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Founded in 1986, Acura is a relatively new player in the automotive market, and one that only recently took off. When Honda first introduced its new luxury division just under 30 years ago, it was unclear just how successful Acura could be. The company slowly built a repertoire for quality mid-level luxury, yet they were unable to touch the global success of established luxury automakers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz, or even the mid-tier luxury companies such as Cadillac. Just four years after Acura’s inception, they introduced the NSX, a fast two-seater built to compete with the Ferraris of the world.
Yet despite establishing themselves as a quality automaker, Acura hung on the precipice of success until the early 2000s when they found their niche and experienced rapid growth within the industry. Rather than starting fresh, Acura retooled their most popular models with a singular vision in mind: affordable, fun, and attractive mid-end luxury. With their entire line of vehicles fitting this mold, the company was suddenly thriving, and models such as the luxury sedan TL, and the compact sports sedan TSX were paving the way.
Fast forward to the present, and Acura offers five different lines, each with a host of different options: the ILX, the company’s entry-level sedan; the TLX, their sports sedan; the full-size ultra-luxurious RLX sedan; the mid-size RDX SUV; and the full-size, premium SUV, the MDX. Each of these models fits the philosophy that Acura has developed. They are eye-catching without being over the top; fun without sacrificing quality; extremely luxurious, and cheaper than their primary competitors. And while no coupe is currently in the lineup, Acura is expected to use their current success to bring a sports car back into the fold.
Replacing glass in an Acura model can be a tricky thing. As the company has been constantly evolving, so too has the size of their vehicles; as such, almost every iteration of each model has differently-sized window and windshield components than its brethren and predecessors. In other words, when repairing glass in an Acura, it’s imperative to get replacement glass designed for the specific year of the make, as it may not be formidable with previous versions.
As the current Acura lineup has no two-door option, all of the vehicles have front and rear door, rear vent, and front and rear windshield glass needs. Depending on the trim, many Acura models also come with glass sunroofs. The SUVS – the RDX and MDX – also feature an additional rear vent; the original is attached to the door, as in the sedans, while the additional window is embedded in the frame, and sits behind the rear door pillar.
When it comes to replacing glass for your Acura, research is the name of the game. Because of the variety of models, you don’t simply want to find the cheapest option for glass replacement, as they may not understand the intricacies of the Acura line, or they may damage the frame or the retainers in the process. But shopping around can find you a reputable and trustworthy glass replacement company that specializes in Acura and won’t charge you the obscene prices that a dealership would.
That said, you’ll always have an easier time finding affordable glass replacements for older Acura models. As the new trims don’t have the same glass specifications as their predecessors, getting your hands on replacement glass can be tricky, unless you’re willing to pay dealership prices. An older model, however, will be much more affordable as replacement glass will be readily available from parts cars.
With a little research, however, you’ll find the right deal for your Acura glass needs. For more information on Acura checkout the official Acura website and Acura's wikipedia entry.