By Tony West
The 2014 Acura MDX was the buzzworthy prototype at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit a few weeks ago. Acura made a bold statement with this big body turbo SUV. The 7 passenger all wheel drive Acura MDX aims to be the most efficient SUV on the market this year. While some of the specs are available yet, the design of the MDX has a more aerodynamic sloping roofline and lower body which helps it gain 16% more efficiency. The MDX’s longer wheelbase increases third row and second row space and enhances the ride. The signature Acura Jewel LED headlights are even sexier on this SUV.
With a 3.5L V6 engine the 2014 MDX has 300 horsepower and 270lb ft of torque. A more rigid design and enhanced suspension helps it handle very well at high speeds. The Acura MDX has a combined EPA of 18 mpg. Variable Cylinder Management increases torque and efficiency. Passengers will feel like they’re floating on a cloud due to noise reducing features. Features like the Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear View Camera are standard. But the Blind Spot Information and Low Speed Follow can prove to be innovative. While the interior of the MDX hasn’t been revealed in its entirety, the tech that is promised is impressive. A cloud based system allows for Pandora, Sirius XM Satellite radio, text messaging and Aha tech from Harmon. The 2014 Acura MDX also comes with AcuraLink technology, which features remote locking/unlocking, emergency SOS, concierge service, and auto crash notification.
I’m all about driving fast in a luxury SUV and for those with a need for all that space, the Acura MDX is a very fun vehicle to drive. While Acura touts that they had great sales last year, a little revamping was necessary with the RL and TL models to compete with other tech savvy luxury cars. At $47,000 the Acura MDW competes with the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX350, Lincoln MDX, and the Buick Enclave. The better vehicle will be the one that holds up better over time.