2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test


2014 Acura MDX: I Like This Crossover's Size

April 9, 2014

2014 Acura MDX

There are many aspects to our 2014 Acura MDX that I enjoy, but one of the more basic happens to be its overall size. It's not too small and it's not too big. As three-row crossover SUVs go, this one seems just right to me.

I have a family with two young kids, and I certainly appreciate the versatility and cargo space that a three-row SUV provides. That third-row gives me the ability to take the grandparents out with us for dinner, for instance, or take along a friend's kids to the Saturday soccer game. Alternately, fold that third-row down and you've got enough cargo space to make family road trips a lot easier.

At the same time, though, our MDX never feels too big. It slides into parking spaces easily and goes around turns with uncommon agility. I never feel like I'm driving a lumbering vehicle or minivan. The MDX seems more like a wagon, actually. EPA-estimated fuel economy is also quite good for this class.

A friend of mine who has a life largely resembling mine recently bought a 2014 MDX. I think he made a pretty smart decision.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 9,618 miles

Comments

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    Agreed. We LOVE our 2013 Pilot and there's a reason that we've put on nearly 18k miles in under a year - we drive it everywhere. Its big enough to be an excellent travelling vehicle, but is easy enough to drive around town and I'm sure it'd be a great commuter vehicle too. I couldn't imagine driving one of those monster SUVs and trying to park it too.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    I was walking past the previous generation MDX on my way to the train yesterday, and what I liked was the giant square windows all the way around and the mostly vertical hatch. Visibility from the inside must be outstanding. Then I look at the SUV above and I see the now required triangular C window and the sloping hatch and I think the basic shape is a step backwards.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Brent, you're trying awfully hard to like this thing, even though with two kids you don't really need a vehicle this large. You even say you like its EPA estimates, which is kind of meaningless since an owner pays for the fuel the vehicle actually uses, not what the EPA estimates it will use...and this one is not meeting its EPA estimates. It's not getting as good fuel economy as any of the 3 minivans you folks tested over the past 2 or 3 years, either.

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