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Top Brampton cafes and eateries to fill up at before hitting the road

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Nobody should drive hungry. They don’t teach that in driving school and we don’t have any science to back the statement up, but we’re willing to stand behind it. At least for as long as we’re in Brampton where we’re spoiled for quick and delicious local options for snacks, meals, drinks or treats before or after a long road trip.

Whether you’re hitting the 400 series for a rush hour commute, taking a Sunday afternoon cruise or heading to the airport and beyond, make sure you feed, hydrate and/or caffeinate yourself at one of these local businesses beforehand.

Trish Juice

When it comes to fast and healthy food, you can’t do much better than a fresh juice. Trish Juice may specialize in (you guessed it) juice, but their menu lists a lot more than that, including avocado toasts, smoothie bowls, soups, wraps, salads and more. Go for the juice, stay for the lunch, return for the juice…. It’s a vicious cycle, but very healthy.

T by Daniel

This is Daniel. Daniel likes tea. And bowties. And he’s really good at both. Located inside Bramalea City Centre next to the HBC, T by Daniel is a delightful experience guaranteed to put you in a good mood. From the cheerful greeting you receive from staff upon arrival to the expert attention and product knowledge, this is a popular spot for good reason.


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January is our co-founder Renata’s @mrs.tbydaniel birthday month. As a special celebration for her 30th birthday, we have partnered with @jfjhopecentre to host “Ren’s Birthday Baby Bottle Campaign” Our goal is to fill 30 baby bottles with change, to support young families in Peel who are coping with unplanned pregnancy, or who are struggling to parent thier children, and couples who are hoping to build a family through adoption. We will also be accepting donations of diapers, feminine hygiene products and used baby to toddler sized clothing. To learn more about JFJ Hope Centre visit www.jfjhopecentre.ca It is important to society that young families and pregnant women in crisis, have access to support and help. And every child deserves to be part of a loving family! #tbydaniel #brampton #toronto #mississauga #tea #tealovers #foodie #drinktea #give #love #hope #family #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #mothers #fathers #birthday #birthdaymonth

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Segovia Coffee

This Latin-inspired café might be new to the city, but it’s already made an impression with the locals. Segovia Coffee sources their beans from Nicaragua, allowing the origin of the beans to influence the menu. Grab a coffee and an empanada or alfajores to go for something a little different than your usual Starbucks order.

Das Brezel Haus

This place is serious about one thing: pretzels. And no, we’re not talking about the crunchy little ones that you have one of, say “huh, that’s not very good,” and then proceed to eat 80 per cent of a family-size bag. These are the real, kneaded, twisted and baked bread pretzels that are for some reason normally relegated to baseball games and the CNE. Unlike the ballpark vendor, however, Das Brezel Haus has multiple different types and flavours, and will even make them into sandwiches. YOU CAN DO THAT?!

Bean + Pearl

Sometimes the drive calls for a coffee. Other times it calls for a bubble tea. Bean + Pearl marries the two under one roof with delicious coffees, sandwiches and pastries as well as bubble tea served in a highly Instagram-able environment. Here’s proof:


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Sonny’s

If your drive is happening in the later hours and you’re craving a burger and fries, know that there is a pretty solid alternative to the mass fast food chains in the Brampton area. Sonny’s has been serving charcoal-broiled burgers drive-in style for over 40 years, so they’re doing something right (insider tip: it’s the poutine).


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Worth the wait. The 2019 Acura NSX is now on the roads

The new Acura NSX was probably one of the most anticipated cars of the last decade when it first made its public debut back in 2016. Ever since the first-generation NSX in which the legendary Ayrton Senna had a massive role in developing went out of production, people have been spreading rumours of a brand-new car being built.

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To the surprise of everyone, the car launched in 2016 and it completely reshaped the supercar segment. It revolutionized the way people look at hybrids and spawned an entire generation of new-age hybrid supercars. It pioneered an entire niche.

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For 2019, Acura decided to give its NSX a mild facelift, starting with the exterior. An orange color called Thermal Orange was added to the palette as homage to 30 years of Acura Motorsport. The front and rear mesh styles for the bumpers were revised too, and so were some of the accents on the front grille. Inside Acura decided to give customers a choice of two new colors: full red or indigo blue. The deep red matches the brake calipers, which customers can now paint red (or orange if the brakes are carbon-ceramic instead of the standard iron).

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This isn’t just a mild cosmetic facelift, however; Acura has gone to great lengths to improve the NSX’s already brilliant driving dynamics. Certain chassis components have been tweaked, the tires have been changed for a grippier compound and the software got a new tune. The Continental SportContact 6 tires have been specifically designed for the NSX, but track-focused customers can still opt for the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R. All of those changes added up to around two seconds at the renowned Suzuka circuit.

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The NSX’s drivetrain remains unaltered, meaning it still carries a 3.5-liter V6 behind the cockpit and a pair of electric motors up front. The combustion engine sends power to the rear wheels and the front electric motors are able to send both negative and positive torque to each of the front wheels. Additionally, there’s an electric motor incorporated in the dual-clutch transmission to augment the V6 and fill in the torque gap down low.

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The new Acura NSX is without a doubt one of the most complicated and sophisticated supercars to date, and certainly one of the fastest. It’s a technological achievement showcasing what Acura can achieve. Despite being only their second-ever attempt at a supercar, it paves the way for the modern hybrid supercar as we know it.

 

Graham Rahal Performance RDX A-Spec

Check out this 345-HP Acura RDX that was at SEMA Show

Acura began SEMA 2018 with more of an explosion than a bang, as it unveiled a 345 horsepower version of its luxury compact crossover, the 2019 RDX A-Spec. The Acura RDX is already a strong performer in stock trim, but that didn’t stop Team Honda Indycar driver Graham Rahal from transforming it into a show-stopper.

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Adding a little voodoo sauce, Graham Rahal Performance (GRP) applied subtle-but-significant upgrades to the GRP RDX. By taking a more mature approach to performance and styling enhancements than is typically seen at SEMA, he created a crossover that is capable of putting a smile on even the most sensible accountant’s face.

Powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC VTEC 4-cylinder turbo engine, the RDX puts out an impressive 272 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque right off the showroom floor.

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Using mostly bolt-on upgrades, the Honda-focused speed shop managed to wrangle an impressive 345 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque from the K-series engine. A new turbo was paired with a faster-flowing intake manifold and PRL Racing intercooler. KTuning reprogrammed the ECU with a custom but fairly safe tune.

The hot turbo gas is expelled from the motor via a fast flowing exhaust manifold, custom downpipe and a lightweight cat-back exhaust. A pair of huge exhaust tailpipes hint at the blistering performance this Acura RDX offers.

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The RDX A-Spec already comes with an impressive SH-All Wheel Drive system that is capable of not only driving power to the front and rear wheels, but to the inside or outside rear wheel as needed to enhance cornering stability and speed. To further enhance this, GRP turned their attention to making the suspension and handling awe-inspiring and to give the Acura RDX the ability to attack corners with a competitive aggression when needed.

The vehicle was lowered by two inches and the suspension stiffened up with custom Eibach coil-overs to make cornering gratifying and dynamic. Wheels were upgraded to 21-inch HRE alloy wheels and wrapped in 265-40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Huge six-piston StopTech brake callipers are tasked with bringing the RDX to a stop.

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Keeping with the subtle-but-stylish theme, custom carbon grille accents and mirror caps were added to the exterior. The lower front garnish was paint matched to the body to give the RDX more of a road-hugging appearance.

Troy Lee Designs was responsible for the eye-grabbing graphics that were laid over the A-Spec exclusive Blue Pearl Paint and the result is that the Acura RDX looks stunning at any speed.

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The interior was also dressed up to reflect Acura’s philosophy of blurring the line between sport and luxury. Max Papis of MPI Innovations provided a custom steering wheel to complement the custom carbon fiber accents and complete the transformation.

While not exactly an exercise in sensibility, Graham Rahal Performance managed to showcase how easily tuneable the Acura RDX is without compromising comfort, safety, reliability or luxury.

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Here’s what you need to know about the 2019 Acura ILX

It may be Acura’s entry-level sport sedan, but the new ILX is a car that punches well above its category. The 2019 model receives a lot of significant updates and is the last model in Acura’s entire lineup to get a revamp. This basically means that the new ILX gets everything its bigger siblings got in a smaller, more affordable package. Here’s what’s new:

A perfect blend

With the 2019 ILX, Acura successfully completes the switchover to their new design language. The ILX gets a heavily redesigned front end with much more angular features, including the new signature grille found on every new Acura and those swooping Acura Jewel Eye LED headlights which seem to suit the ILX’s proportions best. Around the back, it gets a new decklid, LED taillights to match those at the front and a lower diffuser that boasts an exposed exhaust tip.

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Acura set out to create vehicles with a sportier appearance, and they’ve successfully done so. The ILX is sharper and more aggressive in every way, but it hasn’t lost its unique flavor. The corporate look hasn’t corrupted its character and this is still probably the best-looking sporty luxury sedan on the market. It’s also the first time the ILX comes in an A-Spec variant.

Class-leading cabin

The changes Acura made are more than skin-deep. The ILX gets an overhauled interior too, in the form of reshaped sport seats, power-adjustable lumbar support for the driver and a silver trim with chrome inserts for the dash. The new dual-screen on-demand 7-inch touchscreen runs new software which is 30 per cent faster and more responsive than the old one, as well as Apple CarPlay  and Android Auto compatibility.

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The A-Spec comes available with the Premium and Technology packages. It features a dark chrome trim, gloss-black decklid and LED fog lights on the outside, and an A-spec badged steering wheel and A-spec exclusive elements on the inside. All ILX models get the whole range of AcuraWatch active systems and driver-assistive technology as standard now.

Performance to match

Given the fact that the drivetrain was always the ILX’s party piece, it’s no surprise it remains the same. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC unit makes 201 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, sending power to the front wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The ILX uses a MacPherson strut at the front and a modern multi-link setup for the rear.

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The Honda-derived unit has plenty of oomph throughout the entire rev range, and given the ILX’s lack of weight, it just gets up and goes at any rpm. Coupled with the fast and smooth DCT, the ILX is a real joy to drive. It’s not just a reliable and dependable daily driver, but a vehicle that offers genuine driver involvement and fun.

The ILX has always been a class-leader with exceptional characteristics. By updating it and modernizing the brilliant package that is the ILX, they’ve turned it into a segment benchmark.

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6 Simple Ways to Increase Your Vehicle’s Fuel Efficiency

Fuelling up you vehicle in Canada these days can feel like an exercise in self control. As gas prices continue to increase, so does the public’s frustration and the need for efficiency.

Here are a few tips and tricks that you can do or have done in the near future to save yourself as much money as possible at the pump.

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1: Have the engine checked

An optimally performing engine is a fuel efficient engine. In a bygone era, mechanics would “read” the spark plugs and adjust carburetors to optimize fuel delivery and replace what they believed needed replacing. Today, modern computers and fuel injection have eliminated the guesswork from the procedure, but it hasn’t removed the need for a regular tune-up. Technicians will analyze the various readings of the car’s sensors and perform a checkup of all components, changing things like filters and belts which will ultimately improve performance and efficiency.

2: Check the tire pressure

A regular inspection of your vehicle’s various components is key to maximize the range of each drop of fuel. Start with the pressure of your tire. An under-inflated tire will increase rolling resistance significantly; with a drop of only 8 pounds of pressure in your tires, fuel economy might also drop by as much as 5 percent.

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3: Check everything else while you’re at it

While a choked engine is obviously bad for your fuel economy, it isn’t the only part of your vehicle that can affect fuel consumption. Things like bent wheels, worn axles bearings or shocks, and broken springs can all increase the drag on your engine, which will make your engine struggle and drink more fuel. And as an added bonus, you will make your vehicle safer to drive.

4: Choose the right tire

Those big, knobby tires on your SUV look awesome and aggressive, no doubt, but they almost certainly also increase your fuel consumption because they are harder to turn. Make sure you’re using tires with highway-efficient tread if fuel economy is your goal.

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5: Turn off the air conditioning

The air conditioning of your vehicle is a source of drag to the engine, which means it will increase fuel consumption when it is used. The solution is simple: turn it off when you don’t need it. If the weather is fair, just roll down the windows and enjoy the fresh air. In the middle of a summer like this, however, don’t go crazy… saving a few litres of fuel isn’t worth a heat stroke.

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6: Cut the dead weight

Open your trunk and take a long, hard look at everything that’s in it. If you see anything that you don’t need on your daily commute—other than safety gear, obviously—leave it at home. Dead weight will obviously increase your fuel consumption. Same goes for the roof rack: that aerodynamic drag makes your car drink more than it needs to.

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All the updates made to the 2019 Acura NSX

The Acura NSX supercar might sound, feel and drive like it comes straight from the future, but it is, in fact, very much a product of the present.

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The most obvious changes Acura made to the latest version, the 2019 NSX, is in the colour palette. In addition to the black, blue and various reds and silvers available, the NSX now comes in a VERY visible shade of orange. Called Thermal Orange, this hue pays homage to 30 years of Acura Motorsport (since their race cars usually sport this colour in some way or another). To match the bodywork, NSX’s customers can choose to have their carbon-ceramic brake calipers painted Thermal Orange as well. If you prefer the standard iron brakes, you can now have the calipers painted red.

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The 2019 NSX also sports some more discrete changes, including a new mesh style for the front and rear bumpers, and some of the accents on the front grille, previously silver, now coming in body colours. Inside the cockpit, customers can now opt for a full red or indigo blue interior.

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But the developments made to the latest NSX aren’t exclusively cosmetic; engineers modified chassis components, tires and software tuning to make it even more responsive to the will of the driver. Around the renowned Suzuka circuit, the car is now two seconds faster than it used to be.

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The tires have also been modernized. To replace the outgoing Continental ContiSportContact 5P, Continental developed an all-new tire especially for the NSX. Dubbed the Continental SportContact 6, this new rubber is better at handling both the daily commute and the occasional track use. For customers who prefer a more track-focused tire, the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R remains available.

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The 2019 Acura NSX will be available for order shortly. But if you’d like a more personalized experience, you can sign up for The NSX Insider Experience: this one- or two -day package comes with a tour of the Ohio plant where the vehicles are made as well as a performance driving class in an NSX.

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7 podcasts you should be listening to

We often try to cut down on our daily commutes as much as possible, seeing it as lost time. With these podcasts in your arsenal, that in-between time can also be used to destress, learn something new, or just giggle a bit. Just try not to gasp or giggle too loud if you’re taking public transportation.

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HDTGM revels in the joy and confusion that only really really bad movies can bring. Top-tier comedians Paul Sheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas are the regular hosts, with a funny friend joining them for every episode. The podcast has a cult-like following who dress in costume for the live shows, and come up with songs for different segments. You’ll be in stitches.

Missing & Murdered

 

The Missing & Murdered podcast finally gives the dozens of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada justice. While it might not always be the level of justice of tracking down their perpetrators, it gives these women a voice again. It’s one of the most gripping true crime podcasts out there, especially since it hits close to home. Once you’re finished binge-listening to its two seasons, check out Someone Knows Something, another CBC podcast focused on solving cold cases.

Welcome to Night Vale

If you’ve been lamenting the death of the radio drama, your mourning was premature. Welcome to Nightvale is over 130 episodes in and showing no signs of slowing down. This is a great drama for fans of The Addam’s Family, or just people who love a story about a small town that’s just a little bit… off. Best not to say too much more, so you can find out for yourself.

All Songs Considered

 

This has everything you want in a music podcast: interviews with amazing artists, explorations of different movements, genres and aspects of the industry, and “New Music Fridays” so you can get some recommendations you may not have heard of. It’s a must for every music-lover to find out more about old favorites and expand the repertoire.

If Then

If you’re looking to make your commute more productive, If Then will bring you all the most relevant tech industry news. Hosts April Glaser and Will Oremus describe these news items in an accessible and interesting way. Every businessperson, even you’re not necessarily Elon Musk, should be keeping up on these stories, and If Then is the best way to do so.

Every Little Thing

 

ELT episodes are perfect for when your commute is shorter, and for when your attention span is a little shorter too. Every episode explores a different intriguing topic, answering questions you didn’t know you had, from “How do you spot a spy?” to “Why are used car ads so insane?” and “Are pirate peg legs really a thing?”. And those are just few of the episodes from the most recent season. You’ll learn something new, and have a great topic to talk about at the water cooler or over dinner.

99% Invisible

 

We all know that our cities’ infrastructure is important, but how often do you actually think about it? Join host Roman Mars as he explores the functions and flaws of many parts of our hometown’s designs (and just daily life) that we take for granted. Find out why Chinatowns didn’t look like the China they were meant to be mimicking, why sidewalk curbs are the way they are, and why we break bad news the way we do. And with over 300 episodes, you won’t run out of learning material anytime soon.

 

 

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How to prepare yourself and your car for track day

Watching YouTube videos of the Acura NSX ripping up corners at various tracks around the world can have an inspiring effect. Here’s what the view from the cockpit is like during a hot lap of the iconic Laguna Seca in California. And here’s how it handled when we took it to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park:


But the truth is that no amount of video footage, now matter how high the resolution, can substitute for the real thing. As a member of the Policaro Group and proud supporter of the Policaro Motorsport teams, we’re all for getting out on the track and safely testing the limits. Whether you’re behind the wheel of an NSX or any other car, here’s how to make sure your machine, your body and your mind are prepared for the challenge of track day.

Driving Technique

Driving on the road IS NOT THE SAME as driving on the track. They require completely different skillsets. Even if you’ve been commuting for years without any problems, you may not be ready to push your car’s limit on a circuit without a little preparation.

This is why most tracks offer driving instructors (and many actually REQUIRE that a coach be with you on your first track day). These people all have more experience than you do, will show you how to safely enter and exit the pits and teach you proper on-track etiquette. Keep an open mind, accept that you aren’t the reincarnation of Ayrton Senna and you’ll have a great time.

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Equipment

Make sure to go to your track of choice’s website and peruse the safety requirements for track days. Some tracks require helmets, long sleeves and/or long pants. Regardless of those requirements, you should wear closed shoes with thin soles. Expensive driving shoes aren’t necessary—sneakers are fine.

Under the Hood

Of course, the easiest way to make sure your car is running at peak performance is to take it to a specialist. But even if you aren’t a certified mechanic, there are some things you can do to ensure your car’s mechanical bits are ready to be pushed. Make sure the various fluids—power steering, power brake, coolant—are topped up. Also check your oil’s level and state; if it’s black and opaque, consider having it changed.

Apart from that, just make sure there are no loose parts or squeaking belts under the hood, and you should be good to go.

Tires

First of all, it’s important to make sure that your vehicle can handle a few laps at high-speed. And since the only link between said track and your car is the rubber donuts on those shiny rims of yours, let’s start there. First, check the air pressure and adjust it if necessary; you can find the recommended pressure on a sticker located on the driver side doorsill. Also, make sure your tires are not too worn and don’t show uneven wear. If the inside or the outside of the tire is almost bald while the rest of the surface still shows plenty of tread, you may have a suspension or alignment issue. If the tires are evenly worn, consider changing them. Not only will you be able to go faster on the track, but you’ll also be safer on the street.

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And once again, remember that track days aren’t the same as races. You’re not racing against other people, and the only thing you can beat is your lap time. If someone is clearly faster than you in the corners, let them through when it is safe to do so… Even if you can dust him off on the straights. Yes, getting passed by a Miata is kind of embarrassing, but look at it as an enriching experience. Observe how the driver is taking the corners, where he is braking and think of how you can use this to improve your own technique.

Happy (and safe) driving out there!

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The 2019 Acura RDX comes out swinging, breaks sales records. Here’s what all the fuss is about

Deep down, every automaker expects all their new models to be successful. Apart from the rare case when a vehicle is produced to prove a point or celebrate a milestone, etc., great sales number are all but expected after investing untold amounts of money and energy to modernize a vehicle.

However, even Acura is pleasantly surprised at the level of success the newly redesigned 2019 RDX is currently experiencing; throughout North America, the popular luxury crossover has been shattering sales records. 

In June, Acura reported that the 2019 RDX sold 949 units throughout Canada, instantly becoming one of the brand’s strongest debuts.

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Same thing goes for our slightly more Southern cousins in the US: having sold 7,292 units in June, the RDX obliterated the record for “most units sold in a month,” which was set by the MDX back in 2014 (6,761 units). With these strong numbers, Acura sold more SUVs in one month than ever before, totaling 11,185 units.

So why has the 2019 RDX had such a good summer? Well, thanks to novel technologies and Acura’s attention to detail, the crossover has everything to charm potential buyers.

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Its new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder develops 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, helping both fuel economy and overall performance. Same goes for the ten-speed automatic gearbox: whether you are looking to maximize fuel economy or out-accelerate the car in the next lane to merge, this modern unit can almost make you forget it’s there. Acura’s SH-AWD system, meanwhile, ensures you will get to your destination regardless of the road conditions.

Inside, drivers are treated to a wide variety of available equipment, from the heated seats and steering wheel to 4G-LTE WiFi connectivity, Apple CarPlay and large infotainment screens. The leather interior is another of Acura’s best. Boasting impressive build quality and luxurious materials, the RDX looks and feels like the best money can buy.

Have you noticed any 2019 Acura RDXs on the roads? Judging by this out-of-the-gate success, you will soon. At this rate, you might even be the one behind the wheel.

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5 reasons to consider buying a demo Acura

When it comes to purchasing a new vehicle at a dealership, many people consider two options: new or pre-owned. Both options come with their own advantages and should definitely be considered, but did you know that there’s another lesser-known option at the dealership? The demo vehicle. And, depending on what you’re looking for, it may represent the best deal on the lot.

Demo vehicles (also known as demonstrators) are vehicles that have been driven on test drives by customers or as short-term daily drivers by dealership executives and are therefore offered at a reduced price. For the savvy buyer who knows what she wants, these should not be overlooked.

So, why buy a demo vehicle? Here are five reasons to consider.

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Reduced Capital Cost

Everyone knows that the value of a new vehicle depreciates the moment the odometer starts ticking. Demo vehicles are no different. When the number on the odometer of a demo goes up, the overall cost goes down. Despite being like-new with most of the same benefits, many demos are markedly cheaper thanks to a reading of a few thousand kms on the dash.

No Freight Charge

Getting a car from the factory where it was assembled to the facility from which it will be sold is a large undertaking, and most of the time it isn’t free for the purchaser. New vehicles often include a Freight Charge in addition to the sticker price. When the vehicle has been used as a demo, however, the fee is removed.

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No Pre-Delivery Inspection Charge

When new vehicles arrive at a dealership, they undergo what’s called a pre-delivery inspection (PDI), where the dealership’s certified technicians carefully examine the vehicle and ensure it’s properly setup and calibrated for delivery. For demo vehicles, the dealership absorbs this fee, not the purchaser.

All Rebates and Incentives Apply

It’s not a new car, but it is. Demos enjoy all the same rebates and incentives as new vehicles, so purchasers can take advantage of varying lease and finance options. 

The Best Trims & Options

Because the purpose is to showcase a particular car’s notable strengths and perks, demo vehicles are often ordered in the top-of-the-line trim with the best options. These fully outfitted models are usually in short supply, so if you’re seeking a specific car with a specific package, colour or option, be sure to check out the available demos.

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Check out our current Acura demo vehicles here.