I agree with Rusty on Acura's new face; not only is it unattractive, it looks forced and not special enough for a luxury brand. The rest of the car is a bit non-descript but it's definitely more handsome than homely.

The interior environment is comfortable and nicely appointed but the central dash is far too busy and yet, as Rusty noted, there isn't a knob for quickly scrolling through satellite stations. I thought the centered volume button would also prove frustrating but it wasn't an issue, probably because the central dash is fairly small and narrow so locating and reaching the knob was not a problem. The small dash also makes the infotainment control knob seem comically large and its placement, like Phil mentioned, is less than ideal. The blueish purple background on the tach and speedo gauges is nice and it gives them a sporty look that livens up the otherwise fairly straightforward interior.

I am really amazed that there isn't a not-in-use location for the windshield wipers. They don't stow away under the hood or even sit flush at the bottom of the windshield. Even when off, they sit several inches above the base of the windshield so they are always in the driver's line of site. After I noticed them, I found their presence really intrusive and a surprising detail to be overlooked on a luxury sedan.

Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor

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