February 7, 2014
2014 Acura MDX - Standing out, as always
The segment of luxury sport utility vehicles was dominated by German manufacturers. Indeed, the Mercedes-Benz ML, BMW X5, Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne have strongly established their reputations in this lucrative niche. But all these models must now compete with an offer from a Japanese manufacturer with its Acura MDX.
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) has awarded the title of the SUV - CUV (over $60k) of the year to the Acura MDX! It should be noted that the MDX is also the least expensive of the category among competing vehicles.
The Acura MDX has gained a foothold in the segment by offering a comfortable ride, a spacious cabin, flawless reliability and, unlike the ML, X5 and Cayenne, a third row that allows it to accommodate up to seven passengers.
This year, the MDX has been redesigned on the outside, but the characteristics that shaped its popularity remain intact. However, it is a tad more spacious inside while its engine is more fuel efficient than what we found in the previous generation.
The 2014 Acura MDX is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine developing 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. At first glance, this engine seems less powerful than the 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 which is found on the 2013 MDX model. But, on the road, ones does not notice any lack of power thanks in part to a reduction in weight. Also note that the new version of the MDX goes from 0 to 100 km/h faster than its previous version.
Furthermore, the 2014 Acura MDX surprises when it comes to consumption. Obviously, a V6 engine remains a V6 engine but, on the highway, it is easily able to provide an average consumption below 9.0 liters per 100 kilometers. According to Acura, it is possible to reach 7.7 liters per 100 kilometers on the highway. In the city, if we go easy on the accelerator, the average consumption is around 11.0 l/100 km in actual observed consumption.
Accelerations and pickups are sufficient for MDX's target customers. They are looking for a comfortable and safe SUV that allows carefree commuting. The ride of the 2014 Acura MDX is solid, and the quietness and tranquility prevailing inside the cabin are notable.
The 2014 Acura MDX is one of the most spacious 7-passenger SUVs of its class. The third row can accommodate two people who will be comfortable even if they are close to 6 feet tall. The second row seats offer perfect comfort and can come forward to provide more space for the occupants of the last seat.
Acura engineers have used a thicker glass for the windows as well as installing more insulation in the engine compartment to dampen ambient noise and reduce vibrations. In addition, the seats are very comfortable. In short, the Acura MDX is definitely the vehicle to go for if you are looking for comfort above all.
With its engine both economical and efficient and its most welcoming interior, the 2014 Acura MDX offers a lot. Available from $ 49,990, and always with unfailing reliability, it is an interesting alternative to German SUVs.
Come try it at Brossard Acura today!