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)

Recall Alert: Honda CR-V, Honda Odyssey, Acura RDX

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Honda is recalling some 204,500 SUVs and minivans for a brake-shift interlock that can allow the transmission to shift away from Park without the driver pressing the brake. The recall, which affects the 2012-2013 Honda CR-V SUV and Odyssey minivan, as well as the 2013 RDX SUV from Honda's Acura luxury division, has not resulted in any incidents or complaints, Honda says, but an internal investigation found the automatic transmissions can slip out of Park in freezing temperatures.

In total, the automaker will recall around 128,000 CR-Vs, 59,000 Odysseys and 17,500 RDXs.

Honda will send notifications in May and encourages owners to bring their cars to authorized dealerships. Owners can also visit www.recalls.honda.com or www.recalls.acura.com, call the automaker's recall lines at 800-999-1009 (Honda) or 800-382-2238 (Acura) and select option 4, or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

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By Kelsey Mays | April 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Acura RDX: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: New exterior color
  • Price change: $200 price increase
  • On sale: Today
  • Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? 2013

Acura's compact crossover was redesigned for 2013, and for 2014 the only big change is its price. The RDX gets a bit more expensive this year; it starts at $35,415 for 2014. The 2013 model has a base price of $35,215 (all prices include an $895 destination fee).

The extra $200 buys you a new exterior color option: Kona Coffee replaces the previous Amber Brownstone this year. The front- or all-wheel-drive RDX again comes with a 273-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2014 Acura RDX goes on sale today. Trim level pricing is below:  

By Jennifer Geiger | April 3, 2013 | Comments (2)

2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX to Offer Apple's Siri

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Later this year, Honda will integrate the iPhone's Siri artificial assistant into the 2013 Accord, as well as the 2013 RDX and ILX from the automaker's Acura luxury division. If you have an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 running the latest operating system, Siri can read incoming text messages, respond to texts and emails, add calendar appointments, check the weather, give sports scores or stock quotes, find points of interest, announce turn-by-turn directions or make a phone call over the car's Bluetooth system — just by pressing the steering-wheel Bluetooth button for a few moments. It's all part of Apple's new Eyes Free mode, which works while your smartphone screen stays dark.

Pricing for the dealer-installed option is still pending, Honda spokeswoman Robyn Eagles said. The news follows a similar announcement from GM, with other automakers — Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Jaguar/Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota, according to Engadget — set to follow.

By Kelsey Mays | January 30, 2013 | Comments (3)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Despite some midlist musical chairs, this week's most-read reviews played a familiar tune. The 2013 Toyota RAV4 and 2013 Ford Explorer held their ground at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The 2013 models of the Toyota Avalon, Acura RDX, Subaru XV Crosstrek and Ford Escape simply rearranged third through sixth place. Meanwhile, the 2013 Ford Fusion entered at No. 7, bumping the Nissan Altima to No. 8; the 2013 Mazda CX-5 ascended one spot to No. 9, forcing out the Honda Accord to make room for the 2013 Cadillac ATS in 10th.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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There wasn't a lot of movement among our most-read reviews this week, with six of the top 10 spots going unchanged and the 2013 Toyota RAV4 holding onto first place. The Toyota Avalon jumped two spots to No. 5, bumping the Acura RDX and Nissan Altima down to sixth and seventh place, respectively. The Chevrolet Equinox entered the list in eighth place, knocking the Audi A4 off completely as the Honda Accord and Mazda CX-5 held their places at ninth and 10th.

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  • 1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
  • 2. 2013 Ford Explorer
  • 3. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
  • 4. 2013 Ford Escape
  • 5. 2013 Toyota Avalon
  • 6. 2013 Acura RDX
  • 7. 2013 Nissan Altima
  • 8. 2013 Chevrolet Equinox
  • 9. 2013 Honda Accord
  • 10. 2013 Mazda CX-5
  • By Matt Schmitz | January 13, 2013 | Comments (0)

    Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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    With the new year comes some new blood, at last, in the No. 1 spot among Cars.com's most-read reviews of the week. In 2013's first top 10, the Toyota RAV4 has supplanted the Subaru XV Crosstrek — the reigning champion for nearly six weeks. Meanwhile, the consistently popular 2013 Ford Explorer review found its way from the bottom half of the list up to No. 2 this week, bumping the XV Crosstrek down to third.

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    By Matt Schmitz | January 5, 2013 | Comments (1)

    Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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    Still unwilling to share the spotlight after five consecutive weeks, the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek yet again nabs the No. 1 spot among Cars.com's most-read reviews this week. Another familiar face, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, enjoys its second straight week in the runner-up position. Meanwhile, it's worth noting that Ford occupies nearly half the list with the 2013 Escape, Focus ST, Fusion and Explorer.

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    By Matt Schmitz | December 15, 2012 | Comments (0)

    Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Acura RDX

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    Cars.com Family reviewer Carrie Kim is looking for love when it comes to luxury cars. Did she find it in the 2013 Acura RDX? Not really. Carrie liked a lot of things about this redesigned compact crossover, but she didn't think it offered enough to spring for its higher sticker price. Carrie was especially annoyed that the RDX's power liftgate is optional.

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    By Jennifer Newman | December 12, 2012 | Comments (0)

    June's Fastest and Slowest Selling Cars

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    Seven all-new cars are off to a fast start. The Cadillac XTS hit dealerships just last month, but GM's flagship luxury car averaged just five days to sell. It tied the Hyundai Accent sedan and Subaru BRZ for June's fastest sellers. The nimble BRZ and its Scion twin, the FR-S, meanwhile, are taking just five and eight days to sell, respectively. Both cars hit dealerships in May.

    We should see how many of each model sold in June when sales figures are announced later today.

    Ford's redesigned 2013 Escape, Infiniti's new JX35 and two new Acuras — the ILX and redesigned RDX — also made June's Movers. The well-marketed Kia Soul, meanwhile, extended its tenure on the list to three months. Sales for the popular hatchback were up 22% through May. It's the most affordable car on the list, with a starting price (including destination) under $15,000.

    By Kelsey Mays | July 3, 2012 | Comments (2)

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