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2014 Acura MDX gets a

The 2014 version of the mid-size MDX is a ground-up reboot that luxury, utility, safety and better than most of its

By David Undercoffler

October 19, 5:00 a.m.

Acura its name on upscale sedans and but its MDX crossover has quietly become the ticket for Honda’s luxury

Last year, the MDX made up a third of Acura’s sales in the and it has been the brand’s biggest since 2010. So the automaker the task of redesigning the upscale hauler quite seriously.

It The 2014 version is a ground-up that balances luxury, safety and value better most of its peers. It solidifies the MDX as the thing Acura makes, and worth a long look by shopping for luxury crossovers.

the MDX’s competitors isn’t an task. BMW’s new X5 is more but its base price is almost more than that of the $43,185 price tag. The MDX loses the luxury fight to the ML350, but the Benz is notably and more expensive.

This Acura doesn’t seat seven real like an Infiniti QX60, Enclave or Dodge Durango. bigger and more expensive the Lexus RX and shares almost in common with the Lexus GX

Yet instead of making this a confused outlier (such as flagship RLX sedan, for instance), the market positioning of the MDX appeals to a variety of buyers.

Parents who the short end of the Little League stick will like Acura’s size. As with the MDX, this model has a third-row seat. But for 2014, in and out of those seats is easier the middle-row seats slide at the touch of a button.

Both rows also fold flat when not in

As helpful as those bonus may be for shuttling kids, it’s not to put adults you like back Although the middle row can be positioned legroom is still too tight in the row for grown-ups.

Curiously, passenger is down by almost 10 cubic from the earlier MDX even this 2014 model is by 2 inches. The trade-off is a bit more space behind the second row of

The rest of the cabin is packed useful storage cubbies and and plenty of comfortable room for As with other Acuras and the MDX takes a more stark, approach to luxury than models, which lean toward pampering.

The dashboard is around a pair of screens; the navigation screen sits a touch screen that functions such as climate and stereo. This is generally a setup, since it minimizes the of times you need to use the large dial below the second But some basic stereo are overly complicated.

Not all models come with mind you. The front-wheel-drive does without. It does, include treats such as leather seats, multi-view camera, moon roof, tailgate and seven air bags.

An MDX navigation will cost at $47,460.

This is the first MDX with front-wheel drive Acura launched the model in The move is aimed at customers in states who are looking to save a coin. All-wheel drive is now a option on all models.

Our top-dollar AWD model came with all available option groups for a of $57,400. It takes the tech-heavy to the extreme, with a high-end a wide-screen rear seat system, cooled front a collision-mitigating braking system, cruise control, blind monitoring and lane-keeping assist.

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That last quartet of work together to turn the MDX a semi-autonomous driver on par with else on the road today, those north of $100,000.

On a from L.A. to San Diego on the 405 in moderate traffic, the MDX was able to and drive itself almost the way down (though after 10 of performing air guitar, the driver is reminded to put those hands on the wheel). The active-lane-keeping assist and control system which can follow vehicles down to a stop in traffic are among the intuitive in the industry.

When are ready to take control of the a capable power plant though the handling is a bit muted the earlier generation.

Acura and parent company Motor Co. have long adept at bolting together an engine. The only one available on the MDX is in the RDX sedan, and it’s a good In the MDX, this 3.5-liter V-6 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque.

paired with a six-speed transmission, and uses direct and cylinder deactivation to boost This MDX also has lost 275 thanks to an all-new light-truck and a body that uses of high-strength steel, aluminum and Acura said.

The AWD model is at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the During 400 miles of testing, more driving on the highway in the city, we averaged 21 mpg.

boasts that this is half a second quicker in a mph run than the 3.7-liter engine in the MDX and then declined to say what time was. Car and Driver an all-wheel-drive version and recorded 6.4

Should things get hairy you run your own acceleration tests, that it’s a safe to crash. The MDX has a five-star rating the National Highway Traffic Administration. and a Top Safety Pick rating from the independent Institute for Highway Safety.

any luck, you won’t have to its safety measures firsthand, the 2014 MDX is worth keeping in one This crossover splits the in terms of luxury and value, and practicality. It’s the best Acura makes, now even

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