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2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Acura MDX: Mud Bogging

June 5, 2014

2014 Acura MDX

While on a recent road trip in northwestern Nevada we got caught in some heavy rain and hail, which wasn't that big of a deal. Problem was that our friends live on a remote ranch in the middle of alfalfa fields that were prehistorically ocean floor. The silt and sand across the valley is micro fine, and doesn't drain well. Also, the unpaved road varies from being compact and smooth as glass, or loose and mucky as concrete mix.

The first puddle wasn't that wide or particularly deep, but the surface underneath was slick enough to engage the traction control system. This slowed the vehicle considerably, and the momentum we had was decreasing. We made it out without getting stuck, but the next puddle needed a different technique.

2014 Acura MDX

With the traction control off, the smiles began. The V6 had more than enough power to keep the wheels spinning (in a good way) and our momentum up and us out of the muck. Puddles that were much longer and deeper were easy to get through...and way more fun.

I regularly abuse my older Subaru Outback Sport and an '85 Toyota Land Cruiser, so AWD/4WD is what I'm used to. In a way that makes me lazy. I can incorrectly assume that what I'm in can handle some sand, snow, or rough stuff. I was lucky I wasn't in something lower and FWD or RWD.  Our 2014 Acura MDX AWD did well and passed the test. This time, a shameful call for a tow wasn't needed.

John Adolph, Senior Multimedia Editor @ 14,595 miles


Comments

  • SH-AWD is a very good AWD system

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    You're not going very fast through the mud in that picture. If you were, the sprays would be 10' high and dropping mud on your roof. That's how you know who's a serious mudder when you pull up at the local gas station/minimart/bait shop.... It's the truck with mud on it's ROOF.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    > @darthbimmer said: > You're not going very fast through the mud in that picture. If you were, the sprays would be 10' high and dropping mud on your roof. That's how you know who's a serious mudder when you pull up at the local gas station/minimart/bait shop.... It's the truck with mud on it's ROOF. Actually, you'd be surprised at how clean things stay when you have tires that fit _INSIDE_ the wheel wells.

  • 6sptl 6sptl Posts:

    SHAWD is superior on any slick surface to any other system, in fact our MDX drives adroitly in situations that leave my 4wd FX4 F150 skidding around. The only issue with the system is that it has never been applied to an offroad capable vehicle and that it doesn't have a low range (for going downhill). As long as you drive on roads that are within the MDX modest clearences it will never get stuck, period.

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