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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

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