2014 Acura MDX: Weekend Trips
July 11, 2014
Our 2014 Acura MDX saw holiday duty this past weekend. It ferried seven of us to a local Fourth of July fireworks show, then took three of us on a trip up the coast and to an auto museum. And you're not going to believe this, but it also handled a trip to the mall and supermarket. Road trips and shopping excursions are typically where a crossover SUV proves its worth. And the MDX did itself proud.
For the fireworks trip, which included the wife's relatives with their two kiddos, it was a snap to flip and slide the second row seats forward to let the little ones get in back. Three adults sat in the second row while the missus and I sat up front. Granted, it was less than an hour's drive, but still nobody griped about pinched shoulders or legs. Not even an "Are we there yet?" from either of the seven-year old twins perched on their booster seats in the way back.
The next day three of us took a nice ride up PCH. We ended up at the Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, about 60 miles north of L.A. Named after Dr. Daniel Murphy, who had a thing for Packards (as do I. I'll take a V12 Boattail Speedster) and who opened the museum after having his friends store their classics along with his. The museum offers an eclectic mix. During my visit, everything from a Model T, to a couple of "mid-year" (1963 through 1967) Corvettes and a gorgeous '61 Lincoln Continental convertible was on display.
Throughout the holiday weekend, the MDX was a great cruiser, with its serene highway ride and confident handling in the curves that made it feel like a vehicle three-fourths its size. After logging about 400 miles in the pilot seat, I have to say the MDX takes good care of the driver as well. Thanks to the seat's ideal shape and firmly supportive cushioning, my sometimes moody back never complained.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 16,240 miles