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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

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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Honda details all-new 2023 HR-V

The Honda HR-V is all-new for 2023.

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The HR-V is Honda's smallest and most affordable SUV, slotting into the automaker's catalog beneath the long-running CR-V. The entry-level HR-V got a complete overhaul for 2023 that brought a new powertrain, updated technology, and refined styling that aligns closely with the new Civic Sedan.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new SUV features more refined, upscale styling, better tech, and new safety features.Honda

Honda offers the HR-V in three trims: LX, Sport, and EX-L. While the 2022 HR-V got a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the 2023 model gets a larger 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The new SUV comes with hill descent control for the first time in a Honda, and three drive modes are included.

Inside, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A larger 9-inch screen comes in the top EX-L trim that adds wireless smartphone connectivity. The EX-L trims also gets wireless charging and navigation. Both touchscreens come with a physical volume knob for easier interactions with the system. All models are wider and longer than before, which improves interior passenger and cargo space.

All 2023 HR-Vs come with Honda Sensing safety equipment. The package has been updated for 2023 with a traffic jam assist feature and traffic sign recognition. Honda offers blind spot monitoring for the first time in an HR-V, and a driver attention monitoring system comes standard.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V picked up sleek styling for the new model year with hints of Honda Civic sprinkled in.Honda

The new HR-V starts at $24,895, including a $1,245 destination charge. The range-topping EX-L all-wheel drive model starts at $30,195. Honda says the new SUV will go on sale soon.

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The 2023 Acura Integra is a very good thing
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After years of rumors and speculation, we finally got confirmation that the Acura Integra is returning. The iconic Japanese sports car left the market in the early 2000s, and has been notably absent since. Now, though, Acura is bringing it back. Today, the automaker announced that production had begun. The new Integra will be the first to be built in the U.S., and production will take place at Acura's Marysville Auto Plant. Interestingly, Acura's five other models are built in the Ohio facility.

2023 Acura Integra2023 Acura Integra reservations begin soonautomotivemap.com

The Integra will start arriving on dealers' lots in early June, and will carry a starting price of $30,800 before destination. The car is the only liftback in its segment, and gets a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower. A six-speed manual is available, but buyers can opt for a continuously variable transmission.

2023 Acura IntegraThe new Integra comes as a five-door only. Acura

Acura says the Integra rolls down the same production line as the TLX sedan. The car required a rethink of Acura's production processes, and COVID-19 threw a wrench in development efforts. Acura notes its team worked rmotely and traveled to Japan to collaborate with home-office engineers. The Integra will also usher in a new training process for Acura, where associates learn the vehicle, the production process, and tooling before ever seeing the actual car.

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