2014 Acura MDX first drive from Consumer Reports
The latest version of the Acura MDX rounds off the rough edges on this
popular three-row SUV. Reduced noise, more room, and better fuel economy
will help win over luxury buyers. Too bad some of the sporty feel slipped
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Redline Review: 2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD
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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
something for everyone, including driving enthusiasts, make sure and put
this vehicle at the top of your list.
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2014 Acura MDX
MDX is often Acura's best selling vehicle. The new lighter, faster, stronger, and more efficient 2014
model should keep that momentum going. Tom Voelk travels to Portland, OR to
preview this seven-passenger ute.
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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
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
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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All New 2014 Infiniti Q50 - Hands on Review by Infiniti of Clarendon Hills
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The 2014 Q50 is the new sports sedan from Infiniti that offers
groundbreaking technology in performance, connectivity, entertainment,
comfort, and safety. We got our hands on a pre-production model just this
weekend and took it for a ride.
We were blown away by the acceleration and responsiveness in braking and
handling. The Dual Screen Infiniti InTouch system integrates Facebook,
Google Calendars, and your favorite audio apps, and the option to download
more apps for your pleasure.
A major style upgrade inside and out with the Q50 sports package brings 19"
sport wheels, and an aggressive front fascia. The interior is more of a
command center. Voice activated nav and audio system, intuitive controls,
and not one, but two touch screens, Beautiful accents and lines appointed
with high quality leather, real maple wood, and kacchu aluminum provide a
full-scale luxury environment.
The state-of-the-art 14 speaker Bose STUDIO ON WHEELS allows you to enjoy
your music through streaming apps like Pandora and iHeartRadio, Bluetooth
via mobile device, CD, XM/Sirius, and AM/FM.
Infiniti's direct response steering gives you customization of your
handling and provides a more consistent feel no matter what surface you
Infiniti has also pioneered technology for your safety such as moving
object detection and collision intervention system. Paul Allen took us out
on Route 83 and the Q50 practically drove itself: Lane Keep Assist kept the
Q50 in straight line making adjustments via steer-by-wire technology and a
camera mounted in the rear-view mirror. Dynamic Cruise Control and
Collision Intervention actually accelerated the car to our comfortable
cruising speed and brought us to a safe stop while his hands and feet were
off the pedals and wheel. We don't encourage you to try this type of
driving, but if you're ever caught with your eyes off the road, this
technology has your back.
Wow, we really had a lot of fun in this car and we were sad to see it go as
it tours the country until the official launch of the Q50. If you have any
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