2014 Acura MDX: Oregon Road Trip, Part 1
May 28, 2014
I'm not sure how this is possible, but I've lived in southern California for 14 years and I've only been to Oregon once. And that was simply passing through, driving a Subaru WRX down from a press launch in Vancouver, Canada.
Clearly this needed to be rectified. So I decided to take a four-day weekend and head north to visit a friend in Eugene and another in Bend. I called it my Trees and Trails Tour. We don't have much in the way of trees down here in SoCal, and I've heard the mountain biking is spectacular in Bend. I aimed to find out.
I loaded up my mountain bike and gear into our long-term 2014 Acura MDX and hit the road.
Of course I was going to do the 900-plus-mile drive in one day. Cue books-on-CD, my iPod and satellite radio. The first big portion of the trip, slogging straight up Interstate 5 in California, is pretty boring.
As I got further north the scenery changed, and it was cool to see the majestic, snow-covered Mount Shasta. And once fully into Oregon, yes, trees and lots of 'em, and plenty of general greenery. Now this is more of what I'm talking about.
For its part, the MDX was a great traveling companion. Comfy seats, lots of room, good power from the V6. Yes, there's a more-difficult-than-it-needs-to-be touch screen system for infotainment and climate control. But you get used to it.
Only two real issues came up: The driver's side window sometimes doesn't seal properly, allowing some wind whistling. And the occasional odd whirring/clicking noise coming from the left front (I talked about it before here) that sounds sort of like an ABS system, but is surely something else entirely.
After spending 14 hours or so on the road, it felt good to roll into Eugene Friday night. Tired but happy. Let the weekend begin.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 11,912 miles