October 15, 2014
You already know about my recent 2014 Acura MDX road trip to Oregon to move my daughter off to college. You don't yet know about another trip I took the very next weekend to the high country of Utah.
The Oregon excursion took place on roads posted at 65-70 mph. There were a couple of mountain passes, but they only topped out at 4,500 feet or so. And they were generally over and done with quickly. Most of our time was spent well below 1,500 feet. There were three of us, plus clothes, pillows, bedding and the hardware of dorm living piled to the roof.
Last weekend's Utah blast took place on freeways posted at 75 and 80 mph. The entire trip was a steady climb up onto a plateau to our base of operations that sat above 5,000 feet. Once there we climbed a 9,800-foot pass to spend some time at an outdoor area that's nestled up at 8,600 feet. Five fully-formed adults were spread across the MDX's three rows, with our luggage piled on top of the folded unoccupied half of the third-row seat.
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.
August 28, 2014
Yeah, yeah, another stuff-in-the-cargo-area post. But bear with me. Our long-term 2014 Acura MDX was actually the third vehicle I attempted to transport said stuff. Third! The MDX succeeded where other vehicles in our fleet did not (or had only partial success).
Three times, charms, and all that.
June 16, 2014
It was my prized possession when I was 12, a brand-new 20-inch 1982 Redline Proline. It was chrome just like Stu Thomsen's and I special-ordered black Tuff Wheels, just like the ones R.L. Osborne used.
Then, in 1995, in one of my more foolish moments, I tossed its rusty remains in a dumpster. I still can't believe I was that stupid. Regret doesn't begin to cover it.
June 4, 2014
Over the weekend I was able to take our long-term 2014 Acura MDX on a road trip to visit friends in Northwestern Nevada, with stops along CA HWY 395 at Mono Lake and June Lake.
Most of the time we had two adults, a 60-pound dog, a cooler, and luggage. On the long stretches we had both the second and third rows folded down, which gave us more cargo room than we needed. I'm proud of my travel gear Tetris skills, but when every square inch is crammed, visibility suffers. This was not the case. I could see out the back and things were easy to access.
April 7, 2014
The deep storage well found in most minivans can't be topped for securing loose items. But our 2014 Acura MDX's shallower storage area behind the third-row seats is still sizable enough to hold about four reusable grocery bags.
January 28, 2014
My brother-in-law helped me retile my downstairs bathroom last year. And now it's payback time. He wanted to borrow my ladder this weekend and demanded delivery since there was no way it would fit in his BMW 5 Series.
January 9, 2014
This is about as much cargo as you can stuff into the 2014 Acura MDX when you still need the third row in place. Luckily for me, it's still quite a bit of stuff.
November 1, 2013
I like the inside of our 2014 Acura MDX a lot. These hard plastic cargo compartments are ideal for my weekly hikes. They allow for mess-free storage of my shoes, shirt and water bottle without getting dust and mud all over the carpeted surfaces. And when you move forward in the cabin, the MDX continues to impress.