2014 Acura MDX Preview

Jeff Youngs | Jan 18, 2013
  • Prototype version of 2014 MDX debuted in Detroit
  • Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
  • New 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Improved fuel economy
  • More aerodynamic than previous model
  • Seats 7 passengers in a roomier and quieter interior
  • More second-row leg room
  • Easier access to third-row seats
  • Offers AcuraLink cloud-based connectivity and telematics
  • Optional JewelEye LED headlights
  • Optional forward-collision warning system
  • Optional lane-departure warning system
  • Optional blind-spot information system
  • Optional Lane Keeping Assist system
  • Optional active cruise control with Low Speed Follow
  • Built in Alabama
  • On sale in summer of 2013


The 2014 Acura MDX is the third-generation version of the automaker's 7-passenger, 3-row, luxury crossover SUV. At the 2013 North American International Auto Show, Acura introduced the redesigned 2014 MDX as a prototype vehicle and did not show the SUV's interior, but provided numerous details regarding the features that the new 2014 MDX will offer when it goes on sale in the summer of 2013.

Exterior Features

For Acura, a key goal of the new 2014 MDX is improved fuel economy. To help ensure this next-generation version of the popular crossover achieves better gas mileage, the automaker employed what they call "Aero Sculpture" design, which improves aerodynamics by a claimed 16% from the previous model.

Interior Features

The 2014 MDX will continue to seat 7 passengers in what Acura characterizes as a roomier and quieter interior. Although Acura did not show the MDX Prototype's interior, the automaker explained that the 2014 MDX model's wheelbase is longer, helping to expand leg room in the rear  seat and improve access to the crossover utility's third-row seat.

Optional Features

Acura did not divulge full details about the 2014 MDX trim lineup or discuss standard and optional equipment in great detail. However, the automaker confirmed that all-wheel drive will be optional on the 2014 Acura MDX rather than standard, and that the new crossover SUV will offer new JewelEye LED headlights as an option. Acura also plans to offer a premium audio system, as well as several new safety technologies, discussed below.

Under the Hood

When the 2014 Acura MDX goes on sale this summer, it will have a new direct-injected, 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering power to the SUV's front wheels. Horsepower and torque ratings were not divulged in Detroit; however, the 2014 Acura RLX shares this new engine, which generates 310 horsepower and 272 lb.-ft. of torque. Variable Cylinder Management technology will shut off half of the engine's cylinders under low-load driving conditions, such as when driving at a steady speed on flat roads or when coasting, in an effort to conserve fuel.

Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system is optional for the 2014 MDX. However, the automaker does not clarify whether the SH-AWD will be paired with the standard V-6 engine, as in the new 2014 RLX flagship sedan, or included as a part of a more powerful and fuel-efficient gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.


Acura says the 2014 MDX will have an Advanced Compatibility Engineering II body structure, designed to maximize protection for the SUV's occupants in a collision. Additionally, the 2014 MDX will be offered with a forward-collision warning system, lane-departure warning system, Lane Keeping Assist system, blind-spot information system, and an active cruise control system with Low Speed Follow capability.


The 2014 MDX will be offered with a next-generation AcuraLink connectivity and telematics system, a cloud-based smartphone integration technology that allows streaming of Pandora and AHA Internet radio, SMS text messaging and e-mail capability, real-time traffic and surface street condition information, and such services as stolen-vehicle tracking and air bag deployment notification.

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