The luxury crossover market is rife with challengers. The Acura MDX does battle every year with the Audi Q7, Infinity JX and Lexus RX. The 2014 MDX, though, still outperforms the competition in a number of key categories. Aside from the MDX’s more affordable starting MSRP, the 2014 Acura MDX features best in class fuel economy and noteworthy improvements over the 2013 Acura MDX.
Acura MDX vs. the Competition
The 2014 Acura MDX has improved on its 2013 predecessor by overhauling the design to its third row and making it easier to access. Noise and vibration in the cabin has also been reduced with the 2014 Acura MDX.
The starting MSRP on the 2014 MDX is a very doable $42,490, which is easily more affordable than the Audi Q7 Premium or Audi Q7 Prestige. The Audi Q7 Premium starts at $47,700 and the Prestige starts at $60,900. It’s debatable whether the extra expense for the Audi Q7 is worth it since the Audi Q7 gets poorer fuel economy and the features on the Audi Q7 are matched or bettered by the 2014 Acura MDX.
Engine Capacity and Horsepower
The 2014 Acura MDX gets 290 horsepower from a direct-injected V6 engine. Six-speed automatic with overdrive is standard on the MDX.
The MDX’s engine is a powerful 3.5 liter, V6 but still manages to get best in class fuel economy thanks to a lighter and more aerodynamic body compared to the 2013 Acura MDX. To compare the 2014 Acura MDX to the 2014 Audi Q7, the MDX manages to gets 290 horsepower from a 3.5 liter engine whereas the Q7 only musters 240 horsepower from its 3.0 liter engine.
The 2014 Acura MDX also comes in your option of front wheel drive or full wheel drive with traction control to give you more stability on the roads.
Features on the MDX
The 2014 Acura MDX features a premium audio system, steering wheel mounted controls, entertainment system, and MP3 decoder in the way of tech features. One of the really cool things that the 2014 Acura MDX offers is a rear entertainment system with a nine-inch VGA screen.
The MDX offers an Acura navigation system with innovative features like AcuraLink real-time traffic and traffic rerouting. This feature allows you to following traffic patterns minute-to-minute as they unfold and find alternative routes around traffic jams, accidents and highway congestion.
The premium audio system on the 2014 Acura MDX features 10 speakers, HD radio and Song by Voice. There’s also a voice recognition system that controls the climate control, audio and navigation system on the 2014 Acura MDX. Hands-free Bluetooth and next-generation AcuraLink are also standard features.
Fuel Economy Comparison
The 2014 Acura MDX gets 20 miles per gallon (MPG) in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. The 2014 Audi QT, by comparison, gets only 16 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway. This all goes to show why the 2014 Acura MDX continues to hold top honors for best in class combined fuel economy vis-a-vis luxury SUV crossovers.
Acura MDX’s Warranties and Safety Features
The 2014 MDX features roadside assistance coverage, a powertrain warranty, and corrosion perforation coverage. The basic warranty, roadside assistance coverage and powertrain warranty each covers a minimum of four years and 50,000 miles.
In terms of safety features on the 2014 Acura MDX, electronic stability control, dual-stage front airbags, an overhead airbag, panic alarm, anti-lock breaks and immobilizer are all standard features. To test drive the new 2014 Acura MDX, visit your local Acura dealership in Montomgeryville, PA.