hours.

To add to your experience, you can also navigate to our Specials tab and select the Service Coupons section to get a look at the deals that we currently offer at our dealership. These coupons make it even more affordable to get a service completed on your Acura. It’s simple to kill two birds with one stone when it comes to services needed for your vehicle thanks to the fact that our dealership not only provides specials, but is open until midnight.  It’s just another way that our dealership does everything we can to provide you with unforgettable assistance! You’ll be happy to know that our trained technicians will do everything in their power to make for an efficient and effective service.

Say goodbye to stressing about not having time to take your vehicle into your dealership thanks to the Acura service open until midnight that your local dealership, Pohanka Acura provides. It’s no wonder that we received the Edmund 5 Star Award and were named the Precision Team Dealer 2016. If you have any inquiries, be sure to give us a call at 703-592-4453. We are located at 13911 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy in Chantilly, VA. Our staff is overjoyed to meet all of your service needs!


What is AcuraLink?

Technology nowadays can keep you updated on all the latest and greatest! It’s now easy to connect to your Acura with the innovative AcuraLink technology. This app makes it possible for you to stay up-to-date so that you know the ins-and-outs of your precious Acura. Today, your favorite local dealership, Pohanka Acura, is here to explain to you the great capabilities of the AcuraLink application.

To begin, this innovative app provides you with abilities to search for desired destinations on your smartphone and send those directions directly to your Acura’s navigation system. On those days when you have to park your car in a crowded parking garage, you can rest assured that AcuraLink has your back by providing you with the location of your vehicle right on the app. You can say goodbye to wandering around like a fool! Another convenient feature is its ability to monitor your vehicle’s fuel level, mileage, and oil life readings. Due to the fact that you have your device on you at all times, you can simply use this app to remotely lock and unlock your Acura. So, during those freezing cold months, you can cut down the time it takes to climb inside your car.

If you are ever in need of help, you can rely on the AcuraLink to give you access to all the necessary services and roadside assistance that are required. If there is ever a recall on your Acura, this application will be sure to notify you so that you know right away to bring in your vehicle to Pohanka Acura, to have the issue resolved. If you ever need a service completed on your vehicle, you can utilize the AcuraLink to provide you with the ability to schedule it with Pohanka of Acura. In the unfortunate case that you need roadside assistance, you can count on this application to lend you a helping hand by giving you the ability to get in touch with towing services, receive fuel delivery, and so much more.

This is only the beginning of what the AcuraLink can do for your vehicle and you! What is AcuraLink, you say? It’s an application to make you even more connected to your amazing Acura! To learn more about this app, visit your local dealership, Pohanka Acura. When you stop by in-store you’ll see why we received the Edmund 5 Star Award and got the Precision Team Dealer of 2016. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a ring at 703-592-4453!