This seems to be the year that car manufacturers are presenting their redesigned and rethought smaller SUV class. It is a big market, undoubtedly due to the options for professionals, heads of households and those living alone who need it all.
The MDX has gone through many changes over the years, and in 2014 has seemed to have landed on what is being lauded as a viable alternative to the Range Rover Sport or the BMW X series. The all-new 3.5-liter, V-6 engine achieves 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. The front-wheel drive model has a fuel rating of 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway; the all-wheel drive version is just one or two miles fewer per gallon. Other newly engineered elements, including the suspension and triple-sealed doors and windows, are being recognized as a welcome change over prior years, offering better stability, quiet precision and comfort. The 6-speed Sequential SportShift transmission allows for economical or sporty modes and can go from automatic to manual where drivers can shift using the paddle shifters.
Acura is a luxury brand that focuses on practicality in its design. The MDX comes with all the bells and whistles (or screens and buttons) to provide for every convenience. The roomy cabin is equipped with the MDX Acura Premium audio and navigation systems operated by an 8-inch touch screen that manipulates all integrated technologies and includes USB audio interface and an auxiliary input jack. Bluetooth comes standard as well as a rearview camera with Dynamic Guidelines and a 170-degree view that swivels to see height.
Comfort is a priority for Acura and becomes evident in this model. The leather seats are fully automatic for positioning and comfort with lateral support. There are second- and third-row seating, each of which is floor-storable, providing for ample cargo space. For long drives or for navigating city streets, the all-new Acura MDX is a true high note.
2014 Acura MDX AWD
City MPG 18
Hwy MPG 27
0-60 MPH 6.5 sec
Transmission 6-speed automatic