2014 Acura MDX Road Test & Review: Introduction
Completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, Acura’s popular MDX crossover sport utility vehicle now boasts better fuel economy, a nicer interior treatment, and a quieter cabin environment for its passengers as well. Acura’s planning team replaced the 2013’s 3.7-liter V6 with a 3.5-liter V6 engine for 2014, and added a host of new standard features to keep the MDX one of the top considerations in its competitive set.
This marks the third generation of one of the segment’s most desirable automobiles. One of the defining models of its segment, the MDX was one of the first luxury suvs to eschew body on frame construction in favor of the unibody design modern passenger cars employ. This endowed the Acura crossover suv with a light, yet rigid structure—enabling it to achieve ride and handling capabilities more like that of a car. However, the MDX was also big enough to support a third row of seating, which could be folded flat into the floor to improve cargo capacity.
Over the years, Acura has applied a strategy of continuous improvement to the MDX. For example, the “super handling” all-wheel drive system fitted to the model during its second generation made it one of the best handling crossover suvs on the market. This formula continues, with a number of enhancements for the 2014 model year; among them are better fuel economy, a nicer interior treatment, and a quieter passenger compartment.
Also, for the first time ever, there is a front-drive version of the MDX on offer to make the model more affordable as well as more fuel-efficient for drivers who live in temperate climates and don’t really need all-wheel drive.