The 2014 MDX is the third generation of Acura’s seven-passenger luxury performance SUV and it has more comfort, connectivity and performance than previous models, and it’s available for the first time in a new two-wheel drive model.
The all-new MDX adds a laundry list of new standard features, including Keyless Access System with Push Button Start, Jewel Eye LED headlights, exterior and interior LED lighting, Extended Slide second- row seating with One-Touch Walk-In for third-row access, an eight-inch On- Demand Multi-Information Display touchscreen, Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, a powerful 432-watt Acura sound system and acoustic glass for the front windows and the windshield.
The MDX with Advance Package boasts a wide range of new technologies and features, including Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low- Speed Follow, remote engine start with an extended range of at least 300 feet, a new Ultra-Wide DVD Rear Entertainment System with HDMI connectivity, and front and rear parking sensors. Optional Acura Genuine Accessories for the 2014 MDX include standalone features such as a heated steering wheel, LED fog lights and a Trailer Hitch ATF Cooler Kit that allows for up to 5,000 pounds of towing.
Developed on an all-new platform, the new Acura MDX is powered by a new 290- hp direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 powertrain with fuel-saving Variable Cylinder Management technology.
Similar to the flagship sedan RLX, the new SUV harnesses a host of Acura signature technologies including AcuraLink Next Generation services and Agile Handling Assist.
New from the ground up, it has a 2.8- inch longer wheelbase, is lower and narrower and has enhanced fuel efficiency. It’s made with high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium comprising 64 percent of its body structure, is 275 pounds lighter than the previous model and has better acceleration and handling characteristics.
A redesigned MacPherson strut front suspension, new multilink rear suspension and new Electric Power Steering (EPS) give the MDX even greater agility and performance. The standard Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) lets drivers select their preferred driving mode (Comfort, Normal or Sport) to suit their mood and the driving conditions. Standard on the MDX, a signature Acura technology called Agile Handling Assist selectively uses the vehicle’s brakes to improve corner traceability and impart confident handling feel.
The MSRP on the 2014 Acura MDX ranges from $42,290 to $56,505.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com