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Acura confirms that it is killing its lowest-selling sedan in the U.S.

Acura has confirmed that the RLX is going away in the U.S.

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After years of low sales numbers, Acura has confirmed that it is killing the RLX after the 2020 model year. The information was first reported by AutomotiveNews. In 2019, Acura, the luxury arm of Honda, sold just 1,019 versions of the model. Only 204 versions of the car have been sold so far in 2020.

The RLX is the largest sedan model in the Acura lineup and is larger than every sedan in the Honda stable as well.

At its height, Acura's midsize RLX sold over 5,000 units in a year, but that was 2013 and back then the RLX looked fresh and the market was still finding sedans an attractive choice.

2020 Acura RLX

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The car hasn't been updated since its mid-cycle facelift in 2018. Then it received a number of upgrades including a fresh front seat, new interior accent options, Acura's standard suite of safety technology, and a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The model isn't the first sedan to be cancelled this year. Cadillac has put the CT6 sedan on the chopping block as part of a brand restructuring and General Motors plant reorganization plan.

Acura will continue to sell the ILX and TLX sedans.

Rumor has it that Acura is looking at bringing back the Integra nameplate as it strives to reclaim the premium performance grandeur that helped make the nameplate so popular a few decades ago. The company is expected to debut a redesigned MDX SUV later this year, which will go on sale as a 2021 model.

Acura is also gearing up to sell more performance-focused variants of its models, in the same vein as the product plan Audi has been successfully executing for years. Audi refers to these as "S" and "RS" models. Acuras will wear Type S badging.

Acura will continue to sell the RLX in other markets, where it goes by the Legend name. The automaker is not planning a successor to the RLX in the U.S.

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The Type S gets a 355-hp V6.

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The Acura MDX is a sharp three-row SUV that shares its roots with the Honda Pilot. The similarities between the two stop at the platform, however, as the MDX is more upscale, more engaging to drive, and more sharply styled. Acura skipped over the 2021 model year for the MDX, instead opting for a refreshed model in 2022. The new SUV is more of all the good things that it predecessor was, with the addition of new technologies and features. Acura recently announced that production for the higher-performance MDX Type S has begun, meaning we're about to see the hotted-up SUV in the wild.

2022 Acura MDX Type S Interior finishes and features are all high-end.Acura

While the standard MDX gets a 290-hp V6, the Type S receives a massaged version of the engine with a turbocharger that produces 355 horsepower. Beyond its significant power advantage, the Type S also gets adaptive air suspension, Brembo front brakes, and 21-inch wheels. Acura says the Type S is the most luxurious MDX it has made to date. To prove it, the automaker added nine-way massaging front seats and a 25-speaker Acura ELS Studio sound system to the Advance Package trim.

2022 Acura MDX Type S Massaging seats are available for the top Advance Package trim.Acura

Unsurprisingly, the Type S carries a notable price premium over its standard counterpart. The SUV's starting price is $67,745 including destination. The top MDX Type S with Advance Package starts at $73,095. The 2022 MDX was designed, tested, and developed in the United States. It's joined by the standard MDX in production at Acura's East Liberty facility in Ohio. The NSX supercar is also built in America, by hand, in Marysville, Ohio. Additionally, Acura notes that all of its 2022 model-year vehicles sold in the U.S. are built in the U.S. using domestic and global parts.

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The Integra returns next year as a 2023 model.

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In the last couple years, we've seen a few big-name nostalgic automotive nameplates return to the market. There was the Land Rover Defender and more recently the Ford Bronco. Now, it's Acura's turn to stroll down memory lane, as it gears up for the release of the fifth-generation 2023 Integra. The car will return in 2022 as a four-door with a liftback, and most importantly, it gets plenty of go-fast bits in the places that matter.

2023 Acura Integra While it's true that the Integra looks like other Acura sedans, it's not an indication of how it will drive. Acura

Before we go too far: Yes, the Integra looks like the ILX and the TLX sedans, and yes, it has four doors. Remember that the first-, second-, and third-generation cars were available with four doors. It wasn't until the Acura RSX (sold as the Integra in Japan and Australia) that the car shaved two doors and became exclusively a two-door hatchback. So, while the look may be disappointing to some, it's not out of place.

2023 Acura Integra The new Integra will come with a limited-slip differential and an optional manual gearbox.

All the specs are here, too. The 2023 Integra will get a high-output 1.5-liter engine, a limited slip differential, and an available six-speed manual gearbox. If that isn't the recipe for a fun front-drive enthusiast car, we don't know what is. The prototype rides on matte-finish 19-inch wheels and comes with Brembo high-performance brakes.

2023 Acura Integra Acura will release more details closer to the car's launch in 2022. Acura

Acura says that the 2023 Integra will mark the car's first time being built in the United States, and notes that the car will enter production at its Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. The car will be formally introduced in the first half of 2022, so we'll have to wait until then for detailed specs and pricing information. The good news, however, is that Acura says the car will start around $30,000, making it accessible to a wide swath of the car buying public.

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