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A Taste of Things to Come

Detroit 2014: 10 Concept Cars Foreshadowing the Years to Come

Concept cars are the stuff of dreams, representing the wondrous “could be” situations that make us salivate. Every year various auto shows pull the veil off auto industry pageants every year, and every year our collective pulses race to see what car companies have wrought in the way of wild designs, impressive technology and a foreshadowing of what might come in the not-too-distant future. Detroit has delivered ten of the most eye-catching concepts of 2014, and we’ve jumped in with a gusto. See which ones we love and why, here.

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The gifts that keep on giving

20 Cars We Want To Drive in 2014

Just about every morning, before our cup of joe, we slap ourselves as a reminder of how lucky we are to drive some of the best cars in the world and get paid for it. 2013 was another year of stupendous privileges, with wheel time in Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Land Rovers, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Porsches, Jaguars, Mercedes-Benzes, Audis, BMWs, Aston Martins and more. We’ve been the beneficiaries of a huge upswing in the automotive marketplace in terms of style, quality and driving excitement through virtually all segments. And you know what that means: 2014 should prove to be even better.

Here are the cars we most covet for the new year, each one a standout in its segment by virtue of its quality, technology, design, driving experience or all of the above. In a stellar field, these are the ones that stir the petrol in our veins the most. As we embark on a new year, here’s a toast to what should be an incredible 2014 on the digital pages of Octane.

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Luxury within reason

2014 Acura RLX

On the heels of the NSX concept last year and the brand new entry-level ILX, the longer, leaner Acura RLX looks nothing like the car it replaces, so we were piqued when Honda’s luxury division invited us up to Napa to experience all the RLX has to offer. Fine wine and luxury cars. Makes sense to us.

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Mash the throttle, hold on and smile

Best Sports Cars at Detroit 2013

As happy as we are to see a smorgasbord of automotive selections at the Detroit Auto Show this year, our pulses raced especially fast for sports cars. But even the definition of a sports car has changed. They don’t always have two doors anymore, and they may never even set tire on a track. But some things never change; what they still can do (at least the good ones) is perform and put a crick in your neck from looking too hard. Here are some of our favorites from NAIAS 2013.

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We ain't complainin'

2014 Acura MDX Prototype

Though completely redesigned, the new 2014 Acura MDX 7-passenger crossover, slated to go on sale in mid-2013, isn’t exactly unfamiliar. Gone is the arrowhead-sharp front clip of yore in favor of a more brand-cohesive, sweeping profile. A warmed-over version of Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 stays on board, this time with more torque and higher efficiency. For…

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2013 Acura RDX: Land, Sea and Air

GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST We have a new appreciation for the Windy City for all its history and all that’s fresh and new. From jazz roots and architectural gems to outdoor splendors and new attractions, Chicago is a city that warrants prolonged visits, permanent stays and never-ending wonderment. We engaged Chicago in the comforts of…

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2013 Acura RDX: Two if by Sea

GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST The second time is the charm with the 2013 Acura RDX, as is our second jaunt in this capable midsizer. This time, it’s traversing glorious Lake Shore Drive, along the Windy City Skyline to see some downtown architectural sights that define Chicago… and then off to a jazz club icon, the…

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2013 Acura RDX: One if by Land

GEAR PATROL SPONSORED POST The 2013 Acura RDX is as all-new as they come. We don’t mean two extra paint colors, miniscule headlight tweaks, and some nifty new wheel designs. We mean all-new from the ground up, rubber to roofline. The 2013 RDX’s sheet metal says modern, urban and sleek — all at once. Plus,…

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Acura NSX Concept

The automotive gods have smiled upon us. Acura just pulled the curtains back on their NSX Concept and it is glorious. As a proper, modern follow-up to their iconic original from two decades ago, the NSX Concept makes all the right design moves. Centered around the prominent trademark “power plenum” grille (this time, done right),…

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2009 Acura TL Review

By: Michael Curwood | The Truth About Cars The Acura TL is like the brainy girl in math class. If you’d told your friends you had the hots for her, they’d have stifled laughs, paused and said “who?” Since the turn of the century, the Accord-based Acura TL has been the deeply sensible alternative to…

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2008 Acura CSX Navi Premium Review

By Samir Sayed | The Truth About Cars Evaluating the Canadian-designed, built and sold Acura CSX without mentioning the Honda Civic is no easy task. (See?) Comparisons are so tempting, namely because the latter is an excellent car in its own right. The feeling’s mutual. Honda of Japan loved the Acura CSX so much that…

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2009 Acura TSX

[click on image to enlarge] Entry level luxury is a hotbed for car manufacturers and it’s because of men like you. Aspirational men that care about performance, aesthetics but appreciate the value of a product. From onset the Acura TSX has always been a fantastic vehicle for the money and the 2009 Acura TSX continues…

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2007 Acura RDX

For the first time, Acura has caught our discerning eye on their SUV line-up. With the release of the RDX the compact SUV has placed their sights directly on the BMW X3. The RDX features an all new 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with i-VTEC, making an impressive 240 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. Acura…