Road Trip Pleasure - 2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Acura MDX: Road Trip Pleasure

June 4, 2014

2014 Acura MDX

Over the weekend I was able to take our long-term 2014 Acura MDX on a road trip to visit friends in Northwestern Nevada, with stops along CA HWY 395 at Mono Lake and June Lake.

Most of the time we had two adults, a 60-pound dog, a cooler, and luggage. On the long stretches we had both the second and third rows folded down, which gave us more cargo room than we needed. I'm proud of my travel gear Tetris skills, but when every square inch is crammed, visibility suffers. This was not the case. I could see out the back and things were easy to access.

2014 Acura MDX

On a few hour-long side trips we had no luggage, but all seats were filled and surprisingly, everybody had more room than expected. The third row was easy for people to hop into, and the 60/40 second row could slide forward or back, not just to gain access, but to adjust for legroom needs.

Overall the Acura was a pleasure and time passed easily. The tech was easy to figure out, the ride comfortable, and it had plenty of power when passing oblivious texters.

Overall miles added to the ODO: 1,179
Gallons of fuel used: 55.219

That works out to be an average MPG of 21.25, 2.35 MPG lower than the vehicles' own info-screened estimate of 23.6.

2014 Acura MDX

2014 Acura MDX

John Adolph, Sr. Multimedia Editor @ 14,595 miles


  • vvk vvk Posts:

    Well, this is basically a minivan styled to look like an SUV.

  • kirkhilles1 kirkhilles1 Posts:

    @vvk - Of course. We have a Pilot and bought it for the same reasons as everyone does - we didn't want an Odyssey. Part of it is the "minivan" name, part is just how it looks. The Pilot looks "boxy" which we like. The reality is that few people actually need a Sport Utility Vehicle and VERY few people actually need a $35k+ (or $55k for the MDX) off road vehicle.

  • 6sptl 6sptl Posts:

    > @vvk said: > Well, this is basically a minivan styled to look like an SUV. Don't forget; a SHAWD minivan, a huge difference when you live in a place that had 7 mths of snow roads this winter. In addition, the fact that it goes like stink and can drive circles around real minivans plus its more comfortable, quieter and has seriously better audio are not little things either.

  • upnorth85 upnorth85 Posts:

    The build quality of a Honda is far better than an Acura. I have had 3 Honda's before and in all 3 I never used the purchased extended warranty. In my Acura that I purchased yesterday, the Advance model came with a defective Entertainment system. I noticed whit body paint droplets caked on the headlamp cover. It was me who found both defects. Acura lacks the finesse of our other vehicle, a Lexus RDX. We had a far better new vehicle experience and subsequent 18 months. Acura damages the Honda brand unlike Audi, Infinity and Lexus. I am hoping here on there are no further problems. I purchased an Advance over Lexus for the longer maintenance interval and the lane keeping feature which Lexus does not have in the RX.

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