2014 Acura MDX: Hypersensitive Collision Alert
July 15, 2014
Okay, what's pictured above is actually our long-term 2014 Acura MDX's blind spot indicator and not the collision alert indicator, but bear with me.
The collision alert sounds an audio alert and flashes "BRAKE!" in the instrument cluster when it thinks you're about to crash.
Key word there: thinks.
This system is way, way too sensitive, registering many "false positives" in routine city driving. Round a bend where there's a parked car, it goes bananas. Approach a car in traffic, it goes bananas. Change lanes on the freeway in a way it thinks is too aggressive, it goes bananas.
This Chicken Little-ing isn't unheard of among these systems by various automakers, but it's significantly worse in our long-term 2014 Acura MDX.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor