Ask Away...: A Look at the 2014 Acura MDX

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Look at the 2014 Acura MDX

The vehicle in this review was loaned by Acura through DriveSTI in exchange for my honest opinion. Read my Disclosure Policy.
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I am super stoked to introduce to you the 2014 Acura MDX. I am already a HUGE fan of anything Honda or Acura so it's not a big surprise that I was literally staring at this vehicle in awe when it arrived. Favor aside, I dropped my preconceived notions on how the MDX would be, in order to see how it REALLY is... and I am already impressed!!! br />
Exterior
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A sleek and sporty design, the one thing I noticed is that the 2014 MDX is the PERFECT size. It's not too big to fit into a narrow parking garage, yet it sits high enough to give me an advantage when it comes to seeing what's ahead in a line of traffic. The shiny 19" alloy wheels give this Forest Mist Silver SUV a polished look.
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The jewel eye LED headlights are great in fog, rainy weather, and at night.
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Just looking at it for one quick second, it looks like a bullet, ready to cut through the wind as it travels down the road. I love the modern style of the headlights and taillights. And the roof rails give this more capabilities for an exciting lifestyle, as well as giving the 2014 MDX an impressive luxurious look.

Interior
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The first thing I noticed about the interior was the amazing setup of the center console and dash. Not only is there plentiful storage, but it's very spacious without being overwhelming.
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Two generously sized cupholders sit flat and out of the way of the "knock your drink over" zone. The center console compartment slides open and is very very deep, with a USB connector inside, which is perfect to put your phone in so the distraction is out of the way while it charges!
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The sport seats come with perforated premium leather trim and ventilated front seats. There's a 2nd row and then a 2 seat 3rd row. Oh, and 2nd row seats are heated. Your passengers will love that!

And there is plenty of capabilities for quiet in this SUV, as it comes with a 16.2" DVD Rear Entertainment System AND wireless headsets! So whether it's adults, or the kids, any long distance travel will be much more enjoyable with that amazing feature.
Technology
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The 2014 Acura MDX comes with an Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition as well as AcuraLink Communication and real-time traffic and street conditions. For music, you get an Acura ELS Studio Premium Audio System complete with 12 speakers. Yes...12!!! There's also LED Puddle lights, rain sensing wipers, and Blind Spot information which can all be adjusted and controlled through the amazing menu with a turn dial control as well as being a touch screen.

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The dash and steering wheel are AMAZING and can do pretty much anything! Not only does it have a remote engine start feature but the 2014 Acura MDX is AWD and has MacPhearson Strut Front Suspension with Rear Mult-link Suspension. There's also an Integrated Dymanics System. Of course you can check the tire pressure with the monitoring system and when backing up, utilize the multi-angle rearview camera. The Adaptive Cruise Control will become your best friend and i teven has Low Speed Follow as well as parking sensors. So no matter what you do, the 2014 Acura MDX is like having a second set of eyes!
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Back to the menu of what features you can control, well, there's the climate control, interior lighting, and radio of course.



I am super impressed with the fact that the 2014 Acura MDX lets you know when you start to cross a line on their side of your lane while driving. Of course you can turn these features off in the menu if you wish, but really, why would you!?

And the DVD player and screen...well I'll go more in depth on that later.
Space/Storage

Space? Hah, there's plenty of it! Not only am I impressed by the convenient amount of leg room for passengers, but I love the open layout and feel of this vehicle inside.
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The front has power seat adjustments and the driver has 10-way power as well as a Driver recognition memory system. It's so easy to see what's going on around you both inside and out. The sunroof lets in a nice amount of natural light,and the tinted windows are large enough that you can see your surroundings when backing up or trying to line up in a narrow parking spot.



As for what's under the hood, the 2014 Acura MDX comes with a 290 hp 3.5L SOHC 24-Valv Direct Injection VTEC engine with variable cylinder management. It has a 6 speed automatic transmission with sequential SportShift. Let me tell you, this is the FIRST SUV I've driven that when you push the gas, there is power. I no longer feel like I'm flooring it simply to accelerate to just 45mph. I am VERY impressed, of course it's no shock, because that's what you get from a HONDA motor!!!

And safety... well here's what the 2014 Acura MDX has:

- Drivers and Front Passenger's Dual Stage Airbags
- Drivers and front passengers side airbags with SmartVent
- Side curtain airbags with rollover sensors
- Driver's knee airbags
- Agile Handling Assist Dynamic Braking System
- Anti-Lock Brakes
- Vehicle Stability Assistance
- Electronic Brake Distribution


I've never been so impressed with an SUV, especially the fact that it gets an average of 21 MPG, with 18 in the city, and 27 on the highway. I'm a stickler with that and I am impressed so you can take my word for it that you will fall in love with the 2014 Acura MDX. And later this week, I'll give you 10 reasons to love it even if you already think you love it!!! And next week, I'll give you the low down dirty details on how this baby drove!

Thank you Honda and Acura for making me proud to call you my favorite manufacturer of vehicles!


The 2014 Acura MDX I am featuring has the Advance Entertainment package so everything you read in my write ups is part of that, and may not be available without the Advance package. The MSRP on this vehicle is $56,505 which includes a 6 year 70k mile Powertrain Warranty, a 4 year 50k mile Limited Vehicle Warrant, and a fuel tank of fuel!





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1 comment:

  1. Excellent review, very detailed and I love the pictures. I'm in the market for a new vehicle and your review will help me decide. Thanks

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