DETROIT – Acura put its MDX large cross/utility vehicle on a diet for the ’14 model year. The third-generation CUV drops 275 lbs. (125 kg) in the all-wheel-drive Tech grade from its predecessor, despite a 2-in. (5-cm) gain in overall length. The reduced weight helps improve the MDX’s fuel economy at time when U.S. government standards are moving toward a fleet average of 54.5 mpg (4.3 L/100 km) by 2025. Acura employed a variety of measures now common in the ...

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