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MSRP: $42,290 - $56,505
Invoice: $39,186 - $52,195
MPG: 18 City / 27 Hwy
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Acura MDX Review

The 2014 Acura MDX ranks 2 out of 18 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Acura MDX, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Acura MDX is ranked:

With refined driving dynamics and great fuel economy for the class, test drivers say the 2014 Acura MDX is an excellent pick among seven-seat luxury midsize SUVs. Because it has the best combination of positive reviews, price and long-term ownership costs in its class, we named the 2014 Acura MDX the Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money. It's also our 2014 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families. 

The MDX is powered by a V6 engine that auto writers say makes ample power. Power is routed through a six-speed automatic transmission, and most reviewers say it shifts smoothly. At up to an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway, the MDX gets better fuel economy than most of its rivals. Reviewers are generally pleased with the MDX’s suspension, and say it strikes a good balance between ride and handling. Critics also like the steering, saying it feels accurate and well-weighted However, the brakes receive some criticism for not feeling very strong and having a spongy pedal feel.

Test drivers generally like the Acura MDX’s cabin, noting that it has a clean design and is well-assembled with premium materials. The 2014 MDX seats seven, and it’s one of the few luxury midsize SUVs with three rows of seats. Reviewers note that the second and third rows sit fairly low to the floor, and that the third row isn’t particularly spacious, though that’s a typical complaint for the class. With its redesign, the MDX’s center stack loses a lot of buttons in favor of a standard touch screen. Critics appreciate this, saying it is easier to use than the overwhelming sea of buttons on the previous model. Other standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker stereo with satellite radio and USB/auxiliary ports, as well as Bluetooth and a multi-view backup camera. Available features include a 10-speaker stereo with a 15-gigabyte media storage drive and HD Radio, adaptive cruise control and navigation with voice recognition.

  • "With its pleasant handling and ride dynamics and generous feature content, the highly evolved 2014 Acura MDX earns our recommendation for drivers seeking a three-row crossover that hits the sweet spot when it comes to driver engagement, luxury and value." -- Edmunds
  • "While staying true to its original formula, the completely redesigned 2014 Acura MDX displays a number of incremental improvements, including easier access to the third row, class-topping fuel economy and an entirely new body structure that yields significant reductions in NVH (noise, vibration and harshness). The 2014 MDX also bucks the ‘bigger is better’ trend by shedding over an inch in height and width. The upmarket Audi Q7, stylish Infiniti JX (renamed the QX60 for 2014), and 5-passenger Lexus RX are strong alternatives, but for those who seek the ideal middle ground, it doesn't get much better than the MDX." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "But Acura hits broad family appeal with this redesign, with impressive fuel efficiency to boot. At minimum, the MDX has solidified its podium sales finish, and I suspect it will get the silver medal for years to come." -- Cars.com

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Lexus RX 350 only seats five, but it earns reviewer praise for its luxurious and high-quality interior. Critics also commend its soft suspension, which they say gives the RX 350 a very comfortable ride.

The Infiniti QX50 has three rows of seats, and critics say its interior is well-designed with high-quality materials. While some reviewers don’t find it especially fun to drive, the QX50 gets good fuel economy for the class.

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Details: 2014 Acura MDX

The 2014 Acura MDX seats seven and has front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is optional). A 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard. The 2014 Acura MDX is available in one trim level, which can be equipped with option packages that add safety and technology features. The MDX is fully redesigned for 2014.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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