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 TLX: First Drive

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For years the TL sedan was Acura's bread-and-butter sedan. It was a strong seller until a radical redesign in 2009. The brand has been trying to recover ever since and hopes an all-new version with an all-new name will return the brand to luxury-sedan success.

Related: 2015 Acura TLX: First Look

The TLX not only replaces the TL, but also the smaller TSX sedan — which was less controversial but didn't fit properly in the brand's lineup, which also now includes the even smaller ILX.

After spending a day driving the TLX in northern Michigan at an Acura event, the TLX might indeed cover all those bases and runs gamut with an entry-level four-cylinder to a fully loaded all-wheel-drive V-6.

By Joe Bruzek | August 29, 2014 | Comments (11)

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)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Acura ILX, ILX Hybrid

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 14,100 model-year 2013 Acura ILX sedans manufactured between Jan. 16, 2012, and March 1, 2013, and model-year 2013 ILX Hybrids manufactured between Jan. 12, 2012, and Feb. 7, 2013, and model-year 2014 ILX sedans manufactured between May 2, 2013, and May 31, 2014, as well as model-year 2014 ILX Hybrids manufactured between Oct. 18, 2013, and Feb. 19, 2014

The Problem: Excessive heat around the headlight bulb and reflector unit may diminish the output of the headlight and cause smoke, melting and fire. The diminished light output may decrease the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash, while excessive heat coming from around the bulb and reflector could cause the headlights to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: The automaker will notify owners starting July 28, and dealers will replace the headlights for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Acura at 800-862-2872, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov 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 | July 8, 2014 | Comments (1)

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 (11)

2015 Acura TLX Video

At the 2014 New York International Auto Show, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got up close to the all-new 2015 Acura TLX luxury sedan — not that proximity made things more exciting. "It kind of looks like every other Acura," Mays said. Similar to the TL/TSX replacement's prototype we saw at the 2014 Detroit auto show, the TLX is shorter than the TL and wears Acura's shield grille and "jewel-eye" LED headlights. With a comfortable cabin and roomier trunk, Mays found little to criticize but not much to get excited about either. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 23, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Acura TLX: Up Close

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No surprises here: The 2015 TLX is nearly identical to the prototype Acura showed earlier this year. That's a good thing, though, as this is Acura's most cohesive car design in years.

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The chrome bar in the shield grille still doesn't look quite right to my eye, but I like how Acura has evolved its multi-element LED headlights; they're thinner and sleeker than the ones on the Acura RLX flagship sedan.

By Mike Hanley | April 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Acura TLX Photo Gallery (19 Photos)

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Although the production version of Acura's new sedan looks like a near copy of the prototype we saw earlier in the year, there's still plenty to look at on the 2015 TLX's front end.

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Its sculpted hood, new interpretation of Acura's beak-like shield grille and what the automaker calls "jewel-eye" LED headlights give it an upscale look. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 17, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Acura TLX: First Look

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Competes with: Cadillac ATS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Volvo S60

Looks like: Surprise, surprise — it looks like the prototype unveiled at the 2014 Detroit auto show

Drivetrain: 206-hp, 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a nine-speed automatic; front- and all-wheel drive 

Hits dealerships: Later this year

There were no surprises at the Acura press conference during the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The automaker's new sedan looks nearly identical to the prototype that was unveiled earlier this year in Detroit.

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Today, however, Acura released more details and specs of the new-for-2015 TLX sedan and showed off the production version. The 2015 sedan launches with familiar styling, new powertrains and a host of additional safety features.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2014 | Comments (16)

Best Hybrids for the Money 2014

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Gas prices remain historically high and volatile, and one of the most successful ways automakers and American motorists have adapted is by embracing hybrid technology. Though a few full-size hybrid trucks from GM have been discontinued, 2014 sees as many models as ever. No matter why you may want a hybrid, you might want to know how well it meets its mission.

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To determine if a hybrid's added expense is worth the cash, we devised an efficiency-cost rating. It's simply the EPA's combined mpg rating divided by the base price (meaning MSRP plus destination charge). We then multiply that result by 1,000. This formula can be applied to any type of vehicle, hybrid or not. A high mpg rating and low price provide a high efficiency-cost rating. A higher score is the better score.

We don't account for equipment levels, quality judgments, cost of ownership or any variances from EPA mileage estimates. The goal here is to pay the least for the most mileage, barring all other considerations.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 14, 2014 | Comments (11)

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