What’s Better for Chicagoland Drivers: Acura or Lexus?
While the luxury vehicle market seems to grow bigger by the day, we have found that most drivers in the greater Chicagoland area have it narrowed down to two automakers: Acura and Lexus. Each are titans in the luxury sedan and crossover world, so it’s little surprise to see Lexus listed alongside Acura in the minds of most drivers, but we think that once you take a look at the true value Acura has to offer, once you uncover all of the benefits of the Acura lineup, you’ll see that Lexus falls short of Acura by a pretty wide margin.
Why don’t we look at a few examples?
Building an Efficient Luxury Vehicle
Acura engineering is some of the finest in the world, and all it takes is a quick look at a few of their current models to see that. Not only do vehicles like the 2015 Acura MDX and RDX offer up some incredible power, but they are some of the most efficient luxury crossovers on the market. Not all Lexus engines are gas guzzlers, but we think that when you put them side by side with a comparable Acura, it’s clear who makes the more efficient engine.[table “4” could not be loaded /]
Now, you may be worried that Acura’s efficiency comes at a cost—many drivers think that an increase in efficiency means a decrease in power—but that simply isn’t the case. Take a look:
- The 2015 RDX’s V6 engine is good for 273 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque.
- The 2015 MDX is capable of 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque.
- The 2015 ILX features a 2.0L four-cylinder with 150 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque.
- The 2014 RLX has a 310 hp 3.5L V6 with 272 lb-ft of torque under its hood.
When you drive an Acura, you can get the best of both worlds, a fuel efficient car or crossover that’s never short on power.
Acura Offers Plenty of Features to Drivers
We could understand a driver choosing a Lexus over an Acura if the only benefit of the Acura brand was its engine, but that’s just not the case. Acura offers Chicago drivers so much more on their vehicles from the basic model, without requiring an upgrade.
You can find these features as standard on the 2015 RDX, 2015 MDX, 2015 ILX, and 2014 RLX:
- LED Headlights
- Power Moonroof
- Rearview Camera
- Front Heated Seating
- Paddle Shifters
Now, some Lexus models will come with some of these features, but in order to put a comparable Lexus model on par with its competing Acura model, drivers would have to upgrade the features. If you want to see the true value Acura offers, take a look at the comparably equipped prices of their vehicles—this is the price it would cost to equip each vehicle with the same level of features:[table “5” could not be loaded /]
Acura Offers an Incredible Warranty
So, Chicago drivers can get a better equipped and more fuel efficient Acura from the start, offering up a superior value to competing Lexus models, but there has to be some downside, right? Actually, there isn’t, not as far as we can tell.
Some automakers might skimp on the quality of their vehicles and offer a shorter warranty so as not to be on the hook for any repairs, and yet Acura offers one of the best warranties in the luxury auto world. Each Acura model is covered by a basic and a powertrain warranty:
- 48-month/50,000-mile Basic Warranty
- 72-month/70,000-mile Powertrain Warranty
To recap, Acura models offer a better range of standard equipment, provide a superior value, and offer you the peace of mind of two incredible extensive warranties. What more is there?
If you want to compare for yourself just how the competition stacks up, we have side-by-side comparisons of the 2015 Acura MDX and the 2015 Acura RDX with four competing luxury brands. Why not take a look before taking a test drive?
Visit a Chicagoland Acura Dealer for a Test Drive
We can and will talk about all of the ways the Acura lineup takes on the competition, but in the end, those are just words. The best way to know if an Acura vehicle is right for you is with a test drive. Visit a Chicagoland Acura Dealer today and take one for a spin. We can’t wait to see you behind the wheel.
*Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.
**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or an $895 destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.