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.
Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura Division, said that getting recognition for its top-selling SUVs and its new performance sedan reflects the strong momentum that drives the brand forward. He added that it is Acura’s “performance, proportion and prestige” that has gotten the attention of the consumers and the marketplace.
How the Best Cars for the Money awards is determined is by combining quality and value data into a composite score. The model that has the top score in each of the 21 categories is given the award as the Best Car for the Money in that category.
The overall score in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards are announced determines quality. To know its value, it looks at the five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle during the time that the awards are published.
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The second-generation of the Acura MDX has been known for its superb handling and emotional performance. This dynamic performance has been boosted for the 2014 model, as the new MDX boasts of quicker acceleration, shorter stopping distances as well as more nimble handling. Moreover, the new MDX offers improved levels of ride comfort and fuel efficiency.
Compared to its predecessor, the MDX is quicker and more responsive, as made possible by its all-new chassis, Earth Dreams Technology powertrain, as well as its lighter and more rigid body. Its engine delivers 8 percent more torque below 2,750 rpm, allowing the new MDX to improve its sprinting performance as well as low-end grunt. Featuring Normal and Sport modes, its Sequential Sport Shift automatic gearbox allows for full manual control of gear changes using the paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
Furthermore, the new MDX offers a highly responsive steering with better on-center feel, thanks to a larger diameter steering column shaft and a new Electric Power Steering (EPS) system. These elements also deliver better damping of unwanted road vibrations as sent to the steering wheel. Compared to the previous model, the new MDX comes with steering ratio that is around 9 percent quicker.
In terms of performance, the new 2014 MDX SH-AWD is superior to its comparable predecessor. In fact, it is quicker by half-a-second in terms of zero-60 mph sprint time, with shorter 60-zero mph stopping distance. Likewise, its maximum lateral g-force is higher.
This was confirmed during tests at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife, where previous and new versions of the MDX were extensively tuned and tested. Following tests, the new MDX was able to complete a lap around eight seconds faster than the previous model. Acura also implemented further testing and tuning for the six-speed transmission on German autobahns and the Grossglockner Pass in the Austrian Alps.