Recall Alert: 2014 Acura RLX, 2014-2015 MDX

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Vehicles Affected: About 43,000 Acura luxury vehicles, including 7,000 model-year 2014 Acura RLX sedans and 36,000 model-year 2014-15 MDX SUVs

The Problem: In temperatures below zero degrees, the seat belts may not release, according to The Detroit News. Acura, which is manufactured by Honda, said it is aware of no injuries related to this issue, the newspaper reported.

The Fix: Acura will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will replace both front seat belts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Acura at 800-862-2872 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Acura MDX Simplifies Third-Row Access

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If your family is anything like mine, you actually need to use the third row in your car. Whether it's picking up Grandma for a family dinner, hauling sixth-graders to the botanic gardens or chauffeuring teenagers to their first homecoming dance, the third row in our family car gets its fair share of abuse — make that use.

Related: 2015 Acura MDX: Car Seat Check

Third-row access in most cars is almost always an exercise in engineering aptitude: flip seat bottom, fold seatback, tumble seat forward, engage ejector ignition and so on. I don't care how easy an automaker claims it is for a 5-year-old to tumble the seat forward singlehandedly to climb into the "way back," it's almost never true. My kids give up on these systems almost instantly, favoring the graceless headfirst dive over the second-row seats into the third row.

By Kristin Varela | September 24, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Acura MDX Real-World Cargo Space

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It's easy to blow a fuse while researching sometimes-confusing cargo specifications. Acura lists two maximum cargo specifications (68.4 cubic feet and 90.9 cubic feet) for the 2015 MDX — redesigned in 2014 — which are measured with a new standard not comparable with the previous generation's cargo specs. The maximum 90.9 cubic feet includes floor space between the first and second rows as well as the front seats slid forward. Read more about that here, but in practical use the 2015 Acura MDX continues to make good use of its cargo area no matter which cargo specification you look at.

Related: 2014 Acura MDX Expert Review

With all rows folded, the cargo area is now at a uniform pitch instead of three separate angles like the previous generation. The MDX's third row folds in a split 50/50 configuration while the second row is 60/40, slides fore/aft 5.9 inches and reclines in five positions. There's also a large underfloor storage bin behind the third row that Acura says is large enough for folding bag-type chairs or two laptop computer cases. See how well common cargo items fit in the MDX below.

By Joe Bruzek | September 4, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Acura MDX: Car Seat Check

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With a 2014 redesign under its belt, it's no surprise that the Acura MDX is unchanged for 2015. What has changed is the child-safety seats we use for our Car Seat Checks. We were able to fit three car seats across the MDX's second-row bench, but there wasn't enough room between the booster seat and rear-facing infant seat for easy buckling access. Because the second row's middle bottom seat cushion is shorter than the outboard seats, about 30 percent of the infant seat base was hanging off the front of the seat. It's recommended that at least 80 percent of a child-safety seat is touching the car's seat. Parents should keep an eye on proper fit when installing car seats in this middle seating position.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two; three could fit if using narrow car seats

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | August 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Acura MDX: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: The MDX is completely unchanged from 2014

Price change: Base prices up $275 for all models

On sale: Now

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

This seven-seat luxury sport-ute received a fresh design for 2014, so it's no surprise that it's unchanged for the 2015 model year, especially given brisk sales.

Along with fresh styling, a more economical 3.5-liter V-6 and nearly 300 pounds less weight, the redesign brought a new choice of front-wheel drive, which cuts $2,000 off the base price compared to all-wheel-drive models.

2014 Acura MDX: Car Seat Check

For 2015 models, base prices are up $275 for all models and range from $42,565 to $56,780, not including the $895 destination charge. In addition, the MDX offers three option packages that serve as higher trim levels above the base models. Both prices and content for those packages are unchanged from 2014.

By Rick Popely | June 5, 2014 | Comments (12)

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)

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