Road test: 2014 Acura MDX Elite | Driving

30 Jun 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Road test: 2014 Acura MDX Elite | Driving
Acura MDX

Road test: 2014 MDX Elite

The 2014 Acura MDX is a roomy SUV with many touches. We just wish was a diesel option.

Mid-sized is roomy, comfortable and luxurious. But the diesel option?


As more than a few of my fellow scribes, I have been on the about the need for more engines in mid-sized and larger their torque-rich nature and fuel efficiency outweighing increased cost.

So, by rights, I be just a little dismissive of the longer, lower Acura MDX, sticking to a one-engine philosophy — that engine being a normally aspirated, gasoline-fuelled V6. this third-generation, seven-seat SUV is a little seductive, gliding effortlessly and quietly, the power at smoothly delivered. This direction Honda has supposedly upon, the idea of creating that “respond to the will of the might be more than being blown up someone’s (The company’s marketing have actually coined the sexist phrase “synergy man and machine.”)

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Oh, the U.S.-built MDX is not some of über-ute such as Jeep’s Cherokee SRT or Mercedes’ ML 63 AMG; more of a well-balanced blend of performance and efficiency.

Let’s with the new engine under the a 290-horsepower direct-injected i-VTEC V6. In with the 3.7L V6 it replaces, the new V6 in the MDX drops 10 hp and three pound-feet of However, thanks to new weight-saving the Acura has dropped 139 kilograms 1,970 kg) in the topline Elite which means the decrease in becomes moot.

In addition, Honda’s techies tuned the engine to offer an 8% in torque at engine speeds 2,750 rpm for greater overall Due to improved operating efficiency, claims the V6’s horsepower per litre is up 2%, with torque per litre up 4.4%. The upshot is there is always enough to get going, no matter the circumstance.

Acura MDX

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The other side of the is substantially improved highway and fuel economy — about 20% — in to last year’s model. the weight loss helped, the kudos should be directed to the standard variable cylinder system, which switches between three- and six-cylinder depending on engine load. said, I did a lot of in-town driving my week with the tester, 13.8 litres per 100 kilometres — is still quite acceptable for a gas-powered SUV.

The engine is bolted to a six-speed with Sequential Sport (and the obligatory paddle which is paired with highly regarded Super All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

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However, the MDX’s pleasure is its handling and, its ride comportment. The SUV gets a MacPherson strut front and new multilink rear setup, with electric power The Integrated Dynamics System these, allowing the driver to from three driving (Comfort, Normal or Sport). The in feel between the three are but there is a definite distinction.

In mode, the steering effort is between light and sporting. Comfort reduces steering for greater maneuverability, especially at low and when squeezing into spaces. Sport provides a firmer steering feel higher effort.

It also adjusts throttle and SH-AWD torque proportioning, and Active Noise Control for a engine note in the cabin.

of cabins, the topline ($65,990) is techno-geek heaven — and with far buttons than in last model. Here’s what find: remote engine multi-information touchscreen with and sub-menus, 12-speaker audio with ceiling-mounted speakers, amplifier and 5.1-channel surround DVD rear entertainment system and a of safety-related systems and features, Lane Keeping Assist, cruise control with Follow and Surround View

Plus, the interior itself — high-tech than luxurious — is in high-quality materials and complementary bits. It’s quiet, thanks to the acoustic glass and front windows, thicker door glass, triple door seals and Active Control technology.

2014 Acura MDX


Acura MDX

As for roominess, I can attest that have plenty of headroom and up front and in the second row. The seats also feature seatbacks and the new Extended Slide that offers up to 150 millimetres of travel. Additionally, a new “kid-friendly” Walk-In feature improves to the back row, with a step-in. (I tried to climb in — at the spirit was willing but my back was

I have to admit to being impressed with the new MDX than I have thought. While and comfortable, it doesn’t feel In fact, it’s one of the nicest bigger SUVs I’ve in a long time. It’s not bad And, in Elite trim, it has technology and luxury to satisfy all but the diehard ….

Do I wish Honda would a diesel engine option? Will the bulk of consumers the full-sized SUV scene care? not.

Type of vehicle mid-sized SUV

Engine 3.5L V6

Power 290 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 267 of torque 4,500 @ rpm

Transmission manumatic

Brakes Four-wheel with ABS

Tires P245/55R19

Price (base/as tested)

Standard features Tri-zone and rear automatic climate power tilt and telescopic column, pushbutton start, access, auto-dimming rear-view multi-angle rear-view mirror, tailgate, power windows, access system, heated seats, heated steering multi-information display, HandsFreeLink phone interface, 432-watt system with eight steering wheel-mounted audio, MID and cruise control functions

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