Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thanks for a Great Edmunds Review!

"We are so happy with our purchase and would recommend Acura of Berlin to family and friends!" - Nadine W. 

Thanks for saying such kind words about Acura of Berlin! We appreciate the 5 stars and are very happy to hear that your recent visit to our dealership was an enjoyable one. Congrats on the awesome new car! Click HERE to read the rest of our amazing reviews on our Edmunds page. Also, be sure to check our Facebook and Twitter for our latest news, service specials, and deals.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Made for Mankind - 2014 MDX

If your quest is to build the world's smartest luxury SUV for mankind, you must hold yourself to the standard of mankind. Introducing the extremely new 2014 Acura MDX.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Weekly “Maintenance Tip”: Check the Coolant and Radiator!

Cars are designed to run hot, but there's a limit to how hot they should run. A combustion engine is most efficient at around 200 degrees Fahrenheit. But if an engine is allowed to get too hot, moving metal parts can actually start to melt and fuse together, causing a variety of internal problems for your engine -- and, you guessed it, a hefty repair bill.

Courtesy of How Stuff Works

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

First Drive: 2014 Acura MDX

 In 2012 Acura sold 50,854 of its three-row MDX crossover, far and away the brand's best-selling vehicle. The next best? The TL sedan, at 33,572 units. Now, almost 51,000 units might not sound like a lot, but consider the following: not even the fuel-efficient, budget-priced, and generally excellent Honda Fit subcompact, at 49,346 sold, found as many takers -- this during a year of growth recession and high gas prices. Suffice it to say, the MDX is Acura's most popular and most important vehicle, and one of the reasons Honda's luxury wing can absorb the costs associated with developing the low-volume second-gen NSX super sports car. So thank you, MDX, and congratulations on your success. Just don't screw it up.

Enter the third-gen 2014 model. If it looks similar, that's because it bears a strong resemblance to its predecessor, despite every piece of sheet metal, plastic, and glass being all new. It's a bit like seeing the current 991 Porsche 911 next to the 997 -- totally familiar but totally different. The appeal is in the subtlety. For instance, the all-LED headlamp and DRL assemblies are beautiful; you just have to take a close look to fully appreciate them.

Dimensionally, the new MDX is up 2.0 inches in length (193.6 in) and down 1.3 and 1.5 inches in width (77.2) and height (66.7), respectively; yet, cargo room has swelled, whether the back two rows are up (plus 0.8 cu ft to 15.8) or down (plus 7.4 to 90.9). On the scales, the 2014's improvements are even more dramatic. According to Acura, curb weight has dropped nearly 300 pounds, attributable to increased use of high-strength steels (up 24 percent) as well as lighter seats, HVAC, subframes, and rear suspension. Along with improved aerodynamics (18 percent more efficient says Acura) that enable the 2014 to travel over a quarter mile longer on a 70-to-0-mph coast-down run, the binge on bulk helps the new model achieve class-leading fuel economy of 18/27 mpg city/highway (AWD) and 20/28 (FWD).

Of course, the all-new 3.5-liter direct-injected V-6 and revised six-speed automatic play a pivotal role in the improved efficiency as well. Touting friction reduction between virtually every moving part, not to mention the addition of Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) that deactivates three cylinders when cruising, the single-cam 3.5 puts out 290 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 4500, representing drops of 10 hp and 3 lb-ft compared to the previous 3.7-liter V-6. But given the vehicle's overall weight reduction, acceleration times should improve slightly.

On my preview drive outside Portland, Oregon, the new MDX certainly felt sprightlier than its predecessor. The DI V-6 revs smooth and strong (and sounds sports-car worthy), the six-speed is seamless and intuitive, the new electric power steering serves up solid feel and linearity, and the reworked suspension -- front struts with revised geometry; rear multi-link with coilovers in place of trailing arms -- replete with new Amplitude Reactive Dampers (variable damper rates), delivers a praiseworthy compromise between sport and comfort. What proved fortuitous in light of the showers that drenched the roads thru the Willamette Valley, Acura had only Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive versions available (the new front-drive variant, aimed at lowering the price of entry and broadening appeal along the Sunbelt, had yet to roll off the Alabama production line); naturally, the SH-AWD's active-torque-transfer system, capable of shifting front/rear torque from 90/10 to 30/70 and side-to-side rear torque from 0/100 to 100/0, proved adept at keeping the MDX surefooted in the rain. No doubt, the MDX's testing at the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife, where one 13-mile lap can yield both wet and dry conditions, paid off -- eight seconds, in fact, over the '13.

A key piece to the MDX's rise in refinement and performance is the lighter, stronger, and safer structure. Completely new, the platform, which will underpin the next-gen Honda Pilot and Odyssey, utilizes Acura's latest ACE safety structure and the first application of a one-piece hot-stamped door ring, with both helping the MDX achieve what Acura predicts will be a five-star safety score from NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS. The airbag total is up to seven, thanks to a new driver's knee bag. In terms of active safety features, the MDX offers forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitor, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, the last allowing for pedal-free motoring in stop-and-go traffic.

Inside, the MDX pampers with a cleaner, richer, better-equipped cabin. There's less of the faux wood and more of the soft-touch materials, rich Milano leather seating (upper trims), and satin chrome plated accents. Pushbutton start is now standard, and the two keyless fobs are programmable for mirror, seat, radio, and climate settings as well as the optional remote-start feature. The center stack button count has been reduced from 41 to 9, though many functions now require multiple inputs to the new haptic touchscreen. So, the stack appears simpler and less fussy, but determining whether user-friendliness has indeed improved will require more time behind the wheel.

2014 Acura MDX Cabin Third-row access and comfort are absolutely more user-friendly, what with a one-touch folding second row on both sides. Moreover, the second row slides fore-aft 5.9 inches and reclines. Luxury and convenience features are plentiful and include a wide-view backup camera, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and a 432-watt audio system with Pandora and Aha compatibility. Move up to a non-base trim (Technology, Technology Entertainment, Advance Entertainment), and the features list grows to include such items as navigation, rain-sensing wipers, heated rear seats, rear-entertainment system, and audio systems flaunting at least 501 watts.

Courtesy of MotorTrend

Monday, June 10, 2013

Here’s a great road trip tip: Have entertainment for the ears!

Good music is essential. Whether you keep it on an iPod, CDs or old-school 8-tracks, make sure you have variety. If you listen to the same songs repeatedly for days, you'll lose your mind. Audio books are also great entertainment. Not only do they make the miles fly by, but they can help dupe your friends and family into thinking you're well-read.

Courtesy of AOL

Thank You for Two Brand-New Edmunds Reviews!

"A pleasant and painless buying experience for us, and a successful selling experience for him." -

"Outstanding , professional and courteous.This dealership will go out of its way to take care of its customers." - Dan

Thank you very much for choosing to shop with us at Acura of Berlin and for taking the time to write these great reviews! We look forward to continuing to offer you outstanding service. Click HERE to read the rest of our amazing reviews on our Edmunds page. Also, be sure to check our Facebook and Twitter for our latest news, service specials, and deals.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Facebook Coupon!

Have you checked out our Facebook Coupons lately? We are currently featuring a great offer on oil changes… Bring in any two vehicles on the same day and get one FREE! Click here to view it:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Thank You for Two Outstanding Edmunds Reviews!

"I would recommend this dealership to anyone in the market for an Acura." - hjw3 

"Professional, accommodating, friendly and more important honest!" - ArBill1964

Thank you so much for both of the amazing reviews! Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything else we can do for you. We'll see you next time. Click HERE to read the rest of our amazing reviews on our Edmunds page. Also, be sure to check our Facebook and Twitter for our latest news, service specials, and deals.

Monday, June 3, 2013

"Maintenance Monday” Tip: slow down!

Perhaps one of the best ways to keep your car well maintained, and stay safe on the road, is to avoid speeding! Driving slower puts less demand on your car’s engine and transmission, and also helps to reduce the amount of gas you use. 
Courtesy of CS Monitor