2014 Acura MDX Review

  • MSRP: $41,182
  • MPG City: 18
  • MPG Hwy: 27
  • Seating Capacity: 7
  • Rating: 8.7

For anyone looking for a vehicle that is both utilitarian and luxury class, the Acura MDX is a perfect solution. The 2014 Acura MDX ranked high in auto industry and U.S. World and News Report ratings this year. This should come as no surprise for drivers that love Acura.

The Acura MDX is the outcome of nearly a decade of innovation. Well cited for its reliability, the MDX has been refined to eliminate any functional or design issues. The result: depreciation is so low that resale comes close to the original price tag.

What 2014 Acura MDX owners can expect in the premium three-row crossover segment, is one of the most impressive performers on the market. Better than standard luxury features surpass those found in the average crossover vehicle. Crossover features in the MDX include off-road usability.

The MDX comes with modular second and third-row seating. The second and third rows fold flat, so that there is more room for cargo space. With a lower passenger and cargo floor, the depth of carriage in the 2014 MDX is an improvement over earlier versions of the model.

The 2014 release is designed along the lines of an Acura sedan. The MDX feels more like the ILX, RLX, TL, or TSX. In spite of the roomier passenger space, the MDX is sleek enough to hug turns like a smaller sports vehicle.

Inspired by wagon style sport utility vehicles, the MDX takes it a step further, adding more dynamic lines to the overall appearance. Precision in design detail is of certain value. The MDX offers a leaner, more elegant appearance than other vehicles of the same class on the market.

The 290-horsepower force of the Acura’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine, means that the MDX outperforms competitors in speed and acceleration as well. Add all-terrain capabilities to the package, and you see why the 2014 MDX has crossed the finish line a winner.

With a 6 speed automatic transmission, Acura drivers enjoy the All-wheel Drive Super-Handling of the MDX. Front-wheel drive torque distribution is readily controlled from 90% to 30% percent distribution, or up to 100% on either side of the vehicle.

Pros and Cons

  • Good cargo space
  • Impressive powertrain performance
  • Few trim options

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The base price for the 2014 Acura MDX is $41,016. Prices for MDX AWD 4-Door go up to $56,505 for premium 3.5 L V-6 engine, all-wheel drive models. Add-ons, including entertainment package features, impact the price level of 2014 Acura MDX models.

Base Specifications

  • Trim: FWD
  • Passenger Capacity: 7
  • Passenger Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
  • MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
  • Engine: Premium Unleaded V6 3.5L/212
  • Horsepower: 290 @ 6200
  • Torque: 267 @ 4500 3.5L/212

Reviewer Comments

“With its pleasant handling and ride dynamics and generous feature content, the highly evolved 2014 Acura MDX earns our recommendation for drivers seeking a three-row crossover that hits the sweet spot when it comes to driver engagement, luxury and value.”

– Edmunds

“While staying true to its original formula, the completely redesigned 2014 Acura MDX displays a number of incremental improvements, including easier access to the third row, class-topping fuel economy and an entirely new body structure that yields significant reductions in NVH (noise, vibration and harshness). The 2014 MDX also bucks the ‘bigger is better’ trend by shedding over an inch in height and width. The upmarket Audi Q7, stylish Infiniti JX (renamed the QX60 for 2014), and 5-passenger Lexus RX are strong alternatives, but for those who seek the ideal middle ground, it doesn’t get much better than the MDX.”

– Kelley Blue Book

“The front seats afford good adjustment range; I’m 6 feet tall and sat a few inches ahead of the farthest-back position. New for 2014, the second row has push-button, walk-in access to the third row. It also slides nearly 6 inches forward and back, but adults in the third row will need anyone in the second row to slide all the way forward – a position that makes second-row legroom snug. Both rows sit low to the floor, despite an abundance of headroom in the second row; Acura could have positioned the seats a bit higher, and I wish they had.”

– Cars.com

Performance and Powertrain

The MDX offers 20 mpg City and 28 mpg Hwy gas mileage in a premium unleaded V-6 engine that produces 290 horsepower performance. EPA class small sport utility vehicles meet energy conversion requirements. With drive train, front wheel steering, and a 6-speed automatic sequential sport shifting and grade logic control, the MDX is a superlative vehicle for driving in any environment.

Safety Features

Safety ratings for the 2014 Acura MDX are consistent in their testing of impact, overlap, rear crash, and roof strength. The National Highway and Safety Administration gives the MDX top ratings in frontal crash, side crash, and rollover.

Special Features and Interior Design

The design elements of the MDX are excellent. Interior features are discrete in tone, with simple, high quality material construction. Reviewers bill the Acura MDX the quietest crossover ride on the road.

Audio in the 2014 Acura MDX is supplied with an eight-speaker stereo, satellite radio with auxiliary and USB inputs. The MDX comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, and a multi-view backup camera. Climate and audio systems are controlled via Bluetooth and managed on an LCD touch screen.

The Acura MDX seats up to seven passengers. The MDX comes with standard leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable seats. Accessing second and third row seats is easy as well. The overall utility and durability of the MDX’s interior construction is value added.

Additional features offered in the MDX include 10-speaker stereo with a 15-gigabyte media storage drive and HD Radio, and adaptive cruise control and navigation by voice recognition.

Cargo space in the MDX is up to 90.9 cubic feet of storage when the second and third rows of seating are folded down. Modular use of the cargo space can be achieved by folding the second row, allocating 45.1 cubic feet of space for storage; or by folding the third row for 15.8 cubic feet of utility carriage.

Driving Impressions

For the best handling and performance on the road of any crossover, the 2014 Acura MDX is at the top of the list. Comparison of the MDX with other 2014 releases in the same class reveals that when it comes to all-terrain utility, Acura has the market cornered.

Navigation of the internal features of the MDX during driving showed that the dashboard is easy-to-use and perfect for long road trips. Smart features enable drivers to make decisions about audio and navigation systems applications with LCD touchscreen displays or voice activation. Although the 2014 MDX has fewer buttons and gadgets than the few years preceding, the new streamlined format is straightforward enough to use while driving.

Speed of acceleration is optimum in the MDX. The V-6 engine is smooth on the uptake. More fuel efficient that most other models of similar size, the MDX is one of the highest quality vehicles in terms of powertrain performance.

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Acura MDX Cargo

Acura MDX Front View

Acura MDX Interior Dashboard

Acura MDX Side View

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