When Honda manufactured a sedan that had many luxury features, the executives decided to market it under its own brand; hence, "Acura" came to be in 1984.
With each year, the brand has continued to remain ahead of its competitors and since it introduced Acura SUV models to its lineup, the brand has gotten even better. We decided to come up with our own list of the top 10 Acura SUV models of all-time.
10. 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
Car and Driver describes how this three-row hybrid crossover can crank up to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and up to 100 mph in 15.5 seconds. It has variable dampers that are electronically- controlled, thereby enabling body and wheel motion management without compromising on the quality of the ride.
Its only drawbacks are the non-spacious third-row seats that limit the cargo space, a light electric-assisted power steering, and loose front seat bolsters that might not support the driver's thighs when driving at corners.
9. 2016 Acura MDX
According to CNET, the 2016 Acura MDX is fuel-efficient such that it will kick into idle-stop mode at red lights to save on your fuel, and it is relatively well-insulated to keep the interior quiet. As for its performance, direct fuel injection into the 3.5-liter V6 engine will have it releasing an output of 290 horsepower and torque of 267 pound-feet.
The navigation system is perfect with the maps being easy to read and helping you avoid traffic based on satellite data. The vehicle, like other Acura SUVs, can seat seven people making it perfect for those trips you have to squeeze a few extra passengers.
8. 2016 Acura RDX
We describe the RDX as the first crossover SUV for the Acura brand, and with the 2016 model, it added a few more features that made it a must-have. It is not only affordable, but it offers speed, efficiency, and style.
Motor Trend details out the car's efficiency as 19-20 mpg in the city while on the highway it ranges between 28 and 29 mpg and Edmunds emphasizes its fuel economy, spacious rear seats, ample cargo space. The only cons with the 2016 Acura RDX are the distracting tech-interface and high-tech safety features.
7. 2018 Acura MDX
This model was voted as the best luxury 3-row SUV by the U.S. News World Report that considered opinions from professional automotive journalists as well as other factors over five years. It has a V6 engine powerful enough to render a fast yet smooth ride while the safety features include road departure mitigation system, lane keeping assist system, adaptive cruise control, and a collision mitigation braking system.
6. 2018 Acura RDX
According to Acura Columbus, the 2018 Acura RDX was voted the best luxury SUV by the U.S News World Report due to its many standard features, excellent crash results, ample seating space, and comfort during the ride.
The premium features include heated and ventilated front seats, solar-sensing climate control linked to the GPS and a 10-speaker sound system.
5. 2014 Acura MDX
When we ranked the top ten Acura models between 2006 and 2016, 2014 Acura MDX came in at number 5 praising its power enabled by a V6 engine with a 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque that are enough to haul a trailer, as the article puts it.
While according to U.S News scorecard the vehicle's rating is 7.8 out of 10 due to its poor reliability, it was voted the best luxury 3-row midsize SUV thanks to its roomy interior and affordability. It has a good fuel economy and great safety ratings with the downside being its spongy brake pedal feel.
4. 2019 Acura MDX
Now boasting of a standard idle start/stop feature across all 2019 Acura MDX models, you can be sure that your fuel will not go to waste when in traffic, and since most users had complained of a slow restart in previous models, it has now improved.
The infotainment system can be nerve–wrecking since a simple task like adjusting the fan speed and mode requires multiple touches while most of its major options are bundled into packages. Other than that, you will appreciate the 3.5-liter V6 engine that emits a horsepower of 290hp and a torque reaching 267 lb-ft, like most other Acura SUV models.
3. 2019 Acura RDX
With one buyer recommending it as close to being perfect, the 2019 Acura RDX is every driver's dream, and the only reason it does not rank as the first on this list is the transmission issues. The leather seats are exquisite, the sound surround system is amazing, it is comfortable offering spacious legroom and headroom as well as cargo space while the engine power and torque are magnificent, enabling the vehicle to negotiate curves with ease.
The problem with the transmission is that you feel like you are driving on high gear even at low speed and it can get on your nerves when you are trying to drive into a parking spot.
2. 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
Car Buzz admits that the 2018 Acura MDX Spirt Hybrid is among the best sporting hybrids on the market. It has high fuel economy figures with the city averaging at 26 mpg while highway driving averages ta 27mpg. Besides its power is a force to reckon with considering that its 3.0-liter V6 engine has three electric motors that produce 321 hp and 289 pound-feet of torque.
As for the acceleration, it can reach 60 mph within 6.5 seconds. Driving through slippery roads is not an issue since the all-wheel-drive setup facilitates a firm grip, although it does not have some off-road options including hill descent control.
1. 2015 Acura MDX
For a car that scores 94% based on reliability comfort, value for money, exterior styling, interior design and performance, the 2015 Acura MDX deserves to clinch the top spot in this lineup.
The Car Connection gives us a detailed review of what to expect with this model: the comfort and quality are excellent due to the large cargo space and luxurious interior while the safety features include stability control and forward collision warnings. The performance is unrivaled thanks to its responsive transmission and a V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower.
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