Honda Is a Net Exporter, Sort Of

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You might have heard that Honda is a net U.S. exporter, sending more U.S.-built cars to international markets than it imports into the U.S. for sale. But don't take the news at face value.

Here's why. The automaker, which includes the Honda brand and its Acura luxury division, declared itself a "net exporter in the U.S. for the first time" on Tuesday by virtue of shipping more U.S.-built cars to international markets than it imported to the U.S. in 2013. 

But it only counts imports from Japan — which accounted for 88,537 cars in 2013 — in that tally. Those Japan imports fell below the 108,705 cars that Honda shipped out of the U.S. in 2013, excluding cars sent to Canada. The infographic above is provided by Honda and the line "Honda exported more cars from the U.S. than it imported from Japan" is correct.

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That means Honda exported more cars from the U.S., excluding exports to Canada, than it imported from Japan alone in 2013. Did it export more cars from the U.S. than it imported from all countries? Honda won't say, but it's unlikely.

By Kelsey Mays | January 28, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2014 Acura MDX

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 19,197 model-year 2014 Acura MDX crossovers. Only all-wheel-drive MDXs built between May 6 and Oct. 14, 2013, are affected.

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that faulty bolts that attach the drive shaft to the automatic transmission could become loose and allow the shaft to detach. If this happens during driving, it could cause a loud noise and distract the driver, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Acura parent company Honda will notify owners later this month. Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Announces Its Best of 2014 Nominees

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Whenever we give out our Best of Award, we focus on quality, innovation and value, and all six of these nominees performed well in all three of those arenas. It's never easy to pick this award; the voting this year was particularly contentious. I can personally vouch for that. Here are this year's nominees:

The nominees for the Best of 2014 are (in alphabetical order):

  • Acura MDX
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Kia Forte
  • Mazda3
  • Mazda6

We will reveal the winner at our annual awards event on Jan. 14 in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show, and of course, here on Cars.com.

By Patrick Olsen | December 9, 2013 | Comments (4)

Which Full-Size SUVs Have Similar Gas Mileage to The 2014 Acura MDX?

"Which full-size SUVs come close to the 2014 MDX's mileage?"

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By Rick Popely | November 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Acura MDX: Explaining the Trim Levels

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The redesigned MDX, Acura's three-row crossover SUV, went on sale in June, and so far the introductory prices have remained unchanged.

The MDX comes in one well-equipped price level with three available option packages — Technology, Technology and Entertainment, and Advance and Entertainment — that effectively serve as trim levels.

It is a unique tiering strategy and can be confusing. However, there are few options available. You pick one of these four packages and that's about all the customizing you can do outside of paint and interior colors.

All are available with all-wheel or front-wheel drive. The front-drive option is new for 2014, as all previous versions came with AWD.

All prices include an $895 destination charge.

By Rick Popely | November 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Acura MDX, RDX Earn Five-Star Crash Ratings

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By Matt Schmitz

As of today, Acura added two of its luxury nameplates to the coveted ranks of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star safety award recipients. The all-new 2014 MDX SUV and the 2014 RDX crossover both received five-star overall scores in NHTSA's safety assessments, including individual five-star ratings in frontal and side-impact tests, and four stars for rollover resistance.

That's an improvement for the MDX, whose 2013 version scored four stars overall, with individual fours in frontal and rollover tests, and a five in side-impact tests. NHTSA did not rate the RDX for the 2013 model year.

By Robby DeGraff | October 30, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Acura MDX Video

Acura's three-row SUV was redesigned for 2014, and Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says it's full of family-friendly refinement. The new MDX features cleaner looking styling outside, and upgraded cabin materials and an easier-to-access third row are highlights inside. Mays says families shopping for a luxury crossover should definitely add the MDX to their list.

Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Acura MDX: Family Checklist

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With three young children in child-safety seats, I rock my minivan pretty hard. After all, it is the only type of vehicle that has ever served all of my family's needs. Well, that is until the 2014 Acura MDX pulled up into my driveway.

I was shocked that this sporty crossover had a second row that was large enough to fit all three of my kids' car seats — a major win in my book. Combine that with decent fuel economy, seating for seven and an impressive driving experience and the 2014 Acura MDX managed to hit that crossover sweet spot that has eluded me for years.

My test car, the MDX SH-AWD with Advance and Entertainment packages, has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 290 horsepower. To say the MDX was more fun to drive than my usual minivan is the understatement of the year. The ride quality was superb, and it handled the mean (suburban) streets of Orange County, Calif., with ease. For such an exciting drive, I was pleasantly surprised by its fuel economy of 18/27 mpg city/highway.

By BreAnn Ahara | October 18, 2013 | Comments (4)

Should I Buy an Audi Q7 or an Acura MDX?

"Should I buy an Audi Q7 or an Acura MDX?"

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By Rick Popely | October 12, 2013 | Comments (8)

2014 Acura MDX: Car Seat Check

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Acura's MDX was already a hit with families looking for an upscale three-row crossover. The redesigned-for-2014 model is an improvement. Easy, one-button third-row access, a cavernous backseat and three sets of Latch anchors in the second row should make families even happier.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 10, 2013 | Comments (4)

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