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The Chicago Auto Show is North America's largest auto show, and was first held in 1901. It's no surprise that the new 2013 Acura RDX and all-new ILX made an appearance at the 104th edition, which started with a Media Preview on February 8. These vehicles will soon be available at David McDavid Acura of Plano, and now is the perfect time to start considering whether one or the other is right for you.
Both the Acura RDX and ILX are set to launch in the Spring and were previously revealed to an eager audience at January's Detroit auto show. Together, these two vehicles will help usher in Acura's next 25 years and introduce a whole new generation to the brand's unique premium luxury value.
The 2013 Acura ILX is a brand-new compact sedan that will serve as the brand's new gateway vehicle. If you're looking for standard luxury features and great value, look no further than this roomy 5-passenger sedan. Drivers will have the opportunity to customize their ILX with one of three powertrain choices, including Acura's first gas-electric hybrid—a 1.5-liter engine with an Integrated Motor Assist® electric motor.
The other powertrain options include an entry-level 2-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 2.4-liter option. The ILX will also feature Amplitude Reactive Dampers and Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering for an incredibly rewarding driving experience.
The 2012 Acura RDX is a returning model, but it is fully redesigned for the new model year. The differences are evident from the outside, where you can take in the RDX's longer wheelbase and wider track. The 2013 RDX will also feature new Amplitude Reactive Dampers and Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering, and is available in either front- or all-wheel-drive.
The RDX also has a new powertrain—a standard 3.5-liter V6 that replaces the previous 2.3-liter 4-cylinder and achieves 33 more horsepower for a total of 273. Inside, matte surface trim and leather give the RDX an extraordinary luxury feel.
Both the Acura ILX and RDX will be manufactured exclusively in the United States at state-of-the-art plants. This spring, Acura is set to change the face of the luxury game once again. Stay informed with David McDavid Acura of Plano as the release date draws closer.
See Seinfeld Ad Web Extras Online
If you watched the Super Bowl on February 5, then you've already seen some of the lengths that Jerry Seinfeld will go to in order to drive the first Acura NSX. However, that's not the end of the story. If you haven't checked out the Acura website, you haven't seen it all. Refresh your memory by watching the extended version of the "Transactions" ad above, and then check out the Seinfeld web extras and outtakes. Keep an eye on the David McDavid Acura of Plano newsletter for more information about the upcoming NSX.
At David McDavid Acura of Plano, we want to make sure our customers are getting the most out of their vehicles. HandsFreeLink® commands in the Acura TSX can add convenience and peace of mind to your life—at least when you're behind the wheel. Here are some of the more common commands that you can put to use. Remember to press and release the "HFL TALK" button before giving any command.
Make a Call
1. Say "Call" and then the phone number of the person you want to contact.
2. Say "Call" or "Dial" to begin the call. When you are connected, the call will be audible through your speakers.
Receive a Call
1. A notification will sound and "INCOMING CALL" and the phone number will appear on the MID.
2. Press "HFL TALK" to accept the call.
3. Press "HFL TALK" to decline/end the call.
TSX Technology Package Users
Make a Call
1. Press the "PICK-UP" button.
2. Say "Dial" and then the entire phone number of the person you want to contact.
3. Say "Dial" again.
Receive a Call
1. A notification will sound and a pop-up message will appear on the screen.
2. Press "PICK-UP" to accept the call.
3. Press "HANG-UP" to decline/end the call.
Use Imported Phonebook
1. Press the "PICK-UP" button.
2. Say "Phonebook."
3. If your phonebook has not been imported, HFL will do this now.
4. Say the number of the entry you want to contact.
Use Speed Dial and Voice Tags
1. Press the "PICK-UP" button.
2. Say "CALL" and either the number of the entry or the stored voice tag. When you are connected, the call will be audible through your speakers.
When the 2012 Acura TL emerged at the Chicago Auto Show, the market quickly understood that Acura intended to become the leader in the mid-size luxury market. Modest changes for the new model year improve both its looks and power in ways that should help it gain market share. Customers looking for a mid-size luxury sedan will not want to miss the high-tech features, solid construction, and roomy interior offered by the TL.
For 2012, Acura adopted a new, smoother 6-speed automatic gearbox for both TL models, ditching the aging 5-speed transmission, providing the 2012 model with its only major mechanical change from previous years.
Starting at $35,605 MSRP**, the TL boasts a 280 horsepower VTEC engine. This powerplant sips fuel at a rate of 29 mpg on the highway* and introduces drivers to an exceptional ride that separates them from the crowd. The "Super Handling All-Wheel Drive" (SH-AWD) TL, which sends the added power to all four wheels as compared to the base TL, starts at $39,155 MSRP.**
Shoppers looking at the standard TL will enjoy 17-inch wheels, fog lights, and xenon headlamps. Inside, the TL offers two climate control zones, heated power leather seats, Bluetooth integration, and more. It also comes with a sunroof and a tilting/telescoping steering wheel.
Those who buy the TL SH-AWD enjoy more power under the hood, all-wheel-drive performance, and a performance-tuned suspension. Upgraded brake cooling and 18-inch wheels also grace this model. Inside, the car adds improved seats that quickly distinguish it from the base TL.
Acura offers a Technology Package that can apply to either model. This package includes a spoiler, keyless ignition, and upgraded upholstery. The package also links GPS and solar sensors to the climate control for maximum comfort. Also included is a navigation display with real-time traffic, a rearview camera, and weather forecasts inside the cabin. Finally, the technology upgrade adds 10-speaker surround sound with on-board digital storage.
Drivers looking for even more of a leg up on their peers can buy the Advance Package which incorporates the Technology Package and then adds 18-inch wheels to the base model or 19-inch wheels to the all-wheel drive model. The Advanced Package also throws in ventilated front seats and a blind spot safety feature.
Powertrains set the TL and the TL SH-AWD apart. Front-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic gearbox, and a 3.5-liter V6 engine characterize the base TL. With 280 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, this car zooms from 0 to 60 mph in a just over 6 seconds. The all-wheel drive model comes equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 which adds an extra 25 horsepower and 19 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels. The all-wheel drive TL also has an optional 6-speed manual gearbox which trims 0 to 60 acceleration to less than 6 seconds. Gas mileage for the SH-AWD is 25 mpg with the manual transmission and 26 mpg when fitted with the automatic.*
On the road, the SH-AWD version of the Acura TL affirms its "Super-Handling" credentials with a touch more grip than the base model for those living in challenging locales or for the performance enthusiast. However, the two versions of the TL make it possible for both traditional and performance drivers to find exactly what they want.
*Based on 2012 EPA highway mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or an $895 destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.
Organic. Just the mere word evokes images of earthy, wholesome food grown by earthy, wholesome people wearing hemp shirts and Birkenstocks. But, today, organic is big business. And even though organic food is generally more expensive, people are still forking over the bucks for it. But, is organic food really worth it?
What does organic mean?
USDA defines organic as food that is “produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.”
The USDA inspects farms and certifies producers of organic food to ensure they meet their standards. But, while these labeling standards sound good, they're not any guarantee or endorsement of organic food as healthier than conventionally grown food.
Is organic really better?
Organic sounds better, but is it actually better for you? Most experts agree that the nutritional content is the same. But doesn't the lack of pesticides make them safer to eat? That depends on who you ask. There's no real hard evidence that the pesticides in non-organic food exist in high enough concentrations to do any harm.
Organic food might even look a little less attractive, have a few more spots and, sadly, spoil faster. And, organic doesn't always mean locally produced either. It simply means that the product meets the USDA standards for organic labeling.
Also, don't be fooled into thinking eating an organic potato chip is somehow a wholesome and nutritious choice. A potato chip is still a potato chip and that cheese doodle is still a cheese doodle.
On the other hand
Pesticides even in small amounts can affect small children and unborn babies. Some conventionally grown foods have been found to have as many as 64 different chemicals on them. And, the chemicals certainly aren't good for the farm workers.
While the jury may still be out on the benefits of organics as far as pesticides go, there is some evidence that the use of growth hormones and antibiotics in farm animals can be potentially harmful to humans. Antibiotics used for animals, including dairy cows, beef steers and poultry often remain in the animals’ tissue and end up being ingested by us when we eat the meat or drink the milk. This over-consumption of antibiotics causes antibiotic resistant strains to flourish as the system develops an immunity to the antibiotic, rendering it ineffective.
Now, when it comes to the environmental impact, most agree that organic farming is definitely more earth-friendly. It reduces pollution in the groundwater. It also helps conserve water and soil by reducing erosion to help create more sustainable crops.
In the final analysis, there are benefits to buying organic foods, but how much they're worth is a personal choice.
The dirty dozen
The wisest option is to be selective in your organic buying. The Environmental Working Group (EGW), an environmental non-profit group, has published a list of the 12 foods that are most likely to have pesticide residue. If you're going to go organic, go with these.
- Bell Peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
Organic food isn't a necessity, yet, but it is statement. When you buy organic, you're supporting farmers that are working to protect the environment and create a system that relies on renewable resources. How much that's worth, is up to you.
With tart lemon and tangy-sweet Balsamic vinaigrette, this grilled chicken is as flavorful as it is easy to prepare.
Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
2 tbs Dijon mustard
2 tbs Lemon juice, fresh
2 Garlic cloves
2 tbs Olive oil
Salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Chicken broth
1 tsp Lemon zest
1 tbs Parsley, fresh & chopped
3 1/2 lbs Chicken, cut into pieces
Whisk the vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and salt & pepper in a small bowl to blend. Combine vinegar marinade with chicken pieces in a large resealable plastic bag, seal the bag, and toss to coat chicken. Refrigerate, turning the chicken pieces occasionally, for at least two hours or up to one day (one day gives best results).
Preheat & season grill, remove chicken from bag and place on hot grill grates. Cook chicken until done, approx. 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to serving plate. Heat chicken broth to a boil in small saucepan. Thicken slightly with cornstarch slurry, if desired. Drizzle chicken broth over chicken pieces. Sprinkle lemon zest & chopped parsley over chicken & serve. Buon Appetito!
Why pay someone else to do it when you can spend a nice Saturday afternoon giving your ride a little TLC? You’ll save a few bucks, and there’s something satisfying about doing it yourself. At the end of it all, you can stand back, watch the soapy water stream down your driveway and admire your shiny, clean car. But it takes more than a quick rinse to give your car a top notch car wash. Here’s a quick guide that will have you washing like a pro in no time.
What you’ll need
- A hose with a spray nozzle
- Two buckets (one for soapy water and one for rinsing)
- Car washing sponge or mitt
- Tire brush
- Car washing soap (don’t use dish washing liquid)
- Wheel cleaner
- Microfiber towels
- A portable radio (it makes the whole process much more enjoyable)
A little shady
Move your car into the shade. Washing it in direct sunlight will cause the water to dry too quickly and you’ll just end up with yucky residue and streaks.
Top to bottom
Give the whole car a good rinse, then divide your car into five sections: Top, front, sides and back. If you have any "treats" from birds left on your car, you can pre-treat them with a bit of undiluted liquid car soap. It’s important to get rid of bird poop as soon as possible since it is highly acidic and can ruin your car’s paint.
Give the roof of your car a good scrubbing with soapy water. Rinse and repeat with each section of your car. You should scrub firmly, but don’t get carried away. If there’s a bit of sand or something gritty in the mix, you’ll just end up scratching your car.
Make sure you rinse your mitt often in the bucket of rinse water and replace the dirty water with some fresh water as needed.
Don’t forget to give the tires and wheel wells a scrub, too. Use a scrub brush to get in those hard-to-reach places. This is especially important if you live in a cold climate that uses salt on the roads.
Don’t let you car air dry. Get the excess water off with the chamois, and then dry it the rest of the way with your microfiber cloths. Use a unique "tire cloth" for the tires so you don’t get any residual grease on your nice clean car. Once the tires are clean and dry, you can give them a squirt of a tire shine product.
If you follow these easy tips, your car will look just as nice (or even better) than it would’ve if you had taken it to a professional car wash.