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?”

Do Acuras Need Transmission Fluid Changed?

Though services like oil changes and tire rotations may be required more frequently, less periodic tasks are just as important to keep up with. One such item is a transmission fluid change! Although most Acura vehicles should only require this service every few years, it’s not something you want to neglect for too long. If you think that you might be in need of a transmission fluid change, get in contact with the Service Department at Pohanka Acura today!

What Does Transmission Fluid Do?

To begin, let’s tackle exactly what transmission fluid is and why it’s important. First, the transmission is what transfers power from the engine to the driveshaft in order to make your wheels turn. It requires a specific fluid in order to stay properly lubricated for optimal performance. Additionally, this fluid protects the exposed metal surfaces from damage, facilitates cooling, increases rotational speed, and more. Depending on whether your Acura features a standard or automatic system, the specific type of fluid will vary. Furthermore, manual transmissions require more frequent fluid changes.

Timeline & Warning Signs

Generally, Acuras with a standard transmission should have the fluid changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles, although this may vary depending on if you do a lot of towing, how old your vehicle is, and other factors. If instead you have an automatic transmission, then you might not have to worry about the service at all! However, it might be wise to have it changed every 60,000 to 100,000 miles anyway, just to be safe. Your vehicle could exhibit several warning signs when this job is needed soon, including gear shifting issues, grinding or other strange noises when you’re accelerating, and delay in vehicle movement.

Our Service Department

If you think that your reliable ride might be in need of this task, you can trust that we’re here to help! Our Service Department never requires appointments ahead of time, so feel free to simply drop by whenever you have a spare moment. While you’re here, feel free to sit back and relax in our cozy waiting lounge while we’re on the job. Or, if you have somewhere to be, hop onto our courtesy shuttle! We’re here to make the repairs go smoothly, so you can hit the open road with confidence.

So, do Acuras need transmission fluid changed? If you have a vehicle with manual transmission, then yes! Although automatic systems may not necessarily need this service, it’s still in your best interests to have it performed. For more information, reach out to Pohanka Acura at 571-350-9279!

Which Acuras Have 3rd Row Seating?

Are you in need of a vehicle that boasts third-row seating? If so, the team at Pohanka Acura might just have the solution you’ve long been seeking—the Acura MDX! We don’t doubt that you’ll most impressed with this luxury SUV’s commodious cabin that can fit your entire crew with ease, so visit us today to see for yourself! For now, take a look at this overview of the MDX’s history and what the most recent iteration has to offer.

History of the MDX

Since making its debut in 2000, the Acura MDX has remained a fan favorite for nearly two decades. There’s a good reason why its name stands for “Multi-Dimensional luxury’, as this stunning set of wheels is designed to keep you and your guests satisfied. After the success of the first generation, the MDX got a facelift for the 2007 edition, including improvements that made it better able to absorb the energy from a sudden impact. The current generation was released in 2014 and features a 3.5L V6 engine at its heart. However, the real story about this Acura is its spacious interior!

Three-Row Seating

The MDX is the only vehicle in Acura’s current lineup that offers three rows of seating. Most trims provide a passenger capacity for seven, although select editions that include captain chairs lose one seating position. However, despite being able to transport large groups, the 2019 MDX won’t have you wanting for space, thanks to the 41.4, 36.6, and 28.1 inches of legroom in the first, second, and third rows, respectively. Plus, the second-row seats feature a 60/40 split, while the third row is split 50/50, making it easier than ever to customize your interior to maximize its potential for carrying people and cargo.

Variety of Financing Options

In order to help as many customers as possible drive home in the Acura MDX, we’re proud to offer flexible financing agreements that can be tailored to suit your needs. However, if you end up deciding that purchasing the MDX isn’t quite right for you, then leasing might be a viable alternative! These short-term plans offer lower monthly rates, since you’re just paying off the vehicle’s depreciation and the amount of miles you accumulate over the course of the lease. For more information about these agreements, be sure to reach out to our expert staff!

So, which Acuras have third-row seating? The answer is the MDX, of course! To see this outstanding luxury SUV in action, pay a visit to Pohanka Acura for a test drive in the near future.

When Do Acura Timing Belts Need to Be Changed?

When it comes to maintaining your Acura, there can be a lot to keep in mind. Luckily, Pohanka Acura has a full century of experience in car service and maintenance, so you’ve come to the right place for advice and assistance! Let’s focus on an engine part that you might not have heard much about, but is definitely a critical one — the timing belt. Read on to learn more about it and how you can ensure yours stays up to snuff!

Think of the timing belt as the conductor of your engine’s operation. It coordinates the air intake valves, ensuring they open and close at the right time so that combustion can occur and propel your vehicle where you want it to go. Needless to say, if the timing is off, the engine is in trouble. It will quickly shut down, but not before the pistons come into harsh contact with other engine parts, leaving expensive internal damage and a tow truck in your future!

The good news is that timing belts generally last for quite a while, and the typical driver might not ever need to have one replaced or repaired. However, eventually it will make sense to have yours checked out once you’ve traveled far enough that it could be at risk. At Acura, we generally recommend the 90,000-mile mark as a good time to set up a timing belt inspection. You may want to consider a check-up sooner if your car idles more frequently than average, or if your travels require you to drive at low speeds for extended distances — in these cases, your timing belt may experience extra stress or strain.

When you do decide that it’s time, the Service Center at Pohanka Acura is standing by to assist you! We don’t require an appointment, and we’re open until midnight every weeknight. If you do want to lock in a particular time, give the ‘Service’ tab of our website a click and you’ll be able to schedule one with ease. There, you’ll also find our current coupons and service specials, so be sure to see if your service qualifies for any discounts! And when you do come in, you can count on Pohanka’s legendary hospitality — enjoy our comfortable waiting area while an ASE-certified technician completes any repairs you may need, usually in two hours or less. And, as always, we’ll give your car a courtesy wash for good measure.

When do Acura timing belts need to be changed? Now you know! If your car is in the 90,000-mile range, don’t wait and wonder if all is well under your hood — let Pohanka Acura take a quick and easy look for you. We look forward to welcoming you to our dealership!

Do Acuras Need Premium Fuel?

No matter which model of Acura you drive, you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle designed for powerful, efficient performance. And if you’re reading this, you probably want to get the very most out of all it has to offer! That’s why Pohanka Acura is passionate about sharing the most helpful maintenance information possible. Specifically, we’d like to discuss the difference between regular and premium gasoline, and why the latter is essential for maximizing your Acura’s performance.

It’s understandable if you haven’t paid much attention to the different fuel ratings offered at the pump — the cheapest option seems to work fine, so why spend the extra few cents per gallon? However, there are real differences between them. A gasoline’s octane rating refers to its stability during the combustion process, which is when it mixes with air in your engine to ignite and propel you toward your destination. A lower octane rating, like the 87 of regular gas, means that the fuel is more likely to ignite prematurely, whereas premium gasoline has a higher rating of 91 and is more resistant to premature ignition.

So, what does that mean for your car? Acuras are designed for high performance, boasting engines that are often outfitted with turbochargers and feature higher-than-average compression ratios. In short, this makes the timing of the fuel ignition even more critical — with a lower-octane gas like regular 87, premature ignition can cause “engine knocking,” a mechanical malfunction that will damage your engine and degrade its performance over time. If you fill your Acura with premium fuel and its higher compression rating, you’ll minimize the risk of problematic ignition and keep your engine humming along smoothly.

However, if you’ve been using regular 87 fuel for a while now and are concerned, don’t fret! At Pohanka Acura, our highly-trained team of ASE-certified technicians can take an in-depth look at your engine and perform any maintenance you might need. But to avoid that or more expensive services in the future, we strongly recommend that you follow Acura’s advice and fill your high-performance vehicle with equally high-performance premium fuel.

Do Acuras need premium fuel? Now you know! And should you have any more questions about this or any other aspect of your Acura, never hesitate to contact us via our website or a quick call to Pohanka Acura’s Service Department at 571-350-9279. As always, we don’t require an appointment and are open until midnight on weeknights, so stop by whenever is convenient for you and keep that Acura in tip-top shape!

Introducing The All-New Acura True Touchpad Interface

Acura True Touchpad Interface - Interior View

Acura has developed and implemented some of the most advanced high-tech and infotainment systems available on today’s automobiles. The AcuraWatch system is highly regarded, and the standard safety features on most Acura models compare more than favorably with the systems found on cars and SUVs from competing automakers.

Now, Acura introduces the True Touchpad Interface, available on the 2019 RDX model. This system was designed to reduce driver distraction and make the job of finding information a snap. One of the biggest complaints from vehicle owners is the clumsiness of navigating screen menus and finding satisfying settings. All that has changed with the Acura True Touchpad Interface.


Touchpad Design

The interface comes with a touchpad that features a concave border, making it easy for drivers to focus on the center of the pad control. The item icons are highly visible, and they become highlighted when touched by a fingertip. However, the icon doesn’t respond unless pressure is applied. This greatly reduces the chance of hitting the wrong icon, something that causes driver distraction. The pad has a palm rest, making it easy to control the hand when driving.

Acura True Touchpad Interface


Two-Zone Design

The touchpad has primary and secondary menu and icon zones. These exactly correspond to the two screen windows on the huge, 10.5-inch display screen located above. This allows the driver to focus on things like incoming messages and navigation without disrupting the rest of the display. Screen swapping is a breeze, and the driver can easily enlarge one screen. Music and other media can be displayed on one screen while vehicle navigation can be displayed on the other. Voice recognition and even handwriting recognition are included.


Screen Shortcuts

There are three buttons located at the top of the touchpad. These allow the driver to return to a previous display. The screen can be jumped back to the previous display, returned to the home menu, and show a list of the screen cards. This is similar to what is found on most mid-range and high-end smartphone devices. This reduces glance time, something that drivers will really appreciate.


Advance Package Option

Buyers of the new RDX model will want to consider this affordable add-on. The package includes a head-up display that boasts crisp resolution and bright colors. The huge screen is full of icons that allow the driver to customize the overall display and keep a wealth of information in memory. The screen also has icons for retrieving info about the vehicle’s performance. This beautifully designed head-up display is perfectly positioned so that a slight rightward glance is all the drive needs to do in order to view the monitor.

The new 2019 Acura RDX is on display at Pohanka Acura, and the buzz is all about the vehicle’s long list of standard and optional features. A highlight is the newly designed Acura True Touchpad Interface, a quantum leap forward in the category of driver convenience. See this remarkable system today by scheduling an inspection and test drive of this luxury model at Pohanka Acura.

How Does The Acura MDX Drive In Snow?

Acura MDX Snow

A luxury three-row crossover, the Acura MDX not only boasts the finest interior amenities and high-tech advancements but also proudly offers a comfortable, composed ride. This is a good choice for driving in snow because of the available all-wheel drive system known as SH-AWD. The model has superior handling, and its suspension system is tops in its class.

The MDX is currently offered in four package trims. Each comes with a specific set of standard features, but all can be purchased with the optional all-wheel drive system. Below, the powertrain, traction and stability, and safety system specs are detailed a bit further.



Buyers have the choice of two different powertrains when considering the purchase of a new MDX. The standard engine is a 3.5L V6 rated at 290 horsepower and 267 ft-lb of torque. Transmission is nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, but the SH-AWD system is an option. The optional gas/electric hybrid model comes with a 3.0L V6 paired to a trio of electric motors. The combined output is 321 horsepower, and this engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The optional Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is definitely worth considering. This system really improves the overall handling of the vehicle, with power adjustments made to all four wheels for maximum control over snow, ice, or rain-slickened roadways. This is a torque-vectoring system that greatly reduces understeer.


Traction And Stability

The Acura MDX features traction and stability control, constantly monitored by a series of sensors. Although hill descent control isn’t included with the MDX, drivers will find that keeping the vehicle straight during acceleration and deceleration is easy. The rather wide wheelbase is another plus. This isn’t a sporty machine by any means, but the nicely centered weight of the vehicle certainly helps when cornering, especially when traveling over snow or ice.


Safety Systems

All four of the Acura MDX model packages come with the AcuraWatch safety suite that includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and road departure warning. The uplevel trim packages add on blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Adaptive suspension dampers along with wider wheels and tires are standard on the Advance trim package.

The new 2019 Acura MDX is on display at Pohanka Acura, and you’ll want to inspect each trim package closely to see which one suits your individual taste and needs. This luxury crossover is a great choice for driving in bad weather, so if snow is in the forecast, this model should be on your short list.

Do I Need To Winterize My Acura?

Winter is a time of year that many motorists dread. Hazardous conditions and chilly commutes often cause drivers everywhere to avoid hitting the road as often as possible during the coldest months of the year. However, since most of us can’t avoid driving entirely during winter, it’s important to get your vehicle ready so you can tackle slick and snowy roadways with ease. While you still have some time to prepare, swing by the Service Department at Pohanka Acura for comprehensive winter-driving maintenance!

Why Should I Winterize My Acura?

Due to the unique driving conditions created by winter weather, it’s paramount that your vehicle is ready to keep you safe. First, ice and snow can drastically reduce that amount of traction that your tires can provide, putting you at greater risk of losing control and ending up in a dangerous situation. Furthermore, the colder temperatures take a toll on your Acura’s mechanics. As a result, your engine will need more time to warm up before it’s ready to move. Finally, you’ll want to be prepare for the worst, meaning you’ll need to keep a few necessary items on-hand at all times.

Winter-Specific Maintenance

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, take a deep breath. We’re here to help! When you stop by to winterize your Acura, our skilled technicians will take a look at your fluid levels and replace or refill anything that requires attention, including your coolant, oil, and wiper fluid. This will ensure that your engine doesn’t lock up and you can always see the road ahead! In addition, we’ll closely inspect your tires to determine if a new set is required for optimal traction. If you don’t have AWD, we might also recommend getting a set of snow tires for the season, as these are specially designed to perform in cold, slick conditions.

Additional Preparation

Even if your Acura is ready for the worst, you could still end up stranded on the side of the road. Therefore, you’ll want to keep some basic cold-weather supplies inside your vehicle whenever you leave home. This should include a first-aid kit, flashlight, blankets or warm clothes, gloves, ice scraper, small shovel, clean drinking water, and sand to assist with traction, just to name a few. During your visit, our experts would also be happy to fill you in on some winter driving tips to help you stay safe and lessen your chances of a collision.

Have you been wondering lately, “Do I need to winterize my Acura?” The answer is a resounding “yes!” Thankfully, Pohanka Acura is here to assist, so visit us today for comprehensive care!