2014 ACURA MDX ELITE

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“This is the Luxury SUV for Drivers”

The all-new 2014 Acura MDX is a luxury SUV combines great features, power, fuel efficiency and versatility for the modern driver.

Interior

The 2014 Acura MDX has ample room and what make it so versatile is the 50/50 split flat-folding 3rd row bench seat and the 60/40 split folding second row seats. There are so many convenient features in the MDX of which include the remote-linked 2-position memory system for the driver’s seat, side mirrors, steering column, audio function and climate control. Also some of the most comfortable seats around with a driver 10-way power adjustment including 2-way power lumbar support and front passenger’s seat with 8-way power adjustment all with leather trim. The first and second row positions have heated seats and the Elite Package includes cooled seats with Perforated Premium Milano leather-trimmed interior. A new feature this year is the one touch walk-in feature that makes getting in to the back row as simple as a touch of a button. The climate control is tri-zone front and rear synchronized automatic climate control with humidity control, sun position detection system and air-filtration system. The centre stack has be redesigned and allows for ease of use and the centre console now provides enough space to accommodate a laptop. The Elite Package gets upgraded to Acura/ELS Surround® 546-watt Premium Audio System with DVD-Audio, AM/FM/XM®† tuner, MP3/Windows Media® Audio compatibility, DTS®, Dolby® Pro LogicTM II and 12 speakers and a subwoofer with Acura DVD Entertainment System with 9-inch display, integrated remote control, and wireless headsets with personal surround sound that includes a USB device connector. The MDX is also one of the first Acura’s to feature Aha by Harman, a system that allows drivers to customize media and connectivity in over a thousand different ways.

Engine/Performance

300 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque 270 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm
3.7-litre, 24-valve, SOHC, VTEC® V-6
3.7-litre, 24-valve, SOHC, VTEC® V-6

The 2014 MDX has a all-new 3.5 litre, i-VTEC V-6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque using a 6 speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and super handling all-wheel drive. The change in engine size has improved fuel efficiency a great deal while still providing nearly the same power as previous years. The handling on this SUV is excellent and with a lower than normal sitting position you can feel the MDX hug the road and not be worried about roll-over. Another MDX first is the agile handling assist, it assists the SH-AWD to improve cornering and give you a smoother ride. It is pre-wired for a trailer connection with a towing capacity of 5000lbs. Another great feature is the adaptive cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls, this is great for those long road trips as well as the integrated dynamic system that allows the driver to choose which mode they would prefer to drive in, either normal, sport or comfort and the steering, throttle response and even sound of engine will match the mood.

Exterior

The 2014 MDX is a complete redesign from previous models with Acura’s new signature jewel eye LED headlight system that uses 5 separate high intensity LED lamps and ultra-reflective lenses to give power illumination and a signature look. The new design has also made the MDX over 200 lbs lighter than previous models which help with fuel efficiency and acceleration. The MDX comes fully equipped with dual-outlet exhaust, fog lights, front and rear splash guards, body-coloured heated power folding, power-adjusting side mirrors, power moon-roof is tilt with auto open/close. The tailgate is also power which come in handy when your hands are full.

Safety

The MDX is still one of the safest vehicles on the road with numerous safety features including the 4 wheels ABS with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, dual-stage dual threshold front airbags, front side airbags with occupant position detection system, active front seat head restraints and three row side curtain airbags with rollover sensor. A great feature is the Maintenance Minder, instead of basing your regular maintenance on kilometres the system calculates maintenance needs based on your driving habits. There is also co-operative vehicle stability assist with traction control for those ever changing road conditions  automatically detects and corrects your understeer or oversteer by monitoring the driving conditions and adjusting the throttle and or brakes.  The Elite Package also came equipped with the blind spot detection system that notifies the driver whenever someone is in their blind-spot area, the indicator is located inside the cabin on the doors by the side mirrors which is great as many other vehicles have them on the actual outside mirrors.

 

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Engine/Performance

Exterior

Safety

Overall

4.75

4.5

4

4.5

4.4/A

 

Aman Nijjer
BigStoryNews.com
a_nijjer@bigstorynews.com