Crossover customers looking for a sure thing can find two of them at Acura Dealers Las Vegas. That’s the latest line from the recently released U.S. News & World Report “Best Cars for the Money” Awards, which honored both the two-row Acura RDX and the three-row Acura MDX.
The duo is available at select Car Dealers In Lansing Mi, too, as well as at Acura dealerships across the country, with each recognized for having “the best combination of positive reviews, price and long-term ownership costs in its class.”
For the 2014 Acura RDX, that class was “Luxury Compacts SUVs” and included rivals like the BMW X1 and Infiniti QX50. Needless to say, the RDX schooled those two and the rest of the competition thanks to features like a “powerful, yet fuel-efficient V-6, spacious interior and user-friendly tech features.”
Digging a little deeper, the RDX showcases a 3.5-liter engine that develops 273 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of torque, but also can deliver EPA grades of up to 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway/23 mpg combined in its two-wheel-drive configuration. Drivers who need the additional grip of all-wheel drive will barely notice a change at the gas pumps, since the AWD RDX still rings up an EPA line of 19/27/22.
Also, regardless of powertrain, the RDX provides access to the full range of Acura infotainment and connectivity technologies, highlighted by the AcuraLink system that can be enhanced with Real-Time Traffic and Real-Time Weather features, a destination database and a database for Zagat restaurant reviews.
Remember, too, that Acura’s other Best for the Money winner, the MDX, is much more than just an RDX with an added row of seating. It topped the “Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUVs” segment ahead of competitors like the Infiniti QX60 and Lincoln MKT, thanks to “refined driving dynamics and great fuel economy for the class.”
In fact, despite a more powerful V-6 under the hood, serving up 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque, the two-wheel-drive MDX achieves the exact same EPA ratings of 20/28/23 as the similarly configured RDX. The MDX also offers a high-tech all-wheel-drive setup, in this case the latest iteration of the Acura-exclusive Super Handling-All Wheel Drive system.
The next generation of the AcuraLink connectivity/infotainment technology also debuts on the MDX, complemented by navigation, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic, voice recognition and more.
Said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales: “The MDX and RDX continue to win accolades for their outstanding combination of exhilarating performance, great fuel efficiency, and outstanding value on a luxury scale. With the five-passenger RDX and new seven-passenger MDX, Acura has unquestionably two of the most competitive luxury SUVs in the market.”
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