The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Z_CNHI News Service

September 23, 2013

Popular Acura MDX has more speed, technology, fuel efficiency

Since the dawn of the automotive industry, car companies have used two words to sell their newest vehicles: More horsepower.

That's especially been true among luxury cars, where over-the-top gobs of power become bragging rights and nuclear weapons in advertising wars.

The all-new MDX bucks this trend for 2014, though. It doesn't have more horsepower or a bigger engine. It has smarter horsepower.

Its power output has dropped from 300 to 290 this year, but you can't feel that from the driver's seat because Acura did such a good job giving this car a tight, zippy feeling. 

It accelerates with confidence and has a syrupy smooth response from its 3.5-liter, Honda-derived V6 engine. But thanks to the new powertrain — and lots of little engineering refinements to reduce weight and wind resistance — it is now rated for up to 28 mpg on the highway and 20 in the city.

It also accelerates faster from 0-60 mph and has recorded lap times at the Nurburgring racetrack in Germany that are eight seconds quicker than before.

See what I mean? It's not more horsepower, but it's smarter horsepower.

The MDX also gets an all-new body for 2014, but many people won't be able to tell that at first glance. It's a very conservative redesign for an all-new car, presumably because Acura didn't want to mess with a good thing. The MDX is its top-selling car, after all.

If you want to spot the new MDX on the road, the biggest giveaway is its new "Jewel Eye" LED headlamps. They look like faceted diamonds rather than the traditional, single-element headlights on older car designs.

Inside, there are lots of updates to the technology, both standard and optional.

The Advance Package upgrade includes lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control — the same features that make the RLX sedan nearly autonomous — along with remote engine start, an ultra-wide DVD screen in the back, and front and rear parking sensors.

Text Only
Z_CNHI News Service
  • 072214 Diamond Llama 1.jpg Llama on the loose corralled in Missouri town

    A llama on the lam cruised Main Street Tuesday before it mistook a resident’s fenced backyard for a place to grab a meal and freshen up.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • When your doctor commits suicide, things get complicated

    When they call for appointments, patients are told they can't see their doctor. Ever. The standard line: "We are sorry, but your doctor died suddenly."

    July 15, 2014

  • NWS-HB0713-HowardMartin-004.jpg Airman laid to rest back home in Indiana six decades after death

    The mystery of what happened to a military transport plane that disappeared in the fall of 1952 into an Alaskan glacier was solved two years ago when a helicopter crew spotted the wreckage. But it took another two years to retrieve the remains of Airman Howard Miller and 16 other servicemen passengers. Saturday, Miller was laid to rest in his hometown of Elwood, Ind., with full military honors. Hundreds turned out for the funeral and burial services.

    July 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps

     I climbed the ladder quickly, free to work any hours in any location for any pay. I moved from market to market, always achieving a better title, a better salary. Succeeding.

    July 8, 2014

  • Nation's first soda tax could come to Berkeley

    The Berkeley City Council unanimously decided last week to put the 1-cent-per-ounce tax on the ballot this November. Approving the tax would mean a major defeat for the soda industry, which has spent millions to crush the effort nationwide.

    July 7, 2014

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Declare your independence from empty slogans

    'Independence Day' is now an ironic celebration in a country where the president promotes government dependence over actual freedom, and where bumper-sticker slogans have replaced actual, independent thought.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • President Barack Obama mug Best president? Worst president? Don't read too much into those polls

    The questions about who are the best and worst post-WWII presidents are useless. What they mainly show is that Republicans are far more unified around a single story than are Democrats.

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • What states can do on their own about immigration

    It's official: Congress won't take up immigration reform this year. This week, President Barack Obama said he'll use executive actions to change policies unilaterally.

    July 1, 2014

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Taxi owners, government patrons try forcing Uber to go 'off-duty'

    Uber gives urban passengers an enticing alternative. Rides on-demand arrive faster than taxis, are cheaper and cleaner, and get rated by customers. Rather than hail innovation, government enablers are helping the heavily regulated taxicab industry freeze out the upstart.

    June 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • The Internet has changed how we curse

    Relatively recent technologies — cable television, satellite radio, and social media — provide us with a not-too-unrealistic picture of how often people swear in public and what they say when they do.

    June 24, 2014

Front page
Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Poll

What are your plans for the weekend?

Enjoying the outdoors
Staying in out of the heat
Traveling
Other
     View Results
AP Video
Olympics 2014
Featured Comment
Featured Ads
Blue Zones Project
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.