Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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
  • In cuffs... 'Warlock' in West Virginia accused of sexual assault

    Police in West Virginia say a man claiming to be a “warlock” used promises of magical spells to lure children into committing sexual acts with him.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • quake.jpg Pennsylvania won’t take action following Ohio ruling on quakes, fracking

    Pennsylvania officials plan no action despite new Ohio rules on drilling that affect a seismically active area near the state line.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Warren's populist pitch on student loans is off key

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren's populist rhetoric pumps up students about their loan burdens, but she conveniently neglects to mention the real problem - the exorbitant cost of college - much less how she's benefitted from those high prices.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • portraitoflotte.jpg VIDEO: From infant to teen in four minutes

    Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester’s time lapse video of his daughter, Lotte — created by filming her every week from her birth until she turned 14 — has become a viral sensation.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Allergies are the real midlife crisis

    One of the biggest mysteries is why the disease comes and goes, and then comes and goes again. People tend to experience intense allergies between the ages of 5 and 16, then get a couple of decades off before the symptoms return in the 30s, only to diminish around retirement age.

    April 15, 2014

  • Google acquires drone maker Titan Aerospace to spread Internet

    Google is adding drones to its fleets of robots and driverless cars.
    The Internet search company said it acquired Titan Aerospace, the maker of high-altitude, solar-powered satellites that provides customer access to data services around the world. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

    April 14, 2014

  • Screen shot 2014-04-11 at 4.49.09 PM.png Train, entertain your pets with these 3 smartphone apps

    While they may not have thumbs to use the phone, pets can benefit from smartphone apps designed specifically for them.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stepping forward: The real Colbert

    Letterman changed the late-night TV game between his run on NBC's "Late Night" and starting the "Late Show" franchise in 1993. And while it's tough to replace a pop-culture icon, Colbert, in terms of pedigree and sense of humor, makes the most sense.

    April 11, 2014

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Obama's equal pay exaggeration leads us all into danger

    The president's claims of national shame over gender-based pay inequity spring from distorted calculations, as well as some convenient political math.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Teens trading naked selfies for mugshots

    Will teenagers ever learn? You think yours will. Maybe so. But it's likely that was also the hope of the parents of children who were so shamed by nude photos of themselves that went south - how else can they go - that they killed themselves.

    April 10, 2014

AP Video
Business Marquee
College Sports
Pro Sports
Facebook