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2014 Acura MDX

Which is America’s best-selling, three-row, luxury SUV of all time (to-date)? If this wasn’t an Acura article, would you have answered that it’s the third-generation Acura MDX? Hmmm….

Acura reports that the MDX has had record sales during the first half of 2014. Broken down into concrete numbers, that’s a 68.4 percent increase over the first six months of 2013. Adding these 30,664 units sold gives a total of 692,710 MDXs sold during its 15-year history. That’s a SERIOUS number of cars!

Why is the Acura MDX SUV so popular? Acura says this is because the MDX SUV sets a “clear benchmark in its class, consistently delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that luxury buyers are after.” Let’s take a look at some of these trend-setting developments.

Exterior
Over time, Acura has continually updated the MDX’s shell according to the latest technology and materials. The 2014 vehicle is a full metamorphosis from previous models. The current MDX has a “more rigid, yet more lightweight body and chassis”. We’re speaking about 275 pounds lighter. This gives substantial improvement to “aerodynamic efficiency and low running resistance”.

Safety
Design enhancements include “Acura’s next-generation ACE™ body structure and the first-ever use of Acura’s new hot-stamped steel, one-piece door stiffener ring”. That these advancements make the MDX a safety leader is continually recognized. For example, the third-generation MDX received a “TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS, a feat only one other luxury SUV has matched”.

“Easiness”
Then, there are a whole collection of things that make the 2014 Acura MDX SUV nice to own and drive. One is its “class-leading EPA fuel-economy ratings of 20/28/23 mpg city/highway”, making driving a little easier on your pocket. Another is the ease with which passengers can enter and exit third-row seats. This is thanks to the “kid-friendly One-Touch Walk-In feature”. Third, connectivity is more easily accomplished thanks to the “next-generation AcuraLink™ system”.

With its red, white, and blue manufacturing roots (Lincoln, Alabama) and a significant number of its parts sourced domestically, this third-generation, three-row, luxury MDX SUV should continue its popularity for generations to come.

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The 2014 Acura MDX vs. The Competition

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The 2014 Acura MDX came to Tischer Acura a while back.  But ever since making its debut in the automotive industry, the Acura MDX has received numerous accolades such as earning 5-star ratings on all New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) front-crash and side -impact tests conducted by the NHTSA and being voted as AutoGuide’s Utility Vehicle of the Year! While the MDX is a standout vehicle, it’s just one SUV in a sea of competition.  So how are car buyers supposed to feel confident that the MDX is the right vehicle for them?  After all, it’s not like you can be in two or three places at once and test drive all the competitors’ cars.  So we’ve taken the guesswork out of the cross-comparisons for you! Today we’ll compare the 2014 Acura MDX against some stiff competition—the 2014 BMW X5 XDrive 35i and the 2014 Audi Q7 3.0T Premium Quattro Tiptronic. While all three vehicles are stellar in their own right, you will quickly see why we feel the Acura MDX holds many advantages over the BMW X5 or Audi Q7.

Comparing the Numbers—Cost, Value, Fuel Economy

One of the first things car shoppers are concerned about is price.  Keep in mind that the Acura brand is parent company Honda’s luxury vehicle line; so of course, the MDX doesn’t tout an average-car price tag.  Still, when compared with the X5 and Q7, it beats the competition for base MSRP. The X5 even has a higher destination charge.

Residual value is another number to keep in mind. How much value does each model retain over time? After all, if you’re going to invest in a luxury car, you want to get your money’s worth when you are ready to get another vehicle. After 36 months, the Acura MDX retained 60% of its value – beating both models!  In addition, after 60 months the MDX retained more residual value than the X5.

While an SUV has many attractive qualities for modern drivers, fuel economy can be a challenge. Happily, when compared to the X5 and the Q7 the MDX offers better fuel economy for city, highway, and combined mpg.

It is important to note that all three models offer the same warranties when it comes to basic time and mileage.  However, the Acura MDX offers a better powertrain warranty for both months and mileage.

So we’d say when it comes to crunching the numbers, the 2014 Acura MDX has these two competitors beat.

Comparing the Amenities—Exterior and Interior Features

Let’s remember we’re comparing luxury SUVs, so it should be expected that these base models will have more-than-satisfactory comfort and convenience features.  First, let’s look at a list of features that all of these models offer.

  • Automatic climate control
  • Power windows and locks
  • Bluetooth
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Cruise control
  • Power liftgate
  • Remote keyless access
  • Multi-function remote that activates anti-theft, door locks, panic alarm, perimeter lighting and liftgate
  • 2nd row split-bench seats
  • Automatic headlights
  • Perimeter, exterior, cargo area, and map lighting
  • Seat back storage

Now that you know what these vehicles have in common, the next question is: what are the standout features that separate the models that you, the driver, would really appreciate? Here are some key points you might like to consider:

  • While all three models offer automatic climate control, only the Acura MDX also has standard rear-seat heating and air conditioning controls.
  • The Acura MDX and BMW X5 both have the same memory adjustments (2-memory adjustments for the driver’s side include automatic/delayed locking, automatic headlights, exterior mirrors, steering wheel and seat), but the Audi Q7 only offers optional automatic/delayed locking and automatic headlights memory settings.
  • The MDX and X5 both have a standard moonroof, whereas the Q7 moonroof is an option.
  • The 2014 Acura MDX and BMW X5 offer standard keyless ignition; this feature is optional for the Audi Q7.
  • The MDX has more standard steering wheel-mounted controls.
  • RearView camera is standard for the MDX and optional for the X5 and Q7.
  • Even though all three models offer 2nd row split-bench seats, the MDX also has standard 3rd row split-bench seats. This is an optional feature for the X5 and an unavailable feature for the Q7.
  • While all three models have a multi-function remote, the MDX and X5 have additional remote features—control for power windows and the sunroof.
  • As far as storage details go, the Acura MDX includes cargo area tiedown (not available for the X5, standard for the Q7) and front armrest storage (not available for the trims of the other two models).
  • The Acura MDX and Audi Q7 are both 7-seaters, while the BMW X5 seats five passengers.
  • When it comes to cabin size, the MDX has better shoulder room for the front, rear, and 3rd row seating areas and better front legroom.
  • All three models have front power outlets—three for the MDX, four for the X5, and five for the Q7.

Which vehicle do you think is the winner for the features assessment? It really depends on what features are most important to you. That being said, the 2014 Acura MDX at a bare minimum (by these lists) seems to be on par with the 2014 BMW X5, but for a better price tag. That’s definitely worth keeping in mind.

Safety

Every car manufacturer wants to produce vehicles that ensure the safety of their drivers. Otherwise, let’s just say, these car manufacturers are going to be in big trouble. So how safe are the MDX, X5, and Q7?

Since we’re talking about bigger vehicles, sight lines are definitely a concern. As we pointed out, the 2014 Acura MDX is the only model of the three that offers a standard rearview monitor. Both the MDX and X5 offer hill start assist—a feature that prevents a car from slipping forward or backward when on an incline. HSA is not available for the Q7. Other safety features that are common denominators for these vehicles are anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, brake assistance, the same type and placement of airbags throughout the interiors, and child seat anchors. Additionally, all offer a tire pressure monitoring system and vehicle and radio theft-deterrent systems.

At the time of researching these comparisons, the BMW X5 and Audi Q7 had not yet undergone many of the safety crash tests performed by the NHTSA. The 2014 Acura MDX has a slight advantage here as it has undergone rigorous testing already. The MDX has earned 5 stars (top marks!) for front-driver, front-passenger, front-side, and rear-side crash tests. It also earned 4 stars in the rollover crash test.

By virtue of default, it would seem the 2014 Acura MDX is the victor in the safety area. Fortunately, the NHTSA test results confirm the 2014 Acura MDX truly is a safe vehicle by industry standards.

Conclusion

We’ve given you a lot to think about with the model comparisons we’ve made today. We stand behind the information we’ve shared with you and the research Acura has assembled to help us help you in alleviating the overwhelming experience that car shopping can be. If the details of the 2014 Acura MDX that we’ve shared today resonate with you, we invite you to come down for a test drive and see the MDX in action. Simply click on the button below—we hope to see you at the dealership!

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The 2014 Acura MDX has Arrived at Tischer Acura!

2014 Acura MDX

The highly-anticipated 2014 Acura MDX, which went on sale nationwide on June 20, 2013, is now available at Tischer Acura. The seven-passenger SUV, built on an entirely new platform, offers a more versatile and luxurious interior, increased fuel economy and enhanced road performance. In addition to the redesigned 4WD model, the new MDX is also available in an even more fuel-efficient, 2WD model.

“Building on the award-winning dynamic performance of the previous model, the third-generation MDX adds new levels of luxury comfort, family functionality, and fuel efficiency to once again set the luxury SUV benchmark,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales, during the unveiling, which took place back in April. “From Nürburgring-tuned dynamics and thoughtful interior appointments, to the addition of a new 2WD model, the all-new MDX continues Acura’s specialty of creating vehicles that advance the synergy between man and machine.”

The 2014 MDX features a 290 hp, direct-injection 24-valve 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine that produces a whopping 267 lb.-ft. of torque! Coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode and Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters, the new MDX will be offered in both Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)™ and 2WD drivetrain variants, both of which include new Agile Handling Assist technology.

The SH-AWD model carries an EPA estimated fuel economy of 18/27/21* miles-per-gallon (MPG), while the new FWD model is estimated at 20/28/23* MPG. Although the 2014 model boasts even greater fuel economy than previous models, it loses nothing in performance and even has quicker acceleration time, a more responsive braking system and even more precise steering.

Much of the increased performance and fuel economy has to do with the new enhanced frame. The new body utilizes more than 55% advanced lightweight materials, including high strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium. The results are a vehicle that is both more rigid and lightweight, with total vehicle weight reduced 275 pounds from previous MDX models.

The new interior design, made possible by the revised body dimensions, seats seven passengers comfortably and offers innovative new technologies on the second-row seats, significantly improved third-row access and all-around passenger comfort. In addition, rear cargo capacity has been enhanced in the 2014 model and includes a new under-floor storage area which gives a total of more than 90 cubic feet of cargo space.

As for safety improvements, the third-gen MDX includes: the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE)™ II  body structure; 4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control; and front, front side, driver’s knee and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor. In addition Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems are available as options. Each of these safety features has contributed to the 2014 MDX’s earning top-level safety ratings, including a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2014 MDX ranges from $42,290 – $54,805 and is available with 3 additional packages: the Technology Package; the Advanced Package; and these in conjunction with the Entertainment Package. For more information on each package, check out the MDX Model Comparison online.

Tischer Acura has a number of these amazing vehicles on the lot ready for your test drive! Call or click below to schedule your personal tour and test drive of the 2014 MDX. In addition, interested customers can check out Acura’s Comparison Tool, which allows drivers to compare each trim level of the MDX with two other comparable vehicles, including offerings by Infiniti, Lexus, and BMW.

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Acura Debuts 2014 MDX in New York

2014 MDX

On March 27, 2013, Acura’s all-new 2014 MDX luxury SUV made its debut at the New York International Auto Show. The seven-passenger SUV, built on an entirely new platform, offers a more versatile and luxurious interior, increased fuel economy, and enhanced road performance. In addition, Acura unveiled an even more fuel-efficient, two-wheel-drive model, which will carry a smaller price tag for consumers.

“Building on the award-winning dynamic performance of the previous model, the third-generation MDX adds new levels of luxury comfort, family functionality and fuel efficiency to once again set the luxury SUV benchmark,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales, during the unveiling. “From Nürburgring-tuned dynamics and thoughtful interior appointments, to the addition of a new two-wheel-drive model, the all-new MDX continues Acura’s direction of creating vehicles that advance the synergy between man and machine.”

According to Acura, the 2014 MDX features a 290-horsepower, direct-injection 24-valve 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine which produces a whopping 267 lb.-ft. of torque! Coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode and Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters, the new MDX will be offered in both Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)™ and two-wheel-drive drivetrain variants, which both include new Agile Handling Assist technology.

The SH-AWD model carries an EPA estimated fuel economy of 18/27/21* miles-per-gallon (MPG), while the new front-wheel-drive model is estimated at 20/28/23* MPG. Although the 2014 model boasts even great fuel economy than previous models, it loses nothing in performance.  It even has quicker acceleration time, a more responsive braking system, and more precise steering.

Much of the increased performance and fuel economy has to do with the new enhanced frame. The new body utilizes more than 55% advanced lightweight materials, including high strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium. This results in a vehicle that is both more rigid and lightweight, with total vehicle weight reduced 275 pounds from previous MDX models!

The new interior design, made possible by the revised body dimensions, seats seven passengers comfortably and offers innovative new technologies on the second-row seats.  It also provides significantly improved third-row access and all-around passenger comfort. In addition, rear cargo capacity has been enhanced in the 2014 model and includes a new under floor storage area.

As for safety improvements, the third-gen MDX includes: the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE)™ II  body structure; 4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control; and front, front-side, driver’s knee- and side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor. In addition, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems are available as options.

The 2014 model is expected to receive top-level safety ratings, including a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

For consumers interested in the 2014 MDX, as well as other 2014 Acura models, they are expected to hit dealership lots this summer! For more information, be sure to check out the press release from Acura about the 2014 MDX.

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