Redesigned 2014 Acura MDX Debuts at New York Auto Show
2013 New York Auto Show
2013 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The redesigned 2014 Acura MDX, featuring a new two-wheel-drive version, debuted on Wednesday at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
- Pricing was not announced, but American Honda said the new two-wheel-drive version will make the MDX "more affordable."
- The 2014 Acura MDX gets a new 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower — 10 hp less than the outgoing model.
Pricing was not announced, but American Honda said the new two-wheel-drive version will make the MDX "more affordable."
The 2014 Acura MDX, which is built on a new platform, goes on sale this summer. The 2013 Acura MDX starts at $44,175, including an $895 destination charge.
The 2014 Acura MDX gets a new 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower — 10 hp less than the outgoing model. The 2013 Acura MDX is equipped with a 300-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine. Both engines are linked to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The front-wheel-drive version of the 2014 MDX will return an estimated 20 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway, according to American Honda. The EPA has not yet announced official fuel economy numbers on the 2014 MDX.
The 2013 MDX returns 16 mpg in city driving and 21 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
Honda estimates that the all-wheel-drive version of the 2014 MDX will see an improvement in fuel economy, returning 18 mpg in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway.
Gas prices are still a concern for buyers in this segment. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report on Wednesday pegged the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline at $3.65 versus $3.77 a month ago.
The 2014 MDX features a new Integrated Dynamic System with three modes: sport, normal and comfort. The system adjusts steering effort, throttle response, SH-AWD and active sound to "suit the tastes of the driver," the company said.
Acura says the MDX boasts a number of interior upgrades, including LED lighting, a center console with enough space for a laptop, underfloor storage in the rear cargo area, and easier access to third-row seats with a one-touch walk-in feature.
The Acura MDX competes with the Buick Enclave, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90.
Edmunds says: The critical question is just how much the pricing will come down on the 2014 Acura MDX, thanks to the less expensive front-wheel-drive version.