August 28, 2014
Yeah, yeah, another stuff-in-the-cargo-area post. But bear with me. Our long-term 2014 Acura MDX was actually the third vehicle I attempted to transport said stuff. Third! The MDX succeeded where other vehicles in our fleet did not (or had only partial success).
Three times, charms, and all that.
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 20, 2014
Not long ago I gave our long-term Nissan Rogue credit for having vents for the rear seat occupants. It was a small nod to a small, but useful feature. Of course, not long after that, it was reported that although the vents are indeed present they don't actually cool the rear compartment very well.
August 14, 2014
We introduced our 2014 Acura MDX to the fleet on October 15 of 2013. On August 9 of 2014, almost 10 months later exactly, we crossed 20,000 miles. That's two months ahead of schedule. Turns out spacious, quiet, comfy, nice-to-drive three-row SUVs get a lot of use...
August 1, 2014
Sharing test cars has it challenges. Occasionally another staffer will turn on or off a feature or system and leave you scratching your head.
Such was the case with the blind-spot system in our long-term 2014 Acura MDX. I immediately noticed the static illuminated light in the MDX's gauge cluster, but wasn't sure if that meant the system was broken or turned off.
July 30, 2014
Some months back I had nice things to say about the so-called jewel-eye headlights on our 2014 Acura MDX. But the pictures didn't really illustrate how far the high beams penetrate down the road because I made the comparison on a treeless desert backdrop. I could see the difference from the driver seat, but it didn't come across on the small screen.
The worth of the low beam and high beam headlights grabbed my attention once again on this most recent Oregon trip, but this time the countless trees we drove past made it easier to illustrate my point.
July 16, 2014
Now that first-half sales numbers are in for the auto industry, it gives the top sellers some bragging rights. In the case of the 2014 Acura MDX it remains the best-selling, three-row luxury SUV in the U.S.
In fact, Acura is proud to point out that the MDX is actually the best-selling, three-row luxury SUV of all time. That translates to 692,710 MDXs sold since it was introduced in 2000.
July 15, 2014
Okay, what's pictured above is actually our long-term 2014 Acura MDX's blind spot indicator and not the collision alert indicator, but bear with me.
The collision alert sounds an audio alert and flashes "BRAKE!" in the instrument cluster when it thinks you're about to crash.
Key word there: thinks.
June 25, 2014
June 18, 2014
Since our long-term 2014 Acura MDX joined our fleet in late September we've driven this crossover 15,000 miles.
Problems? Not one.
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.
June 4, 2014
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.
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 29, 2014
After a Saturday spent walking all around Eugene, Oregon with a friend (great little city, by the way), on Sunday it was off to Bend in the 2014 Acura MDX to go mountain biking with another friend.
My buddy in Bend told me I'd enjoy the drive, and he was spot-on. From Eugene you take Route 126 slightly north, but mostly west as it follows the McKenzie River. Classic woodsy, river scenery. And hardly any traffic.
There's a cutover on Route 242 to Bend, but it's closed in winter due to snow. Apparently it won't open up until June or maybe July.
April 29, 2014
This will sound strange but I actually like when our L.A. freeways are only moving about 40 mph. They are usually moving much slower and as soon as they open up instant stupidity sets in. Every driver jumps to any lane that is moving fractionally faster. This is when accidents happen. And this is when I appreciate the Blind Spot Information system in our long-term 2014 Acura MDX.
April 28, 2014
In an effort to bring some spring cheerfulness to my house, I hopped in our 2014 Acura MDX and went shopping for some new fun stuff. I ended buying some new pillows for the couches, some Easter tchotchke, fresh new candles, etc.
I dropped the third row in the MDX and piled in my bags. But I didn't really need to. With the third row in place, there is still plenty of space back there and my bags weren't huge. But the seats were easy to fold over, so I did.
April 25, 2014
There's my beloved Integra (in need of a bath) parked behind our long-term 2014 Acura MDX.
Why Acura discontinued the Integra is beyond me. Sure, it was in need of an update. But the RSX and ILX have not filled its shoes. Acura doesn't have anything in its current lineup that has the cult status of the Integra. Maybe the NSX when it launches, but we'll see.
April 18, 2014
We're now at the halfway mark for a long-term test of our 2014 Acura MDX. For almost each vehicle in our fleet, we aim to rack up at least 20,000 miles in a one-year stay. We started our MDX test back in October 2013, so we should be on track.
So far, our MDX has been rock-solid and earned plenty of favorable comments.
April 17, 2014
I really like our 2014 Acura MDX. It's versatile, enjoyable to drive and equipped with a nice selection of convenience and luxury-oriented features. If I were shopping for a three-row luxury crossover SUV, it would be very high on my consideration list.
But it's not the only one on the list.
April 11, 2014
We've already used our 2014 Acura MDX for a couple of road trips, most recently on a trip to Mammoth. So far we've only had good things to say. I've collected a few thoughts as well on why I like I like driving our MDX on long hauls.
April 9, 2014
There are many aspects to our 2014 Acura MDX that I enjoy, but one of the more basic happens to be its overall size. It's not too small and it's not too big. As three-row crossover SUVs go, this one seems just right to me.
March 28, 2014
Last week, Mike Monticello came back from a trip to the mountains with an odd observation about our long-term 2014 Acura MDX. He said it was making some odd noises that he couldn't explain. They were faint, and fairly random, so trying to listen to them proved fruitless. He was hoping someone else would hear them to back up his claims.
March 18, 2014
During my recent drive to Mammoth Mountain and back, I noticed an occasional and odd electric-motor whirring noise coming from our 2014 Acura MDX.
Since it was sporadic, it was hard to pinpoint why it was happening or where exactly it was coming from. It would come on randomly, then turn back off.
It's definitely coming from somewhere up front, possibly the dash area. Sometimes it sounded like the ABS system trying to work, but I was never braking when it occurred.
March 12, 2014
My recent two-day trip to the Mojave Desert included a nighttime stargazing component away from the nearest town. Much has been said about the "Jewel Eye" LED headlights that adorn the front of our 2014 Acura MDX, but in-town conditions, especially here in L.A., don't tell the whole story. There are simply too many competing light sources.
But it's easy to get away from all manmade light in the desert. And good headlights are a must on dirt roads if you want to avoid driving into a tire-damaging pothole or washout, especially if you are carrying any speed. Our departed 2012 Jeep Wrangler, to cite a recent example, needed a headlight upgrade because its factory lanterns were so ironically pathetic off-road or in town.
After we'd finished checking out the stars I hung back while the other cars in our convoy went on ahead to our campsite at the Spring Hill Suites.
The three outboard bulbs are the low beams and the remaining two inboard ones are the high beams. You can see the difference in the shape of the corresponding reflection each one projects onto the outer lens cover that envelops them all.
January 30, 2014
Edmunds reported back in December that American Honda was recalling 19,197 of the all-wheel-drive version of the 2014 Acura MDX.
The recall was to tighten the propeller shaft bolts. The NHTSA campaign describes the problem, "The bolts that attach the drive shaft to the automatic transmission transfer assembly may not have been properly tightened. As a result, the bolts could loosen possibly allowing the shaft to detach."
January 29, 2014
When I was driving home the other evening, Santa Monica and my entire commute to the South Bay were socked in with fog. It's hard to take a picture of fog. These photos don't really show it.
I had the headlights set to Auto and was wondering if the 2014 Acura MDX would automatically put on fog lights. But then I realized it doesn't have any fog lights. Not that I really needed them. But I wanted to know for sure.
January 24, 2014
The more I drive our long-term 2014 Acura MDX the more enamored I become with this luxury crossover. With every mile I find this seven-seater to be extremely comfortable and easy to drive, but with more than enough performance and driver engagement to keep me interested.
It's a vehicle that proves people movers do not need to be needlessly boring. Performance and fun do not have to come with comfort and drivability sacrifices.
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?
December 24, 2013
The "Top Safety Pick" winners were announced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and Honda received a list of top picks.
December 13, 2013
Uh, oh, Honda is recalling nearly 20,000 2014 Acura MDX SUVs with all-wheel drive to fix loose drive-shaft bolts.
November 18, 2013
At first, I wasn't a fan of the Jewel Eye LED (light-emitting diode) headlights on our long-term 2014 Acura MDX. The five individual elements inside the headlight housing were hard to get used to in the daylight. But over the weekend I discovered that they look much better at night.
November 4, 2013
This comes as no surprise, but the 2014 Acura MDX earned the top score overall in NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program. Acura's RDX model did as well.
October 31, 2013
Our 2014 Acura MDX has the same jewel eye LED headlight lenses as the new Acura RLX. While the RLX has a double row of lenses, the single-row MDX lights work on the same principle.
This video does a good job of demonstrating the headlights.