Car and Driver: 2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD Instrumented Test

How does the 2016 Acura MDX’s new ZF nine-speed transmission improve over the old 6-speed automatic? Car and Driver‘s recently published Instrumented Test results show improved fuel economy and quicker launch times:

The MDX storms out of the hole from rest using a 20.4:1 overall ratio and sprints to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, half a second quicker than the 2014 model we tested with the six-speed automatic. It then continues on to a 95-mph quarter-mile trap speed in 14.6 seconds, three-tenths more rapid than the 2014.- Ron Sessions, Car and Driver

Car and Driver Test Results:
2016 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX
Transmission:
9-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
0-60 mph:
5.9 sec
6.4 sec
0-100 mph:
16.4 sec
17.1 sec
Standing ¼-mile:
14.6 sec @ 95 mph
14.9 sec @ 95 mph
Observed fuel economy:
21 mpg
19 mpg

See the full review and test results at caranddriver.com – 2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD with 9-Speed Automatic.

[Source: Car and Driver]

Video: Acura TLX and MDX Now in Kuwait

The Acura brand is now offered in the Middle East for the first time through the newly opened AlMulla Acura dealership in Kuwait. The facility is said to have the largest Acura showroom in the world and consists of four levels: two basements, a ground floor, and a first floor.

AlMulla Acura has launched with just two models, the 2015 MDX and 2015 TLX. Their website lists the MDX equipped with SH-AWD, while the TLX is offered with FWD P-AWS only, with 2.4L or 3.5L engines.

Using the tagline “Super Handling is Here,” Acura Kuwait introduces the TLX and MDX in the two promo videos below.

[Source: AlMulla Acura via YouTube]

Video: 2016 Acura MDX Festival Commercial

“Make a fast getaway with the new MDX. With seating for seven, along with three distinct drive modes, the legendary MDX is truly up for anything. In this spot, five friends make a fast u-turn after discovering their desert festival destination isn’t quite as nice as the drive they took to get there. Fortunately, the versatile and sophisticated MDX is equipped for a quick change of plans.” – Acura via YouTube

The 1-minute spot features the song “Stuck In The Metal” by Eagles of Death Metal.

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Upgraded 2016 Acura MDX On Sale February 4

2016 Acura MDX

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Best Selling Acura MDX Receives Powertrain Upgrades, AcuraWatch™ and Expanded Options for 2016, Enhancing Performance, Safety and Luxury

Feb 3, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The significantly upgraded 2016 Acura MDX, America’s best-selling three-row luxury SUV, launches next month with multiple new features and technologies, a more advanced powertrain and an expanded model range. The enhanced 2016 MDX provides even more advanced technology and exhilarating performance to complement the luxury, comfort and quietness inherent to Acura’s premium seven-passenger SUV. The 2016 Acura MDX launches at Acura dealerships nationwide on Feb. 4, with the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $42,8651.

All 2016 MDX models will come equipped with an advanced new 9-speed automatic transmission, a push-button electronic gear selector that frees up room above the center console, and a new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with a twin-clutch design that delivers enhanced torque transfer and handling capabilities. The 2016 MDX and MDX with Technology Package models can now be equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes the first application of Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor to the MDX model line. The MDX with Advance Package comes standard with AcuraWatch™.

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2015 Acura MDX Named Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Luxury SUV Winner

2015 Acura MDX

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

2015 Acura MDX Named KBB.com Best Buy: Luxury SUV/Crossover

Nov 17, 2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The 2015 Acura MDX has been honored with the prestigious Best Buy Award in the Luxury SUV/Crossover category by the industry experts at Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. One of twelve 2015 vehicles selected as the ‘cream of the crop’ in their respective categories, the 2015 Acura MDX earned Best Buy honors following expert evaluation and testing by KBB.com experts, along with analysis of a broad range of vehicle-related data, including cost of ownership information, consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales/retail sales information.

“The Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award is significant to the brand as it is combines both expert evaluations and comprehensive data, reaffirming the MDX as a clear sales leader in its segment and the best-selling 3-row luxury SUV of all time,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura division. “MDX is the benchmark in its class, consistently delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that luxury buyers are after.”

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Video: 2015 Acura MDX AWD Off-Road Test Review

2015 Acura MDX Off-Road

The EverymanDriver Dave Erickson gets behind the wheel of a 2015 Acura MDX SH-AWD for another of his off-road test reviews. The hills were steep and rugged at the Spokane ORV Park, at one point forcing the SH-AWD equipped MDX to push through successfully on just three wheels.

 “WOW… impressive… People call these cars like the MDXs, RDXs mall-finders, you know they’re just a family vehicle or a high end luxury vehicle that people take to the mall and the don’t really take it off-road. But if you want to… you can.”- Dave Erickson

Watch the 8:13-minute off-road review below.

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Acura MDX Cements Position as America’s All-Time Best-Selling 3-Row Luxury SUV

2015 Acura MDX

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

07/11/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Record sales in the first six months of 2014 have strengthened the third-generation MDX’s position as America’s best-selling three-row luxury SUV – not only in 2014, but of all time. Through June, sales of MDX are up 68.4 percent (compared to the same period last year) to 30,664 units, bringing cumulative sales of the MDX over its nearly 15-year history to 692,710 units, making it the most popular three-row luxury SUV of all time*. In fact, the MDX has topped all other three-row luxury SUVs in the annual sales rankings in every year since 2002.  Cumulative U.S. sales of MDX are anticipated to surpass 700,000 units before the end of the year.

“Luxury car buyers have spoken, and we really want to thank our Acura customers for making the MDX the clear winner among three-row luxury SUVs,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura Division. “MDX is the clear benchmark in its class, consistently delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that luxury buyers are after.”

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