2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test


2014 Acura MDX: Great Rain-Sensing Wipers

March 27, 2014

2014 Acura MDX

At Edmunds.com's headquarters in Santa Monica, California, there really isn't much inclement weather. As you've likely heard, 2014 has been uncharacteristically dry, though a few weeks ago, there was a brief respite from the drought. About 3 inches of rain fell in 48 hours. But I barely noticed while commuting in our long-term 2014 Acura MDX.

Rain-sensing wipers come equipped on the MDX as a part of the Technology package, and they work flawlessly.

According to the MDX's manual, the High setting on the wiper stalk "reacts to a smaller amount of rainfall," while the Low setting reacts to a larger amount of rainfall. Many of these systems can be oversensitive to a small amount of water, or have the opposite effect and take too long to respond, but not the MDX. Its sensor responded well during several hours of driving and never activated the wipers when it wasn't necessary. As far as a passive technology designed to let me focus on the road, Acura has nailed this one.

However, I don't think I'd pay to add this feature if it were a stand-alone option (especially here in L.A.), but as part of the Tech package, which also includes navigation and the upgraded audio system, it's definitely a useful feature that's worth having.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 8,920 miles

Comments

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    I've never used auto-sensing, so I can't say for sure, but I'm glad we have the manual wipers on our 13 Pilot. First off, I'm kinda particular about the speed and it'll depend on how good the wipers are (and how old). Sometimes I want it REALLY slow, sometimes faster. I'm sure I could continue to use the manual function... but weren't we just talking about the $800 windshield replacement cost on the CX-5...

  • explorerx4 explorerx4 Posts:

    My wife's Escape has rain sensing wipers. I think they work ok, but she thinks they react too slowly. As far as I know, that function is either on or off.

  • chuckie6 chuckie6 Posts:

    First, let's get something straight about this not being a standard option. The MDX really is a $49,000 car. Yes, you can base it out at about $43,000. But if you really want what this car is capable of, you're a fool if you're not getting AWD and Tech. The rain-sensing update is welcome news to me in Detroit. It's often wet here and the rain-sensing wipers on our 2013 Volvo S60 suck; they seems to work at random.

  • diigii diigii Posts:

    The Mazda CX-5 long termer's windshield was replaced at a cost of $700 something. So imagine this "luxury" model to cost double that. No, thanks!!

  • diigii diigii Posts:

    But then again, how heavy is that wiper stalk or how bad is our eyesight that we need rain-sensing wipers?

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