Have You Ever Wondered…

Have you ever wondered how beautiful new Acuras are arrive at the dealerships around the nation? Where they come from? How they’re transferred on the “matrix” semi-trucks? Wonder no more…

Today we received a shipment of Acuras and we snapped a small photo gallery of the process, because once again I was reminded of the complexity of this process. This delivery featured stunning new 2016 MDX’s rolling out of the covered semi-truck and on to our lot. We always know we’re getting special Acuras when a covered truck pulls up.

We chatted with the truck driver and he shared oftentimes there isn’t a lot of room between the vehicle and the truck, so they have to squeeze into the backseat of the vehicle to get into the driver’s seat. Notice where he starts wiping off his shoes and gets ready to squeeze into the MDX before he rolls it out. Who knew? Stay tuned for more “behind the scenes” details of the car biz!

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

We’ve just discovered this hilarious series presented by Acura called “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” It features Jerry Seinfeld along with a whole host of famous comedians, who drive around in funky cars, meet at various restaurants and discuss laughable topics. Click HERE for one of our favorite “Single Shot” episodes.

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The 2016 Acura MDX Has Arrived!

Affordable Luxury DOES Live In Ashland. The award-winning, best-selling Acura SUV – the MDX – arrives and leaves as quick as they come off the truck! The first shipment arrived this month and the newly minted 2016 Acura MDX has a plethora of innovative upgrades, in fact doubling from the 2015 to the 2016 model.

2016-Acura-MDX-Premium-Gas-Wallpaper-DesktopThe most significant upgrades relate to the powertrain and safety of the vehicle.  The 2016 Acura MDX received an updated powertrain with a revised all-wheel-drive system and a new nine-speed automatic transmission featuring a push-button gear selector. The new safety features are now bundled into an available AcuraWatch™ package that Acura adds to its family of trim levels: MDX with Technology Package, MDX with Rear Entertainment System, etc. AcuraWatch™ separates advanced safety features available for 2015 into a package and adds a few new ones such as Road Departure Mitigation and rear cross-traffic alert.

The new nine-speed automatic transmission (which replaces the previous six-speed automatic transmission) is 66 pounds lighter and enhances acceleration performance with more closely spaced gears plus 25 percent faster shift times, according to Acura. Another innovative change is the replacement of the traditional column-mounted gear selector with the handy new push-button gear selector where Park, Neutral and Drive are engaged with the push of a button. Reverse is selected by a separate control.

2016-Acura-MDX-Spy-PhotoThe beautiful MDX’s all-wheel-drive system is also upgraded and now uses Acura’s next-generation Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. The revised system is 19 pounds lighter and has an increased torque vectoring response for amplified turning. What IS torque vectoring you may ask? Torque vectoring creates rotation movement by changing wheel speed and can create more responsive handling.  Acura says the torque-vectoring responsiveness has been enhanced to benefit agility and stability.

Now, onto the safety features. The AcuraWatch™ suite of safety features includes many of the 2015 MDX features, plus a plethora of additional cutting-edge features including Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). We just love this awesome new feature! So what does it do? It monitors lane lines and other markers to recognize when the car has left the lane. It will then apply steering correction and the brakes to self-correct. A rear cross-traffic monitor works with the blind spot warning system to alert drivers when a vehicle is approaching from the side while the car is in Reverse. Amazing! Here’s a quick list of the other AcuraWatch™ features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Blind spot warning
  • Multiview rear camera
  • Rear cross-traffic monitor

These next-generation vehicles are here in Ashland for you to see.

First Open House of the Year a Success!

Our first Acura Open House/Owner’s Clinic of the year was a success, thanks to the myriad Butler staff and our loyal Acura customers who attended. As one happy customer put it, “I actually had a lot more fun than I thought I would at this event!”

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2015 Acura TLX Achieves Highest Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Acura is setting itself up to be the leader in safety and innovation with its 2015 Acura TLX, which just received the 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA, the top available rating in the U.S. government’s New Car Assessment AwesomeTLX2015Program. This is in addition to being one of only three 2015 model vehicles in the midsize luxury category to earn both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating and the NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score. Certainly scores to be reckoned with!

“The TLX exemplifies how advanced safety performance is an inherent part of how Acura delivers luxury,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura Division. “Safety is a core value of the brand and all 2016 Acura models are expected to earn top safety scores. When you think of safety performance and luxury, you’ll think Acura.”

Acura’s TLX isn’t alone either. Four Acura models have earned top safety ratings as well from the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP): the 2015 ILX, TLX, RDX and MDX all boast NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Scores. Three models also earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS: the 2015 RLX, TLX and MDX.

“The Acura line is an amazing product,” said Acura Sales Manager Brent Waler. “It has all the new technologies and safety features people are looking for. You definitely have to put Acura on your shopping list.”

Amazing 2016 Acura RDX Turns Up the Heat at 2015 Chicago Auto Show

2016 Acura RDX was unveiled at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show this week and there was no disappointment in this all AcuraRevealnew luxury SUV.

Coming off its best-ever year, the revamped and energized 2016 Acura RDX luxury SUV is sporting a host of significant upgrades to performance, luxury prestige and styling. Look for this stunning new luxury SUV at our dealership in the late spring/early summer. Here are a few of the upgraded features:

  • All RDX models with AcuraWatch™ also get a new 4.2-inch full-color TFT Multi-Information Display with expanded, customizable information readouts such as average vehicle speed, fuel economy, fuel range, tire pressure monitoring system (TMPS) and turn-by-turn navigation.
  •  Jewel Eye™ LED projector headlamps and LED taillights
  •  New, more powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine
  •  Expanded list of AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies
  •  New luxury features and technologies include; a new line-topping RDX Advance Package with rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, Bi-Directional Keyless remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror and Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™.

“The RDX ended on a high note in 2014, posting its best sales year ever, but at Acura, we are not content in
RDXresting on our laurels,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura. “The 2016 RDX gets a major infusion of Acura brand DNA including enhancements to styling, driving performance, and
an exciting new luxury feature-content, further solidifying its place as the one to beat in the entry luxury SUV segment.”

Whoa! Acura IS turning up the heat this year with its highly-evolved SUV series. We can WAIT to see these beauties in our showroom and on our lot! Actually, we REALLY can’t wait to get our hands on the wheel of this top-shelf, award-winning SUV. The 2016 Acura RDX is a jewel in the SUV world and we can’t wait for you to discover it here at Butler Acura! Don’t worry – we’ll keep you posted on when these gems will arrive. We expect a shipment in late spring/early summer. We can’t think of a better way to kick off the summer than with a breathtaking new 2016 Acura RDX!

US News & World Report, 2015 Best Cars for the Money — Acura Is It!

Just announced! The 2015 “Best Cars for the Money” awards are out and Acura is in! The luxury car company claimed AcuraMDXButlerthree top prizes: the 2015 Acura TLX, RDX and MDX won upscale midsize, luxury compact SUV and luxury three-row midsize SUV, respectively.

“In recent years, Honda has focused on providing more standard features in its Honda products and sportier performance for Acura models,” Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars, said in a statement.

“That focus has resulted in more praise from professional car critics. Consumers now have more reasons beyond value to buy a Honda or Acura.”

That being said – have you ever wondered what these awards actually mean? What do they measure? How do they
AcuraTLXBUtlerpick the winners? Well wonder no more! Here’s how the “Best Cars for the Money” awards are picked, according to US News & World Report.

“The U.S. News 2015 Best Cars for the Money awards help take the guesswork out of car shopping by highlighting the cars, trucks and SUVs with the best combination of positive reviews and long-term ownership costs in 21 different automotive classes.

To find the award winners, we combined the average price paid from TrueCar, Inc. and five-year total cost of ownership data from Vincentric, LLC with the U.S. News Best Cars rankings data. The U.S. News rankings are based on the opinion of the automotive press about a car’s performance, interior features and
interior comfort, along with reliability and safety ratings.”

AcuraRDXButlerFor more information and to check out pictures of the winners, click HERE. To check out one of these beautiful Acuras for yourself, visit us for a test drive to experience the “Thrill of an Acura”. We have (14) 2015 TLX’s, (10) 2015  RDX’s and (13) 2015 MDX’s in stock today. Congratulations Acura!