First drive: 2014 Acura MDX Elite | Driving

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First drive: 2014 MDX Elite


PORTLAND, – To say Acura has a lot riding on the success of its new MDX crossover is like saying driving in Canada can be a bit challenging. year, almost one-third of new sold by Honda’s luxury were of the three-row MDX. But an all-new, larger-yet-lighter platform, a new and a host of new safety, luxury and features, Acura is hoping its MDX will be as popular — or even so — than ever before.

The seven-seat Acura certainly has its cut out for it. Automakers have figured out large, luxury crossovers can be profitable, to the point where the MDX has competition than ever On top of traditional, semi-luxury brand rivals like the Buick Mazda CX-9, Lincoln Volvo XC90 and Infiniti JX, the can also be considered as an alternative to pricier crossovers, like the Q7 and BMW X5.

As before, a V6 gas engine powers all MDX models. Instead of offering a or gas-electric hybrid option for fuel economy, Acura has engine displacement in its gas six-cylinder 3.7-litres to 3.5L and added injection. Horsepower only from 300 to 290 and pound-feet of torque 270 to 267.

However, combined what Acura says is a of 131 kilograms in curb weight a 2013 model that was one of the lightest in its class), an 18% improvement in efficiency, and variable cylinder (where the engine can run on either or six-cylinders) the 2014 MDX’s fuel economy numbers are a 11.2 L/100 km in the city and 7.7 on the — a big improvement over the 2013 13.2 and 9.6 ratings.

Inside, Acura designers on making the new MDX’s cabin functional for both the pilot and The crossover’s much criticized of buttons” centre dash has been cleaned up dramatically. so-called “jog dial” has been retained.

But there is now a of central digital displays, the button count from 41 to 9. Fit and has also improved.

The added of having a third-row of seating is if owners can’t get passengers there easily enough. So has lowered the 2014 MDX’s door step-in height, the entry wider and added a new that automatically folds and the second-row seats to their position with a push of a As well, cargo space the third row has been lengthened by 150

Many mid-sized luxury buyers are graduating from sport sedans. So a family than could also be with some verve called upon was one of the more qualities of the last-generation MDX. at the 2014 version’s media Jim Keller, chief engineer for the says despite the emphasis on room and interior functionality, the MDX is even more rewarding the driver’s seat.

And after a of spirited, two-lane driving in a 2014 MDX Elite, I can confirm his

With an all-new, multi-link and updated front suspension, the 2014 MDX is just as nimble and to place in corners as the last — much more fun than any of the demi-luxury brand rivals, and near close to the pricier offerings. The Acura’s standard system keeps its active engine-torque-vectoring feature, but this adds brake-torque-vectoring as well for initial turn-in. I also the new MDX’s electronic steering and accurate, with less steer than before.

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its new Integrated Dynamic System you can also tailor the 2014 steering effort, throttle all-wheel-drive system and engine And the IDS settings can be paired to a corresponding key fob for two driver profiles.

For when you’re using the new MDX as a hauler or luxury sedan, it can be serenely quiet and cosseting. a lot less noise, vibration and than the outgoing model. And the Acura’s ride is firm, never jarring over pavement.

For drivers not paying the new Acura introduces a host of (Lane Keeping Assist Adaptive Cruise Control Low-Speed Follow, Blind Information, and Collision Mitigation System). In addition, a newly Surround View Camera lets drivers have a view of the exterior of the vehicle parking, and it’s a Canadian-market

When the four-model 2014 MDX goes on sale this pricing will range $49,990 for the base version all the way to for the fully loaded (remote start, surround camera, rear DVD, heated and front seats, heated and steering wheel, all the new e-nannies, more) Elite model. Two Navigation ($54,690) and Tech models will be priced in That’s above most of the semi-luxury brand rivals, but $10,000 less than a Q7 or X5.

Despite the lack of a hybrid or powertrain, you can’t argue the gains in fuel economy has bestowed on its new 2014 MDX. in a roomier, more functional and cabin, new safety technologies and an better driving experience, and the new crossover should appeal to an broader audience.

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