Those minor changes weren't so minor after all.
Aside from a few special editions and model updates, Acura didn't reveal any all-new models in 2019. Despite this, the Japanese luxury brand still posted a decent sales year with 157,385 units sold (down one percent from 2018). Out of those 157,385 vehicles sold, a whopping 114,895 of them (73 percent) were accounted for by Acura's two SUV models, the MDX and RDX. The MDX sold 52,019 units in 2019 (up one percent) while the newer RDX was the company's best-selling model with 62,876 units sold (down 1.1 percent).
With the growing popularity of SUVs, this result was to be expected. But looking at Acura's car sales for 2019, the company managed to have two models with sales increases. Both the ILX sedan and NSX supercar saw gains in 2019 and it isn't difficult to see why.
The ILX is now eight-years-old and competes in a dwindling segment but Acura's strategy with it was nothing short of brilliant. Acura gave the ILX a major facelift which combined with its attractive $26,895 starting price, helped bring sales to 14,685 units (up 30.3 percent). Acura's two other sedans weren't quite as reinvigorated this year. Even a new PMC Edition only helped Acura sell 26,548 units of the TLX (down 12.9 percent) and the RLX only moved 1,019 units (down 47.2 percent).
The NSX has never been a volume seller for Acura with its peak sales year (for the second-generation model) totaling just 581 units in 2017. Acura managed to sell 238 of them in 2019, which is a 40 percent increase over the 170 units sold in 2018. Part of this sales bump may be attributed to the minor changes Acura made to the car for the 2019 model year. These include stiffer suspension, a recalibrated SH-AWD system, new tires, and new color options. Acura's changes to the NSX for 2020 aren't as extensive but there is a new retro-inspired yellow color, so perhaps sales will remain steady this year.