New Car Reviews

2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD – Mixed Feelings and Service

Miles To Date: 17,794

Long-Term 2014 Acura MDX Update: Summer 2014 ( 2 of 5 ) Miles to date: 17,794

“The MDX doesn’t look particularly huge from the outside, but it fit everyone comfortably, and we had no problems squeezing people into the back seat.”

With the summer heat making us search for ways to cool off, associate web editor Eric Weiner commandeered our 2014 Acura MDX for — you guessed it — another road trip. This time, he took friends for a tour of Michigan’s Dark Horse Brewery.
On the way home from the tour (Weiner drove and toured, rather than sampling the brews) the group of friends found the 2014 Acura MDX a capable highway cruiser.
“The MDX doesn’t look particularly huge from the outside, but it fit everyone comfortably, and we had no problems squeezing people into the back seat,” Weiner said. “The only problem is that the view out of the rear window is blocked by your friends’ heads.”

Soon after, executive editor Todd Lassa spent a week with the 2014 Acura MDX, and came away with his opinion on the car mostly unchanged.
“It’s a pretty forgettable, comfortable, semi-premium crossover that does everything you’d expect of it,” he said, noting that his wife, Donna, also found little to endear her to the model.
Donna Lassa did report that the black plastic cover over the forward-facing camera fell off the windshield, but that she was able to snap it back into place without a hitch. A few days later, your author experienced the same problem after bouncing over a pothole in downtown Detroit. Fortunately, that coincided with the car’s trip computer calling for a service appointment, so we booked the 2014 Acura MDX in at the local dealer.
The basic service, described as B16 in the cryptic maintenance-minder computer, consisted of an oil and filter change, and new rear differential fluid. Though our 2014 Acura MDX has relatively few miles, a service tech said that all Acura cars with the SH-AWD drivetrain need regular fluid changes. Fair enough, but the service totaled $236.17, of which only $80.86 was due to the oil change. As for the plastic camera cover, a technician noted that the plastic clips inside it were broken, as if someone had forcefully removed the cover. She said that often happens if a car’s windshield is replaced, and sure enough, our Acura had new glass installed after the original windshield cracked in an icy blast. A replacement plastic cover took several days to order, but was covered for free by the dealer.
With the calendar turning to July, our 2014 Acura MDX was booked for another road trip, this time with senior editor Joe Lorio for a brief vacation in northern Michigan. Look for his report on the crossover’s ability to carry four people and their luggage next month.


  • Body style 4-door crossover
  • Accommodation 7-passenger
  • Construction Steel unibody
  • Base price (with dest.) $57,400
  • As tested $57,400


  • Engine 24-valve SOHC V-6
  • Displacement 3.5 liters (212 cu in)
  • Power 290hp @ 6200 rpm
  • Torque 267lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
  • Transmission 6-speed automatic
  • Drive 4-wheel
  • EPA Fuel Economy 18/27/21 (city/hwy/combined)


  • Steering Electrically assisted
  • Lock-to-lock 3.1 turns
  • Turning circle 37.6 ft
  • Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
  • Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
  • Brakes F/R Vented discs/discs
  • Wheels 19-inch aluminum
  • Tires Michelin Latitude Tour HP
  • Tire size 245/55R-19 103H


  • Headroom F/R 38.1/38.3/35.6 in
  • Legroom F/R 41.4/36.6/28.1 in
  • Shoulder room F/R 61.1/59.1/54.7 in
  • Wheelbase 111.0 in
  • Track F/R 66.3/66.3 in
  • L x W x H 193.6 x 77.2 x 66.7 in
  • Passenger capacity 132.3 cu ft
  • Cargo capacity (behind r/m/f row) 15.8/45.1/90.9 cu ft
  • Weight 4318 lb
  • Weight dist. F/R 57.9/42.1%
  • Fuel capacity 19.5 gal
  • Est. fuel range 410 miles
  • Fuel grade 91 octane (premium)


  • standard equipment

    • Milano leather-trimmed interior
    • Heated and ventilated front seats
    • Heated second-row outboard seats
    • 115-volt power outlet
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Forward collision prevention
    • Lane keeping assist
    • Keyless entry and ignition
    • Remote start
    • Rearview camera
    • Bluetooth
    • 10-way power driver’s seat
    • Power tailgate
    • Power sunroof
    • LED headlights
    • Automatic tri-zone climate control
    • Rear seat entertainment w/16.2-inch display
    • Auto-dimming rearview and exterior mirrors
    • Front and rear parking assist
    • Navigation w/real-time traffic updates
    • Blind spot monitoring system
    • SiriusXM satellite radio
    • ELS Studio 12-speaker audio system
    • Roof rails
    • Rear sunshades


  • None