If you need any more convincing that SUVs are the premium market’s bread and butter, consider this: Acura has sold more than 693,000 MDX SUVs since the model’s launch in 2001 and is on track to break 700,000 cumulative sales by the end of 2014. In 2013, the MDX sold 50,854 units, making it by far the most popular model in the brand’s lineup. Through June 2014, the Acura MDX is once again the brand’s best seller by a significant margin, out-selling the TL sedan by a more than a three-to-one margin. The only other model in the lineup coming close is the two-row Acura RDX crossover.
Acura is particularly proud of the MDX’s American pedigree, being designed in California, engineered and developed in Ohio, and built in Alabama. The MDX’s North American heritage goes back to its inception, with the first- and second-generation models being built in Alliston, Ontario.
Although not a three-row, seven-passenger model, the Lexus RX is considered a close marketplace competitor to the Acura MDX. The RX sold 103,920 units in 2013, making it the best-selling Lexus model, ahead of the next-best Camry-based ES sedan. Although not really in the same size class, the Cadillac Escalade sold a combined 22,514 of the Escalade, ESV, and EXT variants in 2013. BMW sold 39,818 X5s in 2013, and Mercedes-Benz sold 41,326 ML SUVs and 29,912 GL SUVs.