- Redesigned for 2014
- New emphasis on fuel economy makes massive mpg improvement over predecessor
- Easier access and additional room for third-row passengers
Back with a new emphasis on fuel economy, the 2014 Acura MDX is a luxurious way to transport plenty of people and things without spending copious amounts at the pump.
Acura went in a new direction with the 2014 redesign of the MDX, opting for lightness and efficiency to vastly improve fuel economy. The new MDX sports a design that is 17 percent more aerodynamic than the outgoing model while also offering a few stylistic upgrades. Overall, the new styling is not a departure from the older model as much as it is a fine tuning. The shape of the MDX remains the same, but the front has a new fascia that includes larger vents and the rear has been updated with a sleeker look that incorporates a larger rear spoiler. A convenient power tailgate is standard.
Under the hood, the MDX gets a slightly smaller engine than last year’s car (3.5-liters vs. 2013’s 3.7-liters). The new 3.5-liter V-6 features direct injection and variable valve timing, and makes 290-horsepower and 267 pounds-feet of torque. Power runs through a six-speed automatic transmission. The outgoing model also had standard all-wheel drive, which is now optional with a more efficient front-wheel drive setup now standard.
The new MDX’s focus on efficiency is evident when look at the fuel economy numbers, which have increased to 20/28 mpg city/highway (18/27 with all-wheel drive). Those new figures dwarf last year’s model and its 16/21 mpg, representing an almost 30-percent improvement over the old MDX.
Inside, the 2014 MDX also offers a few improvements. Thanks to a wider wheelbase, the third-row is larger and less cramped like many SUV third-rows tend to be. The engineers at Acura have also added easy access buttons for the third-row, one set accessible when entering and another set when exiting from the third-row. Up front, the center console has been vastly simplified, with a standard multi-use display that shrinks the number of buttons on the dash from 41 to nine, a welcome change from the busy Acura interiors of old. Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, HomeLink remote system, heated front seats, leather upholstery, USB/iPod interface, and automatic climate control. There is also plenty of available technology features, including navigation, voice recognition, GPS-linked temperature control, and a rear entertainment system.
Seven airbags come standard, as do an electronic stability system, traction control, and antilock brakes. Keeping in lockstep with the tech themed interior, available safety features include forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.