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
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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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.
Acura - Honda - Transmission Teardown Inspection
This is a teardown inspaction of an Acura Transmission.
I shot this video very late at night, so please forgive me for the lack of
focus because my tools were acting against me...but, after ovrcommong the
frustration, I think I managed to give you as accurate information as I
could. I DO Recall that I kept saying 4th gear on the 3rd gear that is
smoked on this unit. 3RD gear was SMOKED! The filter was restricted. As you
saw as wel, the internal small filters in the valve body were also
restricted. These restrictions will give you FALSE trouble codes...if you
get any...since these issues don't give you any codes until it is too late!
THIS IS NORMAL ON HONDA'S...Sorry but is real....
2004 Acura MDX Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of a 2004 Acura MDX. I take
viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this suv while
showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling cues
to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details of it, start
it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough tour/review of
this suv designed to give others a greater overall appreciation of the
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
away. Find out more about the Acura MDX: http://bit.ly/11zuUxq
2014 Acura MDX Front-Wheel Drive
Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive was a standard signature feature on
the second-generation MDX crossover. On the third it's an option. Is this
a marketing blunder or a savvy strategy? New York Times contributor Tom
Voelk checks it out.
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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