New for 2015
In addition to relocating content across trim levels, Acura has discontinued the ILX Hybrid from the lineup.
Elegance Without the Exaggeration
The luxury space is changing, and not necessarily for the better. European makes and models are getting bigger with each iteration, and with that increase in size comes an increase in price. Enter the 2015 Acura ILX: the perfect elixir to the swelling of pomp and price sweeping the luxury marketplace.
As the gateway to Acura’s luxury lineup, the 2015 ILX offers a riveting road experience, without the exorbitant sticker shock associated with its rivals, while mixing in all the ingredients that make Acura models so popular: excellent performance, cutting-edge technology, and exceptional value.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2015 Acura ILX can be had with one of two engines. Base models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 150 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a standard (and solitary) five-speed automatic transmission.
If you’re looking for extra punch from your powertrain consider the ILX 2.4. It sports an upgraded 2.4-liter engine that delivers 201 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. Whereas the base ILX offered a solitary five-speed automatic, 2.4 models employ a six-speed manual, making it the model of choice for enthusiasts and driving purists alike.
Buying a premium sedan doesn’t always mean sacrificing efficiency for fun. While the ILX delivers entertaining performance, it’s also remarkably fuel efficient. Base 2.0-liter models earn an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined (24 city/35 highway).* Meanwhile, 2.4-liter models prove just as miserly, earning 25 mpg combined (22 city/35 highway).*
Features and Trims
Before you can drive away in your own ILX, you’ll need to select from one of four trim levels: 2.0, 2.0 with Premium package, 2.0 with Technology package, and 2.4 with Premium package.
Despite its role as the gatekeeper to Acura’s luxury lineup, the 2015 ILX acquits itself rather well when it comes to premium content. Standard features in base models include a sunroof, heated mirrors/seats, and an eight-way power driver seat. Standard tech features run the gamut from Bluetooth® audio and phone connectivity, to a seven-speaker sound system with integrated CD player and USB/iPod interface. Active noise cancellation technology also ensures the ILX’s cabin remains incredibly quiet during operation.
Of course, if you’re looking for even more goodies, the ILX 2.0 with Premium package and 2.4 with Premium Package are happy to oblige. In addition to amenities listed above, Premium package models add xenon headlights, foglights, satellite radio, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Finally, if it’s technology you're looking for, the 2.0 with Technology package adds a navigation system, larger display, AcuraLink telematics, a 10-speaker ELS surround-sound system, and GPS-linked climate control.
The 2015 Acura ILX is a rare breed in the premium segment. While other makes and models turn to shock value to spur sales and turn heads, the novelty of these strategies quickly wear off. Instead, Acura has chosen sophistication over sensationalism, elegance over exaggeration. And it shows.
On the outside, the ILX is instantly recognizable by its athletic stance and 17-inch standard wheels. In place of jagged edges and disjointed lines, the ILX sports a much more fluid design that sweeps back from hood to roof and drops softly down the vehicle’s C-pillar.
Inside, the ILX is equally pleasing. Soft touch materials and a smart cabin configuration are but two highlights, while a large, standard five-inch display add to the car’s premium credentials. Drivers will also appreciate the ILX’s simple black-on white gauges and multifunctional steering wheel, which places a number of controls conveniently at your fingertips.
The ILX is a smart luxury sedan and as such sports a robust list of standard safety features. These include standard antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints. A rearview camera is also standard, adding another layer of safety and value to the ILX lineup.
All cars are designed to perform but few cars perform as well as the 2015 Acura ILX. A relatively new model in Acura’s lineup, the ILX is quickly establishing itself as a conduit for exceptional road manners value, and fun. That is also provides outstanding fuel-economy without forgoing the qualities we all look for in a premium sedan is a testament to Acura’s engineering prowess.
Add in the fact that the ILX starts at a modest $27,050 MSRP** and you’re left with one mouthwatering proposition. Feel free to contact or head over to our dealership to test drive one today. After you pick your jaw up from the floor that is.
*Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.
**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.
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Acura - 2015 TLX - SH-AWD
You know that sinking feeling when you turn your key in the ignition, and instead of the roar of the engine, all you hear is a sad, defeated gurgle? That’s a dead car battery, and it’s enough to ruin anyone’s day. Routine maintenance and regular battery checks will significantly lower your risk for the battery blues.
How it works
As you probably already know, the car battery is the essential component that starts your vehicle’s engine. Within the battery, a chemical reaction creates an electrical charge, which subsequently starts the car’s motor. Battery power is also required for your car’s electrical components like cabin and headlights.
Your battery is in the clear if it is consistently working, and clean. Your battery and its cables should be cleaned on a monthly basis with a small, stiff brush like a toothbrush to clear out dirt and debris from the road. Never use any sort of cleanser when cleaning. Healthy batteries should also be clear of corrosion. Brush away the corrosion from battery terminals by dipping a toothbrush into flat dark soda, or a mixture of water and baking soda, before scrubbing. Apply petroleum jelly on the surface after cleaning to prevent future build-up.
If your battery is displaying any of these symptoms, it’s time for a check-up.
Low water in the battery cell could be affecting battery performance. Check the indicator on the side of the battery for the water level. If it needs filling, stop by our service department for a special tool to fill it up.
Age is a huge factor in battery health. Batteries are designed to last about five years, but this lifespan could shorten based on use and maintenance habits. If your battery is five or older, consider getting it checked out.
Cracks in the battery’s plastic casing or other wear on the battery connections could mean damage and are worth a second look.
Loose tie straps need adjusting. Make sure your battery is tightly secured, because engine vibration could knock the battery around and cause damage.
Of course, the biggest sign of an unhealthy battery is a dead one, but it’s much better to routinely maintain your battery than to be left in a lurch without power. Get peace of mind with a power-up at our service department.
The plan works like this:
We will reimburse you up to $500.00 of your deductible for any collision related damage for which you have a deductible on your Master Insurance Policy. Additionally this plan is extends to any vehicle you own that is a part of your Master Insurance Policy and has collision coverage.
Collision repairs must be performed by Jeffrey Automotive Group.
If you are currently carrying a zero deductible policy you can save annually for the next three years on your vehicle insurance by raising your deductible to $500.00; because should you experience a collision we will reimburse your $500.00 deductible!
This is just another reason why it is always worth going to “The Dealer Worth Knowing”!
There are two main groups of turf grasses: warm weather grasses and cool weather grasses. Bermuda and St. Augustine are examples of warm weather grasses that are easier to maintain during fall and winter because they are dormant. On the other hand, cool weather turf, like Kentucky bluegrass, rye and red fescue grasses hit crucial growth periods in fall, winter, and spring. They grow at slower rates during hot summer weather.
The type of grass on your lawn determines the lawn care tips you should follow to keep your grass looking its best.
The importance of fertilizer
If you have cool weather grass, fertilization should take place in early November, just a couple of weeks after you retire your mower into the garage. Immediately after the application, deeply water your turf. Greenview Fertilizer reports that “...leading scientists recommend applying nitrogen fertilizers to cool season grasses in the spring and fall only, since this is when the grass is actively growing.”
Although some turf experts in certain parts of the country may disagree, Turfgrass Specialist, Richard L. Duble of the Texas Cooperative Extension, believes that warm weather turf benefits in color and overall health in the spring with a late fall application of fertilizer. If you apply about one pound of nitrogen every 30 to 60 days from early spring through late fall, the life of your grass will be extended, making it more attractive.
When to rake and dethatch
Rake any leaves on cool weather grasses in the fall and shred them for mulch. Don’t leave them in piles or the grass underneath will die if you have snow. Fall is also the perfect time to remove any dead grass that has built-up through a process called dethatching. If you don’t dethatch, your turf won’t absorb enough light and moisture. You can make this job easier by renting a power rake or use the dethatch attachment on your lawn mower.
Warm weather grasses should not be raked and dethatched in fall or winter. Instead, this step is appropriate in late spring or early summer when your grass is actively growing and before the intense heat of summer arrives.
Watering grass in fall and winter
After fertilizer is applied in November, stop watering cool weather grasses. It won’t be long until sleet and snow gives your turf all the moisture it needs. Also avoid walking on frost covered or frozen grass to prevent breakage.
If you have warm weather grass, keep watering all fall and winter, especially if your area gets very little rain for ten days or more at a time. In this case, watering deeply but less frequently encourages root growth and health.
Other garden lawn care tips
During fall raise the mowing height of your grass to three or four inches. For both types of seasonal grasses, this added height protects your turf during the winter by helping to protect fragile root growth.
Another tip to remember during winter is to use calcium chloride to remove ice from your driveway. Doing so is less harmful to your turf than using sodium chloride.
How to care for your lawn in fall and winter isn’t difficult, but it will require some effort on your part to achieve the best results no matter where you live.
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An easy homemade Halloween costume is just a few steps away
Most superhero costumes start out with the same base: a bathing suit over tights or solid colored pajamas. From there, the details make the hero. Add homemade lightning bolts, crowns, stars, chest letters, belts, or capes to bring the character to life. Don’t forget coordinating socks, boots, or masks. With a little creativity, your child’s hero costume will be more lifelike than those overpriced getups they sell at party stores.
If you’re running low on time, this is a perfect option. Most party and discount stores sell some sort of luau décor. If you can find a grass skirt, some fake flowers and a few leis, you can transform your child into a Hawaiian princess (or prince) and say “Aloha” to savings.
This is a classic. A simple pleated skirt, sweater with a hand-fashioned letter, pom-poms and a megaphone will have your little one ready for the game and a night of trick-or-treating. Naturally, a few ribbons, a ponytail, and tennis shoes would add to the ensemble. If it’s a cold night, just layer tights under the skirt or attach team letters and logos to a chunkier sweater or cardigan for your child to wear.
The menu here is vast and creative. Can-can dancer? A bathing suit with full skirt and multi-colored ruffles underneath will do the trick. Ballerina? Borrow or quickly make a tutu of netting, fluffed out over a leotard with ballet slippers. Charleston flapper? In an instant, you can whip together a shimmery sheath and off-center headband with a silk flower.
This is the ultimate last-minute option. If you have a red shirt somewhere, flip it inside-out so you don’t damage any design on the front, and create stripes with white duct tape. If you can, find some round black glasses, or fashion a pair out of black pipe-cleaners. Finish off the Waldo look with a red beanie. If your kid’s head is small enough, you can make one of these out of a very large red knee-sock with the length trimmed and folded over.
Are you tired of the same old die-hard fall recipes that come around every year? There are ways to indulge in the tastes of the season without making the same pie over and over again. If you love pumpkin, but you’re looking for something different, check out this quick and easy recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They’re a delicious, cake-like, sweet (but not too sweet), new fall staple to add to your recipe box.
(Makes 2 dozen cookies)
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 (16 oz) can 100% pure pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 (12 oz) bag semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and grease two cookie sheets.
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice together in a medium bowl.
- Beat the butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until smooth. Mix in the pumpkin and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring as you add to make a smooth batter. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
- Drop tablespoon-sized spoonfuls of the batter on greased cookie sheets and bake until edges are golden, 10 to 20 minutes.