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Improved 2021 Acura TLX missed its chance for greatness

Few buyers care about Acura’s sedans. They come for the crossover SUVs. The solution? A sharp-looking sport sedan in the form of a redesigned 2021 TLX.

Previewed in 2019 as the Acura Type S concept, the 2021 TLX rides on a new architecture with a new suspension and an attractive design that brims with emotion.

But it won’t be enough. I recently spent a week with the 2021 Acura TLX, pushing it around cloverleafs, studying it from various angles, and playing with every knob, button, and touchpad to accept the reality it’s too compromised. Here’s where it hits and where it misses.

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Acura TLX

Hit: First impressions are good

The TLX looks sharp inside and out. It borders on pretty. The jewel-like LED headlights speak to me, and that grille is no longer an obnoxious shield or beak. Inside, some

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Fords and Lincolns to run Android operating system, with Google apps built-in

Ford on Monday announced it has entered a six-year deal with Google to introduce the tech giant’s Android operating system to future Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

Ford will also rely on Google for cloud services as part of the deal, providing the automaker with access to Google’s experience with big data, including AI-based data analytics, for not only customer services but also to improve operations.

The first Fords and Lincolns running Android will appear from 2023.

More and more automakers are choosing to rely on third-party operating systems rather than spending the resources to develop a dedicated system. Others that have signed up for Android include Audi, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (now Stellantis), Volvo, and the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance.

In most cases, the supplied operating system runs in the back end while a brand’s specific designs are used for key apps, such as the infotainment system. Ford already does this

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Cadillac’s most powerful engine ever

The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is the most powerful production car ever from General Motors’ luxury brand. “Engineering Explained” host Jason Fenske has all of the details on the new performance sedan’s monster engine.

Blackwing is the name of both an engine and the highest tier of Cadillac’s performance models. But the CT5-V Blackwing doesn’t use the Blackwing engine, which was a 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that debuted in the discontinued CT6-V sedan. Instead, Cadillac chose the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 from the CT5-V Blackwing’s predecessor, the CTS-V. However, the engine is now tuned for 668 horsepower and 659 pound-feet of torque, compared to the previous 640 hp and 630 lb-ft.

The 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 is in turn based on the LT4 engine that debuted in the C7-generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06 for the 2015 model year. It’s also a pushrod engine, while the 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 boasted dual overhead cams. Its turbos

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2023 Porsche Cayenne, 2022 Nissan Frontier, Apple car: Today’s Car News

A prototype for an updated version of the Porsche Cayenne has been spotted. It looks like the popular performance SUV is about to take on a whole new look.

Another vehicle that has taken on a new look is the Nissan Frontier. The mid-size pickup truck has been redesigned but still shares a lot mechanically with its predecessor.

Apple is thought to be working on a self-driving electric vehicle, and the tech giant may just end up tapping Hyundai Motor Group to build it. The latest rumors point to the vehicle being a driverless shuttle or delivery van.

You’ll find these stories and more in today’s car news, right here at Motor Authority.

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