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2014 Acura MDX Debut

The 2014 Acura MDX is lighter, leaner, and now offered in two-wheel drive


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What's New

The 2014 Acura MDX sits atop a new architecture for the latest model year and, for the first time ever, a two-wheel drive configuration will be available. Acura promises that this new MDX will deliver better ride comfort, and increased fuel efficiency. Of course, Acura's touted Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system will be available too. An all-new direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management serves under the hood. This new mill is rated at 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with sport mode and paddle shifters; it's a little smaller and less powerful than its predecessor (3.7-liters; 300-hp), but the new MDX is lighter, so we don't expect a performance difference. The interior has also been redesigned to feature a slew of new technological features and the buttons have been done away with. Acura's signature Jewel Eye LED headlights have also been integrated into the latest MDX front-end.

Who It's For

With seats for seven passengers, the 2014 Acura MDX is well-equipped to handle carpooling the kids to or from school. You'll even have space to take the neighbors kids, too. Other luxury alternatives like the Lexus RX can handle the daily grind of getting the kids to and from soccer practice but both can't offer the same amount of seats. In between soccer and school, the 2014 Acura MDX's included technology can keep the kids quiet with help from the available Entertainment package, which includes a rear DVD rear entertainment system and a nine-inch VGA screen. If you opt for the Advance package, a 16.2-inch screen with HDMI capability steps in, which is perfect for those kids who can't go for five minutes without an Xbox in front of them.

Key Features

With the combination of added tech and a redesigned interior, the 2014 Acura MDX welcomes what a larger, busy family can throw at it. Some of these new features include:
  • A more affordable two-wheel drive configuration
  • Direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management
  • New architecture offers up more space inside
  • The use of lightweight materials help shave 275 pounds of the latest MDX

What We Think

Next to the Lexus RX, the Acura MDX is one of the most reliable vehicles in the full-size luxury SUV segment. Again, like the RX, the MDX didn't do much when it came to overwhelming you with anything in particular. This may no longer be the case with the MDX though as the interior is now stuffed with a wide assortment of technology. The interior itself has also been cleaned up and many physical buttons have been replaced by functions that live inside a navigation and infotainment screen. A gentle tweaking of exterior styling traits is also a welcoming sign especially with Acura's signature Jewel Eye headlights. These additions should help the MDX regain a little bit of pep it has been missing in its step for the past few years.

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