Acura Considers Making All-Wheel Drive Standard

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

It’s no secret Honda’s Acura division is struggling. For years they’ve had difficulty gaining real traction in the market and 2014 is no different, with year-over-year deliveries falling 1 percent through September. But this slippery situation could change if they borrow a strategy from one of their rivals.

Subaru is famous for a few things, quality, quirkiness and of course an undying love for all-wheel drive. And that last point is something Acura’s exploring. The premium brand wants to make this traction-enhancing technology a centerpiece of its lineup.

All-wheel drive is currently offered on half the vehicles they sell but it could become standard across their product portfolio in years to come. And this change could literally take many turns of the calendar since Acura’s lineup is quite fresh right now. Re-engineering vehicles to feature all-wheel drive would probably have to wait until the next product cycle.

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But is a focus on all-wheel drive going to differentiate Acura sufficiently from key rivals? Perhaps not. Aside from Subaru, which admittedly isn’t a direct competitor, nearly 60 percent of BMWs sold in the U.S. this year feature the technology and 90 percent of Audis. The market for all-wheel-drive luxury cars may be saturated.

In addition to this drivetrain switch, Acura executives are also planning more powerful engines, but don’t get your hopes up. A thundering V8 or even a proper rear-wheel-drive architecture is most likely out of the question.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Boe_d Boe_d on Oct 17, 2014

    I wish they'd put more effort in hybrid. The accord hybrid is excellent. If they could make a reliable turbocharge unit for better acceleration combined with the excellent MPG of they accord hybrid, they'd have an extremely popular car IMHO.

  • Kingofbytes Kingofbytes on Nov 28, 2014

    It's been said years ago, but MUST be repeated. Get the V8 as an option pronto. Their SH-AWD is thee best in the business. Putting in on all cars should have been done years ago. It's a mistake to think that this change is a game changer.....