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2014 Acura MDX: A Budget Crossover

For 2014, Acura has completely redesigned its MDX model with highlights like improved fuel economy, luxurious high quality interior and improved control interface. The revamped 2014 Acura MDX illustrates its evolution as well as benefits it comes with. The previous generation SUV model from Acura was quite a success among buyers, especially the ones who like midsize luxury crossovers because it came with luxurious nature and sporty performance at a much lower price as compared to other luxury midsize crossovers. But, as we say there is always a room for improvement, so has already been implemented by Acura in its new MDX as they have made some canny upgrades to present a more refined version with the aim of achieving broader appeal.

2014 Acura MDX

MDX which hit the market last year has the same platform as Honda and Odyssey, however this year it comes with a rather new platform that provides a slightly increased interior room. The addition of useful new features in 2014 Acura MDX like forward sliding second row with touch button feature to facilitate third row seats access makes it a complete value for money. Array of control buttons which were quite a put off in previous versions do no longer exist and have made way for a smarter 7 inch touchscreen panel making dash look more cleaner and modern.

Under the hood, 2014 Acura MDX has introduced new 3.5 liter V6 engine which offers lower end torque because of its direct fuel injection technology. However, the horsepower is less by 10hp if compared to its previous version 3.7 liter engine. The car maker is saying that their new MDX is powerful enough to reach from 0 to 60 mph half a second earlier then what its previous version was offering because this time they have reduced weight almost by 275 pounds. The newly introduced engine also brings with it improved fuel economy and their AWD models specifically offer up to 17 percent improvement in the mpg. Make a first critical move in its midsize crossover production, Acura offering MDX 2014 with two wheel drive option which is quite a gift for buyers living in mild climates as it becomes fuel efficient and less expensive.

The talent featured by Acura MDX all these years is quite formidable, but it also faces tough competition from the better and pricier versions of midsize crossovers which also ready to hit the 2014 SUV market with even more pomp and show. Giving direct competition to Acura MDX is 2014 Buick Enclave, which is undoubtedly more spacious and less expensive but also lacks the refinement and handling offered by Acura. In refinement and technology, 2014 Acura MDX has a competitor in 2014 BMW X5 which is more or less a performance oriented SUV but is slightly higher on the price band. On the other hand, Infiniti’s QX60 and MKT from Lincoln fail to offer enjoyable driving dynamics which are a positive point with Acura MDX. So, if you are also looking for a midsized SUV that can offer pleasant handling, excellent driving dynamics, and lovable features then highly evolved 2014 Acura MDX is our best pick.

The 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class

The 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class is one of the most perfect SUVs in the market. This stunningly stylish super utility vehicle is one hell of an off-roader and yet is a favorite and strong status symbol for the high end families in the up-class suburbs. What’s newer with the already new SUV is that it has recently been awarded with the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ honor by The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Though what this amazing charmer can do and what it is used for isn’t always the same thing, this is a life for a luxury SUV it cannot escape from. The current 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class looks more aggressive yet it doesn’t come too strong on you thus holding on to its outward image. On the inside, this plush SUV sports swooping curves and sculpted lines with soft sedan-like features.

While the 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class does flaunt its off-roadness with sharp lines and masculine structure, it drives like a luxury sedan most of the time sporting a smooth, refined character behind the wheel. The SUV takes it all away with strong and responsive powertrain, secure handling and confident roadholding. The new 302 horsepower base V-6 engine in the M-class, which is a 3.6 liter 60-degree V6 engine was completely new last year and its one of the best V6 luxury engines. The gasoline engines especially tend to work well in concert with the seven sped automatic transmission, singing all the way up to the rev range with no rough edges. While the ML550 model sport a stronger, direct injection 4.6 liter V8 good for 402 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, the top-of-the-range ML63 AMG boasts a 5.5 liter biturbo V-8 making 518 hp and 516 pound feet of torque which gets better with the AMG Performance Package.

The 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class offers many of the same comforts, infotainment, connectivity and plush luxury features you’ll find in the brands top sedans like the S-class; as well as some features that help it stand out against other utility vehicles. To a list a few standouts, there is a heated or cooled cup holder that keeps a capability of heating up to 141 degrees F and there is an iPad docking station – positioned between the front seats and in view for the rear passengers (which is soon to be available in all Mercedes Benz models).

With classier and more upscale interiors than the previous generations, the M-Class still looks familiar in its current design; however, the detailing is more with a broad grille, large air dams and more lines and creasing on the sides.

Tasteful exterior, indulging interiors, the new 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class has turned out to be a pleasant vehicle to drive, even on a challenging track. The crossover faces tough competition with models like the redesigned 2014 BMW X5 that provides better handling, or the 2014 Porsche Cayenne, or the 2014 Acura MDX and Lexus RX 350. But for those who feel like cruising in dignified comfort, the 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class is a good satisfaction.

Honda and Acura to Unveil New Concepts at 2013 Detroit Auto Show

The 2013 North American Auto Show is coming up next month, and several automakers are prepping to debut new, innovative models and concepts. Two automakers, in particular, Honda, and its luxury marque Acura have plans to showcase new SUV models.

The new Honda SUV, which was recently teased in a released sketch and has been labeled the Honda Urban SUV Concept, is “a global concept model combining a sporty and dynamic SUV profile with a spacious, functional interior,” according to the brand. It’s scheduled to be revealed during the brand’s NAIAS press conference, which will also be available to non-attendees via a live webcast at

The new Honda appears to compete with the likes of the Mazda CX-5 and the Nissan Murano and Juke, as it seems to be a smaller version of the 2013 Honda Crosstour. The model seems like a success in the making, so it should be interesting to see how the sales numbers stack up.

We expect the SUV to perhaps hold the brand’s new diesel engine, available in 1.6-liter and 1.5-liter variants for future models. The concept appears to be built on the brand’s new Jazz platform, and it could be sent to production lines by 2014.

The 2014 Acura MDX SUV prototype is rumored to feature appealing proportions, with smooth arching body lines paired to a rather efficient architecture, according to Honda. Acura released a more concrete image of this vehicle compared to the new Honda model, and the brand has stated that it “will feature alluring proportions with smooth, arching body lines matched to an efficient architecture.”

Though Acura also hasn’t released any technical specs, it’s possible that the 2014 MDX model will keep its current 300-hp, 3.7-liter V6 engine. We’ll also have to stay tuned to see if the SUV keeps its current Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive systems or use a simpler system, as seen in similar models.

The 2013 Detroit Auto Show is open to the public from January 19th to the 26th. Most automakers will unveil more than forty new or refreshed models during the first two press preview days of the show, as well as the following two industry days. The charity preview, which raised $3 million in 2012, will take place on the 18th.

The majority of the vehicles showcased at the event are expected to be world debuts. Last year’s Detroit Auto Show featured 42 vehicle introductions, including 38 global debuts, 26 of which were production models and 12 concept vehicles. Also, media registrations increased by about 15-20 percent last year.

This past year, more than 770,000 people attended the 2012 NAIAS on the days it was available to the public, while an additional 40,000 attendees came to the events leading up to the main show.

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