06/24/2013 (press release: CambridgePRGroup) // Peabody, Mass. // Acura of Peabody
Savvy car buyers know that the true value of their purchase won’t be fully known until they trade in their vehicle years down the road, but Edmunds.com uses its expertise to predict how much drivers might get back when that time comes. For the second straight year, Acura topped all luxury brands in the auto-research site’s Best Retained Value Awards, with its models projected to maintain 45.1 percent of their original price on average after five years of ownership.
Edmunds.com’s five-year residual values are determined using its True Market Price tool as a baseline, starting with what buyers are actually paying for their vehicles instead of the suggested retail prices. Only models that sold at least 100,000 units in the United States last year were considered for the brand-level awards. Among luxury brands, Acura beat out runners-up Lexus and Infiniti to claim its Best Retained Value Award.
“Acura continues to solidify its reputation for offering the best value of any luxury brand, but at the same time, it has been refining its lineup to appeal to drivers’ hearts just as much as their wallets,” said Joel Avery, general manager of Acura of Peabody, an Acura dealer serving Boston. “The brand is accomplishing that goal by executing its design, engineering and production all from within the United States, and the new 2014 Acura MDX is the linchpin of that stateside strategy.”
On sale this month, the 2014 Acura MDX crossover SUV was conceptualized at the brand’s design studio in Torrance, Calif., and it is the automaker’s first vehicle to ride on a platform created solely by Acura’s research and development team in Raymond, Ohio. The redesigned MDX is also the first Acura model to be produced at Honda’s Lincoln, Ala., assembly plant, and the seven-seater has received a direct-injected Earth Dreams Technology V6 engine that is being built in the United States for the first time.
Producing 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, the new Earth Dreams V6 enables 2014 MDX models with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) to return up to 27 mpg on the highway, an impressive improvement of six miles per gallon compared to the 2013 MDX. Some of that added fuel efficiency can be attributed to the 2014 model’s weight loss of 275 pounds, a change that also results in quicker acceleration compared to the outgoing generation. Meanwhile, drivers of the new MDX can tailor the steering, throttle response, active sound and SH-AWD by choosing between Sport, Normal and Comfort modes in the new Integrated Dynamic System.
“On paper, the 2014 Acura MDX is faster and more fuel efficient than the outgoing model, but it’s the subtle details, like its nimbler steering response and smoother ride quality, that will stand out most to our customers during a test-drive,” added Avery. “By leveraging American ingenuity and craftsmanship, Acura has taken its best-seller and improved it across the board. The 2014 MDX is a great sign of things to come from the brand.”
About Acura of Peabody:
Thanks to a complete commitment to the Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC) philosophy from the sales, parts and service teams, this dealership has the best customer satisfaction and retention rates of any Acura dealership in the Northeast. They offer an extensive inventory of new and used Acura models, backed by a service center with the highest customer loyalty in the Northeast. Visit their website at www.acuraofpeabody.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/acuraofpeabody, visit their Acura showroom and service center at 233 Andover Street in Peabody, Massachusetts, or call them at 888-825-7965.