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.
The design of the new 2014 Acura MDX design – as penned by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, California – was influenced by the theme of "Aero Sculpture." Thanks to its smooth bodylines, assertive stance and charming proportions, the new 2014 MDX exudes a sophisticated and elegant look while offering greater degrees of aerodynamic efficiency.
Its five-point grille is bordered by a chrome surround as well as a satin sash with black grille bars. This grille is flanked by Acura's signature Jewel Eye LED headlights that employ five LED elements on each side. LED units are also employed on the taillights, side mirror-mounted turn signals, license-plate lights and CHMSL.
Meanwhile, the body sides of the new MDX are marked by a tall yet dramatic beltline, confident upper and lower character lines, as well as a windswept roofline. Its profile is also defined by dynamic fender arches, chrome window surrounds as well as stylized chrome door handles neatly integrated into the upper character line. As offered, the Advance and Entertainment Packages feature functional chrome roof rails. All MDX models are fitted with a functional rear spoiler.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Acura MDX is longer by 2.0 inches, narrower by 1.3 inches and lower by 1.5 inches. Its wind-cheating capability is evidenced by the fact that the new MDX has less frontal area (minus 2 percent) and lower coefficient of drag value (minus 16 percent).
This makes the third-generation MDX the most efficient vehicle in its luxury class, garnering higher fuel economy ratings than the previous-generation model in every EPA rating category including City, Highway and Combined. In addition to the 16-percent improvement in aerodynamic drag, the new MDX is more luxurious in appearance.
Meanwhile, the body of the new MDX now boasts 12 percent higher torsional rigidity, while critical suspension mounting points feature a 67 percent increase in rigidity. These increases set a strong foundation for the refined ride quality, excellent handling traits, as well as lower levels of cabin noise and vibration of the new MDX.