2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD Long-Term Update 3

Commuting In Comfort

Scott Mortara
Jul 7, 2014
Photographers: Motor Trend Staff
I spend a lot of time commuting from home to the office, and I mean a lot. Even though my drive is only 35 miles from door to door, it takes me, on average, three hours a day total. That's 15 hours a week just sitting in stop-and-go traffic. If you're not in a comfortable vehicle, time spent behind the wheel can feel like an eternity. Fortunately for me I have the Acura MDX for my commute.
For me, the seats in the MDX are pretty much perfect. Not too firm, not too soft, and I have support every place I want supported, from my legs and thighs to my lower back up to my shoulders. The seat bottom tilts perfectly to support the bottom of my thighs and the bolstering supports the side, keeping my legs from resting on the door or dash, which would get annoying. The same goes for the seat back. It supports from my shoulders to my lower back, and the side bolsters keep my back from moving from side to side during cornering.
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Seating position is as important as the seat itself. And again, for me the MDX is perfect. I'm tall, so I usually have to slide the seat almost all the way back, but in the MDX I actually have a little extra room to move back if needed. Then there is the steering-wheel position in relation to my seating position, and again, it's perfect. Thanks to the telescopic steering wheel I'm not forced to drive straight-armed, which on a long trip becomes very tiresome. I have the perfect amount of bend in my arm while driving without giving up any legroom.
The final piece of the commuting puzzle is in Acura's IDS system. Again, there are three settings, Comfort, Normal, and Sport. In my commute the Comfort setting is just too soft and lazy. In stop-and-go traffic I need the vehicle to react when I want it to react, and when in Comfort mode the MDX doesn't. Normal mode is definitely better, but I have found the IDS system's Sport mode to work best with the transmission in Normal, because Sport is too sporty in traffic. The throttle is not overly sensitive and the transmission responds the way I want it to.
I look forward to my time in the MDX. Whether I'm sitting in rush-hour traffic or making a long road trip, the MDX performs perfectly.
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Service life 19,667 mi
Average fuel economy 20.6 mpg
CO2 emissions 0.94 lb/mi
EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ 18/27/21 mpg
Energy consumption 164 kW-hr/100mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $363.16 (2-oil change, tire rotation, inspection; 1-rear diff fluid change)
Normal-wear cost $0

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