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Acura MDX InfographicBusiness for Acura has been in a weird place, recently, and the company's latest car launches have been especially rocky. For example, the ILX Hybrid was recently discontinued after just two model years with only about 2,660 sold in that time. The company also delayed the launch of its new TLX by a few months until later this summer. However, despite its issues with sedans, the automaker's utility-vehicle business in absolutely booming. In fact, it now claims that the MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV ever.

The MDX is already leading its class this year with 30,664 units sold through June 2014, up 68.4 percent compared 2013. Also, in five of the last six months of reported sales, Acura has posted gains. It appears that the company's utility lineup is really pushing it along.

To take the bestseller ever crown, Acura claims that through its three generations, the MDX has sold a cumulative 692,710 units. The premium model has also been at the top of the annual sales rankings for three-row luxury crossovers every year since 2002. The company believes that its nearest competitor is the Lincoln Navigator with an estimated 420,000 lifetime sales, and even arguably more comparable vehicles like the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class only have 350,000 or fewer sales under their belts. Of course, it probably doesn't hurt that the MDX has one of the lower starting prices in its class.

The first-gen MDX was introduced in 2000 and grabbed accolades almost immediately, including the prestigious North American Truck of the Year. Acura added the third-gen model last summer, and we found it to be a good value in our review but not very engaging to drive. Buyers don't appear to care, though, because the MDX is a certified success. Scroll down to read the company's press release about its sales crown.
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Acura MDX Cements Position as America's All-Time Best-Selling 3-Row Luxury SUV

TORRANCE, Calif., July 11, 2014 – Record sales in the first six months of 2014 has strengthened the third-generation MDX's position as America's best-selling three-row luxury SUV – not only in 2014, but of all time. Through June, sales of MDX are up 68.4 percent (compared to the same period last year) to 30,664 units, bringing cumulative sales of the MDX over its nearly 15-year history to 692,710 units, making it the most popular three-row luxury SUV of all time*. In fact, the MDX has topped all other three-row luxury SUVs in the annual sales rankings in every year since 2002. Cumulative U.S. sales of MDX are anticipated to surpass 700,000 units before the end of the year.

"Luxury car buyers have spoken, and we really want to thank our Acura customers for making the MDX the clear winner among three-row luxury SUVs," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura Division. "MDX is the clear benchmark in its class, consistently delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that luxury buyers are after."

Acura pioneered the three-row crossover luxury SUV segment when it launched the first-generation MDX in 2000 as a 2001 model, when the MDX captured both the Motor Trend SUV of the Year and North American Truck of the Year titles. For three generations, the U.S. engineering team responsible for MDX has steadily advanced and refined the original concept of the MDX – a three-row, 7-passenger luxury SUV with superior packaging, fuel efficiency, and ride and handling performance.

The third-generation, 2014 Acura MDX, introduced in June 2013, has undergone a complete makeover, starting with the development of an all-new, more rigid and lightweight body and chassis, dropping more than 275 pounds versus the previous model and boasting major gains in body rigidity, aerodynamic efficiency and low running resistance.

A safety leader, the third-generation MDX applies Acura's next-generation ACE™ body structure and the first-ever use of Acura's new hot-stamped steel, one-piece door stiffener ring. As a result of these and other design enhancements, the MDX obtained class-leading EPA fuel-economy ratings of 20/28/23 mpg city/highway/combined while earning both a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS, a feat only one other luxury SUV has matched. The MDX also offers greater interior comfort, advanced connectivity via its next-generation AcuraLink™ system, and greatly improved third-row entry and exit via its kid-friendly One-Touch Walk-In feature.

The MDX has been designed, developed and manufactured in North America for three generations. The third-generation MDX is manufactured exclusively at the company's Lincoln, Alabama automobile and engine production facility, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance-luxury vehicles through a network of 275 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models: the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan (arriving this summer), the ILX compact luxury sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger MDX luxury sport utility vehicle. Acura was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the third consecutive year as the top luxury brand for retained value, with products that are projected to hold more of their original value after five years of ownership than any other luxury brand.

For More Information
Consumer information is available at http://www.acura.com/ . To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/Acura. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the Acura line can be found at http://www.acuranews.com/

*Sales numbers based on Automotive News Sales Database 1999-2014; manufacturer data for prior to 1994.
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      darthjayson
      • 6 Months Ago
      I long for the day when automotive journalists can drop the tired trope that a car, suv or truck must be "exciting" to drive and finally abandon the needless self-referential proclamations that they are in fact "enthusiasts". First, a car enthusiast gets pleasure from all aspects of automobiles, not just the ones that go fast. Second, not every car can be a Porsche 918 (nor should they). The constant bemoaning of a family car's lack of track-day excitement speaks more to the insecurity of the writer than a lack of attention by the auto engineer.
      550PlusX5
      • 6 Months Ago
      The MDX is actually a pretty decent CUV.. They use to be only available AWD but now they offer a FWD which is probably good enough for most people. It makes more sense then the latest sDrive X5's that are RWD... I've seen a lot of these on the road.. Trivial question. Where exactly is the rear exhaust pipes?
      jphyundai
      • 6 Months Ago
      Most people that buy this vehicle are not looking for an "engaging" driving experience. Try to leave these kinds of personal opinions out of the final copy. What the editor wants in this case is highly irrelevant.
        bullitt2605
        • 6 Months Ago
        @jphyundai
        May be not but they handle extremely well for their size. Everyone comments on the off road ability of a Range Rover but no one buys them to go off road.
      Design1stCode2nd
      • 6 Months Ago
      Not surprising. It's cheap "relatively speaking", you get good value and Honda reliability. If I wanted a family hauler with nice amenities that I could run for 10 years without worry it would be an MDX.
      dacelbot
      • 6 Months Ago
      Well, they deserve it. I definitely see more Escalades than Navigators though... Or MDX's for that matter
        airchompers
        • 6 Months Ago
        @dacelbot
        you live next to a lot of crack dealers?
        PiCASSO
        • 6 Months Ago
        @dacelbot
        I'm with you... Living in Northwest suburbs of Chicago. And don't think my crack dealer operates in my neighborhood.
      550PlusX5
      • 6 Months Ago
      BTW: autoblog, you need to fix the minor spelling error. "The company also delayed the launch of its new TLX by a few months until later this summer. However, despite its issues with sedans, the automaker's utility-vehicle business in absolutely booming." "is absolutely booming" :)
        urbansophistic
        • 6 Months Ago
        @550PlusX5
        Beginning to wonder if Autoblog employs a copy editor because those errors are quite common on the site.
      bK
      • 6 Months Ago
      that second gen mdx really paved the way for the thirds sucess. There was nothing like the second gen mdx when it first came out other than the Lexus RX.
      superchan7
      • 6 Months Ago
      For all the criticism Acura gets, they sure got the MDX right. Looks great, laden with features and tech, benchmark build quality, the most evil headlamps in automotive history, sells like hotcakes.
      herrstreet
      • 6 Months Ago
      It would be my first choice as a car for my wife that would be ok for me to drive when the whole family is out and about together. Nice design, nice tech, decent power, good comfort, lots of space.
      CarCrazy24
      • 6 Months Ago
      Our 2014 MDX has been a fantastic car...spacious and comfortable and space for 7 while being well priced and getting incredible mileage. The navigation system is old fashioned, but other than that we have loved every mile in our car and would recommend it to any small family looking for a little extra space and luxury without having to pay $60k plus for a German model.
        normc32
        • 6 Months Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        The MDX is listed to be captioned to be$57,400!
      Master Austin
      • 6 Months Ago
      I wanna betcha the Navigator is far out more profitable even if it has less sales...
      DBrown
      • 6 Months Ago
      I liked Acura better in the Legend-Integra-NSX days, but the MDX is clearly a strong product. Quibble about Acura's press release if you like. Now if only Acura can revive its sedans. The ILX is a very lazy effort, and the RLX's pricing and styling are all wrong. It's a shame, since the hybrid all-wheel-drive RLX is a good performer and full of interesting tech. RE: the MDX being a boring drive. Apparently Car & Driver disagrees with Autoblog: http://www.caranddriver.com/acura/mdx "This is the most fun you can have driving any lux-u-vee with three rows of seats." http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2014-acura-mdx-first-drive-review "the 2014 MDX remains among the sportiest and most dynamic three-row SUVs extant." And a good weekend to all! :-)
        DBrown
        • 6 Months Ago
        @DBrown
        And yes, I know the TLX is coming. Hope it's something good!
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