Big Changes in Store for Acura’s Sport Sedan
Much like its hot new stable mate—the brand new TLX—the 2016 ILX will bring a sharper performance focus while delivering a greater set of high-value comfort, convenience and safety features that consumers desire in the increasingly competitive entry-luxury field.
Catch the unveiling of the ILX on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Acura booth at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
New for 2015
After undergoing a substantial makeover for the 2014 model year, the MDX returns for 2015 with the same stellar style and performance fans have come to expect from Acura's best-selling midsize crossover.
Ahead of the Curve
Crossovers by nature are meant to be the automotive equivalent of a Swiss Army knife; versatility their purpose, performance their passion. While some brands focus on performance at the expense of standard features (we’re looking at you, Europeans) and others focus squarely on exterior showmanship (guilty as charged American luxury brands) the Acura MDX balances all these qualities into one compelling package.
For 2015 the narrative is largely the same. After receiving a welcome redesign for 2014, the MDX returns better than ever, offering a long list of standard luxury features and the type of performance and utility buyers in this segment crave. If the MDX is indeed the Swiss Army knife of automobiles, the 2015 model is the sharpest version yet.
Powertrains and Performance
The MDX is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that creates 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic are standard, while all-wheel drive is optional.
All-wheel drive models are particularly impressive and employ Acura’s patented Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ technology (SH-AWD®). It works by independently supplying power and torque to not only the front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels. This results in superior handling and vehicle control on wet and dry roads, as well as heightened composure when pushing the MDX to its limits.
As well as being enjoyable to drive, the MDX delivers excellent fuel economy in both FWD and AWD configurations. EPA-estimated fuel economy with FWD models is 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway),* while AWD MDX models earn 21 mpg combined (18 city/27 highway).*
Trims and Features
The 2015 Acura MDX is a desirable midsize luxury crossover that features three rows and enough space to seat seven. It’s also incredibly value-packed, sporting just one well-appointed trim. What other luxury brands would include in expensive add-ons the MDX generously offers as standard equipment.
Starting at $42,565,** buyers get automatic LED headlights, heated mirrors, and rather nifty power liftgate. The MDX also sports keyless ignition and entry, heated eight-way power front seats, and genuine leather upholstery. Standard electronic amenities include one seven-inch and one eight-inch console, multi-angle rearview camera, and Bluetooth® smartphone support for hands-free calling and audio streaming.
Of course, buyers looking to further stock their MDX can choose from a number of packages. These include a Technology package that adds navigation, AcuraLink, and an upgraded 10-speaker ELS surround-sound system. There’s also a Technology and Entertainment package that adds heated rear seats and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, complete with additional speaker and nine-inch screen.
Other package options range from front and rear parking sensors to upgraded leather upholstery and ventilated front seats. The customization and features list for the 2015 MDX is grand in scope, and goes a long way in proving that there is surely an MDX that will fit virtually all of your needs.
The MDX received the bulk of its makeover last year but we’re happy to report that all the highlights remain for the 2015 model year. The MDX has long been a fan favorite and top seller and it’s not hard to see why. Drivers have always appreciated its slick design , which returns once more, albeit with a slightly more curvaceous body and chiseled front end. But perhaps the most engaging aspect of the 2015 MDX are its gorgeous multi-projector “Jewel Eye” headlights. Not only do they turn heads during the day, but provide enhanced visibility at night.
Thankfully, the exterior is matched by the interior. Here, the MDX’s dapper dimensions are met with an equally pleasing aesthetic. The dash sweeps around the front, enveloping both driver and front passenger in luxury, while the center console is incredibly user friendly and arcs upward into a “V” shape. Here, drivers will find not one but two screens, with the top screen conveniently dedicated to displaying navigation.
There’s also plenty of space for occupants. The 2015 MDX seats seven, with two up front, three in the second row, and two in the third row. What’s more, the third row is incredibly easy to access, requiring just a press of a button thanks to the MDX’s one-touch walk in feature. Lugging around cargo is also a breeze, providing 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space with all three rows intact and 90.9 cubic feet of room with the rear rows folded flat.
Safety is another area where the 2015 MDX shines. In addition to standard equipment such as antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, active front head restraints and traction and stability control, the MDX also comes with a standard rearview camera.
Additionally, shoppers can augment their MDX even further with optional safety equipment, including lane-departure and blind-spot monitoring systems, forward-collision system, and a collision mitigation system. There’s also a lane-keeping assist system that keeps the MDX in its marked lane.
If there was ever a model that impressed beyond the hyperbolic statements and platitudes thrown its way, the 2015 Acura MDX would be it. By deftly incorporating all the luxury and features befitting an upscale model, instilling confidence on the road, and providing an incredible degree of versatility, the MDX easily deserves its place atop your midsize crossover shopping list.
Indeed, this is one instance where it’s ok to believe the hype. And you’ll be glad you did.
For more information, or to test drive the 2015 Acura MDX for yourself, be sure to stop by or contact our dealership today.
*Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.
**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or an $895 destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary.
Car maintenance becomes even more crucial during winter. Here are some maintenance tips to help you avoid winter mishaps.
Regular, routine maintenance. Some drivers falsely assume that once the heat of summer has ended, there's less of a need for routine maintenance. Cold weather can wreak havoc on a car's engine. Make sure you stay up-to-date on your car's maintenance. Check the vehicle's owner's manual and be sure to bring it into the dealer for regular tune-ups and oil changes. You'll also want to change air, fuel, positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system, and other filters to help your engine run more efficiently. And by the way, idling your car to "warm up" the engine often does more damage than good.
Proactive care. The winter's nice for sitting around a warm house, cozying up to loved ones, and watching holiday reruns. You may even fool yourself into thinking you don't need to be concerned with your vehicle's hard starting, rough idling, stalling, or diminished power. It'll "fix itself," you rationalize...until it doesn't fix itself. Get your car checked at the first sign of a problem or you might end up cozying up in the front seat of a tow truck with a complete stranger.
Winter precautions. Driving in the winter is tough enough. Driving with a dead battery is even tougher. Get your battery checked before you end up begging someone for a jump-start in a blizzard. It's also tough driving as you shiver. Make sure the heater works. And while you're at it, get the defroster checked because it's really difficult to drive when you can't see the road, which is why you may want to invest in some windshield wipers, too.
More winter precautions. Seeing the road is important. Being seen while you're on the road is also important. Make sure your lights are functioning properly. Replace burnt-out bulbs immediately. That includes head lights, blinkers, brake lights, and any other illuminating indicator of your presence.
The exhaust system. Get the exhaust system checked. Winter driving often means driving with all the windows up for long periods. Exhaust fumes in your vehicle can be deadly. For your next tune-up, have the exhaust system inspected while on a lift. Be sure to inspect the trunk and floor boards for leaks.
Beyond car maintenance. Bringing your car in for winter maintenance should prevent common winter service mishaps, but that's no reason to get over confident. You'd be wise to put a winter safety emergency kit in the vehicle. A kit should include extra boots, gloves, hats, and blankets. If you live in a snowy area, keep snow chains and some kitty litter in the trunk. And don't forget a flash light, some extra batteries, and a snack.
Keep in mind that the need for maintenance increases as winter approaches. The service department at the dealership where you bought your vehicle can provide specific tips for your vehicle, in addition to the general tips here. Happy driving!
Falling temperatures and impending holiday feasts create the perfect storm to foil your fitness plans. You may find yourself tempted to store away your gym shoes in favor of your fleece blanket and flannel pajamas, and snuggle up for a long winter sleep. Are you a bear? If not, then don’t hibernate this season. Follow these tips to transition your fitness routine and avoid derailing during the holidays.
Don’t let your lack of appropriate attire keep you from tackling a cold weather workout. Stock up on light layers that wick away moisture, gloves, and a hat or ear covering for the coldest temperatures. Even if you don’t get frigid temperatures during the winter months, be wary of wind chill. Invest in a breathable, wind-resistant outer layer so your walk or run isn’t cut short because of biting winds.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
If you’re noticing you have less energy during your colder workouts, it could be because you’re not drinking enough water. Hydration is always important, but especially in colder months when you don’t realize just how much you’re sweating through extra layers of clothing. You may not realize how thirsty you are until you’re already dehydrated. As a general rule, drink as much water in the fall and winter as you would if it were a blazing hot summer day.
Take Advantage of Peer Pressure
Research group fitness classes, boot camps, or training groups in your area. Group fitness is a great way to meet people, and if you sign up for a regular meet-up, it’s more likely you’ll make it to your workout when other people are depending on you. You’re also more likely to attend if you’ve already paid the membership or program fee.
Make Fitness a Tradition
Yes, pie is delicious, but there are plenty of colder weather traditions that are actually good for you. Sign up for a turkey trot and make exercising on Thanksgiving a family tradition, or look for a corn maze in your area. Fall and early winter weather is also the perfect time for a brisk hike, if you’re in an area near trails. When winter chills roll around, take every opportunity to go ice skating, indoors or outdoors. It’s a great workout, but you won’t realize you’re burning calories while you’re enjoying all the winter ambiance.
Check the weather forecast and schedule your workout for the warmest part of the day, if you can. If you work all day, this is admittedly a harder feat, but take advantage of the weekends to time your workouts perfectly and get some time outside. Fresh air always amps up energy and gives workouts an extra boost.
Not interested in braving the cold or driving to a gym? No problem. There are plenty of interval bodyweight workouts that will provide a solid burn at home. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a massive calorie-torcher, and the workout circuits are completely adaptable for at-home workouts. Also try Tabata, a HIIT variation with shorter fast-paced intervals, or running stairs. Try some indoor workouts now, so you can have a favorite routine in your back pocket to fall back on when discouraging weather strikes.
When the holiday season hits, don’t panic. Armed with these tips, you’re sure to defeat the fitness freeze this year. Now get out there and conquer the cold.
When friends and family gather around the Thanksgiving table, year after year the same course gets the spotlight: the turkey. It’s big, it’s beautiful, and it’s (hopefully) roasted to perfection. But why should turkey get all the attention? Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just looking to mix it up this year, take a look at these under-appreciated fall flavors that will make you forget all about everyone’s favorite gobbler.
Just because you’re skipping the turkey and gravy doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in autumnal flavor. This hearty butternut squash and sage lasagna perfectly combines sweet and savory for a fully satisfying meatless main course. If you need some color in your life, try this sweet potato, onion, and fontina tart with a crispy walnut-studded crust. Its delightful fall colors are only matched by its rich, roasty flavors.
Who needs cheese? These protein-packed quinoa-stuffed sweet potatoes are pure animal-product-free perfection. So is this roasted butternut squash with kale and almond pecan parmesan.
Turkey is So Last Year
Dietary restrictions aside, you might just be looking to switch up your Thanksgiving protein. The world is your oyster. You could actually serve oysters, if you’re into that. Try one of these scrumptious, non-turkey carnivorous options for the holidays:
- Red meat: the rich taste of this beef rib roast will have your guests wondering why you didn’t ditch turkey long ago. A combination of rosemary and black pepper bring out the flavor of the meat while also creating delightfully seasonal aromas.
- Everyone gets a bird with this recipe for roasted Cornish hens with morels and leeks. Cornish hens are completely different than turkey, obviously, but it still looks like you’re serving your guests perfectly seasoned, deliciously crispy, mini turkeys, which sound way better than regular old turkey.
- Pork with persimmons and mustard greens: if the taste of this pork doesn’t convince you, take a look at the cook time. This pork loin only takes an hour before you can dig in. Say goodbye to waiting around for five hours for your oversized bird to roast.
- Double meat: if one meat is just not enough, this roasted pork loin with pancetta and sage takes pork to a new level. Better yet, this simple recipe only calls for three ingredients.
Dare to be different this Thanksgiving! Swap out your turkey traditions for one of these recipes, and brace yourself for guests asking for seconds.
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As you clean-up the kitchen after another successful Thanksgiving meal, your mind might start thinking about what to do about all the food you’re trying to stuff into Tupperware. Why not get out of your rut and try one of the following five creative ideas for your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Don’t forget breakfast
Use two different Thanksgiving leftovers by topping a mashed potato cake with a fried egg and serve turkey hash on the side. Simply mash together 1 cup of leftover potatoes with 1 egg, 1/4 cup milk and any leftover chopped sage until smooth. Pour a small amount in a greased frying pan and brown. Create the turkey hash by combining 1 cup leftover, diced turkey meat with onion, garlic, red pepper, frozen corn and chopped parsley. You can even moisten the mixture with a little left over gravy.
Turkey sandwiches with Asian fusion
Choose a thick, whole wheat, or regular baguette for this sandwich and then cut it down for individual sandwiches. Chop chilled, leftover turkey meat and mix with mayonnaise and Asian chile sauce. Spread the turkey mixture on top of one half a baguette, add a layer of thinly sliced cucumber, grated carrot and chopped, fresh cilantro. You can adjust the heat from the chile sauce to suite your own palate or even add a few sliced jalapeno chiles for even more kick.
Elevate your favorite turkey soup
Making soup with leftover turkey is a smart way to utilize the carcass. You can amp up your favorite recipe when you add dumplings made from 2 cups of leftover turkey stuffing. Whisk together 2 eggs, 6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, salt and pepper, then add your stuffing. Mix together until combined and hold in reserve. When your soup is at the simmering point, and all the ingredients have been added except for the already cooked turkey meat, make balls of the stuffing dumpling using 1 level teaspoon and rolling the mixture into balls to drop into the soup. The dumplings are done when they float, approximately 3 to 4 minutes.
Serve a classic salad with a twist
After a day of heavy eating, shred a couple of cups of leftover turkey meat and create a Waldorf salad. Toss the meat with sliced celery, chopped celery leaves, 1 chopped apple, a handful of toasted, chopped pecans and 1 cup of halved red seedless grapes. Make a dressing using a half cup of yogurt (regular or non-fat), a couple tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon honey, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve on a bed of fresh greens.
Transform sweet potatoes into dessert
Transform leftover sweet potatoes into a brulee for dessert. Mix together thoroughly 1 cup of pureed leftover sweet potatoes, 1 cup low-fat half and half, 1 egg white, and 1/3 cup of brown sugar. Follow the directions for baking as you would for any brulee. Remove when done and chill the covered custard cups for a minimum of two hours. Heat the broiler to high with the rack 4 to 6 inches below the heat. Sprinkle brulee tops with 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and put on a baking sheet to broil for 2 to 4 minutes. Remove immediately when the sugar begins to caramelize.
While you’re shopping for your own Thanksgiving meal ingredients this year, pick-up food items for donation to your local food bank at the same time. These 5 creative ideas for your Thanksgiving leftovers will taste even better knowing that a less fortunate family will also be thankful.
Thanksgiving dinner is a time for a fun family feast—but it’s also a fat-eating fete where butter makes an appearance in almost every dish on the table, and indigestion is frequently part of the last course. A typical Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and sides can easily reach 2,500 calories and that’s not counting drinks and appetizers. For dieters, Thanksgiving is often a day of either self-imposed deprivation or I-ate-too-much remorse.
The good news is you can have a traditional turkey dinner and still stay within a reasonable caloric intake by tweaking your favorite recipes just a bit, reducing the size of your portions, and eating as slowly as possible. That way, you can enjoy everything on the table without guilt or regret.
You’ll consume fewer calories and less fat if you eat breast meat than if you dine on the dark, but the dark side of the turkey doesn’t deserve the poor reputation it’s earned over the years. The nutritional difference between servings of white and dark meat is really only 20 calories and 2 grams of fat, and dark meat actually contains predominantly heart-healthy fats and a healthier high mineral content.
So, what’s the real belly-busting culprit? Turkey skin. Keep the skin on during roasting to retain moisture, but skip adding it to your plate and save yourself hundreds of calories and a significant serving of fat.
Skinny mashed potatoes
This Thanksgiving, indulge in spectacular spuds, mashed to perfection, but banish the cream and butter and save a ton of gratuitous calories and fat grams. Instead, make your mashed with skim milk or chicken broth, and for less than 160 calories per serving, you can have a delicious mound of fluffy potatoes on your plate.
The key to cutting calories in gravy is to make sure you remove the fat. If you can make the gravy ahead of time, you can chill it and remove almost all of the extra fat that rises to the top. If not, pour the pan juices into a fat separator. Discard the fat, but keep all the tasty drippings. Don’t over-thicken the gravy. A thin gravy has fewer calories than a thick, gloppy gravy, and you’ll use less when you ladle it onto your potatoes or meat.
Simply superb stuffing
You can cut down on fat and calories in your turkey stuffing without cutting out flavor. Load up your stuffing with a ton of fruits and veggies and skip the sausage and butter. Use fat-free chicken broth to moisten the stuffing and chop up apples, onions, celery, mushrooms, apricots, cranberries, shallots, and parsley and mix with whole wheat cubes, similar to this recipe from SparkPeople.
Naturally sweet potatoes
You don’t need a ton of butter, sugar, and nuts in or on your sweet potatoes—and there’s certainly no need for marshmallows! Save the super sweets for the last course, and enjoy the naturally sweet flavor of a yam or sweet potato that is baked in its jacket.
Relish your cranberries
A half-inch slice of sweetened, canned cranberry sauce contains about 86 calories, but you can cut that number in half if you make your own homemade cranberry sauce. Search the Internet for a recipe you like, or opt for this recipe for a spiced cranberry sauce.
Dessert for the Deserving
You’ve saved so many calories this Thanksgiving by using lower-calorie recipes and flinging fat to the curb—now you can indulge in your favorite Thanksgiving desserts without worries. Pick two of the desserts at your table and take one skinny slice of each treat. Sure, you can make a dessert with low-fat ingredients or artificial sugar, but why not enjoy a small bit of something amazing instead of a huge amount of something ho-hum? Just make sure you think twice before going back for a second plate!