The Acura NSX halo supercar and ILX sedan are gone.
Acura Integra makes a comeback, hot-rod Type S variant on the way.
No significant changes for MDX, RDX and TLX.
Although Acura’s halo supercar has bowed out, the rest of the brand’s model lineup is still present and accounted for, and its new entry-level model is getting a hotter, performance-minded variant this year as well.
Looking ahead, the marque’s very first fully electric vehicle is on the way for the North American market, and it’s called the Acura ZDX. It’s being developed in collaboration with General Motors, and will borrow many components with GM Ultium-based EVs. However, for now, here’s what to expect from the Acura brand for the 2023 model year, with models listed in alphabetical order.
The Acura ILX is gone after being offered in the United States and Canada since the 2013 model year. It received some changes over that period, including a facelift and interior revisions for 2016, but was spanned only one generation. There was even a hybrid powertrain available during the 2023 and 2014 model years.
The ILX is replaced by the Acura Integra as the brand’s entry-level model. The nameplate made a comeback in the North American market, in five-door hatchback configuration and sporting a turbo 1.5L four developing 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque, spinning the front wheels. A six-speed manual transmission is available alongside a continuously variable automatic transmission, but only on the current range-topping A-Spec with the Technology Package in the U.S., and Elite A-Spec in Canada. This summer, the Acura Integra Type S will appear as a 2024 model, boasting a turbo 2.0L engine with nearly 300 horsepower and a six-speed manual.
The Acura MDX was thoroughly redesigned for the 2022 model year, and went on sale in the spring of 2021, equipped with a 3.5L V6 that develops 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. A front-wheel drivetrain is available in the U.S., while AWD is optional—but standard fare in Canada. In late 2021, the sportier MDX Type S arrived as well, boasting a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 that develops 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. There are no changes for the MDX’s 2023 model year, aside from the U.S. market now including AcuraLink connected services and a 2-year or 24,000-mile complimentary Acura Maintenance Package.
To celebrate the end of the second-generation Acura NSX’s production run, the company launched a limited-edition NSX Type S boasting 600 horsepower from its hybrid powertrain that includes a twin-turbo 3.5L V6. Every NSX produced for the 2022 model year was a Type S, and only 350 of them were built—300 for the U.S. market that sold out in 24 hours, and 50 for other markets. Production ended in November 2022. A third-generation NSX is said to be in the works, but nothing has been officially confirmed for now.
The Acura RDX received some mild styling changes and suspension revisions for the 2022 model year, and the 2023 model only gets a standard AcuraLink connected services three-year package. Every RDX is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L four with 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, while AWD is optional in the U.S., standard in Canada.
In late 2022, reservations for the limited-run 2023 Acura TLX Type S PMC Edition opened, and all units were scooped up in minutes, according to the brand. The PMC Edition was available in three NSX-derived paint colours, including Curva Red, 130R White and Long Beach Blue, and only 100 units of each are being built. Otherwise, no changes were applied to the 2023 model-year TLX, aside from a three-year AcuraLink connected services package in the U.S. The TLX is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0L inline-four with 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, while the Type S variants get twin-turbo 3.0L V6 with 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. A front-wheel drivetrain is standard in the U.S., with optional AWD, while the Canadian market gets AWD as standard.