2014 Acura MDX: Great Rain-Sensing Wipers
March 27, 2014
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