2014 Acura MDX Review

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What could be better than a capable car with off-road ready credentials and road manners to rival good family saloons? A stylish SUV for seven, that’s what! And with the 2014 Acura MDX, you get all that and more in a package which brings together cutting-edge performance dynamics and the latest entertainment and safety technology. And with Acura’s styling, the sharp design language speaks for itself.

While there are no shortage of options when it comes to seven-seater SUVs, what is evident is that most of them are just too large and bulky, but not the 2014 Acura MDX. The new MDX retains its smooth styling with sharp accents and while the lines help give it a sporty appearance; there is absolutely no compromise on space or occupant comfort. The 2014 Acura MDX brings forward all the technology and creature comforts of the older car, with a wonderfully modern twist making it every bit a contemporary family SUV, complete with seating for seven.
2014 Acura MDX – Performance

When you mention in the current day and age, it reflects upon a plethora of parameters ranging from acceleration to fuel economy and from cornering to emissions. Whichever way you look at it, the 2014 Acura MDX blends sporting luxury with dynamic performance like never before. The 3.5L V6 engine with direct fuel injection, i-VTEC and Variable Cylinder Management is paired with the 6-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission with Grade Logic and Shift Control as well as an available all-wheel-drive system. Together, they help deliver outstanding performance in every situation.

The high-revving engine uses the intelligent variable timing and lift control to optimise power delivery. 290 horsepower from 6,200

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rpm and 267 lb-ft of torque from 4,500 rpm ensure quick response and immediate acceleration when the situation demands it, like for when you need to make a move quick, or perform a quick overtaking manoeuvre. And when you need to coast and save on precious fuel, the cylinder management system, offered as standard in the 2014 Acura MDX, steps in to maximise gas mileage by simply shutting half the cylinders down. How does a highway figure of 28 mpg sound? When you consider that the 2014 Acura MDX offers 7 seats with all the comfort and safety needed for each occupant, you begin to see how it just makes so much sense. Add the all-wheel-drive system and you still get up to 27 mpg.
2014 Acura MDX – Safety

Safety technology and Acura just come together every single time and the 2014 Acura MDX continues to provide top-notch safety and assistance systems to ensure optimum stability and maximum occupant protection with a slew of active and passive safety features. The vehicle stability assist, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist as well as the available SuperHandling-All Wheel Drive system deliver on every count with predictable handling and intuitive response to corrections. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering and a full set of airbags in the 2014 Acura MDX ensure maximum crash protection in an unfortunate event. Child safety as always is a high priority.

Choose the Advance package and the Collision Mitigation Braking System is also added to the long list of equipment, together with Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Information System. These systems will automatically moderate vehicle speed and even automatically brake to avoid an impending low-speed collision, even warning you when someone is about to overtake from the rear blind spot. Nothing but the most advanced then.

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2014 Acura MDX – Exterior, Interior and Technology

One look at the 2014 Acura MDX tells you it is indeed every bit the modern car you imagine it to be. In terms of exterior styling, few other capable cars look as attractive while still managing the sort of space it offers. The grille is unmistakeably Acura while the new Jewel-eye LED headlamps which adorn the edges look stunning in the day while delivering improved visibility once dusk sets in. The flared wheel arches are further accentuated by twin curves on the shoulder line, which lend it a dynamic appearance while making the whole car look tighter, even sportier. The sloping roofline of the 2014 Acura MDX only adds to the sporty character while the sweeping lines at the rear, together with the wraparound tail lamp cluster and skid plates give it purposeful look and more than hint at its all-weather ability.

On the inside, everything looks just as sharp. From the layout of the information console and air vents to the wood accents and sharp styling of the extremely comfortable leather sports seats, every element in the 2014 Acura MDX looks well-integrated; like it belongs in that cabin, while being just an functional and easy to reach, and operate.

When it comes to equipment, even the standard model is loaded to the gills with convenience and entertainment features. An 8-speaker in-dash audio system complete with support for MP3, aux-in and a USB port are present, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity. There a tri-zone air conditioner, a multi-view camera as well as an easy-access remote-linked powered tailgate. Opt for the Technology package and you get an ELS 10-speaker Premium Sound system which also packs a 15 GB hard drive and a DTS compatible player and voice recognition for the navigation, audio and climate controls. The Advance package adds a 12-speaker setup and a 16.2-inch widescreen overhead monitor with HDMI input possibilities. Comfort and practicality-wise, the 2014 Acura MDX ticks all the right boxes.
Verdict – What others are saying about the 2014 Acura MDX

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The 2014 Acura MDX has arrived only recently, but it has already won its share of recognition and accolades. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it ‘Top Safety Pick’ designation for its good performance in their front and side impact tests as well as rear impact and rollover evaluation parameters.

Acura as a brand has always been recognised as one with great residual value by Automotive Lease Guide (ALG), with the name always bringing the best resale value. The 2014 Acura MDX also enjoys the same honor.

Edmunds states, “The 2014 Acura MDX is a top pick in the midsize luxury crossover segment. It offers abundant refinement, comfort and luxury”. They also recognised its capable handling, comfortable ride and good fuel economy.

Car and Driver say it is the most athletic, sportiest and most dynamic 3-row SUV so far, while commending its quiet cabin, handling and improved fuel economy.
2014 Acura MDX – Pricing

Pricing has always been competitive and this time too, the 2014 Acura MDX has that advantage, with a starting tag of $42,290 for the standard model with front-wheel-drive. Pull out $2,000 more, and you can have the SuperHandling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system. You can choose to add the Technology Package for $4,275 or a combination of Technology + Entertainment Packages for $6,275 or Advance + Entertainment Packages for $12,215. That may seem expensive, but considering all the equipment it adds to the already lengthy list of the 2014 Acura MDX, it’s sure worth it. Fully loaded, the 2014 Acura MDX with SH-AWD and the Advance + Entertainment Packages will cost you $56,505.