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2014 Acura MDX

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  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 125
    edited May 2013
    Colors for 2014 MDX, not many changes from 2013 MDX (why mess with success).

    Exterior Colors: Crystal Black Pearl (2013 MDX), Fathom Blue Pearl (2013 ILX), Forrest Mist Metallic (New color; No info yet on FMM), Graphite Luster Metallic (2013 MDX), Dark Cherry Pearl (2013 MDX), Silver Moon (2013 RDX), White Diamond Pearl (2013 RDX)

    Interior Colors: Same as 2013 MDX (Ebony, Graystone, Parchment), but discontinues Umber, and adds Eucalyptus (New color; No info yet)

    Color Combinations:
    Crystal Black Pearl/Ebony
    Fathom Blue Pearl/Graystone
    Crystal Black Pearl/Parchment
    Forest Mist Metallic/Parchment
    Forest Mist Metallic/Eucalyptus
    Graphite Luster Metallic/Ebony
    Graphite Luster Metallic/Graystone
    Dark Cherry Pearl/Parchment
    Silver Moon/Ebony
    Silver Moon/Graystone
    White Diamond Pearl/Eucalyptus
    White Diamond Pearl/Parchment

    Refer to previous posts showing pics of some of these 2014 MDX Ext/Int colors (esp. silver, cherry, and graphite), and to following link for additional review and extensive graphite pic examples (link title ); also, refer to the Acura website to see Fathom Blue Pearl on the ILX ( link title ), and Silver Moon and White Diamond Pearl on the 2013 RDX ( link title).

    Not all 2014 MDX options (FWD) and colors (FMM) will be available for first 3-6 mos of build.

    Happy hunting!

    Jake
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 125
    edited June 2013
    I found the following four vidoes about the 2014 MDX helpful, and if you haven't seen them yet you may find them helpful if you are considering purchasing a 2013 vs 2014 MDX, or one of the MDX's competitors: Infiniti JX/QX60/QX60h, Lexus RX 350/450h, Volvo XC90, BMW X5, Buick Enclave, Audi Q7.
    Videos 1-3 describe the differences between the 2013 vs the 2014 MDX and 2014 MDX features, and the design/engineering goals by the 2014 MDX program manager/chief engineer. These are very interesting and informative, but you may need to turn up the audio on your computer/tablet, esp. for vid #2 and vid #3. Check them out: vid #1 ( ); vid #2 ( ); vid #3 ( ).

    Video #4 is excellent and unbiased, esp. in comparing the 2014 MDX with the competition from Infiniti, Lexus, Volvo, BMW, Buick and Audi. It's also great at giving a tutorial on using the initially complex 2014 MDX Nav/Infotainment system of dual monitors on the center stack. Vid #4 ( ).

    While many attractive options will be offered on the 2014 MDX, reportedly a heated streering wheel option will be available on all trims as a dealer only installed option. Some may find this a nice addition, esp. on cold winter days.

    Jake
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 125
    edited June 2013
    Check updated Acura website for all the details, here ( http://www.acura.com/ModelLanding.aspx?model=MDX), including new colors, trim level features, pricing, options and accessories.

    There is a hefty/pricey bump in MSRP when going from Tech Pkg (TP) to Advance Pkg (AP) of $8K, and while it is true there are several features that the AP offers over the TP, most buyers will go for the TP. Two features that I like on the AP (but don't want to spend $8K to get them) are the Rear Back-up Sensors, and the Remote Engine Start System; these are available as accessories on lower trim levels for $526 and $399 respectively (excluding installation fee).

    Another option I'm considering is the heated steering wheel accessory, although it seems somewhat pricey ($500, avail. on all trims, excluding installation).

    Another safety/security feature that is currently available on many MDX competitors (Infinity JX/QX60, BMW X3/X5, Audi Q5/Q7, and M-B ML/GL) and reportedly will be available on the 2014 MDX, but (at least initially) only those MDX's sold in Canada (check third from last paragraph of this Canadian review: link title ) is the Surround View Camera System (SVCS). SVCS gives a bird's-eye top down view of the vehicle and it's immediate surrounding and can be very helpful in close quarters parking. Take a look at this BMW Top View video on You Tube: link title . This feature could also be a great security tool when linked to your iPhone in checking the area around your MDX at night for any bad guys nearby before or as you approach your MDX. Why is SVCS only available in Canada at this time? Test marketing? This safety/security feature should be offered as an accessory option on all trims!

    Happy hunting!

    Jake
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 125
    Refer to posts #'s 12890 and 12891 (in the MDX Prices Paid and Buying Experience Forum) for info and discussion about pros/cons of Tech vs Adv Pkgs and an iPad4 alternative to the 2014 MDX 16.2" entertainment display.

    Jake
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 125
    edited June 2013
    Check this link (link title ) for additional commentary/perspective on the new tech features the 2014 MDX brings to the table, and whether these MDX changes motivate you to get the new MDX vs the 2013 MDX or an MDX competitor.

    Jake
  • I went to an Acura Dealer in South Florida today. They had 8 different varieties of 2014 MDX's. I wanted to see the new green color as well as the Eucholyptus Interior which they did not have. I told the sales hole what I wanted. I was told they did not have the money factors or residuals and a Manager would call me back. Low and behold I received a call 3 hours later.

    I was quoted $519.00 per month for a 10K, 36 month Lease. They wanted $2,700 + first month and inception fees. The vehicle was a 2WD Tech and the sticker was $48,000. I laughed at him and asked for the details on residuals and money factors. I was told they could not provide mw with that.

    I still liked the vehicle. I will keep trying!
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 125
    edited June 2013
    If you want to get some MDX features (SVCS) you will need to drive north to Canada and pay a hefty price differential ( link title ) and buy the Elite Package, or wait 1-2 years when I predict SVCS will be available at US Acura dealers.

    OR, go to your local Infiniti JX35/QX60 dealer and check out the Around View Monitor system and the JX35/QX60 up close and personal. Check this link: link title and this: http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/TECHNOLOGY/OVERVIEW/avm.html

    Jake
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,938
    "The 2014 Acura MDX will arrive in showrooms on Thursday, a few weeks earlier than originally expected.

    American Honda did not explain the reason for the early launch of the 2014 MDX, but the automaker is clearly ready to see its redesigned crossover do battle with such competitors as the 2013 Buick Enclave and 2013 BMW X5."

    2014 Acura MDX On-Sale Tomorrow
  • pete2815pete2815 Posts: 20
    Received email from Acura yesterday which stated that they are available so stopped by local dealer tonight. They received 6 and sold 3 already. They have 1 FWD. Does anyone know what this forest mist green resembles? Will go by dealer Monday to drive one. I am still driving my '07 MDX which replaced the '04 which replaced the '01 that my son-in-law is still driving.
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 125
    edited June 2013
    For colors and other stuff go to Acura's website (click on next to last color box for Forrest Mist Metallic = charcoal green?): link title

    Jake
  • pete2815pete2815 Posts: 20
    Charcoal green sounds nice; thought it might be a dark grayish-green as in mist. I went to the Acura site but the examples arent't very good. My MDX is Dark Cherry and the site rendition is a shade or so lighter than it really is
  • thejaquesthejaques Posts: 1
    I'm in Canada and made an advance purchase on a Navi package (different configurations here) with black exterior and parchment. I prefer the greystone interior since it is more neutral but that only comes on Blue exterior for some reason in Canada. I'm wondering if anyone has seen the parchment interior in person. My fear is that it is quite yellow and that there's a whole lot of it throughout the vehicle. Some of the pictures I see online make it look a bit muted (which I want) and others make it quite vibrant - such as the ones on the build and price applet.

    Look forward to hearing your impressions.
  • I really want the ventilated seats but I don't need the entertainment system. Can I get a Tech package with the vent seats as an add on?
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 125
    edited July 2013
    Hopefully, when the Surround View Camera System is available in MDXs at US Acura dealers in 6-18 months (currently only available on 2014 MDXs at Canadian Acura dealers), it will include a surveillance mode like Ford just announced it will put on new Ford police cars (check following video) (link title), but has obvious civilian applications and security benefits, and also be able to be activated by and viewed on your smart phone as you approach your parked MDX (especially on a dark nite).
    Hey Acura, when will you make this happen?
    Jake
  • lcw1lcw1 Posts: 35
    Maybe so but why Accura did not bother adding Lumbar support to the passenger seat. That was a killer for me since I plan to use it for long trips and my wife won't come near a car without it. Even a manual one would have been sufficient.
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 125
    edited July 2013
    Hey lcw1, if a third row is not essential in your new vehicle decision, you might consider the newly refreshed 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee (JGC) AWD, which does have the power lumbar seat adjustments for both the driver and front passenger in the upper trim levels (LTD, Overland & Summit). I like the new 2014 MDX AWD alot, and have test driven the 2014 MDX AWD and JGC AWD (V-6 gas and V-8) and find the on-road manners of the JGC quite good and compares quite favorably to the MDX. The JGC has the added advantage over the MDX of much better towing/hauling, and much better mild to moderate off-road capabilities than the MDX, if those are things you are interested in. Check out the following two excellent video and print reviews by Alex Dykes about both vehicles: For 2014 JGC video review click on this link (link title); For 2014 MDX video review click on this link ( link title ). If better fuel efficiency is important to you the 2014 JGC will add a 6 cyl diesel (in Q4/2013) which reportedly will get 28-32 MPG (which is very impressive for a 5,000 lb vehicle), according to the automotive press reviews; the extra initial cost of the diesel engine will be paid for by the fuel efficiency/savings in 2-3 years.(@ 15,000 miles/yr). Good luck!

    Jake
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 125
    lcw1, if 2014 JGC AWD won't work because it has only 2 rows, consider JGC's cousin the newly revised 2014 Dodge Durango R/T or Citadel AWD (which have 3 rows), have power lumbar adjustment for both driver and front passenger on upper trim levels, and will be available w/ same diesel power plant & 8-spd AT in Q4/2013 or Q1/2014.

    Jake
  • krimkrim Posts: 6
    The review said the seat positioninag system was very limited. (Front seats offer limited adjustability) I guess 8-way seat adjustment - plus lumbar is 10 - isn't enough? To quote Acura: The driver enjoys a 10-way adjustable power seat, including a power lumbar support.
    The front passenger is given similar consideration with an 8-way power adjustable seat.
    I think your otherwise fine review needs editing.
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