2014 Acura MDX

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

2014 acura mdx Reviews and News

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Newberg, Oregon -- There can hardly be an engineer more particular about getting the terminology right than one from Honda R&D in Marysville, Ohio. And yet here was Jim Keller describing the 2014 Acura MDX as a “car,” not a “utility.” He caught himself right away, but try as he might, “car” kept slipping into his description of Acura’s seven-passenger utility vehicle.
He’s right. Now that we’ve driven the Acura MDX past the little lakes in the mountains outside Portland, past the vineyards and walnut orchards along the Willamette River, and past the big box stores of Newburg, we’ve seen the light. Anyone who would argue that this third-generation MDX is an SUV might as well belong to the Flat Earth Society. The 2014 Acura MDX is the perfect expression of the modern car – capable, spacious, and friendly to drive.
You’re reassured as soon as you walk up to the new MDX, since its styling is familiar, in a good way, as if everyone in the family had gotten a nice promotion at work and there has been some new landscaping at home that includes LED lights. Maybe more significant is the interior architecture, which features a dash design with an un-provocative yet high-style expression of modernism, including a center console that has a touchscreen interface rather than an array of buttons.
You'll find the driving experience just as familiar, because the MDX drives in the same self-effacing way – coolly comfortable and always steady on its feet, as if it has been this way before. Yet while we're navigating up and down the narrow country roads through the hills above the Willamette River in the middle of a rainstorm (hey, this is Oregon), we're struck that the new MDX is a lot better at this than we remember. The rush of the tires on the pavement is subdued at last, so you can make a telephone call and not have to shout to be heard. The electric-assist steering hardly crackles with communication, yet the front tires instinctively find their way through a rain-swept corner. When the wheels roll through a pothole, the body jounces once, not twice. And the engine always seems to be in the right gear, makes noises as if it means it at 6000 rpm, and then lets you sail past the gas station.
As with so many things about Honda, it’s the little things that add up. Clever engineering and high-strength steel have created a body structure that’s lightweight as well as crashworthy, while better seals, thicker acoustic-insulated glass and active sound control muffles the noise. The platform has been remade with new geometry for the front suspension that minimizes torque steer and a new multi-link rear suspension that keeps out noise and has high-tech dampers besides. The direct-injection 3.5-liter V-6 delivers 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, and it combines variable-cylinder deactivation with a six-speed transmission that has a fairly active shift schedule, which helps deliver an EPA-rated 18 mpg City/27 mpg Highway for the all-wheel-drive MDX and 20 mpg City/28 mpg Highway for the front-wheel-drive MDX (both are best in class, Acura tells us).
Actually the 2014 MDX might be even more remarkable for the stuff that you don't actually notice. The all-wheel-drive system delivers torque vectoring front to rear to enhance traction, and side to side across the rear axle to improve cornering. The adaptive steering uses steering assist and the brakes to enhance cornering stability. Add on blind-spot warning, collision warning, lane-keeping assist, an adaptive cruise control that works even at a walking pace, and even GPS-linked air-conditioning control. Never mind the bright sparks at Google, because Acura has already invented the autonomous-driving car.
When you combine these things in a vehicle that has been engineered to weigh 275 lbs less than before, it’s no wonder the MDX feels like a car. The living space has also been engineered with car-like convenience, including the extended-slide rear seat, improved third-row access, a smoother (though no lower) incline to the cargo floor when the seats are lowered, and a center-console cargo bin as magically spacious as Harry Potter’s tent. The interior is fractionally smaller than before despite a stretch of the wheelbase by 2.8 inches, as shoulder room and hip room in the rear seats are each down by about an inch.
If you're looking for the best expression of the smartness, practicality, efficiency and enjoyment that sets Honda’s prestige division apart from other luxury brands, the 2014 Acura MDX is the best car you can buy with an Acura badge.

2014 Acura MDX

Base Price: $43,280-$54,805
On Sale: Now
Engine: 3.5-liter SOHC 32-valve V-6
Horsepower: 290 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 267 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front- or or all-wheel
Curb Weight: 4297 lbs
Fuel Economy: 18-20/27-28 mpg city/highway
Capacities:
Cargo: 15.8/45.1/90.9 cu. ft.
Legroom (front/middle/rear): 41.4/36.6/28.1 inches
Headroom (front/middle/rear): 38.1/38.3/35.6 inches
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2014 Acura MDX

New For 2014

The 2014 Acura MDX is built on a new platform and has a new V-6 engine. It also gets a host of fresh standard features, including keyless entry, remote start, LED headlights, a 432-watt sound system, and acoustic glass. Front-wheel drive joins Acura's SH-AWD all-wheel-drive system (for Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) as a choice for the new model. The 2014 Acura MDX starts at $43,185.

Vehicle Summary

The 2014 Acura MDX has been redesigned, but the third-generation model doesn't look that much different from its predecessor. The sheetmetal is smoothed and the headlights are more blinged-out, but the most significant change is under the skin. The seven-passenger crossover rides on a completely new platform, and the result is a vehicle that drives like a family sedan rather than a large truck. The changes are meant to evolve with customers' tastes, which are trending away from rough-and-tumble SUVs to more comfortable, car-based crossovers. Still, Acura didn't mess with one of its perennial best-sellers too much: The roomy Acura MDX still offers capability and function in an upscale package.

Overview

The 2014 Acura MDX comes in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations, a departure from the previous model, which was all-wheel-only. The 2014 model gets a new engine, a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and can tow up to 5000 pounds. The combination returns 20 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway in two-wheel guise; the all-wheel drive Acura MDX variant gets 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The body makes extensive use of high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium, helping the vehicle shed 275 pounds. The platform is 2.8 inches longer between the wheels, but interior space is slightly smaller and there's less shoulder and hip space. The Acura MDX's redesigned interior has a larger center console, a stylish instrument panel, more insulation, and a one-touch feature that allows for quicker access to the third row. The Acura MDX is loaded with electronics; consumers have a choice of four audio systems, an eight-inch touchscreen is standard, and the next-generation of AcuraLink offers connectivity via occupants' smart phones.

During our initial test of the Acura MDX in Newberg, Oregon, we were impressed with the vehicle's agreeable driving dynamics, calling it "the perfect expression of the modern car -- capable, spacious, and friendly to drive." We were also happy to see features such as adaptive steering, blind-spot warning, lane-keeping assist, and a nifty feature that links the GPS to the air conditioning controls. "Never mind the bright sparks at Google, because Acura has already invented the autonomous-driving car," one editor noted.

You'll like:

  • Comfortable driving demeanor
  • Easily configurable interior
  • Updated safety and electronics

You won't like:

  • Slightly less hip and shoulder space
  • Only one engine choice
  • Exterior design is largely unchanged

Key Competitors

  • Audi Q7
  • BMW X5
  • Infiniti QX70
  • Volvo XC90
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The Acura we venerate—a spunky premium brand that sells sporty sedans and coupes with redlines above 8,000 rpm—is dead. Your peers killed it, deciding that four-wheel drive and three rows of seating are way cooler than slick manual transmissions and screaming four-cylinder engines. The MDX, introduced in 2001, is now far and away Acura’s most popular and best-selling model. In a good month, it’ll nearly double the total number of Integra Type Rs sold here from 1997 to 2001. So when a new version of the MDX rolled out in early 2013, we decided to spend a year getting to know the 2014 MDX, the Acura that—evidently—everyone else adores.
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The 2015 version of the Acura MDX three-row crossover gets a slight uptick in price, with a new starting cost of $43,460 with destination. That’s just $275 more than the 2014 MDX, and the car does not receive any significant changes for the 2015 model year.

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2014 Acura MDX Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
Horsepower:
290 hp @ 6200rpm
Torque:
267 ft lb of torque @ 4500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
70,000 miles / 72 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
American Honda Motor Co. is recalling certain Trailer Hitch Harness Kits, Part Number 08L91-TZ5-200. These kits are for use in 2014 model year Acura MDX vehicles. The trailer hitch kit has a subharness that is incorrectly wired such that there may be no power supplied to an accessory trailer brake controller.
Consequences
If the trailer brake controller is not powered, when towing a trailer, longer stopping distances could be required, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Honda will notify owners and Acura dealers will correct the trailer hitch subharness wiring, free of charge. The recall began on August 23, 2013. Owners may contact Acura Customer Service at 1-800-382-2238. Honda's number for this campaign is JB2.
Potential Units Affected
2,779
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
EQUIPMENT
Summary
American Honda Motor Co. is recalling certain Trailer Hitch Harness Kits, Part Number 08L91-TZ5-200. These kits are for use in 2014 model year Acura MDX vehicles. The trailer hitch kit has a subharness that is incorrectly wired such that there may be no power supplied to an accessory trailer brake controller.
Consequences
If the trailer brake controller is not powered, when towing a trailer, longer stopping distances could be required, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Honda will notify owners and Acura dealers will correct the trailer hitch subharness wiring, free of charge. The recall began on August 23, 2013. Owners may contact Acura Customer Service at 1-800-382-2238. Honda's number for this campaign is JB2.
Potential Units Affected
2,779
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:31
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Summary
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2014 Acura MDX AWD vehicles manufactured May 6, 2013, through October 14, 2013. The bolts that attach the drive shaft to the automatic transmission transfer assembly may not have been properly tightened. As a result, the bolts could loosen possibly allowing the shaft to detach.
Consequences
If the drive shaft detaches while driving it could cause excessive noise and possibly damage the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the drive shaft attaching bolts as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on July 3, 2014. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or visit their website at www.recalls.honda.com. Honda's recall number is JC8.
Potential Units Affected
19,197
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
SEAT BELTS
Summary
American Honda Motor Company (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Acura MDX vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013, to August 25, 2014, and 2014 Acura RLX vehicles manufactured November 5, 2012, to November 25, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the driver and front passenger seat belt may not extend or retract in low temperatures.
Consequences
A seatbelt that does not function increases the risk of injury in a crash.
Remedy
Honda has notified owners, and dealers will replace the driver and front passenger seat belts, free of charge. The recall began in November 2014. Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-800-382-2238. Honda's number for this recall is JK7 for the MKX, and JK8 for the RLX.
Potential Units Affected
43,481
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
EQUIPMENT:AIR CONDITIONER
Summary
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Acura MDX and MDX AWD vehicles manufactured April 23,2013, to December 16, 2014. The affected vehicles have air conditioning compressor clutch drive bolts that may not have received the proper anti-corrosion coating.
Consequences
If a bolt was not coated, it may corrode and break as a result. If the bolt breaks, the compressor clutch plate may separate from the vehicle, possibly becoming a road hazard.
Remedy
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air conditioning compressor clutch drive bolt and install a new clutch plate if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 31, 2015. Owners may contact Acura client relations at 1-800-382-2238. Honda's number for this recall is JQ7.
Potential Units Affected
106,439
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE: CRASH IMMINENT BRAKING
Summary
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Acura MDX 2WD and AWD, RLX and 2014 Acura RLX Hybrid vehicles. In certain driving conditions, the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) may incorrectly interpret certain roadside objects such as metal fences or metal guardrails as obstacles and unexpectedly apply the brakes.
Consequences
If the CMBS unexpectedly applies emergency braking force while driving, there is an increased risk of a crash.
Remedy
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will update the CMBS software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Acura customer service at 1-800-382-2238. Honda's numbers for this recall is JQ4, JQ5 and JQ6.
Potential Units Affected
19,502
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2014 Acura MDX

Depreciation
41.6%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$19,649
41.6%
Insurance
$7,955
16.8%
Fuel Cost
$11,377
24.1%
Financing
$4,611
9.8%
Maintenance
$2,736
5.8%
Repair Costs
$363
0.8%
State Fees
$538
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $47,229 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent