2014 Acura MDX: Mud Bogging
June 5, 2014
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.
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