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2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Acura MDX: Smaller Engine Delivers Ample Power

October 23, 2013

2014 Acura MDX

It's rare when an all-new vehicle arrives with a smaller engine than its predecessor, especially when it comes to midsize SUVs. But that's exactly what happened when Acura rolled out the 2014 MDX. Its standard V6 engine went from 3.7-liters to a mere 3.5-liters and horsepower decreased from 300 to 290.

As unusual as this move might seem on paper, in practice it's hardly noticeable. This new MDX has more than enough power for merging onto the highway and passing at speed. Some credit for its performance has to do with the fact that this MDX is also lighter than its predecessor by 275 pounds, but Acura also tuned the new V6 to make more torque at lower engine speeds.

The result is an engine that feels more responsive even though it's smaller and more efficient. Hard to argue with that kind of evolution.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,309 miles


Comments

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    Do you pass out from boredom when driving it or do they have an app for that? How's handling compared to the competition?

  • shotgunsi shotgunsi Posts:

    Didn't they also move to direct injection with the 3.5L? I believe the previous 3.7L did not utilize direct injection hence the low power drop when down sizing the engine.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Interesting. I guess the Explorer pretty famously also downsized it's engines but also introduced ecoboost so its not exactly comparable. In the other direction, Mazda introduced the CX-9 in 2007 with a 3.5L V6 but it wasn't until the 2008 replaced that engine with a 3.7L that the car started bringing home awards. This probably wasn't a bad move by Honda/Acura; however, where all the reviews of the previous MDX stressed it's driving performance, that type of praise is pretty absent from the current model.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    great! I wondered when you guys would start posting onthe new addition to the fleet

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @legacygt:? From Car and Driver's first drive review, the subtitle was "From the producers of the NSX, the most athletic of three-row SUVs. So far."

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