With so many vehicles to choose from nowadays, choosing the right one can be as difficult as deciding what to eat at a restaurant or deciding which cereal to buy among the hundreds. You may ask yourself “how much should I spend?” or “Will it satisfy my hunger?” One particular question many are starting to ask themselves while perusing through window stickers in crowded dealer lots is “how eco-friendly is it?” or “are its parts made from recycled materials like our grocery bags?” Ok, well maybe not all of ask that second question, but I do.
Remember back in the day when a bus was our go-to people hauler? Some were red, some were white and some even had funky flowers painted on the sides. They even had huge gas tanks and low mpg to accompany those funky designs but back then we didn’t care. Then we stepped down to vans that could carry upwards of 16 people with a smallish gain in mpg. Nowadays, if most of us have to move a large brood from one soccer game to the next we rely on our trusty minivan that can carry between 6-8 passengers and return decent gas mileage too. Well, some of us just can’t stomach the minivan stigma and are choosing comparable crossovers like the 2014 Acura MDX instead. For its size, it returns fairly decent fuel economy and can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped!
According to Acura, the 2014 MDX goes from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Although the 2014 MDX shed a few pounds, it’s still not much quicker than last year. 2014 all-wheel drive variants also get a 17 percent improvement in the fuel economy department and return an estimated 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. If you’re only on the market for a front-wheel drive you can expect an estimated mpg of 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
Standard features on the 2014 Acura MDX includes 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, heated side mirrors, a sunroof, rear privacy glass, push-button start, heated eight-way power front seats, driver’s seat memory functions, leather upholstery, a 7-inch touchscreen monitor with an integrated rearview camera, Bluetooth® and an eight-speaker sound system with an iPod®/USB interface, Pandora and satellite radio.
Standard safety features include active front head restraints, front-seat side airbags, side curtain and
driver knee airbags, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control and a rearview camera. All-wheel drive variants get a stabilizing towing feature. A lane-departure and blind-spot warning system are optional.
For 2014, The Acura MDX gets improved fuel economy, a new control interface and a refined interior that seats up to seven passengers. The 3.7-liter engine has been replaced by a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 290 hp and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. Although it offers 10 less hp than the outgoing model, it boasts more low-end torque thanks to its direct injection technology. Front-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is optional and prices start at $42 grand. A fully loaded 2014 Acura MDX will cost you upwards of $57,000.
Competitors of the MDX that are also worth a look include the Buick Enclave, BMW x5, Infiniti QX60 and the Lincoln MKT. All-in-all the 2014 Acura MDX offers an ample amount of features for the price and is definitely worth a good hard look.
Hi-tech features; good use of space in interior; just the right amount of luxury
Third row suited more for children and grocery bags