Competes with: Infiniti M35h, Lexus ES 300h, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Looks like: The non-hybrid 2014 RLX luxury sedan
Drivetrain: 310-hp V-6 with two 27-kilowatt rear electric motors, a 35-kilowatt front electric motor and a 260-volt lithium-ion battery pack (for a combined total 377 horsepower), and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014
The 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD debuted as a concept car at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, but its gas-only sibling beat it to production. Now, the hybrid version of Acura's luxury sedan is finally gearing up to hit dealerships in the spring. The automaker is touting it as the "most powerful and technologically advanced vehicle in Acura history."
The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD keeps its gas-powered sibling's looks. Both the RLX and RLX Sport Hybrid sedans bridge the gap between the midsize and full-size sedan categories.
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.
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.
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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.
"Should I buy an Audi Q7 or an Acura MDX?"
"Will this work in the new MDX through its "slide forward" feature without removing the car seat?"
The Fix: Dealers will install an electrical noise filter adjacent to the SRS control unit for free.
What Owners Should Do: Honda will notify owners starting in late October. Owners can visit www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or call 800-999-1009 (Honda) or 800-382-2238 (Acura) for more information.
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