2014 Acura MDX
By Laura Burstein
On Sale: Summer 2013
Expected Pricing: Low $40,000s
Acura's midsize luxury crossover follows the bigger-and-lighter trend with an new design that debuted at the March 2013 New York International Auto Show.
The all-new 2014 Acura MDX gains two inches in length and sheds 275 pounds compared to the outgoing model. For the first time, the MDX will also be available in front-wheel drive as well as all-wheel drive.
While it might not sound like much, those two extra inches of length, combined with a longer wheelbase and clever repackaging, translate into a noticeable difference in interior space. Access to the third row is improved via a lowered step-in height and a wider entryway that eases entry and exit for rear passengers. Second-row seats fold and slide forward with the touch of a button.
Power comes from an all-new direct injected 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, which replaces the old 3.7-liter V6. Although the new engine is slightly less powerful, Acura says the reduced weight in the 2014 MDX will make it even quicker than the outgoing model. The gearbox is a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
Fuel economy is expected to be substantially improved, with an EPA fuel economy rating of 20/28 mpg City/Highway for the new front-wheel drive model and 18/27 mpg with all-wheel drive. By comparison, the outgoing all-wheel-drive model is EPA rated at 16/21 mpg City/Highway.
Standard features on the 2014 Acura MDX include leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver's seat, 8-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, LED headlights and 18-inch wheels. A new 7-inch color touchscreen and revised instrument panel design reduces the number of hard buttons on the center stack from 41 to just nine. In addition, a new center console is large enough to hold a laptop computer or large handbag. Many electronic safety systems are standard or optional, including a multi-angle rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and a collision mitigation braking system.
Pricing will be announced closed to the on-sale date. With the 2013 Acura MDX starting at $43,280, we're guessing the new front-wheel-drive model will start at a couple of thousand dollars less, while the all-wheel-drive model should see a modest price increase. That puts the 2014 MDX in the ballpark of $42,000 and $44,000, respectively.