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2014 Acura MDX

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  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 188
    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
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,415

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  • 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: 188
    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: 188
    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: 188
    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.
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 188
    edited August 2013
    Although Consumer Reports still recommends the 2014 MDX in their just released review (check link:link title ), they were not exactly enthusiastic in their assessment and downgraded the 2014 MDX Tech with a 79 rating vs an 85 rating for the 2013 MDX. This may affect sales in the months ahead.

    Do you all agree with CR?

    Jake
  • pete2815pete2815 Posts: 20
    Just traded in my 2007 MDX for the 2014 with a tech package. The 2014 is very quiet and more comfortable. It adds safety features as well. CR may have down rated it because of the complexity of simple operations related to its dual screens such as with the stereo system. It is not for quality of build.
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 188
    edited August 2013
    Pete, have you found the dual screen control center/stereo on your 2014 MDX annoying or unusually complex or user unfriendly, compared to your 2007? Learning curve to get comfortable with it? The new dual screen set-up on the 2014 MDX looks very similar to the layout and functionality of the dual screen center stack on the newly redesigned 2014 Infiniti Q50.

    Jake
  • baseballmom97baseballmom97 Posts: 100
    edited September 2013
    Hi everyone, I currently have a 2010 GMC Acadia and my husband drives a 2008 MDX. We're considering a new 2014 MDX or RDX to replace to Acadia. With my carpooling days over, it feels like I'm driving a bus around. However, the Acadia is a great asset when we are moving our son to college and on family vacations. Plus, we'll have another child to move to college in 2 years. My idea was to downsize the Acadia to an RDX and keep the MDX but our MDX doesn't hold nearly the amount of cargo as the Acadia. The other alternative would be to get a new MDX instead of the Acadia, however, comparing the dimensions on each vehicle, the '14 MDX is still almost 7 inches shorter in length than the Acadia. It is only 2 inches longer than the previous generation.

    Those of you who have the 2014 MDX, have you done any family vacations or college move-ins with this vehicle and what is your experience with the cargo volume?
  • Traded in my 2007 MDX for the 2014 MDX. Don't think there is any significant increase in room for storage. It is quieter & more comfortable but there is a steep learning curve in the 2014's controls that has me missing my 2007. Also, the 2007 sport suspension was tighter. The 2014 is getting better gas mileage. FWIW we used the Odyssey to transport our children to & from college and traded it for a CrV when we downsized. The RDX is nice but my wife won't part with her CrV.
  • You should consider renting a minivan or an SUV for the couple of days that you will need a bigger car. No need to drag big wheels around when you don't need them for 99% of the time. :)
  • My short 85 year old mother had a wreck yesterday and we are car shopping. I am interested in a vehicle that is low enough that she won't have to climb up to get in but is higher than a regular sedan so that she won't have to pull herself up to get out. What is the height of the driver's seat from roadway in the 2014 MDX?
  • I own an MDX 2009 and I am 6' 5". Suggest an RDX which is a smaller vehicle but easier to get into it.
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 188
    edited September 2013
    Also, you might consider the following: 2014 Subaru Forester, 2014 Subaru Outback (or wait for complete re-do of 2015 Outback which will probably be avail. as an early release in ~ 6 mos), 2014 Ford Escape, 2014 Toyota Venza, 2014 Audi Allroad, 2014 Volvo XC60, 2013 or 2014 RDX, 2014 Audi Q5, 2014 Honda CRV, 2014 Toyota RAV4.

    Safest of above and probably most value for dollar = Forester, Escape, CRV; for more lux = Allroad, Q5; lux + safety = XC60; lux + safety + value = RDX.

    2014 MDX dual screens (too complex, steep learning curve) and size of vehicle (too large), probably inappropriate for a petite 85 yo grandmother.

    For additional info and ratings, check out the following links: Consumer Reports (www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/new-cars/suvs/ratings-reliability/ratings-over- - view ), and US News and World Reort Auto/SUV/CUV Ratings ( http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/suvs/ ).

    Jake
  • I drive a 2013 Accord EXL and that car is tops in safety features. We also have a 2009 MDX that has been an excellent car. We were interested in trading the MDX on a 2014 AWD base model but when we found out: (1) No Lane change assist, (2) No backup beeping system, (3) No front collision warning, we are going to wait for the Highlander.

    How can a company built on safety force us to buy the technology model for 6-8K more when we think your navigation system is worse than a $200 garmin. The Honda 2013 Accord for mid 20s is better equipped safety wise than the $44K MDX. We wont buy another Acura until they bring the safety anti collision features into the base. Shame on you Honda for doing this to your elite line. Embarrassing. Lexus will pass you buy quickly on this one. I agree with consumer reports.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,415
    edited October 2013
    "We" being Edmunds.com. You can read the intro and follow along over the next year as our editors abuse drive it around LA and points beyond. :shades:

    2014 Acura MDX AWD LongTerm Road Test

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  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 188
    edited November 2013
    Some folks looking at the 2014 MDX are interested in cargo volume when cross-shopping the MDX with the competition (Re:Baseballmom97 in post #48, comparing GMC Acadia, or upscale sibling Buick Enclave). The following print/video reviews by Alex Dykes help compare the 2014 MDX (link title ) to the 2013/14 Enclave (link title) and other rides in this segment. Click on excellent video commentary embedded within print reviews.

    I am also looking forward to Alex Dykes reviews of the soon to be released 2014 Toyota Highlander (@ dlr showrooms Q1 2014), and the 2015 Honda Pilot (@ dlr showrooms Q2--> Q3 2014), and of course test drive them to see how these compare to the 2014 MDX before I make a final purchase decision.

    Also, much better pricing/discounts on 2014/15 MDX should be in place Q1/2015, if you can wait ~15 months.

    Jake
  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 188
    edited December 2013

    Cross-shopping the 2014 MDX AWD + Tech with the 2014 Highlander AWD LTD?

    Check the following video reviews by Alex Dykes to see how these two SUVs compare in feature content, style, performance and price:

    2014 Toyota Highlander AWD LTD and LTD + Platinum Pkg Video link: (http:// "")

    2014 Acura MDX AWD + Tech Video link: (http:// "")

    While many would consider comparing these two SUVs is like comparing apples (MDX AWD + Tech = luxury mid-size SUV) and oranges (Highlander AWD LTD/+ Platinum Pkg = near luxury mid-size SUV), families with kids do cross-shop these vehicles. My take: MDX has the edge over the Highlander in style (design language) and performance (acceleration and AWD handling); Highlander has the edge over MDX in price by $6-10 K when feature content and options are the same, and in user friendliness of the improved Highlander Entune infotainment system over that of the MDX. Both are great rides. What's your take?

    Jake

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,415
    edited January 2

    A not so hot review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    "The touch-screen radio-HVAC control system has cemented itself as the system I never, ever want, especially in a big crossover. Want to adjust the seat heating? Press the seat heater touch-screen button, then get a row of buttons to adjust heating or cooling. Want to adjust where the air is flowing? Touch screen. Want to change the radio station? Press audio, then pick from the choices."

    Driver's Seat: Acura MDX is a big beast with flaws

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  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 188
    edited January 17

    Cross- shopping the 2014 MDX AWD + Tech with the 2014 Dodge Durango AWD LTD or Citadel ?

    Why would I do that, you say. Well they are both great rides, they both are 3-row mid-size CUVs/SUVs, but you have some towing concerns--- then you may want to consider the Dodge Durango AWD LTD or Citadel, which has much better room in the 3rd row, and much better towing capacity than the MDX.

    **PROs/CONs: **

    -MDX: More refined exterior styling, Acura badging, better MPG

    -Durango: More muscled/macho styling, better towing by 1,200 lbs (with the V6: 6,200 lbs vs 5,000 lbs) or up to 2400 lbs (with the V8: 7,400 lbs vs 5,000 lbs), better (ZF) transmission (and the MDX transmission has been somewhat problematic in past), better acceleration (with 5.7 Hemi V8), nicer and more user friendly infotainment system, front passenger seat lumbar (power) option (MDX nada), more room for third row passengers, better pricing when options are equivalent, better MPG (26-30 MPG) and torque when V6 Eco-diesel power plant arrives in 2015.

    You may find the following excellent print (and embedded video) reviews by Alex Dykes helpful:

    -2014 Durango AWD: (http:// "http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/review-2014-dodge-durango-limited-v8-with-video/")

    -2014 MDX AWD: (http:// "http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/first-drive-2014-acura-mdx/")

    Jake

  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 188
    edited March 12

    2014 MDX is a Top Pick (Plus) for Safety Award by IIHS for 2014

    The 2014 MDX is not only a winner when it comes to design and performance but also when it comes to keeping our families safe. The MDX is one of only a couple of mid-sized SUVs that excelled in the 2014 IIHS safety awards.

    You may be interested in the following:
    IIHS list of 2014 Top Picks (Plus): (http:// "http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/thirty-nine-vehicles-meet-tougher-criteria-to-earn-2014-safety-awards-from-iihs"), and video of the 2014 MDX IIHS small overlap crash test: (http:// "")

    Jake

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,415

    A reporter is looking to speak with someone who recently bought a fully-loaded 2014 vehicle with all the bells and whistles, including navigation and infotainment features. If you can assist, please reach out to pr@edmunds.com with your contact info by 4/13/14.

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  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 188
    edited April 17

    2014 MDX Review and Comparison to the Infinity QX60

    Check it out: (http:// "http://www.truedelta.com/Acura-MDX/car-reviews-293/2014")

    The MDX beats the QX60 in most measures, except the QX60 has more interior lux, a more user friendly infotainment system, and the nice Around View camera Monitor system on the QX60 (although the MDX does offer a similar system, Surround View, but it is currently only available at Acura dealers in Canada; perhaps we will see Acura's Surround View Monitor/camera system in the Advance Pkg in the 2015 MDX at US dealers?).

    Jake

  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 188

    Consumer Reports Changes it's rating of 2014 MDX from 79---> 81

    Interestingly, CR changed it's rating of the MDX from 79---> 81 in the June 2014 issue; last month it was 79. Go figure! Check it out: (http:// "http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/acura/mdx.htm")

  • ushy66ushy66 Posts: 188
    edited May 7

    Head-to-Head Review: 2014 Toyota Highlander versus 2014 Acura MDX

    (http:// "http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/latest-reviews/luxury-label-new-2014-toyota-highlander-upset-victory-acura-mdx-article-1.1724339")

    Actually, these two are cross-shopped a lot. Personally, I like the MDX better, except for the user unfriendly infotainment system; hopefully Apple CarPlay will help improve that MDX shortcoming.

    Check out the following video review by Brian Cooley of CNET (especially the first 4 minutes) which addresses my concerns of the MDX infotainment system shortcomings: (http:// "")

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