It’s a Best Buy because:

The redesigned MDX delivers a sporty driving character, a high level of cabin refinement, and a fine selection of high-tech features, along with the expected passenger- and cargo utility of a 7-passenger crossover SUV.

But…

The 3rd-row seating is tight, and the 2nd row is not outstanding for space or comfort either.

Worth noting:

MDX now offers front-wheel drive; previous models were all-wheel drive only.

What Is It?

The MDX is Acura’s 7-passenger crossover SUV, and it’s been a consistent best seller for the brand since its introduction in 2001. The 2014 model’s trim-level designations mostly carry over from the 2013 edition. They ascend through entry-level Base, volume Technology, more-feature-rich Technology with Entertainment, and top-line Advance Entertainment. Base versions retain a fairly high level of standard equipment, including leather upholstery, heated power front seats, power liftgate, sunroof, and rearview camera. Keyless entry with pushbutton engine start and LED headlights are newly standard. The new MDX is one of the lightest vehicles in its segment, checking in at a couple hundred pounds less than some 2-row, 5-passenger crossovers, including the Lexus RX and Cadillac SRX.

What’s New?

Everything about the Acura MDX is new for 2014. This is an absolute clean-sheet redesign. The chassis and body structure are new. Horsepower drops slightly, but projected fuel economy gets a significant boost. Credit a new engine and curb weight that’s 275 pounds lighter than the outgoing MDX for that achievement.

Fuel Economy

The 2014 MDX’s projected fuel economy of 20 city/28 highway with front drive and 18/27 with AWD are vastly improved over the outgoing models’ 16/21 scores. In Consumer Guide® testing, we averaged 19.0 mpg in an AWD model. Acura recommends premium-grade gasoline.

Value in Class

The 2014 MDX drives and handles exceptionally well and boasts a quiet, refined cabin that has pretty much everything you need and nothing you don’t. Rear-seat room and comfort are not exceptional, despite the redesigned models’ longer wheelbase and overall length. Further, the control interface still has a couple usability issues, but the design is much improved over the outgoing MDX. Still, this Acura deserves a top spot on your shopping list, especially since you can buy one with front-wheel drive.

BASE PRICE RANGE $42,290 – $56,505
BODY STYLES 4-Door Wagon
AVAILABLE ENGINES 290-HP, 3.5-Liter V6
DRIVE WHEELS Front or All-Wheel Drive
BUILT IN USA
EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE 18-28 MPG

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