NALM 2013 Announcement & Acura RLX Reviews
Odometer (Legend): 519,715
Odometer (ILX): 27,319
I’ve always loved being on the go. Check out the scowl on my face while I rolled around on this Big Wheel in the early 1980’s in northern Utah. Road rage?
Later I graduated to a “big kid’s” bike. However, those mismatched tires weren’t very stylish.
I guess I’ve come a long way! Here’s the ILX on a chilly (for Phoenix!) morning. Only twice have I had to activate the defrosters on the mirrors and the rear window. This was one of those days.
But once the Arizona sunshine comes out, it’s a gorgeous time of year for us. I took the Legend to work just one day this week. Here’s a picture at a church building on Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale, Arizona:
Saguaro Cactus off Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard:
And northbound on Highway 87 for a quick afternoon run up the mountain:
Fueling up in Payson, Arizona. This sign surprised me — not the speed limit, but the fact that they use radar in a 25 mph zone! Can you picture a cop alongside the road with his radar gun nabbing people for going 35 in a 25? I guess it could happen!
Now in its 9th year, the National Acura Legend Meet (NALM) brings together Acura owners and enthusiasts from around the country for an annual gathering. Last July, NALM was hosted by a team of individuals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I drove my (then month-old) 2013 Acura ILX the nearly 4,000 miles round-trip to attend. It was the first year that my 1994 Legend wasn’t present at a NALM since the event’s first year in 2005 in Dallas, Texas.
Today, it was announced that the 2013 event will be held in Asheville, North Carolina from August 22-26, 2013. If I’m able to pull this off, it’ll be a 3,990-mile round-trip long-haul. And I think I’ll bring the Legend back since it was absent last year. Is the old car (and am I!) up to a 4,000 mile trip? We shall see.
The Legend went in for its 160th oil change at Acura of Tempe this week at 519,701 miles. The technician was extremely thorough in his inspection and made a list of quite a few maintenance recommendations:
- Front differential seal
- Driver’s side steering rack boot
- Passenger side inner CV boot
- Passenger side lower ball joint bushing
He indicated that these leaks (at this point, anyway) are minor and do not affect driveability. I’ll hold tight on having any repairs done at this point. The car still runs & drives just as smooth as can be.
While I waited for my car’s service, I enjoyed the amenities of the Customer Lounge.
I peeked into the service bay (looking to see if my car was on the lift, of course) and I spotted the all-new 2014 Acura RLX in there. Two of them, actually.
That sure is a light colored interior! This is the inside of a black RLX. The instrument panel has two touch-screens.
The RLX will be priced between $48,500 and $60,000 depending on how it’s equipped: Base, Navigation, Technology, and Advance.
This car boasts 6 world technology firsts and 13 Acura technology firsts in a press release that was distributed today. In addition to the innovative P-AWS (Precision All Wheel Steering), it’ll also offer the following which I thought were pretty cool:
- LKAS (Lane Keeping Assist System): Detects lane markings on the road and actively assists the driver in keeping the car in a detected lane.
- Automatic Brake Hold: Maintains the vehicle’s position without the driver having to maintain pressure on the brake pedal. This one I’d have to experience to see if I like it or not! I’d be afraid not to “hover” my foot over the brake pedal just in case the car started rolling again.
Autoblog posted a review of the RLX and said that it handled ‘light on its feet’ for being a nearly 4,000 pound car. A video posted to YouTube today by the Temple of VTEC shows some of the all-wheel-steering action. That 3.5-liter, 310-horsepower powerplant sounds great under wide-open throttle.
This car technically has sixteen (16!) headlights. These are a patented design called “Jewel Eyes” – a first for Acura AND for the industry.
Simon, the technician who installed the accessories on my ILX last June, was working on putting some bodyside moldings on the white RLX. He said that the car handles amazingly. Can’t wait to try one out!
I’m off to southern California in the Acura ILX tomorrow morning with two friends so stay tuned for a write-up in the near future! Check out the picture that new owner “tech332” (Danny) from Texas put together for his Silver Moon ILX. The top image is of his car, and the bottom is a photoshop rendering of the look he’s going for. Pretty cool! Thanks, Danny, for sharing.