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Build quality is poor for a premium SUV
By jedi4knight on
Vehicle2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Review2014 MDX is a huge deal for Acura as over 40% of revenue comes from MDX sales but the overall execution is poor. First issue is not necessarily a bad design, but build quality of SUV that is made in America. If this SUV were built better, there would be a lot less complaint and more appraises but unfortunately, it does not represent a premium SUV class at all. Overall cost cutting also shows how much Acura cut material cost to save money in several areas for loyal Acura owners will realize rather quickly. After first three months and 2400 miles later, the ultimate question remains. Will you buy this SUV again? My answer would be "probably not" I have owned many Acura but this is the worst.
Best FeaturesDual LCD screens - Good idea overall to reduce many buttons on previous Acura vehicles but problem still remains. LCD screen resolution on NAV is poor. The informant second screen is just Blue mono LCD rather than full VGA to show more colors. Cheap at bestÂ 2nd Row fold feature - It has one button to allow an easy access for 3rd row seat and I can see this is a convenient feature for many. Motorized telescoping steering wheel - Better than before as it is motorized and also has tilt feature when ignition is off. LED headlight - It is bright and more uniform lighting on the road. Quiet cabin - Insulation is very good and it is quiet ride even with bad road.
Worst Features1. Improve build quality. Too many fit and finish issue including rattles and squeaks. 2. Use better resolution LCD for NAV and Color touch screen for Info screen. 3. Include basic SUV features such as fog lights and roof rails. 4. Driver seat adjustment needs to be more than just raise and lower the seat. It should be able to tilt the seat cushion individually. 5. Get rid of under the cargo tray storage and offer a full size spare tire instead. The tray not only rattles but it is too small to store anything meaningful. 6. NAV operational speed is too slow. Get a faster CPU to show things when input is made. 7. improve voice recognition system
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