On March 27, 2013, Acura’s all-new 2014 MDX luxury SUV made its debut at the New York International Auto Show. The seven-passenger SUV, built on an entirely new platform, offers a more versatile and luxurious interior, increased fuel economy, and enhanced road performance. In addition, Acura unveiled an even more fuel-efficient, two-wheel-drive model, which will carry a smaller price tag for consumers.
“Building on the award-winning dynamic performance of the previous model, the third-generation MDX adds new levels of luxury comfort, family functionality and fuel efficiency to once again set the luxury SUV benchmark,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales, during the unveiling. “From Nürburgring-tuned dynamics and thoughtful interior appointments, to the addition of a new two-wheel-drive model, the all-new MDX continues Acura’s direction of creating vehicles that advance the synergy between man and machine.”
According to Acura, the 2014 MDX features a 290-horsepower, direct-injection 24-valve 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine which produces a whopping 267 lb.-ft. of torque! Coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode and Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters, the new MDX will be offered in both Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)™ and two-wheel-drive drivetrain variants, which both include new Agile Handling Assist technology.
The SH-AWD model carries an EPA estimated fuel economy of 18/27/21* miles-per-gallon (MPG), while the new front-wheel-drive model is estimated at 20/28/23* MPG. Although the 2014 model boasts even great fuel economy than previous models, it loses nothing in performance. It even has quicker acceleration time, a more responsive braking system, and more precise steering.
Much of the increased performance and fuel economy has to do with the new enhanced frame. The new body utilizes more than 55% advanced lightweight materials, including high strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium. This results in a vehicle that is both more rigid and lightweight, with total vehicle weight reduced 275 pounds from previous MDX models!
The new interior design, made possible by the revised body dimensions, seats seven passengers comfortably and offers innovative new technologies on the second-row seats. It also provides significantly improved third-row access and all-around passenger comfort. In addition, rear cargo capacity has been enhanced in the 2014 model and includes a new under floor storage area.
As for safety improvements, the third-gen MDX includes: the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE)™ II body structure; 4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control; and front, front-side, driver’s knee- and side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor. In addition, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems are available as options.
The 2014 model is expected to receive top-level safety ratings, including a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
For consumers interested in the 2014 MDX, as well as other 2014 Acura models, they are expected to hit dealership lots this summer! For more information, be sure to check out the press release from Acura about the 2014 MDX.
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