Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The World of (some) New Cars

Sandi just leased a 2015 Acura TLX.  Acuras are made by Honda.  They're billed as Honda's luxury division and they're roughly equivalent to Toyota's Lexus or Nissan's Infinity although not as expensive.

This is the most amazing car I've ever driven.  I'm sure there are plenty of people who think it's nothing special but its many features are new to me.

The car has a powerful V6 engine and an 8 speed automatic transmission that you can barely feel shift.  It's also all wheel drive which for us is a must with our driveway and this climate.

These things are just the tip of the iceberg.  The car also has a navigation system which is by now old hat but I like the fact that you can program it for a location by voice.  In fact everything is voice activated.

Here are some other features:
Heated seats.
Collision avoidance system (blind spot warning and lane; lane change warning; following too closely warning).
Windshield wipers that  automatically adjusts their speed to amount of rain.
Engine shut off when the vehicle is stopped for more than a few seconds.  When you take your foot off the brake or move the steering wheel it starts up.
Two screens-one for navigation and the other a touch screen for climate control and audio settings.
There is no gear shift lever.  It's push button.  When you stop and open the door it automatically goes into park.  When you stop and push the on/off button the car goes into park and the engine shuts off.
There's a backup camera which is quite common on most vehicles now.
Keyless entry with two settings. Everything automatically adjusts to the driver 1 or driver 2 fob. 

 There's more but we're still learning how to use them so I'll update this later.

All in all a very nice vehicle. 

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