The new all-new MDX offers plenty of new features, plus new option packages. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that despite all the new changes, the starting MSRP actually goes down for 2014.

When it goes on sale in early July, pricing begins at $43,185 including $895 destination for the 2WD model, which is $990 lower than the outgoing SH-AWD model. The biggest reason the price is lower: the MDX is now offered with front drive, and for 2013 all models came with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. The options packages, all of which are available with front- or all-wheel drive are the Technology Package, Entertainment Package, and Advance with Entertainment Package.

When comparing AWD to AWD, the MSRP goes up by $1010. New features include Agile Handling Assist, Smart Entry (for the front doors), pushbutton start, the next generation of AcuraLink, reclining and sliding second row, LED headlights, 8-inch Multi-Information touchscreen, driver-knee airbag, wide-view camera, 432-watt sound system, blind-zone mirror, and its windshield and front side windows use acoustic glass.

The MDX SH-AWD with Technology Package includes all of the SH-AWD's standard features, plus Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, 19-inch wheels, turn-by-turn navigation, Smart Entry (for front and rear doors), GPS-linked climate control, rain-sensing wipers, and more. According to Acura, the value of these new features is more than $4000, yet the price only goes up $1710 compared to the outgoing model. And, if you want to spend $49,460 on an MDX, you have two choices: either the front-drive model with Technology and Entertainment Packages, or the SH-AWD model with just the Technology Package.

Move up to the top of the line, the MDX with Advance Package, and there are new features like active cruise control, Lane Keep Assist, 16.2-inch-wide DVD-based rear entertainment with HDMI, front and rear parking sensors, adjustable lumbar support in the front row, and more.

Here is the pricing breakdown:


2014 MDX 2WD
MDX $43,185
MDX With Technology Package $47,460
MDX With Technology and Entertainment Packages $49,460
MDX Advance with Entertainment Package $55,400
2014 MDX SH-AWD
MDX SH-AWD $45,185
MDX SH-AWD With Technology Package $49,460
MDX SH-AWD with Technology and Entertainment Packages $51,460
MDX SH-AWD Advance with Entertainment Package $57,400

Source: Acura