Expensive Jewels - 2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Acura MDX: Expensive Jewels

March 6, 2014

2014 Acura MDX

A number of editors have commented on the form and function of the "Jewel Eye" headlights on our long-term 2014 Acura MDX. But here is something that isn't often considered: repair costs. After making a phone call to a friend who works at an Acura dealer, I can see why they call them jewel lights.

If the headlight breaks, it will cost about $1,400 to replace. This figure includes labor, which admittedly, is higher in California. If one of the individual jewels burns out over normal usage, you have to replace the entire headlight assembly. The only individual bulb you can replace is the turn signal.

It's important to note that these are LED headlights, which have a significantly longer lifespan than halogen or Xenon, but it could be an issue if you're looking to pick one up used, years from now.

On the 2014 MDX, there's no alternative. Jewel eye headlights are standard on every trim level.

Just for giggles, I asked what the replacement cost on an Acura RLX headlight was. It has a second row of jewels, so I assumed it would be pricier. The headlight assembly cost an eyebrow-raising $2,500 (labor not included). I'm thinking leasing might be the way to go on these cars with expensive features.

Would expensive headlights, deter you from buying the vehicle?

Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor

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