Record sales in the first six months of 2014 have strengthened the third-generation Acura MDX's position as America's best-selling three-row luxury SUV – not only in 2014, but of all time.

Through June, sales of MDX, produced at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, are up 68.4 percent compared to the same period last year to 30,664 units, bringing cumulative sales of the MDX over its nearly 15-year history to 692,710 units and making it the most popular three-row luxury SUV of all time, according to a press release from Honda.

Production of the SUV moved from Canada to the Honda plant in Lincoln in 2013. Lincoln is now the sole producer of the third generation of the MDX as well as the Honda Odyssey minivan, Pilot sport utility vehicle and Ridgeline pickup truck.

The MDX has topped all other three-row luxury SUVs in the annual sales rankings in every year since 2002. Cumulative U.S. sales of MDX are anticipated to surpass 700,000 units before the end of the year.

Acura pioneered the three-row crossover luxury SUV segment when it launched the first-generation MDX in 2000 as a 2001 model, when the MDX captured both the Motor Trend SUV of the Year and North American Truck of the Year titles.

For three generations, the U.S. engineering team responsible for MDX has steadily advanced and refined the original concept of the MDX – a three-row, 7-passenger luxury SUV with superior packaging, fuel efficiency, and ride and handling performance.

The third-generation, 2014 Acura MDX, introduced in June 2013, has undergone a complete makeover, starting with the development of an all-new, more rigid and lightweight body and chassis, dropping more than 275 pounds versus the previous model and boasting major gains in body rigidity, aerodynamic efficiency and low running resistance.

A safety leader, the third-generation MDX applies Acura's next-generation ACE body structure and the first-ever use of Acura's new hot-stamped steel, one-piece door stiffener ring.

As a result of these and other design enhancements, the MDX obtained class-leading EPA fuel-economy ratings of 20/28/23 city/highway/combined mpg while earning both a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, a feat only one other luxury SUV has matched, the press release said.

The MDX also offers greater interior comfort, advanced connectivity via its next-generation AcuraLink system, and greatly improved third-row entry and exit via its kid-friendly One-Touch Walk-In feature, the manufacturer said.

“Luxury car buyers have spoken, and we really want to thank our Acura customers for making the MDX the clear winner among three-row luxury SUVs,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura Division. “MDX is the clear benchmark in its class, consistently delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that luxury buyers are after.”

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