September 22, 2014
If you don't live in Southern California, you may not have noticed, but we're having a bit of a heat wave. Triple-digits-in-the-day, too-hot-to-even-bother-going-to-the-beach, if-you-need-me-I'll-be-in-a-kiddie-pool-full-of-ice hot.
Our 2014 Acura MDX doesn't play well with this kind of weather.
August 27, 2014
Even though I feel tiny when driving alone in the gigantic 2014 Acura MDX, I can appreciate its appeal. When I have passengers, they are always happy.
I had one of those weekends with lots of errands and fun. The Acura MDX was a great companion. From a trip to the mall to dinner at a fancy restaurant, it served us well.
August 11, 2014
At first glance, the control layout in our 2014 Acura MDX looks like it would be easy to use. Just look at the size of that dial, it's huge.
August 8, 2014
Our 2014 Acura MDX joins a long list of cars that were seemingly developed by engineers and designers that are unaware of the concept of sunrise and sunset. Funny thing, because these solar events occur daily. And they happen during commuting hours, a time when most cars and their bleary-eyed drivers are on the road.
Interstate 5 runs north and south, so I had the visor flopped to the side for extended periods on both legs of my recent trip to visit the University of Oregon. Our MDX lacks any sort of sliding flap or a telescopic arm, so I was forced to improvise.
July 11, 2014
Our 2014 Acura MDX saw holiday duty this past weekend. It ferried seven of us to a local Fourth of July fireworks show, then took three of us on a trip up the coast and to an auto museum. And you're not going to believe this, but it also handled a trip to the mall and supermarket. Road trips and shopping excursions are typically where a crossover SUV proves its worth. And the MDX did itself proud.
July 03, 2014
I found a few ants in my house the other day. This happens every summer. They're looking for water or something. It completely freaked me out and I went on a cleaning frenzy.
May 30, 2014
Early Monday morning I was back in the 2014 Acura MDX for the slog down Interstate 5 South from Eugene, Oregon to Santa Monica, California. I was sad to leave Oregon.
I'm not sure why I didn't think to do this before, but when the driver's window made the occasional whistling sound as it had on the trip up, I pushed out on the window, just to see how it would affect things. Doing so eliminated the noise. Clearly this is something that could be fixed.
May 9, 2014
The Integrated Dynamics System button on our 2014 Acura MDX changes the steering weight and throttle response as well as adjusting the torque distribution to the wheels while cornering. It does all this across three modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport.
March 20, 2014
The first time I was in an Acura MDX I was a passenger. I was impressed with its comfort and many entertainment features. It's no surprise to find a wealth of features in a luxury crossover in this price range. But I think I actually prefer being a passenger is this car than driving it.
March 11, 2014
It had to happen. Shortly after I completed the RTI measurement of our 2014 Acura MDX (and griped about its potential) I was invited to join a group of friends on a weekend trip to the Mojave Desert near Ridgecrest, California.
There would be twelve of us in three cars. I always like to drive on these sorts of trips, so I needed an SUV that could carry four adults, their luggage, daypacks and a big ice chest. The 2014 Acura MDX seemed to fit the bill.
Once there, our little convoy would spend 90 percent of the time on dirt roads and single-lane OHV trails on BLM land. Would its lack of suspension flexibility and weak approach angle cause trouble? There was only one way to find out.
February 18, 2014
When the term was first coined, off-road capability was assumed to be the primary sport alluded to by the leading "S" in the term SUV. One of the primary predictors of off-road prowess is maximum suspension articulation, and we can readily measure that with a quick trip up our 20-degree RTI ramp to measure Ramp Travel Index.
Because it is SUV-shaped and has all-wheel drive, our 2014 Acura MDX recently underwent this simple procedure.
And the MDX set a record, of sorts, for Worst RTI Score (So Far) with 249 points.
This shouldn't be all that surprising, because the MDX's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system, known by the SH-AWD acronym, is more about on-road handling in all weather conditions.
The system helps with dry cornering and is positively expert in snowy and wet-road environments. This RTI score tells us that actual off-roading was never much of a design consideration when the suspension was being conceived, though we suppose gravel roads of reasonable condition are just fine.
February 13, 2014
I'm not a regular user of seat heaters, but it was somewhat chilly when I headed off to work at 5:00 a.m. this morning. Our 2014 Acura MDX has them, so I stabbed the button that sits at the bottom edge of the touchscreen.
Well, that's not strictly true. What I mean is the seat heater failed to ignite.
January 17, 2014
I finally got a new iPod Touch. It's the latest model and I was wondering if it would connect easily to our 2014 Acura MDX and our other long-term cars. My old player was so old that most cars in our fleet stopped recognizing it. I had to connect through the AUX jack, which allowed me to play my music but does not charge the iPod, nor does it allow for any control through the vehicle.
First world problems, right?
January 15, 2014
With its placement near the shifter, you can assume this button has something to do with customizing your driving experience. But would an average consumer know what a button labeled "IDS" means?
November 28, 2013
Our 2014 Acura MDX has an optional blind-spot monitoring system, which comes as part of the Technology package. I happen to like the layout of this monitoring system.
November 26, 2013
Sometimes it's the little things. For example, I really like the detail work on the Acura MDX's gearshift lever. The brushed silver insert reminds me of the Acura logo, even though it's upside down.
November 21, 2013
Sure, our 2014 Acura MDX has seating for seven, but the reality of comfort completely depends on the size, age and needs of the passengers
November 14, 2013
In the past, Hondas and Acuras have not really been known for having quiet cabins. But the new 2014 Acura MDX is actually peacefully quiet. Road, wind, and engine noise are kept to a minimum.
November 6, 2013
Another post about the console? Well yes, even though Donna already covered it quite comprehensively there's one aspect of it that I think deserves another mention.
November 1, 2013
I like the inside of our 2014 Acura MDX a lot. These hard plastic cargo compartments are ideal for my weekly hikes. They allow for mess-free storage of my shoes, shirt and water bottle without getting dust and mud all over the carpeted surfaces. And when you move forward in the cabin, the MDX continues to impress.
October 25, 2013
Does the 2014 Acura MDX have the ultimate center storage compartment?
It does so many different things. There are pockets for small items like iPods and phones, a non-skid shelf, a deep compartment for a briefcase. But as I usually see women driving the MDX, I would imagine that most drivers stash their purses there. I know I did.
Here is a video tour:
October 24, 2013
This is the instrument panel of our 2014 Acura MDX. Sure, the center screen can be used to display silly things like torque-split for the SH-AWD and vehicle information, but I prefer it like this. Blank. Clean.