2014 Acura MDX luxury crossover Drive Review and Road Test
You'd be forgiven for thinking little has changed by just glancing at the MDX, and that's the way Acura shoppers like it we're told. That statement makes me scratch my head just a little because the 2014 model still sports the Acura "beak," the most controversial style decision Acura has ever made. Admittedly Acura has toned down the proboscis just a little from last year with less chrome and a more upright hood that accentuates the toothy smile a little less. We do have to keep this in perspective however: nothing about the MDX is overdone, the only reason anyone complained about the beak in the first place is that Acura has long been known for conservative design cues. This love for conservative, evolutionary design is why the MDX is instantly identifiable as an Acura despite riding on an all-new MDX-exclusive platform and sharing little beyond some transmission parts with the outgoing model. Yep, you heard that right, the MDX is no longer platform buddies with the Accord, et al., although it still builds off of Honda's structural design portfolio.
Bringing the MDX's signature shape up-to-date we have standard full-LED headlamps which (if I am not mistaken) will make the MDX the least expensive vehicle on the road with the snazzy beams. Since we only had a limited time with the car in the day I can't say how they perform at night, but the color temperature of the lamps is a pleasing neutral color rather than the harsh blue light some LED lamps are known for. While Acura is gettin' jiggy with the LEDs up front, the rear continues to use regular old incandescent lamps. Probably leaving Acura something to swap for a mid-cycle refresh.
Acura continues to stick to their formula of traditional injection molded dashboards and plenty of convincing fake wood. I would be interested to hear your opinions on this choice, so be sure to sound off in the comment section below. While i like the look and the materials are premium in feel, it can't match the visual impact or feel of a stitched leather/pleather dash, something that the refreshed Buick Enclave does incredibly well. The MDX continues to do have a very uniform feel with perfect seams and gaps and a consistent quality level throughout, something that Buick's CUV continues to struggle with (the lower dash and door plastics in the Enclave are still a bit cheap.)
The MDX's front and middle thrones still sport the Acura hallmark "Lady Gaga horny shoulders," a design cue frequently imitated but never duplicated to the same effect. Like Lexus and Infiniti, Acura still hasn't discovered seats that more in more than the same basic 8-10 ways as any $25,000 family sedan. Despite having only half the "ways" as BMW's sport seats, I find the MDX's redesigned thrones to be among the most comfortable in the segment for my body shape. The flip side of that is that I'm a statistical "average American male" at six-feet and 185, so if you deviate from the "norm" you may find the seats less to your tastes due to the lack of adjustibility.
For 2014 Acura has swapped out the tried-and-true 3.7L V6 for their latest V6. The 3.5L "Earth Dreams" V6 trades displacement for direct-injection and "Variable Cylinder Management" which allow the V6 to drop to a 3-cylinder mode on the highway. To quell the inevitable 3-cylinder vibrations, the MDX score's Honda's unique active engine mounts which generate vibrations opposite to what the engine produces to cancel them out. (Think Bose noise cancelling headphones.) Despite the DI treatment, power is down from 300HP to 290 and torque takes a small drop from 270 to 267 lb-ft as well. The power reduction is all in the name of efficiency however since this is the same engine that Acura drops under the hood of the 310 horse RLX sedan. To counter the power loss, Acura spent considerable time shedding weight with the MDX dropping a significant 275lbs in the redesign. The weight loss and improved low end torque (thanks to the direct-injection) mean that performance is up even with the power down. We weren't able to verify this however since we didn't have an appropriate track to perform 0-60 testing, so be sure to check back when we get our hands on an MDX for a week.
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The 2015 MDX's conservative, evolutionary design is why the MDX is
instantly identifiable as an Acura. Up front we have standard full-LED
headlamps which means the MDX is one of the few vehicles on the road of any
description with standard LED beams. While Acura's signature "beak" remains
up front, it has been toned down in this generation and I actually find the
look pleasing to the eye.
The MDX is notable for being a mid-sized crossover with seven seats. This
size difference is important to keep in mind because comparisons to the
likes of the Infiniti QX56, Mercedes GL, and Lexus GX seem everywhere. The
more appropriate cross-shops are the Infiniti JX35 (now the QX60), Buick
Enclave, Volvo XC90 and maybe the Lincoln MKT.
Acura continues to stick to their formula of traditional injection molded
dashboards and plenty of convincing fake wood. I would be interested to
hear your opinions on this choice, so be sure to sound off in the comment
section below. While I like the look and the materials are premium in feel,
it can't match the visual impact or feel of a stitched leather/pleather
dash, something that the refreshed Buick Enclave does incredibly well. The
MDX continues to do have a very uniform feel with perfect seams and gaps
and a consistent quality level throughout, something that Buick's CUV
continues to struggle with (the lower dash and door plastics in the Enclave
are still a bit cheap.)
In 2014 Acura swapped the 3.7L V6 for the new 3.5L "Earth Dreams" mill with
direct-injection and "Variable Cylinder Management." (VCM allows the V6 to
drop to a 3-cylinder mode on the highway.) To quell vibrations, the MDX
gets unique active engine mounts which generate vibrations opposite to what
the engine produces to cancel them out. (Think Bose noise cancelling
headphones.) Despite the DI treatment, power is down from 300HP to 290 and
torque takes a small drop from 270 to 267 lb-ft as well. To counter the
power loss, Acura put the MDX on a diet and improved low-end torque which
mean that performance is up, even with the power down.
Thanks to SH-AWD, the Acura is almost the X5′s dynamic dance partner,
unfortunately you can't completely hide the MDX's extra nose weight. The
MDX shines against the Infiniti QX60 with a more refined and better
performing drivetrain. Encore shoppers looking for a more premium brand and
some handling cred won't be appointed and Mercedes ML shoppers will find a
better value in the MDX than the German. The MDX's fiercest competitor is
likely to be the forthcoming 2016 Volvo XC90 with similar dynamics, a
similar brand reputation but a fresh new product with a more fuel efficient
and powerful engine line. Join me next year for that review.
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As the original 7-passenger luxury crossover, the third-generation Acura
MDX quickly moves itself back to the top of a segment it created. It's
advanced safety features, excellent fuel-efficiency, and spacious cabin
ensure that families will flock to Acura's newest crossover. Offering
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Camerons Car Reviews Score: 4.5/5
Powertrains: 3.5 L V6 with a 6-Speed Automatic FWD or AWD
Features: Power Windows, Mirrors, and Door Locks, Navigation System, Acura
Link, Leather Seats, Powered Seat(s), Memory Seat(s), AM/FM/CD Stereo
System, Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, Pandora Radio Interface, Dual Zone
Climate Control, Power Tailgate, Lane Keeping Assist, Power Tilt and
Telescopic Steering Wheel, USB Port(s), AUX Input, Power Outlet(s), Ipod
Integration, Real Time Weather/Traffic, Heated Seats
Engine & Performance
BASE ENGINE SIZE 3.5 L
CAM TYPE Single overhead cam (SOHC)
VALVE TIMING Variable
TORQUE 267 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm
horsepower 290 hp
@ 6200 rpm
Weights and Capacities
MAXIMUM TOWING CAPACITY** 3500 lbs.
CURB WEIGHT 4255 lbs.
ANGLE OF APPROACH 14.9 degrees
ANGLE OF DEPARTURE 19.4 degrees
CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE 15.8 cu.ft. MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY 90.9
ENGINE TYPE Gas
FUEL TYPE Premium unleaded (required)
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 19.5 gal.
RANGE IN MILES (CTY/HWY) 351.0/526.5 mi.
EPA MILEAGE EST. (CTY/HWY) 18/27 mpg
FRONT HEAD ROOM 38.1 in.
FRONT HIP ROOM 57.5 in.
FRONT LEG ROOM 41.4 in.
FRONT SHOULDER ROOM 61.1 in.
REAR HIP ROOM 57.8 in.
REAR HEAD ROOM 38.1 in.
REAR LEG ROOM 36.6 in.
REAR SHOULDER ROOM 59.1 in.
BASIC 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
DRIVETRAIN 6 yr./ 70000 mi.
ROADSIDE 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Competitors: Mercedes ML, BMW X5, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60
What Camerons Car Reviews has to say about the MDX: Wow MDX you were born
in 2001 and now look at you, you're all grown up. Now in it's third
generation for 2014 the Acura MDX continues to aim at the crossover luxury
SUV buyers. The MDX was slightly getting outdated as new fresh competition
was already out and this body style has been out since 2007. Power in the
MDX comes in Acura's familiar and reliable 3.5 L V6 made into a 6-Speed
Automatic with All wheel drive being available. On the interior of the MDX
everything feels quite familiar in Acura's new design layout which doesn't
disappoint and looks less cluttered with buttons this time around, however
it might take some time to get used to. On the exterior you will find it to
be much like the Acura's RLX notably on the front end with the LED jewel
headlights which really clean and crisp and the whole car looks very much
like an Acura. As far as the ride goes it's a nice clean and quiet ride and
you will find it to be extremely comfortable. If you're looking to haul a
family around in the MDX it won't disappoint, however make sure you only
put children or small sized adults in the third row as space can get
cramped. Cargo capacity can be an annoyance when the third row is up as the
MDX limits with trunk space behind the third row, however with the third
row being folded down cargo won't disappoint. Compared to it's competitors
the BMW X5, Infiniti QX60, Audi Q7, and the Mercedes ML you will find that
the MDX is a very nice luxury SUV that is pretty much in top of the class
and should definitely be put on the test drive list if you're looking for a
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