The 2014 MDX is the third generation of Acura's seven-passenger luxury performance SUV, the first to be developed from the ground up using an all-new, purpose-built platform (body and chassis) fully optimized for the needs of today's luxury SUV buyers.
The new Acura MDX, like its flagship sedan counterpart, the RLX, harnesses a host of Acura signature technologies to deliver on Acura's "Synergy between Man and Machine" product direction, and to offer higher levels of luxury, quietness, comfort and prestige in a vehicle that performs "at the will of the driver" with intuitive control and exhilarating dynamic performance.
Developed on the image of an "Executive Family Jet," the 2014 MDX is sleek and refined, prestigious and powerful, and designed to deliver on the unique performance and functional needs of the luxury SUV driver and passengers, be they kids or clients. In designing the new MDX, Acura engineers focused on three core values: class-leading fuel economy ratings; new levels of prestige and luxury comfort; and top-level safety performance. At the same time, they sought to further enhance the MDX's dynamic performance while maintaining its core appeal - the family-friendly, seven-passenger cabin and nimble, mid-size SUV exterior size and appearance.
For the 2014 MDX, the designers and engineers sought to further enhance the versatility and functionality of the vehicle's seven-passenger cabin while maintaining its relatively compact and sporting exterior shape.
The 2014 MDX measures 2.0 inches longer than the previous-generation MDX and has a 2.8-inch longer wheelbase. Vehicle height has been lowered by 1.5 inches, and rear step-in height is lower by 1.8 inches compared to the outgoing model. The front track is 1.4 inches narrower and the rear wheel track is 1.2 inches narrower. The vehicle width is reduced by 1.3 inches. In this respect, the MDX presents a 2 percent smaller frontal area to the wind for improved aerodynamic efficiency, and a slightly narrower body for improved garage-ability, while the longer wheelbase helps to enhance ride quality and interior spaciousness. The passenger hip points in the first and second rows are lower by 1.2 inches and the third row is lower by 1.4 inches, improving the feeling of stability and reduced body roll for all occupants.
Utilizing its longer wheelbase and new, more compact rear suspension, the 2014 MDX makes getting in and out of the back seats even easier with a 4.5-inch wider foot entry point and 1.8-inch lower step-in height. The second-row seats now have five-position reclining seatbacks, and a new Extended Slide feature provides 5.9 inches of total fore-aft seat travel, enabling greater flexibility in accommodating the needs of both second- and third-row passengers. With the middle-row seats in their rearward-most position, first- and second-row tandem seating distance has been lengthened by 1.1 inches, an ideal setting for traveling with four occupants, whether kids, clients or couples. A new One-Touch Walk-In feature makes for easier, more intuitive one-button operation of the second-row seats - from the rear seat, outboard middle row seats, or from outside the vehicle - further easing third-row entry and exit.
Repackaging of the rear-seat HVAC system allowed for the creation of a large center console storage space, concealed beneath the sliding, leather-trimmed center armrest. About 2 inches deeper and wider, and almost 5 inches longer, the main compartment offers 2.5 times more volume than the previous model and is large enough to accommodate a moderately sized purse, a tablet computer and more. This is a key advantage of MDX in its class, where many competing models offer little or no center console storage space.
Key packaging details and features:
- 2.8-inch longer wheelbase for improved cabin space and ride comfort
- 2-percent smaller frontal area for greater aerodynamic efficiency
- A minimum 1.2-inch lower hip point for all occupants aids sporty and stable feeling
- 1.8-inch lower floor height for easier step-in
- 4.5-inch wider foot entry point (between back of second-row seat bottom and rear wheelhouse inner) for improved third-row seat entry and exit.
- New Extended Slide second-row seats provides a total of 5.9 inches of fore-aft seat travel
- New One-Touch Walk-in feature for more intuitive and easy operation of second-row seats
- Five-position reclining second-row seatbacks
- New larger center console storage space.
The second-generation MDX is highly regarded for its exhilarating handling and spirited driving performance. The 2014 MDX further expands the MDX's dynamic performance envelope with quicker acceleration, shorter stopping distances and more nimble handling, in combination with increased fuel efficiency and enhanced ride comfort.
Taking full advantage of its Earth Dreams Technology powertrain, all-new chassis, and lighter and more rigid body, the MDX is quicker and more responsive in virtually every respect. A fatter torque curve - with 8 percent more torque available below 2,750 rpm - improves the new MDX's launch performance and low-end grunt. The Sequential Sport Shift automatic transmission features Normal and Sport modes and provides for full manual control of gear changes via the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
A larger diameter steering column shaft combined with a new Electric Power Steering (EPS) system delivers highly responsive steering with better on-center feel and improved damping of unwanted road vibrations transmitted to the steering wheel. The steering ratio on the new MDX is also 9-percent quicker than on the preceding model.
The new 2014 MDX SH-AWD delivers a one-half-second quicker 0-60 mph time, a shorter 60-0 mph stopping distance, and higher maximum lateral g-force versus the previous SH-AWD model. Further, the new MDX turns an 8-second faster lap time on Germany's grueling Nürburgring Nordschleife (North Ring) where both the previous and new versions of the MDX were extensively tuned and tested. Additional testing and tuning, particularly for the new vehicle's 6-speed transmission, was performed on German autobahns and the Grossglockner Pass in the Austrian Alps.
To meet the varying needs of every driver in the family, the new MDX incorporates a new Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) with three driving modes - Comfort, Normal and Sport. In Normal mode, the steering effort is balanced between comfortable and sporty. Selecting the Comfort mode reduces steering effort for low-effort maneuverability, especially at low speeds and when maneuvering in tight spaces. The Sport mode provides a firmer steering feel with higher effort that complements more aggressive open-road driving. Sport mode also adjusts throttle response and SH-AWD torque proportioning, and even Active Noise Control for a more aggressive engine note in the cabin.
Standard on the MDX, Agile Handling Assist, a signature Acura technology, selectively uses the vehicle's brakes to improve corner traceability and confident handling feel, using brake torque to create a body yaw, or turning moment at corner entry. The 2014 MDX also comes standard with 4-channel anti-lock brakes, and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) for enhanced stability and control in all driving and road conditions.
Key performance details and features:
- All-new 290-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC direct-injected 24-valve V-6
- Available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)
- Sequential Sport Shift automatic transmission
- One-half second quicker 0-60 mph
- 8 seconds faster lap time on Germany's Nürburgring Nordschleife
- 8 percent more low-end torque (below 2,750 rpm)
- Advanced shift-hold control limits up-shifts during spirited driving
- More lightweight and rigid body and suspension subframes
- New, more efficient front strut with triple-path damper mounting
- New multi-link rear suspension
- Larger diameter steering column shaft
- Electric Power Steering (EPS) with 9-percent quicker steering ratio
- Amplitude Reactive Dampers, front and rear
- Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) for customizable dynamic performance
- New Agile Handling Assist for improved corner traceability
- 4-channel Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist
- Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)