2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD Long Term Arrival
Better exterior and interior styling, more interior room, and better fuel economy are just what the MDX needed.
For 2014, Acura made numerous changes inside and out to the MDX. The exterior styling has been smoothed out, giving the MDX a cleaner, more mature look. The 3.7-liter V-6 from 2013 is replaced by a smaller and more fuel-efficient 3.5. The MDX's interior keeps getting more refined, and the sea of buttons on the dash has been completely replaced. For all these reasons, and a few others, we added one to our long-term fleet.
As with all Acura vehicles, you don't get options, per se -- you get unbadged trim levels that we treat as options. These include Technology (nav; telematics; blind-spot, lane-departure, and collision warnings), Tech/Entertainment (adds a 9-inch rear screen and better sound), and Advanced/Entertainment (active cruise, lane keeping, collision braking, a bigger rear screen, etc.) We opted for a top-spec SH-AWD model -- for the first time, you can get a front-drive MDX.
Among the laundry list of features on our loaded MDX, two have already been standouts since I started driving my new long-termer. The first is Acura's Lane Keeping Assist System. I'm not used to seeing this kind of system on a vehicle at this price point -- it's very cool and works well. The second is the massive rear entertainment screen. It's great to be able to pop on some "Chuggington" to keep the boy happy on a longer drive.
Compared with the 2013 MDX, overall height and width have been reduced, while overall length and wheelbase increased. These new dimensions mean a little more room up front and for the third row, a little less for the second row, and more overall cargo room. All three rows lose some shoulder and headroom, while the front and third rows get a little more legroom. It's all about packaging, and Acura has done a fine job packaging its new MDX.
Having just gotten out of our long-term RDX, I'm really looking forward to my upcoming time in the MDX. Initial impressions are this will be a much better family vehicle. I'll keep you updated along the way.
|2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD|
|Price as tested||$57,400|
|Vehicle Layout||Front-engine, AWD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV|
|Engine||3.5L/290-hp/267-lb-ft Sohc 24-valve V-6|
|EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ||18/27/21 mpg|
|Curb Weight (F/R Dist)||4289 lb (58/42%)|
|Lateral Acceleration||0.85 g (avg)|
|Energy Cons, City/Hwy||187/125 kW-hrs/100 mi|
|CO2 emissions||0.92 lb/mi|
|MT figure eight||26.5 sec @ 0.68 g (avg)|
|0-60 mph||6.4 sec|
|Quarter mile||92.7 mph @ 14.9 sec|
|Braking distance||60-0 mph @ 116 ft|