2014 Acura MXD

2014 Acura MDX

2014 Acura MDX

By Steve Kursar-

The 2014 Acura MDX has been completely redesigned for a quieter ride and much better fuel economy. One of the most popular models in the highly competitive luxury mid-size SUV segment, Acura had to up its game to stay in the race. The exterior styling changed in a subtle way, but the real transformation occurred under the hood and in the interior. And that’s where the car buyer will notice the big difference in how this new MDX drives.

The Acura MDX has been a perennial favorite within the mid-size SUV segment since it appeared on American highways almost 15 years ago. Sporting three rows, this luxury SUV had the added advantage of giving moms (and dads) a sportier alternative to the minivan. The one complaint that Acura heard over the years regarding the MDX was how much of a fuel hog the vehicle was. So, they finally decided to address that issue in the 2014 model in a typically clever Acura way: they made more out of less.

This year’s MDX actually has a smaller engine that acts like a bigger engine than last year’s model. The new powertrain is a 290 hp, 3.5 liter direct gas injected V6 that has more low-end torque than the previous 300 hp, 3.7 liter V6. Combined with a lighter body, the new engine delivers both better performance and better fuel economy. For the record, the 2014 MDX is faster from zero to 60 than the previous model, and fuel economy numbers are way better with 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.  I guess less really is more.

It has to be noted that the Acura’s Super-Handling AWD technology has been joined by a front wheel drive system that’s not nearly as much fun to drive. But in the quest for gas savings, the constant SH-AWD system had to be supplemented with a lighter system for better fuel economy.

In keeping the MDX competitive with its rivals, Acura upped the quality of the interior materials and added more technology to keep the driver connected with hands-free technology. The second row of seats slide forward to allow for added third row legroom, although it’s still pretty tight back there. If that third row is vital and a minivan will never grace your driveway, the 2014 Acura MDX, with a starting MSRP of $42,290, has to be on your shopping list.

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