Acura MDX News
The dynamically styled, 7-passenger 2013 Acura MDX has been named the "Best Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUV for the Money" by U.S. News & World Report in its 2013 Best Cars for the Money awards.
The Acura MDX has long been recognized as a benchmark vehicle in its class, combining outstanding performance and fuel efficiency with a spacious and versatile cabin, refined luxury appointments, and advanced Acura-exclusive technologies such as Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), Acura/ELS Surround Premium audio, Acura Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and blind spot information system (BSI).
"The Acura MDX continues to serve as the benchmark vehicle in its class and this award is evidence of that," said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations. "We can't wait to launch the next-generation 2014 Acura MDX later this year. The all-new luxury performance SUV will advance on the current MDX's already great dynamic performance, while improving fuel economy and luxury comfort."
The "Best Cars for the Money" methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of 21 award categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the "Best Car for the Money" in that category. Quality is measured by the overall score a vehicle achieved in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards are published. The rankings, updated monthly at Best Car, Truck and SUV rankings and reviews from U.S. News | U.S. News Best Cars, compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts' opinions. Value is measured by a combination of a vehicle's 5-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published.
The 2013 MDX is powered by a 300-horsepower, all-aluminum, 3.7-liter VTEC® V-6 engine mated to a Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission and Acura's torque vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system. The MDX, featuring Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, achieves a top 5-star U.S. government safety rating, and a TOP SAFEY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 272 dealers within the United States. The Acura lineup features 7 distinctive models including the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX Sport Wagon and sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX luxury crossover SUV, the MDX luxury sport utility vehicle, the ZDX four-door sports coupe, and the all-new Acura RLX flagship sedan, launching in March 2013.
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Acura pulled an infamous Porsche move with its all-new MDX: It doesn't look very different than the outgoing model despite being a significant redesign. Under the skin, it's got an all-new lighter platform and fresh engine. Now riding on a longer-wheelbase chassis, the extra length allowed Acura to squeeze more room from the inside with added dimensions helping 3rd-row passengers.
Accessing the 3rd row only requires the press of a button to automatically slide the 2nd row forward — a standard feature on all MDXs. Stepping into the 3d row is easier with an additional 3 inches of width from the rear-door opening and a drop of 2 inches from the step-in height, but it isn't as painless as in other 3-row SUVs, like the 2014 Toyota Highlander we just checked out. Against luxury SUVs like the Infiniti JX and Audi Q7, the MDX should be even more competitive with the added dimensions.
Once seated in the 3rd row, headroom was tight for my 6-foot frame. Acura added 3rd-row legroom that's most notable when the 2nd row is slid completely rearward; the sliding 2nd row leaves enough room for 3rd-row passenger's legs. Behind the 3rd row, the MDX's cargo area is larger and includes a new under-floor storage space.
Up front, 1 of the most notable changes is the center stack; its number of buttons has been cut from 41 to 9. While we'll reserve final judgment until we're on the road using the system, our initial impressions from the auto-show floor are that the controls are well-thought-out and easy to use despite the severe loss of physical buttons. Like other Acura models, there always seemed to be a confusing array of buttons inside the MDX.
Front occupants also benefit from a massive storage area between the front seats with multiple layers to stash items. There's a coin tray up top, and when lifted, it reveals a deep bin separated by another divider that folds away to show the full storage bin; the latter is capable of fitting a laptop, a pair of iPads or a purse, according to Acura.
The current MDX is no slouch as far as interior quality, and buyers should be happy that the 2014 appears similar to the old version.
I don't see myself buying an Acura ever again. I love my 1st gen TSX, but thats where it ends.
Comparatively, the Q50 (G37) and the IS/GS are far nicer both looks and interior wise.
I hope Acura polishes up the TL/TLX or whatever because theyre falling way behind.
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