2014 Acura MDX AWD Review & Test Drive

15 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2014 Acura MDX AWD Review & Test Drive


The 2014 Acura MDX, the third of Acura’s signature 7-passenger performance sport utility is refined than before new innovations, technologies, convenience, comfort, higher levels of and safety systems that surely keep the MDX on every SUV customers list of test plus It is also the first MDX to a 2WD model.

I tested the MDX with the AWD transmission with the Advance, and Technology Packages that my test drive pure in every respect. This new MDX more standard equipment before including Keyless System, push button Jewel Eye LED headlights, exterior and LED lighting, extended slide seating that slides the seats forward at the touch of a for easy third-row access, an inch On-Demand Multi-Information touchscreen, expanded view side mirror, a powerful Acura sound system and glass windshield and front that further decreasing from entering the cabin.

  The MDX with Advance Package a wide range of new technologies and such as Lane Keeping System, Adaptive Cruise with Low-Speed Follow, a engine start with an range of at least 300 feet, a new DVD Rear Entertainment System HDMI connectivity, remote two headphones and front/rear parking Optional Acura Genuine for the 2014 MDX includes stand-alone such as a heated steering LED foglamps, and a Trailer Hitch ATF (allowing for up to 5,000lbs. of towing).  The loaded MDX that I tested even higher levels of comfort and quietness, together an exhilarating dynamic performance, fuel economy ratings and safety features, and an even luxurious, technology packed and passenger cabin that me to my bones.

The all-new MDX was designed and engineered the ground up and the styling of the exterior is aggressive and more refined before with a European The front fascia shows the ‘overbite’ aluminum grille and intake but the headlights are now a row of powerful LED that light up the night I’ve never experienced

  From the side is a lower steeply raked windshield flared fenders, longer with a full perimeter strip around the greenhouse, pull-out door handles, power-remote/heated sideview mirrors, and lower side extensions.  The view shows a top-mounted large wraparound LED lamp a rear power liftgate juts out with a step up chrome ringed red reflectors below, and a single exhaust tip underneath for a cleaner look.

New the ground up, the 2014 MDX has a 2.8 inch wheelbase, and is lower and narrower for frontal area and enhanced efficiency.  With high-strength aluminum and magnesium comprising 64% of its structure, the 2014 MDX is more and torsional plus it is 275 pounds than before with the published weight in its segment, directly contributes to improved nimble handling and class-leading economy ratings.

Power to the all-new MDX quickly is an all-new, 3.5 liter i-VTEC, all-aluminum, 4-valves per cylinder V6 that 290hp at 6,200rpm and 267lb.ft. of at 4,500rpm.  Closely related to the in the all-new Acura RLX luxury this 24-valve V6 engine is second ‘Earth Dreams engine which features a set of advancements that greatly both driving performance and efficiency.

  For the first time, the MDX has standard Cylinder Management (VCM), switches seamlessly between modes, depending on engine effectively varying engine to match driving conditions for fuel efficiency.  Compared to the 3.7 liter engine it replaces, the new V6 an 8% increase in torque at engine below 2,750rpm for greater responsiveness.  Due to improved operating horsepower output per liter is up 2% and output per liter is up 4.5% with the new MDX’s substantial reduction, overall performance is including quicker 0-60mph of under 6sec. and 8-second lap times on Germany’s Nurburgring (North Loop) where the new and outgoing models were tuned and tested.

This powerful and high-tech engine is to a standard six-speed automatic with sequential Sport with paddle shifters on the steering wheel that all four wheels through the high-tech Super Handling AWD with torque vectoring to the wheel or wheels with the grip more torque on the road or off-road. The AWD system features an Integrated Dynamics that changes the MDX’s personality by pushing a console-mounted for Comfort, Normal and Sport I could really feel the in the quickness of the reaction of the MDX’s changes, suspension reaction, and feel.

The fully independent suspension of the MDX is definitely world-class with the types of personalities at your depending how you want the MDX to react to inputs.  Up front is a MacPherson with 25.4mm stabilizer bar and a setup in the rear with inch stabilizer bar.

  the front and rear feature Amplitude Reaction shocks are semi-active magneto-rheological fluid dampers that read the at millions of a second to react to the and the speed of the vehicle.  This and rear system gives tire patch on the pavement and me to dial in how I want the suspension to to my inputs at the steering wheel and normal or more sporting depends on how I feel-slightly tired a long day at the office or fresh and to take on the curviest roads.

I guided the MDX with the new, Motion Adaptive Torque-Sensing-Electric Rack Pinion steering that gave me a much and stronger feel for the road and a on-center feel.  I felt I was a part of the powertrain and transmission in Sport mode.

Quickly the all-new MDX down from are big, power-assisted, four-wheel brakes.  Up front are 12.6 vented discs clamped dual-piston calipers and 13 inch discs clamped with calipers in the rear.  The brake is firm and very linear I pressed down hard.

  The MDX on a dime and in control thanks to ABS, EBD, BA, Hill Assist, Traction Control and Stability Control that all in concert to keep me in control braking on slick, wet or loose surfaces.  My test MDX with the and Advance Packages rides on inch alloy wheels with 245/55R19 inch radials tires.

  Even though the all-new MDX is developed for pavement driving, you can it off-road as it will climb up a angle and ford up to 19 inches of Everything under the skin in harmony in the all-new MDX to give an ride with three driving modes, a state-of-the-art and strong brakes to keep me when I tip the MDX to its edge of abilities.

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The of the all-new MDX is a perfect cockpit for the the kids or a client by its luxurious and passenger compartment with leather seating and a second-row with reclining seatbacks and a new Slide feature that a total of 6 inches of fore-and-aft Also, a new kid-friendly One-Touch feature greatly improves to the third row of seating and a wider, step-in that enhances and usability.

  Cabin quietness and refinement have been improved with hundreds of aimed at reducing noise, and harshness including thicker acoustic glass for the windshield and side windows, thicker door glass, new triple down seals and Active Control technology.  The dashboard, and center console are trimmed in with real aluminum, accents and high-quality soft-to-the-touch

Repackaging of the rear-seat climate system allows for a larger console storage space, beneath the sliding, leather-trimmed armrest.  About 2-inches and wider and almost 5-inches the main compartment offers 2.5 more volume than the model and is large enough to a moderately sized purse, computers and more.  This is a key MDX in the class, where many models offer little console space.

  These new convenience features add the interior for the driver’s cockpit a sporty, leather-wrapped/power tilt/telescopic wheel that feels in my hands, a rallye gauge ringed with aluminum fuel/engine coolant temperature center trip computer and gear currently chosen.  The stack is like no other the Acura On-Demand Multi-Use Touch Screen, and under it is screen that controls the system and climate system.

  The 10-way power-assisted driver’s and 8-way powered front bucket seats are very and supportive with excellent side bolstering.  The center has dual cupholders ringed aluminum trim and all buttons and are also ringed with trim for an upscale, luxurious and feel.

Standard features not above include a multi-angle camera with dynamic XM satellite radio, Pandora radio interface, Bluetooth link, SMS text messaging, memory system, easy steering wheel that and away when exiting the heated front seats, climate control, push-button power tailgate, power all express up/down windows, door locks, variable-speed rear wiper/washer, self-dimming mirror, grab handles each door, storage in each door, dual map dual lighted vanity remote fuel filler remote power liftgate pull-down center armrest dual cupholders, signature embroiled floor mats up under-floor rear cargo and thick-cut pile carpeting.

Standard safety systems driver’s/front passengers dual-stage driver/front passenger side with SmartVent, side airbags with rollover driver’s knee airbag, handling assist dynamic system, ACE structure with crumple zones and steel in each door plus a pressure monitoring system and the system for child seats.

My MDX came with the Technology that added Acura’s System with Voice AcuraLink Communication system RealTime Traffic with and Freeway conditions, Acura’s ELS Premium Audio 5.1 Surround System with a 546-watt’s and a HD radio, GPS-linked Tri-Zone Climate Control with air system, Blind Spot LED puddle lamps, and rain-sensing The Advance Package includes Mitigation Braking System, front seats, remote start, Lane Keeping system, Adaptive Cruise with Low Speed Follow, sensors and aluminum roof The Entertainment Package includes an 16.2 inch DVD rear system with HDMI and headphones, heat 2 nd row seats, and door manual operated

Wow!  The all-new 2014 MDX is even better than the model which I truly This all-new edition has more performance, luxury, safety, comfort, entertainment, and high-tech features that it among the world’s best performance mid-size AWD sport vehicles.

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