2014 Acura MDX: Hauling a Dorm Room to College
September 29, 2014
This week we're using our 2014 Acura MDX to move our daughter to her dorm at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She's a freshman and this will be the first time she's lived away from home, so she packed a lot.
I'm not sure if it will all fit in her dorm room, but it fit in the MDX...barely. We stuffed it from floor to ceiling, and we folded the 60-percent portion of the middle seat down and piled that to the headliner, too. The result was a useless windshield mirror and just enough remaining room for three of us.
Good thing the door-mounted mirrors are decent-sized. And the rearview camera was an absolute necessity for backing up.
The rated cargo capacity of the 2014 Acura MDX is 90.9 cubic feet with the entire 60/40 middle seat folded down and 45.1 cubic feet with the middle seat in use. Applying a little math to these suggests we're availing ourselves of 72.6 cubic feet with the "60" part folded down.
I honestly don't know how much it all weighs, but the MDX was squatting down a little at the back as we made the run up Interstate 5 and took a side trip on winding mountain roads to see her grandparents along the way.
So far the MDX doesn't seem to care. There hasn't been the merest whiff of wallow and the rear end hasn't dipped into the bump stops even once. It's a far cry from the disappointing performance of our departed 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, which failed to demonstrate half as much loaded composure on the same roads while carrying far less that an entire dorm room.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 23,076 miles