2014 Acura MDX Review By Carey Russ

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2014 Acura MDX

If the new MDX looks a little different, only because it is. No, Acura made any apparent massive to the flagship luxury-sports crossover is its most popular vehicle. The MDX merely builds on the strengths of its and adds the latest developments in connectivity, entertainment, safety, and technology.

The shape is familiar, but the MDX is longer, lower, andв#8364;¦ Yes, fuel efficiency is both for buyers and manufacturers, and so MDX has less frontal area and attention to aerodynamic detail, all the to reduce fuel consumption no decrease in performance. Actually, less weight (due to use of lightweight structural materials) and a new V6 engine rated at 290 horsepower and 276 of torque — marginally than the old 3.7’s 300 and 270 — is improved a bit, and fuel more so.

A new unibody chassis with a 2.8-inch longer aids ride, handling, and space. Technology is an Acura and not merely in infotainment. LEDs are extensively, for headlights as well as lighting.

Electric power steering a light improvement in fuel The multi-mode Integrated Dynamics lets the driver select and drivetrain settings from comfort to firmer sport, and the Handling Assist system brakes individually to improve change response. For the first front-wheel drive models are as well as all-wheel drive the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive hereafter referred to as SH-AWD.

A interior means that in width has a minimal impact for space, and the longer wheelbase and length translate directly to legroom — especially in the row, which now has six inches of travel. Access to the third-row seats is simple, and they flat into the floor not in use.

Trim levels are the for FWD and SH-AWD versions: base Technology Package, adding a system, upgraded audio, safety features, and more; and Rear Entertainment, further audio and adding a rear-passenger DVD system; and Advance Package, to that a yet further upgraded system, wide-screen DVD system, leather for the first two rows heated and ventilated front and further safety systems, and

As is usual for Acura, the various levels are quite complete, only a variety of dealer-installed and interior options. Also as this past week’s MDX test car was the top-of-the-line SH-AWD Advance Package. Acura has a good vehicle better it’s quicker in acceleration, has ride and handling characteristics, and it all on less unleaded premium.

loss is a major contributor as is the new V6, which features direct injection for more efficient at all times and cylinder deactivation for gains during steady-speed or surface street driving. The MDX has been one of the best luxury for vehicle dynamics, and it still is.

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It’s immediately recognizable as an familiar but ever so subtly lines and the newest corporate The 2014 MDX’s length is by the sloping fastback line of the windows. Technology proclaims with compound eye LED headlights, per side. Subtle sculpting on the and sides breaks up any large of sheetmetal, but without excessive, detail for a clean look.

Chrome accents in front on the headlight trim, and bumper on the sides around the windows and on the handles, and across the tailgate and the reflectors on the rear proclaim its status. Interestingly, those replace the through-the-bumper exhausts of the version. This one’s exit underneath, in front of the bumper.

COMFORT: Like its the 2014 MDX’s interior a fine balance between and complexity. Visual boredom is but function is never sacrificed for Even in base trim all of the contemporary luxuries are standard, and should rarely be a reason to the key fob out of your pocket with start/stop and proximity door

The main instruments are brightly lit and to read. An information display the speedometer and tach shows range, tire pressure, and useful information; further and data features are available the display at the top of the center stack or one below it.

Yes, you could of your MDX Advance as a large deviceв#8364;¦ The interface to the navigation, phone, audio, and information has been simplified, with buttons for main features and a interface for details. All contemporary choices are available — radio, CD, external player via or USB, and Pandora via the Bluetooth

Access is a little easier previously as the new MDX is lower in both and hip point measurements. Front give luxury class and comfort and support, and at Advance are both heated and cooled. The row is business class, a 60/40 contoured bench each of which has six inches of fore-and-aft and multi-position back angle

Spring loading makes for third-row access when and some of the wheelbase increase itself felt even there. The space-saver spare is in the traditional SUV spot, outside and all the better for cargo capacity.

The 2014 MDX uses the latest of Acura’s Advanced Compatibility (ACEв#8222;ў) unibody design to crash energy around the compartment in a controlled manner. A knee airbag is new. An driver’s outside mirror and rearview camera are standard in all

Upper ones have Departure Warning, Forward Warning, Collision Mitigation System, Blind Spot Lane Keep Assist, and Cruise Control.

RIDE AND Since its debut, the MDX has been one of the crossovers on the market. It’s now better, thanks to the improved structure and redesigned MacPherson front, multilink rear and longer wheelbase and lower height.

Its 7.3 inches of ground when empty drops to as as 5.6 when fully loaded up kudos to Acura for publishing the so anything more offroad a well-maintained dirt or gravel or cleared snow will be out but how many MDX owners ever did that? The electric power has a good touch and is not overly Braking ability is very

The Integrated Dynamics System has settings: Comfort, for that 1970s ride, Normal, soft but with somewhat body motion, and Sport, but not overly so and perfectly comfortable much less body and heave than Comfort. I the other two and then left it in Aerodynamic improvements and acoustic keep the interior pleasantly

PERFORMANCE: Less power? Not Yes, with 290 horsepower (at rpm) and 267 lb-ft of torque (at rpm), the new 3.5-liter V6 is down a bit with the old 3.7. The Gen-3 MDX is lighter, to the tune of nearly 300 improving performance, fuel and handling.

Direct fuel allows a high 11.5:1 ratio for efficiency, meaning power with less i-VTEC valve management torque and horsepower delivery, and deactivation when appropriate further gains in fuel The six-speed automatic transmission its job well. It has a manual mode, never a necessity. The 2014 MDX get to 60 mph maybe a quarter second than the 2013.

More it will do its everyday chores on unleaded premium. I saw 18-20 mpg town and on backroads, with mileage in the mid-20s. My 19mpg for the reflected mostly non-highway

CONCLUSIONS: With the all-new MDX, Acura keeps than competitive in the luxury class.

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