2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD Long-Term Update 4
On the Road Again and Again
Not only does my family think the MDX to be a perfect road trip vehicle, but it's also been on several adventures with various MT staffers. Some of those adventures were family-related; some work-related; and others friend-related.
Senior art director Andy Mock's family of four took the MDX on a road trip to South Lake Tahoe then headed over to Monterey, California, then back home, covering just over 1200 miles. Not only did they have no complaints, but they had nothing but good things to say about their time in the MDX. "Spacious, comfortable for both the driver and front passenger, as well as those riding in the back, and the DVD system kept the kids happy for hours," Mock reported.
Brenda De Guzman, a producer at our video partner Mind Over Eye, spent a week in the MDX as video/production support for our Best Driver's Car program. The MDX could go anyplace it was needed and was able to haul not just video equipment, but also supplies to keep the photographers and video cameramen fed and hydrated. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of nowhere and not having enough resources to keep the production going.
Last and certainly not least is our manager of visual assets, Brian Vance, who took the MDX for a long getaway with some friends. Brian enjoys the outdoors, and when you go on outdoor adventures, you tend to bring quite a bit of stuff and supplies. And the MDX had no problem hauling everything Brian needed.
Everyone who has driven the MDX gave it glowing praise for everything -- comfort, space, fuel economy, sportiness -- but everyone had the same question: How is it that the MDX costs $57,000? They all said if it were about $10,000 less expensive it would be the perfect vehicle.
More on our long-term 2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD:
|Service life||23,718 mi|
|Average fuel economy||20.7 mpg|
|CO2 emissions||0.94 lb/mi|
|EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ||18/27/21 mpg|
|Energy consumption||163 kW-hr/100 mi|
|Maintenance cost||$363.16 (2-oil change, tire rotation, inspection; 1-rear diff fluid change)|