One for the money, two for the road - two superior SUV crossovers, that is.
With its sleek appearance and spacious interior, Acura's 2014 RDX earned the “Best Luxury Compact SUV For The Money” award, while its equally appealing MDX luxury SUV earned the “Best Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUV For The Money” title for itself.
"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," explains Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura sales.
To earn the “Best Car for the Money” moniker, the vehicles had to outdo competitors by way of a ranking that considers both quality and value data. While quality gets determined by scores in U.S. News car rankings (that grade them on safety, reliability, and industry expert opinions), value is determined collectively by five-year total cost in addition to the average price consumers pay for it at the time the awards are given.
From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, both crossovers received five-star safety ratings. This will likely help them maintain their spot as most popular for patrons of Acura.
For frontal and side impact tests, both the 2014 MDX and RDX landed five-star scores from the NHTSA. For the rollover resistance test, each got four stars.
The standard features of the 2014 Acura RDX include new 5-spoke 18-inch wheels, as well as advanced 4-wheel disc brakes including Anti-lock Braking scheme (ABS) with electrical devices Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. With improved functionality, the new brakes offer less brake pull to decrease revolving resistance and increase fuel economy.
Reviewers claim the RDX is one of the most versatile SUVs in its class – attributable to a combination of features like its innovative and user-friendly technology, roomy interior, and a fuel-efficient V6 that can take it from 0 to 60 in 6.5 seconds.
The 2014 Acura MDX also demonstrates enhanced efficiency by about 16%, compared to preceding models. Also powered by a 3.5 litre V6, the 2014 MDX has improved exterior aerodynamic features, a larger wheelbase, a better insulated cabin, and redesigned front and rear suspensions. According to Acura, the MDX even beats its predecessor around the Nurburgring by eight seconds.
Variable Cylinder Management technology also accentuates the fuel efficiency of Acura's SUVs, as it automatically adjusts how many cylinders function at a given time - depending on how much power is required.
Conrad confidently claims: "With the five-passenger RDX and new seven-passenger MDX, Acura has unquestionably two of the most competitive luxury SUVs in the market."
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