With its all-new Megatron-faced 2007 MDX, Acura wants the MDX to be mentioned in the same breath as the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5. Doing so required the new MDX to be a much hotter tamale than the lame-duck MDX in nearly every way, so Acura endowed the 2007 model with a formidable dynamic repertoire. Effectively negotiating the opposing tables of performance, utility and comfort is a delicate balancing act that the smarter, buffer MDX pulls off convincingly.
Battle of the Crossover SUV's: Honda v Mazda v Toyota
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We keep a couple seven-passenger crossover SUVs in our long-term test fleet
and they're indispensable for carting around kids, terriers and lawn
furniture. Of course, we still crack the obvious jokes. We'll tell you that
these are minivans with hinged doors, SUVs trail-rated for the Starbucks
drive-thru, tall wagons that think they're too good to be called tall
But there's nothing superficial or irrational about crossover SUVs like the
2009 Honda Pilot, 2008 Mazda CX-9 or 2008 Toyota Highlander. All three make
good on the crossover promise of a vast interior, easy maneuverability and
decent fuel economy. Maybe you're aghast that anyone would need three rows
of seating, but maybe you've never tried to cram three toddlers in Britax
car seats into a Honda Accord.
We have. You need that third row. But if that third row were in a minivan,
you might find yourself filling a prescription for antidepressants. This
leaves you to consider a crossover SUV of medium-to-large proportions.
Just about any current-day crossover will accomplish the basics, but the
diversity of this vehicle genre might catch you off guard. Even though the
2009 Honda Pilot, 2008 Mazda CX-9 and 2008 Toyota Highlander seem to match
one another airbag for airbag, their personalities are so different that
you can't drive them without taking sides.
2007 Acura RDX Road Test by Edmunds' Inside Line
It might seem odd to be studying Italian while driving a Japanese SUV but
we figured Honda is learning to speak a new language with its first turbocharged engine, so why shouldn't we? After
one minute in the charismatic new RDX, we realized we should have been
brushing up on our German. The RDX is a Japanese SUV, made for the American
market, but it drives like a German sport sedan.
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We're driving a 2007 Cadillac Escalade, which means we've enjoyed a week's
worth of middle-aged office guys asking us about Nelly, Snoop and other
hip-hop artists they'd never listen to with the windows down. Yet they
wouldn't even crack a smile when we invited them to suit up in Fubu and
take a ride down the Sunset Strip.
Feature: Acura Winter Testing Experience
Editor-at-large Arthur St. Antoine heads to Baudette, Minnesota to join
Acura's Ohio-based engineering team for some extreme cold-weather vehicle
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2011 Acura MDX Video Review
http://drivencarreviews.com/ Bristling with technology and supremely solid
on the road, the Acura MDX has always been an upper middle class favorite.
Tom Voelk checks out the 2011 edition completely loaded with Advance and
2011 Acura MDX Drive and Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2011 MDX is Acura's most popular model. Why?
because it seats seven and with it's super handling all wheel drive hauls
some serious butt...even in the snow.
2013 NAIAS Acura Press Conference
Acura 2014 MDX Prototype Makes World Debut at North American International
2014 MDX Prototype provides glimpse at luxurious third-generation MDX
The 2014 Acura MDX Prototype made its world debut today at the 2013 North
American International Auto Show, offering a strong indication of the
styling and design direction for the third generation of the popular,
7-passenger Acura MDX performance luxury SUV, launching by mid-2013 in both
all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive layouts.
"Our goal is to advance on MDX's already great dynamic performance while
improving fuel economy and luxury comfort," said Mike Accavitti, vice
president of national marketing operations. "Building on the great momentum
we established in 2012 with the launch this year of our flagship RLX,
followed later this year by a terrific new luxury SUV in MDX we are very
excited about the direction of the Acura brand. And we are truly looking
forward to a great 2013."
The "Aero Sculpture" styling of the 2014 MDX Prototype pursues the
direction of a smart, compact and premium appearance with low, wide and
sleek proportions; a clean, efficient and uncluttered design; and elegant,
premium detailing, including the signature Acura Jewel Eye™ LED
headlights. This "aero" image also reflects significant gains in
aerodynamic efficiency, up 16 percent compared to the outgoing 2013 MDX,
achieved through extensive testing in Honda R&D Americas' new wind-tunnel
laboratory in Raymond, Ohio -- where the vehicle is being created.
The 2014 MDX Prototype's sculpted exterior and arcing roofline (1.5-inches
lower than the outgoing model) encase what will be an even more spacious
and versatile cabin compared to the outgoing 2013 MDX. The 2014 MDX
Prototype features a longer wheelbase that enhances ride quality, increases
second-row legroom, and improves third-row seat access.
"While we aren't showcasing the interior today, I can assure you it will
further improve the already great functionality in the cabin and cargo area
while really amping up luxury, comfort and quiet," added Jon Ikeda, chief
designer, Acura Design Studio. "And that's really the focus of this new
MDX, delivering outstanding luxury performance and family capability in a
more refined and alluring package."
In response to strong demand from consumers in warm weather markets Acura
also will, for the first time, offer a front-wheel drive version of MDX in
addition to the all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) model that has earned MDX a
reputation as a leader in dynamic handling and all-weather performance for
a luxury SUV.
The 2014 MDX will also feature an all-new, more rigid and lightweight
chassis, including new front and rear suspension designs that deliver a
more refined, confidence-inspiring, and sporty driving character. An
all-new, direct-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC V-6 engine with Variable
Cylinder Management (VCM) will deliver improved torque and more spirited
performance while realizing a significant increase in fuel efficiency to
class-leading levels. Special attention was also paid to improving cabin
quietness, which is greatly enhanced by the vehicle's all-new chassis and
body design and new sound-deadening techniques.
The 2014 MDX also will be equipped with a broad array of advanced safety
technologies, including the next generation Advanced Compatibility
Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and the available Forward Collision
Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems, as well as
visibility technologies such as the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and the
available Blind Spot Information (BSI), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS),
and Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow. Further, the 2014
MDX is designed to achieve top-level safety ratings, including a 5-star
Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the
IIHS. All 2013 Acura models other than the outgoing ZDX achieved at least a
TOP SAFETY PICK safety rating, while the TL sedan was one of the first two
vehicles in the industry to achieve TOP SAFETY Pick+ status.
The new MDX will also feature a full array of advanced information
technologies, including the next-generation AcuraLink cloud-based connected
car system featuring Pandora® connectivity, SiriusXM™ radio, SMS text
messaging, and cloud-based Aha™ by Harman connectivity that brings
thousands of personalized news, information and media feeds into the
vehicle via the customer's compatible smartphone and data plan. A premium
Acura/ELS® audio system will be available on the new MDX. Next-generation
AcuraLink will also be available with a host of fee-based convenience,
assistive and security features, such as automated crash notification,
remote locking/unlocking, emergency "SOS" call feature, and live-operator
2010 Acura Winter Test Experience
Acura's SH-AWD System is put through its paces (alongside Audi's Quattro
AWD, BMW's xDrive, Infiniti's Intelligent AWD, and Lexus' Active Torque
Control AWD systems) at AET (Auto Enviro Testing) proving grounds in
NOTE: All of the crossovers shown were equipped with the base OEM tires.
The silver TL SH-AWD 6MT was equipped with Michelin Alpin snow tires, and
the dark colored TL SH-AWD shown later in the video was equipped with
standard OEM all-season tires.