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2014 Acura MDX SUV

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Beware of noise (VCM or modulator?)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By lbjr51
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2014 Acura MDX SUV SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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This car is comfortable to drive other than the fact that one must put up with an irritating noise that Acura refuses to fix (5 in all categories otherwise). Some have described the noise as being similar to "a cell phone in vibrate mode going off on a hard surface." My understanding is the noise is identified as being from the Variable Cylinder Management System (VCM) switching from 3 cylinders to 6 cylinders. Unfortunately, the noise gets louder over time. Acura contends it is the all wheel drive unit modulator activating. It apparently is also noted on other Honda models like the RDX, Pilot and Odyssey. At the minimum, Acura's dealers should be required to disclose this issue.


Favorite Features

We really like the way this car drives. If only we didn't have to put up with the irritating noise.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the irritating noise. Some have identified the noise as being from the Variable Cylinder Management System (VCM) switching from 3 cylinders to 6 cylinders; this causes a waft of air to rush in (to feed the additional cylinders) and this air rush causes the plastic shield to vibrate. After 6 months of attempting to get this defect corrected, staff from Acura's Technical Assistance Department, as late as May 27, 2014, stated the noise is characteristic of the vehicle and is the all wheel drive unit modulator activating. Unfortunately, Acura is not interested in fixing the problem. Acura's position is merely "live with it".


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Multiple Acura owner
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By geomey
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2014 Acura MDX SUV Advance and Entertainment Packages 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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I have owned a 2003, 2007, and 2010 Acura MDX all with the top of the line package. I have been very satisfied with all of the vehicles except for one area. The tire balance vibration in the 2007 and 2010 Acura drove me crazy. Everything else worked extremely well. The vibration caused me to purchase a 2013 Lexus RX 350 which was a quieter and smoother riding although smaller. We recently checked out a 2014 MDX and were blown away by the improvement in ride and road noise. The ride is better than the RX, quieter and a substantially better handling vehicle. With the gas mileage we are getting we are extremely happy. You cannot buy a better 7 passenger SUV for any price.


Favorite Features

The ride and comfort.


Suggested Improvements

Car manufacturers are not good at technology.


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Good SUV but Can be better
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By icern
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2014 Acura MDX SUV SH-AWD w/Technology and Entertainment Packages 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Before i purchased the MDX, i test drove other SUV in or near this 7 seater class. From Explorers, Qx60 and Highlander etc. But it came down to two. The infiniti or the Accura. I went with the MDX. For the reason that it is more enjoyable to drive. Good suspension on minor bumps although the Adv Tech seems to be quiter that the other trims. It has A good Gas Mileage. I get 22 to 24 MPG Combined with more Bostonian/suburb driving than highway. The Interior does not feel cheap at all. Although the Center console looks outdated. It has pretty cool features like the flood lights and interior lighting are LED's. Safety is also good


Favorite Features

MPG, Smoothness during long drives. The Seats are Very Comfortable. Jewel Eye's


Suggested Improvements

Improvement with Sound system(BOSE>ELS), Active noise Cancelling software upgrade to include the Fuel pump noise cancellation. Center console Upgrade. Rear Suspension. (But mostly when my back is full fo grocery. I really have no issue with it.)


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"CAUTION"---MDX has a driver safety issue! :((
11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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By flfeds
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2014 Acura MDX SUV SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Just bought the MDX two weeks ago and took it on our first trip and was astonished at an interior design flaw. Heading west on a sunny day produced a significant amount of glare off the aluminum trim around the center console and the entertainment center.It was so distracting and bothersome to the driver that we had to cover the trim with articles of clothing.Dealership was notified their solution was to cover with electrical tape. Acura client relations was contacted their response was thx for feedback, no solution because its the design of the interior for the MDX.No other model has that reflective trim!Stay away,there r many other competitive choices.I will solve it with "DUCT TAPE" :(


Favorite Features

aluminum reflective interior trim


Suggested Improvements

buy a different model or wait for the design correction next year. if there is a series of accidents relating to the drivers' glare perhaps there will be a recall...


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BUYER BEWARE*LEMON ALERT**
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By rollahead
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2014 Acura MDX SUV Technology Package 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Have 14 MDX/Tech 9 mo. Complaining since inception #1 Driver's windows rattle lowered a few inches #2 intermittent motor noise from behind dash with recent 3 second**Steering Wheel Lockup**. Dealer duplicated motor noise on 4th visit. Corporate tech advised dealer "they're aware of "issue" with steering motor, but don't have any solution at this time". Dealer advised car "normal" and I should pick it up!! Problem without solution=no repair? What could happen if the steering wheel locks up again? If you have this problem Please file your complaint immediately with National Highway Safety Administration 888-327-4236. BTW dealer said rattle windows is as per Acura design. Really?


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