2014 Acura MDX Consumer Review: Better than its predecessor, b

2014 Acura MDX SUV - Consumer Review

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Better than its predecessor, but not perfect.
By mogulz on


2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)


The '14 MDX is a driving experience different from the '13. In comfort mode, it drives like a Lexus RX300. In sport mode the suspension and steering tightens up and it drives stiffer than a '13 MDX. 'Normal' mode is a happy medium. Power is still impressive and smooth especially when you remember it is only 290 horsepower. Acura claims it is faster than the '13. Getting in and out of the back seats, including the third row is a breeze. Mileage is excellent for a vehicle this size. I'll get at least 26mpg on the highway - maybe 28 on summer blend gas. Around town has been closer to 18. My complaints about the car are minor. Visibility through the C and D pillars is not good. You really need the back up camera to see what is behind you. The technology in the stereo, navigation, bluetooth, etc is impressive, but not intuitive. I have had to flip through the manual on several occasions to do something I had thought should have been elementary. Some simple tasks like changing the fan speed require two or three inputs. I guess a complaint about the '13 was that it had too many buttons and knobs. This car has two few. The old system with a simple knob for a specific function was better. Also, the car deactivates some sophisticated NAV and music features and requires you to use voice commands when driving, which can be MADDENING when the voice recognition misunderstands. But there are workarounds. Overall I am pleased with this purchase.

Best Features

  • Rear seats
  • Getting in out
  • Noise and vibration
  • Ride comfort
  • Active safety
  • Rain snow traction
  • Headlights
  • Usb ports
  • Fuel economy
  • Resale value
  • Maintenance cost

Worst Features

  • Outward visibility
  • Navigation

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