2014 Acura MDX: Enjoyable for Long Distance Drives
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.
Seat comfort and driving position are always very important for long-distance drives. The MDX does well here. It's true that the driver seat's power adjustment count is pretty average (there aren't any adjustable bolsters, thigh extender or four-way lumbar, for instance). But the seat is well shaped (our Editor-in-Chief called them great seats) and I've been comfortable for the 4- to 5-hour drives I've done.
The MDX's ride quality isn't the smoothest riding you'll find in a luxury crossover. I seem to remember our old long-term Infiniti JX35 doing a better job of smothering out ruts and bumps. But given that the MDX is a lot sportier handling than most competitors (and will feel more responsive should you need to make an emergency maneuver on the highway), I think it's a balanced approach a lot of drivers will appreciate.
Our MDX also has plenty of interior storage for water bottles, snacks and personal items. There's also a respectably quiet interior, the nice-sounding premium ELS audio system and a useful amount of cargo space behind the second-row seats if you happen to be taking along luggage.
If you frequently make a lot of long-distance drives, the MDX should keep you happy.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 9,833 miles