Video: 2014 Acura RDX AWD Off-Road Test Review

2014 Acura RDX AWD Off-Road Test Review

Most people won’t associate the 2014 Acura RDX with off-roading, but that’s not stopping Everyman Driver‘s Dave Erickson from punishing it through a muddy off-road test review at Washington’s Riverside State Park ORV Area. While it lacks the SH-AWD found in its big brother the MDX, the RDX’s All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control and 8.1 inches(205 mm) of ground clearance are enough to handle all but two of the steepest challenges in this video.

Watch the Off-Road Test Review below or visit everymandriver.com for their detailed review of the 2014 Acura RDX AWD.

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Acura MDX and RDX Win “Best Cars for the Money” Awards

2014 Acura MDX

2014 Acura MDX

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Acura MDX and RDX Win U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Cars for the Money Awards

Acura MDX and RDX deliver value on a luxury Scale

02/12/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.

Acura’s hottest sellers, MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and RDX luxury crossover SUV,  have won U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 awards with MDX taking the “Best Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUV For The Money” award and RDX winning the “Best Luxury Compact SUV For The Money” category.

“The MDX and RDX continue to win accolades for their outstanding combination of exhilarating, performance, great fuel efficiency, and outstanding value on a luxury scale,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales.  “With the five-passenger RDX and new seven-passenger MDX, Acura has unquestionably two of the most competitive luxury SUVs in the market.”

The “Best Cars for the Money” methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of 21 award categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the “Best Car for the Money” in that category. Quality is measured by the overall score a vehicle achieved in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards are published. The rankings, updated monthly at www.usnews.com/cars, compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts’ opinions. Value is measured by a combination of a vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published.

[Source: Acura]

Acura RDX Receives 2014 ALG Residual Value Award

2014 Acura RDX

2014 Acura RDX – 2014 ALG Residual Value Award

Official release from acuranews.com:

11/18/2013 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Acura RDX earns residual value award for Premium Compact Utility Vehicle
  • Acura Brand continues outstanding performance in annual ALG residual value study

The Acura RDX luxury crossover SUV has earned a 2014 ALG Residual Value Award by delivering the highest projected three-year resale value of any vehicle in the Premium Compact Utility Vehicle category.  According to ALG, the honor also recognizes the exceptional vehicle quality, strong brand desirability and long-tem reliability of the RDX.  Since 2000, Acura has earned seven model awards and three overall luxury brand awards from ALG.

As the leading provider of residual value information to the automotive industry, ALG’s annual Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles in each industry segment that ALG predicts will retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three-year period.

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2014 Acura MDX and RDX Achieve Top NHTSA Crash Scores

2014 Acura MDX

2014 Acura MDX

Official release from acuranews.com:

2014 Acura MDX and RDX Achieve Top NHTSA Crash Scores Advancing Acura’s Continued Safety Leadership

10/30/2013 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The all-new 2014 Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and 2014 RDX luxury crossover SUV recently received the top 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).  Both Acuras received 5-Star scores, across the board, for each of the frontal and side impact crash tests and scored 4-Stars for rollover resistance.

MDX and RDX engineers also targeted top-level safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and anticipate the highest rating of GOOD in the Institute’s new stringent small overlap front crash test.  A TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating is expected for MDX and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating is expected for RDX.

Acura MDX offers a rich array of safety and driver assistive technologies including the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist System.

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Acura RDX Makes WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors of 2013 List

2013 Acura RDX Interior

2013 Acura RDX Interior

Completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, the second generation Acura RDX has recently been placed in WardsAutos’s 10 Best Interiors list. WardsAuto editors spent time with 46 models with new or significantly upgraded interiors, and judged them based on the following criteria: materials, ergonomics, comfort, safety, value, fit-and-finish and overall design.

Here’s what they had to say about the 2013 Acura RDX:

“The Acura RDX CUV, now in its second generation, secures its place with excellent fit-and-finish and an upscale sportiness that was lacking when the first version launched in 2006.

Editors rave about the RDX’s copious cargo hold, comfortable back seat and durable materials that should hold up well against the inherent abuse that comes from young families. Acura outsold Audi, Cadillac, Infiniti and Volvo in 2012 in the U.S., and the RDX interior demonstrates that Honda’s luxury brand can compete with the best.” – Tom Murphy, WardsAuto

See the full list and report at wardsauto.com.

[Source: WardsAuto]

Acura Receives ALG’s 2013 Residual Value Award for Best Premium Brand

Acura RDX - Premium Compact Utility Vehicle Segment Winner

Acura RDX – Premium Compact Utility Vehicle Segment Winner

Official release from acuranews.com:

Acura Receives ALG’s 2013 Residual Value Award for Best Premium Brand for Long Term Value 

2013 Acura RDX earns residual award for Premium Compact Utility Vehicle

11/26/2012  – TORRANCE, Calif.,

Acura was named the Best Premium Brand for 2013 by ALG, which recognizes the entire Acura lineup for exceptional vehicle quality, strong brand desirability, and long-term reliability. The all-new 2013 Acura RDX performance-luxury SUV also ranked highest in the Premium Compact Utility Vehicle category. Since 2000, Acura has earned six model awards and three overall luxury brand awards from ALG.

As the leading provider of residual value information to the automotive industry, ALG’s annual Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles in each industry segment that ALG predicts will retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three-year period.

We are honored by ALG’s selection of Acura as Best Premium Brand for long-term value which helps demonstrate what’s smart about our ‘smart luxury’ brand values,” said Michael Accavitti, vice president of National Marketing Operations for the Acura brand. “With RDX earning a best in segment award for Premium Compact Utility Vehicle, ALG is confirming what our customers have been telling us by purchasing the all-new RDX in record numbers for the past six months.”

ALG determines the award winners through careful study of the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, as well as pricing strategies are among the key factors that affect ALG’s residual value forecasts.

“Acura receives the 2013 Premium Brand Residual Value Award through disciplined fleet and incentives strategies, along with intuitive packaging structure across the lineup,” said Larry Dominique, President of ALG. “Acura has been bolstered with effective new products like the all-new ILX and redesigned RDX and continues to provide a strong proposition of value and luxury.”

About ALG
Based in Santa Barbara, California, ALG is a leading provider of insights and consulting services to the automotive industry. ALG publishes the Residual Value Guidebook – the benchmark for residual value projections in North America, and has been forecasting automotive residual values for nearly 50 years in both the U.S. and Canadian markets.  For more information, visit www.alg.com.

About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 272 dealers in the United States. The Acura lineup features seven distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX Sport Wagon and sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX luxury crossover SUV, the MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the ZDX four-door sports coupe. Additional media information, including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2013 Acura RDX is available at www.acuranews.com  Consumer information is available at www.acura.com.

[Source: Acura]

Video: 2013 Acura RDX vs. 2012 Audi Q5

2013 Acura RDX vs. 2012 Audi Q5

It’s the battle of compact crossovers: AutoGuide pits the 2013 Acura RDX against the 2012 Audi Q5.

“Projected to be one of the largest growth segments in the auto industry, Acura is looking to go from a back marker to a major player with the launch of its second-generation RDX. A solid offering, how does it stack up against stalwart German competition like the Audi Q5?”

Here’s the breakdown from AutoGuide:

2013 Acura RDX AWD

Engine: 3.5L V6
Transmission: 6-Speed Auto
Horsepower: 273
Max. Torque: 251
Fuel Economy: 19 MPG city / 27 MPG hwy
Cargo Room: 26 cu-ft
Total Cargo Room: 61 cu-ft
Second Row Leg Room: 38.3 in.
Starting Price: $35,720

2012 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI

Engine: 2.0L Turbo 4-Cyl
Transmission: 8-Speed Auto
Horsepower: 211
Max. Torque: 258
Fuel Economy: 20 MPG city / 27 MPG hwy
Cargo Room: 29 cu-ft
Total Cargo Room: 57 cu-ft
Second Row Leg Room: 37.4 in.
Starting Price: $35,600

Watch the 9-minute video review from AutoGuide below or head over to autoguide.com for the full comparison.

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