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Acura MDX enters 2019 model year with visual enhancements and new A-Spec variant

Acura is rolling out this month the latest iteration of its mid-size three-row luxury sports utility vehicle – the 2019 Acura MDX. The sixth installment of Acura’s third-generation luxury SUV, the 2019 MDX boasts of enhancements in drivability and interior fitment as well as availability of new premium exterior colors and an A-Spec sport appearance package.

For the 2019 model year, the Acura MDX is still powered by a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine that delivers 290 hp of max output and 267 lb.-ft. of peak torque. As standard, the MDX comes as a front-wheel drive unit, although it could also be availed in SH-AWD (Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive) configuration. Previously available only on the MDX Sport Hybrid, Acura's Active Damper System (ADS) is now available on all versions of the SUV, providing greater levels of handling and ride comfort.

The V6 engine of the 2019 Acura MDX is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which now allow for a smoother, more seamless acceleration feel, as programmed to deliver better acceleration, towing and pulling capabilities when needed. Likewise, the upgraded Idle Stop system is now standard on all MDX versions, boasting of faster engine re-start response and operational smoothness.

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2017 Acura MDX tows new Acura NSX GT3 at 2016 SEMA Show [Live Photos]

Cars being displayed at different auto shows are usually displayed on the floor just by themselves. However, since the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show or 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosts the unusual, we can expect some carmakers or tuners to make use of bizarre methods display their show cars. And that is just what Acura is doing at the 2016 SEMA Show for its highly anticipated Acura NSX GT3.

Instead of sitting by itself ever lonely, Acura NSX GT3 sits on a custom trailer seemingly towed by a 2017 Acura MDX. Both are customized works and so is the trailer. Initially developed by Acura’s Japanese race engineering team, the NSX GT3 has been developed to prove that the NSX – while serving as the pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance – could perform basically as well as in GT3 racing.

The new Acura NSX GT3 and the NSX actually have a number of similarities, although the race car has been made distinct enough to enable it to compete in the GT3 class. For instance, both have the same overall design with similar fascias. Both have the same headlights as well as the same precision crafted front grille.

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2017 Acura MDX arrives as with custom NSX GT3 Trailer at the 2016 SEMA Show

Auto shows are hosted every year to showcase various products from automakers and aftermarket specialists alike. These events are the best outlets to market creations ranging from concept cars, to production models, and even to upgraded version of previous models. One particular event is the SEMA Show, an aftermarket trade show that has been annually held in Las Vegas.

For those who do not know, SEMA is an acronym for Specialty Equipment Market Association which consists of more than 6,000 companies worldwide including aftermarket specialists, original equipment manufacturers (OEM), media, car dealers, specialty equipment distributors, installers, retailers and restoration specialists.

An annual SEMA Show is held during the first week of November, in line with the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. This is where automotive aftermarket trade groups display their newest creations along with educational seminars, networking opportunities and product demonstrations.

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Restyled 2017 Acura MDX comes with safety and driver-focused tech

Acura revealed its latest version of the 2017 Acura MDX, one with a new style and luxury features added. This refreshed and restyled luxury SUV is equipped with the Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive and it is expected that all grades will have the AcuraWatch.

With the inclusion of the automatic emergency braking, this makes the 2017 Acura MDX the first luxury SUV of its segment to have these driver-assistive and safety technologies.

This luxury SUV is expected to begin sales at official Acura dealerships across the U.S. in the summer of 2016. The MDX Sport Hybrid will then go on sale sometime late 2016.

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Super luxurious vehicles like the Porsche 718 Boxster, the Spyker C8 Preliator, and the Koenigsegg Regera are among the attractions at the upcoming 2016 New York Auto Show. But it’s not just these impressive supercars from the iconic car manufacturers that are drawing attention.

In fact, some of the most-awaited vehicles will be making their debut at the show. Here are six of the cars that no one should miss viewing at the New York Auto Show.

There you have it, a list of must-sees during the New York Auto Show. Make sure to take down some notes about these vehicles when you have time so that you can compare which of these cars make into your Car Bucket List.

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Acura is so confident of its strong position in crossovers that it believes it will further expand in the U.S. market, according to Acura General Manager Mike Accavitti. When it comes to overall sales, Acura (Honda’s upmarket marque) trails behind Lexus and Germany’s luxury brands. However, sales of Acura’s crossovers (including the compact RDX and midsize MDX) are substantially higher than those from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

In 2014, Acura did better than Lexus in total compact/midsize crossover sales. So far though, Lexus is leading this year. When interviewed at the newly held New York auto show, Accavitti said that the U.S. is skewing towards light trucks and that Acura is building out from its solid core of vehicles.

During the first three months of 2015, Acura sold 25,799 units of the RDX and MDX – beating out the 17,757 units sold for the BMW X3 and X5, the 16,140 units sold of Mercedes' GLK and M class, and the 12,806 total of Audi's Q5 and Q7.

Read the entire article Acura is optimistic that 2016 RDX, MDX will help keep its lead vs. German brands

Acura has three luxury performance models that were applauded by the U.S. News Best Cars for their level of quality and value. Last February, Acura was recognized at the U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Cars for the Money awards.

The 2015 MDX was named the Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money. Meanwhile, the 2015 RDX got the Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money award. The winner of the Upscale Midsize Car category was the 2015 TLX. For the third straight year, the MDX, the top-selling 3-row luxury SUV in the U.S., was listed as a Best Cars for the Money recipient.

Meanwhile, it’s now the second consecutive year that the RDX was named Best Compact SUV. Presented as a new model in August last year, the TLX is both a hit when it comes to sales and in front of industry critics.

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Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com has given the prestigious Best Buy Award in the Luxury SUV/Crossover category to the MY2015 Acura MDX – earning it the right to boast being one of 12 carefully chosen vehicles for the 2015 model year.

Industry experts at KBB.com performed rigorous evaluation and testing and considered a number of data like cost of ownership information, consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales/retail sales information.

Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager at Acura division, remarked that the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award is significant to the brand as it combines both expert evaluations and comprehensive data.

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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.

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As you may know already Acura redesigned the RDX and MDX crossovers for the 2014MY and now the American manufacturer owned by Honda is planning to focus on cars. The TL redesign will come next year and will probably be renamed TLX as will also have to appeal to past buyers of the TSX.

For those who don’t know, the TSX is going away at the end of the 2014 model year as the Honda Accord shifts to a global platform structure, which means that there is no smaller European Accord on which to base the popular sedan.

Moreover, Acura needs to axe the TSX as it continues to rival the recently introduced ILX in sales. The upcoming Acura TLX will use a smaller global Accord platform, which means that the sedan will be shrunk. One of the most important changes will be the new Honda Earth Dreams engine, a 3.5-liter V6 developing 310 hp and found on the RLX flagship sedan.

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The redesigned 2014 Acura MDX that goes on sale in July will carry a price tag of $42,290 (plus $895 for destination). Comparing it with the outgoing model which was offered only with AWD, the 2014 Acura MDX is actually $990 cheaper. Still, the 2014 MDX is offered in both front- and all-wheel drive (using the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive).

The base price is for the standard, two-wheel-drive model. As expected, four trim levels are offered and all of them use the direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering 290 hp and 267 pound-feet of torque, bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2014 Acura MDX comes as standard with push-button start, the new Jewel Eye LED headlights, AcuraLink system and an eight-inch multi-function display screen as well as blind spot monitoring and a premium audio system.

For those who want even more, the 2014 MDX with the Technology package costs $46,565 and for these money you will get 19-inch wheels (18-inch wheels are offered as standard), front collision warning, lane departure warning, wipers with rain sensors and a color TFT display.

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Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) has commenced mass production for the all-new 2014 Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle. HMA is now the exclusive global producer of the Acura MDX, as well as key Honda light truck models, like the Odyssey minivan, the Pilot sport utility vehicle and the Ridgeline pickup. HMA also assembles the V-6 engines to be equipped in each vehicle it produces. 

The 2014 Acura MDX, which is designed, engineered and developed in the United States, is powered by an all-new Earth Dreams Technology direct injection V-6 engine that will be built in North America for the first time.

Acura MDX luxury SUV is regarded as a benchmark vehicle in its segment and was Acura's best-selling model in 2012. The 2014 Acura MDX is now underpinned by a completely new platform, offering enhanced ride comfort and a more versatile and luxurious interior. The seven-seat Acura MDX also boasts of class-leading fuel economy and improved dynamic performance.

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Back in January, Acura unveiled the MDX Concept but today the production version of that concept has arrived: ladies and gentlemen, this is the 2014 Acura MDX! The design is not new, but the technology found under its body is. The 2014 Acura MDX is powered by an all-new direct-injected 24-valve 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), delivering 290 hp and 267 lb.-ft. of torque.

According to the official press release, the MDX's engine architecture is shared with two racecars that recently finished First and Second in the LMP2 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode and Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters.

Just like the previous version, the 2014 MDX will be offered in both Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and two-wheel-drive drivetrain variants, both featuring Acura's new Agile Handling Assist technology. Matched to the highly efficient Earth Dreams Technology engine and the \ SH-AWD drivetrain, the 2014 MDX has an EPA fuel economy rating of 18/27/21 mpg (city/highway/combined), while the new front-wheel-drive model is EPA rated at 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined).

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Acura will present the production version of its redesigned 2014 MDX SUV at the upcoming New York Auto Show. At the recently held Detroit Auto Show, a thinly veiled concept of the 2014 MDX had debuted. Its look will be somewhat softer and will have more curves than the present model that’s more angular. Because of its bold fenders, the crossover gets an athletic look. It has features like the “shield” grille that make it look a lot like the newest RDX.

The headlights have Acura’s new “Jewel Eye” LED design that first appeared on the top-of-the-line RLX sedan. The 2014 MDX is different from its smaller RDX siblingas it won’t eliminate its advanced Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system to get a less complex, front-biased AWD setup. 

But the new crossover will come with front-wheel-drive, the first time for the MDX. Instead of the 3.7-liter V6 used on the current model, the ‘ute will use a 3.5-liter SOHC mill that’s a bit smaller. Acura declined to offer further details about the motor, it’s likely to offer a version of the RLX’s six-cylinder that will deliver slightly more than 300hp. It’s likely that with this new engine and with a lighter and more rigid platform, fuel economy will be improved.

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Acura brought today at the 2013 NAIAS the 2014 MDX Prototype, a concept that previews the third generation of the popular, 7-passenger MDX performance luxury SUV. The first visual impact with the “Aero Sculpture” styling of the 2014 MDX Prototype shows the signature Acura Jewel Eye LED headlights. According to Acura, the new design makes the MDX Prototype is with 16 percent more efficient than the outgoing model.

For the first time, Acura will also offer a front-wheel drive version of MDX in addition to the all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) model. Under the hood, there is a direct-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) that promises to deliver improved torque and more spirited performance.

Moreover, the 2014 Acura MDX Prototype features plenty of safety technologies such as next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and the available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.

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Priced at $43,040 (including a $810 destination charge), Acura's 2010 MDX crossover was given a mild facelift and some extra features. This puts the price of the 2010 MDX about $2100 more than the 2009 model.

The price increase is nothing to fret about since the premium includes some extra goodies. Standard equipment on all MDX trim levels now includes power tailgates, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, a rearview camera integrated into the rearview mirror, and a new hill start function.

Some 2010 MDXs continue to use the same 3.7-liter V-6 as last year, but it's now bolted to a new six-speed automatic transmission, making it to achieve 16/21 mpg (city/highway).

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For the June 2010 issue of Consumer Reports, the freshened Acura MDX topped tests of four luxury SUVs. The 2010 Acura MDX got an "Excellent" overall score and overall road-test scores of 85, easily beating the Land Rover LR4, which earned a "Very Good" 73; the new Lincoln MKT, which earned a "Very Good" 72; and the Audi Q7, which earned a "Very Good" 68.

The MDX has an enhanced powertrain that leads to improved acceleration and fuel economy. The MDX is now the influential magazine's top-rated three-row luxury SUV.

David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut, described the MDX as a well-rounded vehicle that crushes its much more expensive rivals. Among the four SUVs in this test group, only the MDX is Recommended.

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