Keys to My Rides — Honda Civic Type R, Honda Pilot Touring & Acura TLX

From the young professional to the full family experience, here are three multifaceted cars for every stage of your life.

2017 Honda Civic Type R

This is the car you buy when you land your first big job. Honda calls their Civic Type R “a race car for the road,” and rightfully so. This Civic looks like it should be in the lineup of the next Fast and Furious movie with its black and red aluminum-alloy wheels and triple-centre exhausts that capture the soul of the speedway while controlling the exhaust tone. The skirt package, consisting of front, side and rear spoilers and a red-hot style line, was inspired by the modern racetrack. It has an aggressive rear wing spoiler which is aimed to keep the Civic Type R grounded by producing downforce for better handling and control. Under the hood you’ll find a 2.0-Litre, 16-valve VTEC turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and a 6-speed manual transmission that has rev-match control — this is arguably one of the best Civics the brand has come out with in years. Honda didn’t just aim to make heads turn when you pull into the parking lot at work; safety was just as much of a priority as style. Some of the better interior features are the multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines and driver-assisted technology. Navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 540-watt/12-speaker stereo are all standard, making this the perfect vehicle for the millennial that doesn’t plan to settle down anytime soon.

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CL Young professional approval rating  (4/5)

General Specs

  • 4 doors
  • 4 passengers
  • front-wheel drive
  • 10.6/8.3-Litre/
  • 100 kilometres city/hwy
  • 2.0-L Direct Injection
  • DOHC VTEC turbocharged
  • 16-valve 4-cylinder engine
  • 306 horsepower
  • 295 lb-ft torque

2017 Honda Pilot Touring

This three-row, all-wheel-drive crossover might just be the reason most parents are switching from minivans to SUVs. It has great functionality, thanks to the versatile interior, and is a smooth and steady ride. With its light off-road ability and the capacity to tow 2,268 kg, you’ve basically got a more attractive, taller and tougher minivan.

CL Young family approval rating (5/5)

General Specs

  • 4 doors
  • 7 passengers
  • all-wheel drive
  • 12.4/9.3-L/100 km city/hwy
  • 3.5-L, 24-valve,Direct Injection, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine
  • 280 hp
  • 262 lb-ft torque

2018 Acura TLX

So, you’re finally past the minivan stage because the kids are older, but they aren’t quite off your hands yet … Enter the Acura TLX. It’s sophisticated for a professional like yourself and has comfy seating and space for your teenagers. With its new sporty look and classy presence, the TLX is definitely the car you want to drive next.

CL Young business executive approval rating (3.5/5)

General Specs

    • 4 doors
    • 5 passengers
    • front or all-wheel drive
    • 10.0/7.1-L/100 km city/hwy
    • 2.4-L, 16-valve, Direct Injection DOHC, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine
    • 206 hp
    • 182 lb-ft torque
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