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1401 2014 Acura Mdx January Update
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2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD - Getting Acquainted

Miles To Date: 4098

WINTER
2014 Acura MDX reviews to date

It should come as no great surprise that any vehicle with all-wheel drive and winter tires is in high demand come winter, and as a result our 2014 Acura MDX kept busy through most of December.

First up, staff photographer Patrick M. Hoey took the 2014 Acura MDX on a 2000-mile jaunt to Nashville, Tennessee, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, for feature stories you'll see in an upcoming issue of Automobile Magazine. On the way south, Hoey dealt with snow flurries and freezing rain, making him happy that the Acura was equipped with Bridgestone Blizzak tires.

"The MDX was performed very capably when I met a terrible snowstorm in Ohio," he said. "Plus, the cabin has plenty of power outlets for charging my cameras, radios, and MacBook on a long trip."

Next up, executive editor Todd Lassa grabbed the MDX's keys to help make his hour-long commute a little easier. He was seduced not only by the crossover's performance in cold weather but also by the vehicle's cohesive package.

"The ride and handling, the power, and the general comfort make this Acura's best model," Lassa reported. "I think the MDX remains best in its segment because Acura has updated all of its original qualities without messing up the basic formula."

On the other hand, Lassa criticized the dual-screen infotainment system, which has a small display up top and a secondary touchscreen interface lower on the center stack. "Putting virtually every main control on the screens is too distracting," he said. "Real, tactile buttons and knobs simply work better."

"Even after a night of driving, I didn't have a clue how to operate the system," agreed road test editor Chris Nelson.

Hoey, too, was unable to master the controls: "Even after living with it for nearly 2000 miles, I never felt confident enough to use the infotainment system without looking away from the road."

Editor-in-chief Jean Jennings was next to spend time in the 2014 Acura MDX, although she left it parked at the airport for a few days while sunning herself in Hawaii. On returning, Jennings found Michigan had been hit by a blast of arctic air, prompting her to applaud the MDX's toasty heated seats and powerful heater.

With that, our 2014 Acura MDX ushered in the New Year with more than 4000 miles already logged on its odometer. Judging by its first month in the fleet, we don't expect the MDX's wheels to stay still for very long during the coming year.

2014 Acura MDX Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
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
  • Packages & Options
    • None

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