2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Acura MDX: Enjoyable for Long Distance Drives

April 11, 2014

2014 Acura MDX

We've already used our 2014 Acura MDX for a couple of road trips, most recently on a trip to Mammoth. So far we've only had good things to say. I've collected a few thoughts as well on why I like I like driving our MDX on long hauls.

Seat comfort and driving position are always very important for long-distance drives. The MDX does well here. It's true that the driver seat's power adjustment count is pretty average (there aren't any adjustable bolsters, thigh extender or four-way lumbar, for instance). But the seat is well shaped (our Editor-in-Chief called them great seats) and I've been comfortable for the 4- to 5-hour drives I've done.

The MDX's ride quality isn't the smoothest riding you'll find in a luxury crossover. I seem to remember our old long-term Infiniti JX35 doing a better job of smothering out ruts and bumps. But given that the MDX is a lot sportier handling than most competitors (and will feel more responsive should you need to make an emergency maneuver on the highway), I think it's a balanced approach a lot of drivers will appreciate.

Our MDX also has plenty of interior storage for water bottles, snacks and personal items. There's also a respectably quiet interior, the nice-sounding premium ELS audio system and a useful amount of cargo space behind the second-row seats if you happen to be taking along luggage.

If you frequently make a lot of long-distance drives, the MDX should keep you happy.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 9,833 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

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

$140 per month*
* Explanation