Thanks to record sales in the first six months of 2014, the third-generation Acura MDX became America's best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time. Acura sold 68.4 percent more MDX (30,664 units) in the first half of 2014 compared to sales in the same period a year ago.
With the figure, Acura has sold 692,710 units of the MDX in a span of almost 15 years, making it the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time. Likewise, the MDX has been the annual best-seller among three-row luxury SUVs since 2002.
Acura expects to sell more than 700,000 units of the MDX before the end of 2014. Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura Division, thanked customers for making the MDX “the clear winner” among three-row luxury SUVs.
He noted that the MDX is a benchmark in its class for delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that customers want. Acura is considered as the pioneer in the three-row crossover luxury SUV segment after launching the first-generation MDX in 2000.
That year, the MDX was awarded as the Motor Trend SUV of the Year and as the North American Truck of the Year. Now in its third generation, the latest Acura MDX is more refined with superior packaging, fuel efficiency, and ride and handling performance.
Acura launched the third-generation MDX in June 2013 as MY2014, giving the three-row SUV a more rigid and lightweight body and chassis. It boasts of Acura's next-generation ACE body structure and is the first vehicle to employ the brand’s new hot-stamped steel, one-piece door stiffener ring.
These and other design enhancements allowed the MDX to lead its class in terms of EPA fuel-economy ratings at 20/28/23 mpg city/highway/combined.
These also allowed the MDX to gain both a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Acura designed and built all three generations of the MDX at its auto and engine production facility in Lincoln, Alabama.