2014 Acura MDXChange Vehicle
of the 2014 Acura MDX base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Ride quality
- Front seat comfort
- Sliding and reclining second-row seats
- Gas mileage
- Responsive automatic transmission
- Mushy brakes
- Vague steering
- Third row still tight
- Forgettable styling
- Low second-row seats
- 2nd-row captain's chairs not offered
- Redesigned for 2014
- Seven-seat SUV
- Standard direct-injected V-6
- Now available in front- or all-wheel drive
- Lighter, more fuel efficient than predecessor
- New push-button third-row access
The 2014 Acura MDX trades visceral driving fun for family-friendly refinement, which should appeal to most shoppers for the seven-seat luxury SUV.
Now in its third generation, the MDX faces a new competitor in the Infiniti JX, which wasn't around when the previous generation arrived. Other options include the BMW X5, Buick Enclave, Audi Q7 and, if you can do without the third row, the ever-popular Lexus RX.
Like many Acura cars, the MDX comes in one well-equipped base trim, though there are several option packages that essentially serve as trim levels: Technology, Technology with Entertainment and Advance with Entertainment. For 2014, front-wheel drive becomes available with all packages; previously all-wheel drive was standard. At a media preview in Portland, Ore., I drove a number of the all-wheel-drive MDX SUVs with Technology and Advance packages alongside its predecessor and several competitors.
The outgoing MDX's bumper inlets sat high enough to give a mustachioed expression. Its successor has shaved, thankfully, but styling otherwise stays put. The biggest shift is the headlights, which adopt standard LEDs for a sort of reptilian appearance. In back, the MDX loses its exposed tailpipes for chrome-ringed reflectors and a concealed single pipe. Yawn.
Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard, and 19s are optional. Citing research that showed nobody wanted a bigger MDX, Acura added just 2 inches to the overall length while reducing height and width by ... Read more
Acura's three-row SUV was redesigned for 2014, and Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says it's full of family-friendly refinement. The new MDX features cleaner looking styling outside, upgraded cabin materials and an easier-to-access third row.
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Love my Acura MDX from Motorcars Acura
The MDX is one of the best cars I have owned. It is comfortable, quiet and sporty. It performs great and the mileage is respectable. I also love the fact that it is very reliable. Read full review
I love everything about this car.all the room it has its very convenient I would love to come see it again cause I'm thinking about purchasing one of these cars I like that it has entertaining and ... Read full review