2014 Acura MDX

MSRP $42,290 - $56,505

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7.2

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2014 Acura MDX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 9, 2021

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The 2014 Acura MDX is a luxury SUV that strikes a near-perfect balance between performance and fuel economy. While the premium vehicles of the day stay a bit shy in terms of practicality and are more show vehicles, the MDX comes with little to no compromises. The 2014 model features a complete redesign and is offered in four different configurations. Priced at $42,290 for the base trim, the car features leather upholstery as standard which makes even the base trim apt for being chauffeured around town to the business meetings. 

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Pros

Refined ride quality

Upscale interior

Respectable fuel economy

Excellent crash test safety scores

Easy access to the third row

Cons

No alternate engine options

Distracting user interface with subpar graphics

Dual-screen layout is a bit confusing

Less responsive steering feedback.

What's New?

Completely redesigned for the 2014 MY 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$42290

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

139 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

267 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

193.6 in.

width

77.2 in.

height

67.6 in.

curb weight

4025 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

132.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

68.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1307 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.9 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

185 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/24/28 mpg

highway range

546 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$42,290 onwards

Technology Package$46,565 onwards

SH-AWD w/Technology Package$48,565 onwards

Technology and Entertainment Packages$48,565 onwards

Advance and Entertainment Packages$54,505 onwards

SH-AWD w/Advance and Entertainment Packages$56,505 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Acura MDX in Crystal Black Pearl color
Crystal Black Pearl

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


Thus, the MDX is a good example of what a practical luxury crossover SUV can be. The 2014 MDX’s interior screams luxury all over and is practical at the same time. It is powered by the same old 3.5L V6 engine that is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle sure is compromised in terms of its off-roading capabilities but that is something you can live with, as the list of good things is much bigger than the list of cons. The 2014 Acura MDX rivals the likes of 2014 Buick Enclave, 2014 Infiniti QX60, and 2014 Lincoln MKT.


7.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2014 Acura MDX Features

7.0/10

Starting at a $42,290, 2014 Acura MDX comes in just one trim which is powered by the 3.5L engine. Although there are no specific trims to choose from, there are the available optional packages that come with the MDX. You can choose the package that suits your necessities or style. However, the base trim comes pretty well equipped as it comes with leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, an eight-speaker audio system, a touch screen, and a rearview camera.

Trim

Standard

Technology package

Entertainment Package

Advance Package

MSRP (RWD)

$42,290

$46,565

$48,565

$54,505

MSRP (AWD)

$44,290

$48,565

$50,565

$56,505

Key Features

3.5-liter V6

Technology package adds:

Navigation system

Technology and Entertainment package adds:

115-volt household-style power outlet

Advanced and Entertainment package adds: Front and rear parking sensors

 

18-inch wheels

Voice control

Rear-door window shades

Remote start

 

Power liftgate

GPS linked climate control

Rear seat DVD entertainment system with a 9-inch screen

Upgraded leather upholstery

 

Heated mirrors

Advanced safety system

Heated rear seats

Ventilated front seats

 

Sunroof

Acuralink

 

Upgraded rear-seat entertainment system with a 16.2-inch screen. 

 

Heated seats, with power adjustment

10-speaker sound system

 

Lane keep assist, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

19-inch alloy wheels

 

Two additional speakers

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The standard trim comes pretty well equipped as it is but you can opt for the different packages that would suit your taste. The different packages juggle between infotainment and safety features. As standard, the MDX comes with an FWD drivetrain whereas for an additional $2,000 you can get the optional Super-Handling AWD system. And we recommend that you get the AWD version.

2014 Acura MDX Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The standard engine that is present under the hood of the 2014 MDX is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 290 hp and 267 lb-ft torque. The engine sends power to the front wheels as standard with the help of a 6-speed automatic transmission which does the job well. Acura's signature super-handling all-wheel-drive system is available, which improves the car's driving dynamics and helps provide a better grip on wet road surfaces. 

The shiftable 6-speed automatic transmission works just like a manual once you put it in the ‘S’ mode; it sharpens the throttle response and allows you to take the revs to the redline without changing gears, and also drops the rev as low to make the engine lug at times. Overall, the performance of the engine is punchy and it offers enough power The vehicle accelerates to 60 MPH from a standstill in 6.5 seconds.

Models

2014 Acura MDX

2014 Buick Enclave

2014 Infiniti QX60

2014 Lincoln MKT

MSRP

$42,290

$38,890

$42,100

$43,050

Engine 

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.7L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT w/OD

6-speed automatic

Power 

290 hp @ 6,200 RPM

288 hp @ 6,300 RPM

265 hp @ 6,400 RPM

303 hp @ 6,500 RPM

Torque

267 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

270 lb-ft @ 3,400 RPM

248 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

278 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.5

7.5

8.3

6.6

Quarter mile (sec)

13.6

15.9

16.4

14.8

Top Speed (MPH)

145

134

138

N/A

In comparison, the Lincoln while has more power and torque than the MDX, still fails to match the acceleration. It is slower to 60 MPH by just 0.1 seconds but is quite slow to cross the quarter-mile mark when compared with the MDX, which is the fastest SUV among the listed rivals. Buick Enclave is at least $3000 less than the rivals in its base avatar and offers the most power to money ratio.

2014 Acura MDX Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Acura uses its Earth-Dream technology with the new V6 powerplant. Basically what this does is provide more power to the engine, while improving the fuel economy, and this improvement is clearly visible in the MPG figures put up by EPA. The figures suggest that the standard FWD system will return 20/28/23 MPG for city/highway/combined cycles respectively, while the figures dip slightly when you opt for the AWD system and stand at 18/27/21 for the same cycles. You get a 19.5-gallon fuel tank which puts the maximum driving range of the 2014 MDX at 546 miles on the highway.

Models

2014 Acura MDX

2014 Buick Enclave

2014 Infiniti QX60

2014 Lincoln MKT

MPG (City)

20

17

20

17

MPG (Highway)

28

24

26

25

MPG (Combined)

23

19

22

20

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

19.5

22

19.5

18.6

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

390/546

374/528

390/507

316/465

The 2014 MDX is the most fuel-efficient car among all the listed competitors. Although it has an averaged sized fuel tank, better fuel efficiency helps it to provide much more range than the rest of the SUVs. It is followed by the Infiniti QX60 which offers slightly less range over the highway in comparison to the MDX.

2014 Acura MDX Interior

9.0/10

On the inside, the 2014 MDX is way better than many other three-row crossover SUVs of the day. It is slightly roomier in the second, and the third row which is a good thing as most other rivals in the segment fails to provide comfort at the rear. The front seats are plush and offer good comfort, so do the second and third-row seats. Acura also looked after the usual problem of accessing the third row and provided a button beside the second-row outboard seats which allowed the seats to move back and forth about six inches. It also performs a neat fold which allows for better and hassle-free access to the third-row seats.

Acura MDX seats 7 people and speaking of comfort features, it is fully loaded even in its base avatar. As standard, you get a sunroof, heated eight-way power front seats with driver power lumbar support, driver memory settings, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and leather upholstery. The available packages add-on to the infotainment system mostly while opting for the Advance and Entertainment package adds upgraded leather upholstery and eight-way power front passenger seat with power lumbar support to the features list.

Models

2014 Acura MDX

2014 Buick Enclave

2014 Infiniti QX60

2014 Lincoln MKT

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.1/61.1/41.5

40.4/61.6/41.3

40.7/60.3/42.3

40.1/58.6/41.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/59.1/36.5

39.4/61.3/36.8

38.3/60.4/41.7

39/58.1/41.8

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.6/54.7/27.4

37.8/57.4/33.2

36.5/57.1/30.8

33.5/49.1/33

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

14.8

23.3

15.8

17.9

The Lincoln MKT offers better space than the Acura in the second and third row. Next up is the Buick Enclave which also has a big trunk at 23.3 cu ft and offers better second and third-row seating. Acura standing dead last in terms of interior and cargo space.

Standout interior features:

  • Heated 8-way power front seats with driver power lumbar support
  • Driver memory settings
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control

How intuitive is the 2014 Acura MDX’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment functions inside the MDX are handled by a 7-inch touchscreen housed below an 8-inch screen used for navigation purposes. The graphics in both the screens are not what one is used to seeing in other SUVs of this price range and class, but they perform their duties well. The user interface would take a while to get used to, and not only does it handle all the infotainment functions. 

For your music needs, you get an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player and an iPod/USB interface as standard. The Technology package adds a 10-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound audio system with HD radio while the Entertainment package adds a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a 9-inch screen and an additional speaker for the surround-sound audio system.

Standout infotainment features:

  • Twin console displays (7-inch touchscreen and 8-inch information)
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Satellite radio
  • Smartphone integration
  • 10-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound audio system
  • Navigation system

2014 Acura MDX Exterior

8.0/10

The looks of the MDX have always been well balanced and with 2014 MY Acura kept up with the tradition. The new car gets a more sleek design; it looks more like a sports wagon, rather than an SUV. It also gets a more curvaceous design and smoother lines all around giving it more aerodynamics. 

Upfront you get the Jewel-eye LED headlamps on both sides of a decent-looking air dam design. At the rear, the design elements remain pretty basic with ‘Lined LED taillights and an integrated tailpipe completing the overall elegant look of the MDX. As standard, you get 18-inch wheels but opting for the Tech package gets you 19-inch alloy wheels.

Models

2014 Acura MDX

2014 Buick Enclave

2014 Infiniti QX60

2014 Lincoln MKT

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,025

4,724

4,280

4,702

Length (in.)

193.6

201.9

196.4

207.6

Width (in.)

77.2

79

77.2

76

Height (in.)

67.6

70.3

68.6

67.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.6

7.6

6.5

NA

Wheelbase (in.)

111

118.9

114.2

117.9

Acura has the lowest ground clearance. While this hampers the off-roading capabilities of the SUV, it helps to make it more fuel-efficient. The smaller size and lightweight also give it a more comfortable ride and better maneuverability. Buick Enclave and Lincoln MKT are the largest of the lot and this translates to better interior and cargo space.

Standout exterior features:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Automatic LED headlamps
  • Heated mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • Sunroof
  • Rear privacy glass

2014 Acura MDX Safety

7.0/10

Thanks to the redesign, the MDX gets an entirely new structure for 2014, which takes the safety ratings up a notch from the already perfect ratings it had. IIHS gives the 2014 MDX their most respectable title of ‘Top Safety Pick+’ for the segment. NHTSA also gives full five stars to the MDX in their overall safety rating. It comes with a host of standard safety features like seven airbags, including a drivers knee airbag, traction control stability control, ABS, and a wide view camera system

Available safety features that come bundled up in the different packages include:

  • Lane Departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning 

2014 Acura MDX Final Verdict

In the luxury crossover SUV segment, the Acura manages to bring you a good-looking, practical, and comfortable three-row SUV- 2014 MDX. It might not be the one you would often take to the countryside trails, but one which you would happily drive around town and across the states in comfort. 2014 Acura MDX comes with a powerful engine, refined interior, and respectable fuel economy making it one of the best choices to own in the segment. 

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