2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Acura MDX: Doesn't Need Adjustable Suspension

October 30, 2013

2014 Acura MDX

It's hard to blame Acura for offering a variable suspension setup. After all, the standard Integrated Dynamic System (IDS) seems like the best of both worlds on paper, not to mention that it's one more feature the 2014 MDX can hang over the heads of its competitors.

But like most systems of this type, I find the IDS in the MDX unnecessary, mainly because the "normal" setting provides the best combination of comfort and performance. No shocker there really.

Switch it to "comfort" while cruising on the highway and it feels too vague, while the "sport" mode makes it overly jittery on all but the smoothest pavement. In some situations, one or the other might be preferable, but not so much that I would pay extra for IDS if it were an option. And for the record, I find this to be the case for most such systems, so Acura didn't drop the ball here, it just didn't make a more compelling case why the MDX needs such a setup.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Acura MDX in VA is:

$168 per month*
* Explanation