2014 Acura MDX
As their most popular model, the Acura MDX is key to continuing the brand’s sales revival. So, this new third gen MDX has to connect with both the Acura faithful as well as potential conquest buyers. To that end, Acura is packing more luxury and technology than ever into the 2014 MDX, while retaining more of a focus on sporty driving than any other Asian rival.
Styling is familiar; handsome, if a little staid. The big shield grille is still with us, if toned down a little. With stylish entries likes the Infiniti JX, we think the MDX still needs a little more flare.
Dimensions have changed, though, with a longer wheelbase and length, and a little tuck in track width. Legroom gets a nice boost up front and in the second row. A new easy access mode allows for effortless 3rd row entry and exit.
Honda’s two-tiered infotainment setup joins the MDX. Control scheme has been vastly simplified, with most controls through a lower touch screen and large central knob.
A V-6 remains as the lone powertrain, though it’s now Honda’s updated 3.5 liter i-VTEC from the Accord. Its 290 horsepower is down from last year, but we’re not complaining. Since power comes on strong with quick throttle response in Sport mode.
The lighter chassis, revised suspension, and retuned steering gear make this MDX Acura’s sportiest ever. The addition of a first time front-wheel Drive model also bumps up fuel economy. Luxury and convenience do still run the show as expected. Thicker glass, insulated pillars, and Active Noise Control bring a Zen-like quiet to the cabin.
Starting around $43,000 in front drive, and $45,000 for all-wheel drive, the 2014 Acura MDX goes on sale in July.
Engine: 3.5 liter i-VTEC
Price: Starting around $43,000 for front drive, $45,000 for all-wheel drive