Certified Pre-Owned 2014 AcuraMDX SH-AWD 3.5 SUV

  • VIN: 5FRYD4H49EB042910
  • Stock: 11139G
Acura MDX
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Odometer
65,589 miles
Fuel Economy
18.0/27.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Black
Interior Color
Beige
Body
SUV
Transmission
Automatic
Drivetrain
Super Handling All-W
Engine
3.5L V6 F SOHC 24V / ALL WHEEL DRIVE
Acura MDX
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Highlighted Features

  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Heated Front Seats
Odometer
65,589 miles
Fuel Economy
18.0/27.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Black
Interior Color
Beige
Body
SUV
Transmission
Automatic
Drivetrain
Super Handling All-W
Engine
3.5L V6 F SOHC 24V / ALL WHEEL DRIVE

Dealer Notes

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Leather / Heated Seating 
3RD Row Seating 
Xenon Headlamps 
Tow Hitch 
ONE OWNER 
Sunroof 
2014 ACURA MDX TECH
5FRYD4H49EB042910
4 DOOR SPORT UTILITY
3.5L V6 F SOHC 24V
ALL WHEEL DRIVE


The 2014 Acura MDX trades visceral driving fun for family-friendly refinement, which should appeal to most shoppers for the seven-seat luxury SUV.

Now in its third generation, the MDX faces a new competitor in the Infiniti JX, which wasn't around when the previous generation arrived. Other options include the BMW X5, Buick Enclave, Audi Q7 and, if you can do without the third row, the ever-popular Lexus RX. 

Like many Acura cars, the MDX comes in one well-equipped base trim, though there are several option packages that essentially serve as trim levels: Technology, Technology with Entertainment and Advance with Entertainment. For 2014, front-wheel drive becomes available with all packages; previously all-wheel drive was standard. At a media preview in Portland, Ore., I drove a number of the all-wheel-drive MDX SUVs with Technology and Advance packages alongside its predecessor and several competitors.


Cleaner, Similar


The outgoing MDX's bumper inlets sat high enough to give a mustachioed expression. Its successor has shaved, thankfully, but styling otherwise stays put. The biggest shift is the headlights, which adopt standard LEDs for a sort of reptilian appearance. In back, the MDX loses its exposed tailpipes for chrome-ringed reflectors and a concealed single pipe. Yawn.

Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard, and 19s are optional. Citing research that showed nobody wanted a bigger MDX, Acura added just 2 inches to the overall length while reducing height and width by 1.5 inches and 1.3 inches, respectively. The resulting profile is the most wagonlike of the MDX's three generations.

Less Defined, More Refined


Fans of the past MDX's deliberate driving characteristics — heavy, swift steering; a busy ride; a growling V-6 — will be disappointed, but I suspect most shoppers will deem the new generation an improvement. A direct-injection 3.5-liter V-6 replaces the 2013's port-injected 3.7-liter V-6, and it provides stout oomph despite shedding a bit of power. The smaller six makes 290 horsepower — down 10 hp from last year, with torque down a tad too — but Acura also shaved nearly 300 pounds' curb weight in all-wheel-drive models.

The standard six-speed automatic helps pick up the slack, with short lower gears, smooth upshifts and responsive highway kickdown. Downshifts could come sooner as you accelerate through a bend, and a selectable Sport mode provides just that; it even drops a gear or two on downhill stretches.

Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive actively sends power to the rear or outside wheels to improve handling. Hammer it on a corner and the MDX swings its tail wide before the standard electronic stability system — or a shrieking spouse — reins you in. You'll earn forgiveness at the pump: Thanks to the weight loss, the all-wheel-drive MDX achieves an impressive 18/27/21 mpg city/highway/combined, which is up 3 mpg combined over the previous generation. Front-drive MDXs save 230 pounds for a class-leading 20/28/23 mpg. Acura recommends premium fuel for maximum performance; some competitors require it, but others, like the Enclave and RX, make full power on the cheap gas.

The fun ends at the brakes, which have a far spongier pedal than the 2013 MDX and also an RX and JX that Acura had on hand at the preview. Toe the brakes hard and the MDX's composure unravels as antilock braking kicks in. Whether blame goes to this year's downsized disc brakes or some other factor, the results don't inspire confidence.

Gone is the old MDX's busy, nervous ride; its successor isolates bumpy roads and handles broken pavement well, even as Acura ditched last year's adaptive suspension option. The new MDX is quieter, too; it's closer to the Lexus RX and Infiniti JX than the old MDX's sometimes noisy cabin. Such is how the MDX behaves: less fun, more overall refinement.

Acura replaced last year's hydraulic steering with more efficient electric power steering, which trades some feedback for much lighter effort at low speeds. I suspect SUV shoppers will accept the tradeoff, which puts the MDX in line with other SUVs. A new Integrated Dynamics system alters various systems — among them accelerator response and power-steering assist — to Comfort, Normal and Sport settings. Even Sport has more power-steering assist than the past MDX, but Comfort and Normal feel a bit too buoyant on the highway. Like most steering "programs," this is a gimmick. I'd take a speed-sensitive automatic progression among the three assist levels any day.

The Inside


Cabin quality impresses, with less faux-wood trim — past MDX SUVs killed a lot of plastic trees — and real metal inlays in place of the outgoing painted plastic. With two screens (one touch-sensitive, the other operated via knob) controlling most of the dashboard action, the MDX cut last year's button hodgepodge by more than half. It's refreshing, but some of the often-used controls, like heated seats, are in a submenu. 

The front seats afford good adjustment range; I'm 6 feet tall and sat a few inches ahead of the farthest-back position. New for 2014, the second row has push-button, walk-in access to the third row. It also slides nearly 6 inches forward and back, but adults in the third row will need anyone in the second row to slide all the way forward — a position that makes second-row legroom snug. Both rows sit low to the floor, despite an abundance of headroom in the second row; Acura could have positioned the seats a bit higher, and I wish they had.

A traditional DVD entertainment system is optional, but so is an upgraded system similar to that in the Odyssey minivan from Acura's parent, Honda. Complete with auxiliary and HDMI inputs, it has a 16.2-inch widescreen that can split the display and show videos from two separate sources simultaneously.


Safety, Features & Pricing


The MDX has yet to be crash-tested. Standard safety features include seven airbags plus the required antilock brakes and electronic stability system. All-wheel-drive models incorporate a trailer-sway assistant, which uses the electronic stability system's lateral sensors to intuit trailer sway and smooth things out, to complement the MDX's 5,000-pound towing capacity. Safety options include blind spot, lane departure and two forward collision warning systems — a simpler one warns of an impending collision, or a more advanced system that applies automatic braking.

The front-wheel-drive MDX starts at $43,185, including the destination charge. That's about $1,000 less than the outgoing MDX, which had standard all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive adds $2,000, effectively raising the price of the new MDX by $1,000 for those who want all-wheel drive. Acura says you get a lot of new features for that — among them keyless access with push-button start, LED headlights and a sliding second row. Other standard features include 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, heated power seats, a backup camera, a moonroof, a power liftgate and a USB/iPod compatible stereo with Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming. 

Navigation, various safety options, rain-sensing wipers, 19-inch wheels and ELS premium audio with HD Radio go into the Technology Package, which Acura expects to account for more than half of all MDX sales. Entertainment and Advance packages add regular or widescreen rear entertainment systems, second-row window shades, adaptive cruise control, heated second-row seats and upgraded leather with ventilated front seats. The MDX tops around $57,500, or nearly $2,000 more than the 2013 model's price with all the factory options.


MDX in the Market


The MDX has battled the Enclave for top sales among three-row luxury crossovers for the past five years, but Acura says most MDX shoppers don't compare the two. I recommend they do, given Buick's updates for 2013. Then there's the two-row Lexus RX that trounced all luxury SUVs for those five years and then some.

The MDX won't reach RX popularity with this redesign. Can it reclaim the No. 2 spot? We'll see. 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.

Detailed Specifications

  • Braking Systems - 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Front Disc Brakes - 12.6" ventilated
  • Front Stabilizer Bar - 25.0 mm: SH-AWD
  • Rear Disc Brakes - 13.0" solid
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar - 26.5 mm: SH-AWD
  • Steering - Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)
  • Suspension - 4-wheel independent MacPherson strut front / multi-link rear
  • Tires - 245/55 R19 103H high-performance all-season
  • Turning Diameter, Curb to Curb - 37.6 ft
  • Wheels - 19” x 8” aluminum-alloy
  • Angle (approach/ departure/ breakover) - 14.9° / 15.2° / 19.4°
  • Curb Weight - 4270 lbs (1937 kg)
  • EPA Passenger Volume - 132.3 cu ft
  • Front track - 66.3 in (1684 mm)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity - 19.5 U.S. gallons (73.8 liters)
  • Ground Clearance (unladen) - 7.3 in (185 mm)
  • Headroom : 2nd Row - 38.5 in (977 mm)
  • Headroom : 3rd Row - 35.6 in (905 mm)
  • Headroom : Front - 38.1 in (969 mm)
  • Height - 67.6 in (1716 mm)
  • Hiproom : 2nd Row - 57.8 in (1469 mm)
  • Hiproom : 3rd Row - 40.6 in (1031 mm)
  • Hiproom : Front - 59.0 in (1498 mm)
  • Legroom : 2nd Row - 36.5 in (927 mm)
  • Legroom : 3rd Row - 27.4 in (697)
  • Legroom : Front - 41.5 in (1055 mm)
  • Length - 193.6 in (4917 mm)
  • Max. Cargo Volume (SAE) : Behind 1st row - 68.446 cu ft (90.947 cu ft)
  • Max. Cargo Volume (SAE) : Behind 2nd row - 38.446 cu ft (45.147 cu ft)
  • Max. Cargo Volume (SAE) : Behind 3rd row - 14.846 cu ft (15.847 cu ft)
  • Maximum Seating Capacity - 7
  • Rear track - 66.3 in (1684 mm)
  • Shoulder Room : 2nd Row - 59.1 in (1501 mm)
  • Shoulder Room : 3rd Row - 54.7 in (1390 mm)
  • Shoulder Room : Front - 61.0 in (1549 mm)
  • Weight Distribution (% front / rear) - 58 / 42: SH-AWD
  • Wheelbase - 111.0 in (2820 mm)
  • Width - 77.2 in (1962 mm)
  • 1st - 3.36
  • 2nd - 2.09
  • 3rd - 1.48
  • 4th - 1.07
  • 5th - 0.75
  • 6th - 0.56
  • Final Drive - 4.25
  • Gear Ratios (:1)
  • Maximum Distribution of Available Rear-Wheel Torque (left:right) - 100:0 to 0:100
  • Maximum Torque Distribution Range (front:rear) - 90:10 to 30:70
  • Reverse - 2.27
  • Towing Capacity - *Towing capacity can be increased to 5000 lbs on MDX SH-AWD with dealer-installed accessory
  • Towing Capacity - 3500 lbs. with 350-lb tongue weight*
  • Transmission - 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
  • Type - Front-wheel drive with available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
  • CARB Emissions Rating - ULEV-2
  • Compression Ratio - 11.5:1
  • Displacement - 3.5 liters
  • EPA MPG Ratings2 (city / highway/ combined) - 18 / 27 / 21: SH-AWD
  • Engine Type - Aluminum-alloy direct injection V-6
  • Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) - 290 @ 6200
  • Recommended Fuel19 - Premium unleaded 91 octane
  • Throttle Control - Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system
  • Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE net) - 267 @ 4500
  • Tune-Up Interval3 - No scheduled tune-ups required for 100,000 +/- miles
  • Valvetrain - 24-valve, SOHC i-VTEC®
  • 19" x 8.0" Alloy Wheels
  • 245/55 R19 All-Season Tires
  • Acura ELS Studio Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers
  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition
  • AcuraLink Communication System with Real-Time Traffic with Street and
  • Blind Spot Information
  • GPS-Linked, Tri-Zone Auto Climate Control with Air Filtration System
  • HD Radio
  • Heated Power Door Mirrors with Turn Indicators
  • Jewel Eye LED Headlights
  • Keyless Access System with Smart Entry
  • LED Puddle Lights
  • Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
  • Power Tailgate
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • Driver Recognition Memory System
  • Driver's 10-Way Power Seat
  • Front Passenger's 8-Way Power Seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • HomeLink System
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • On-Demand Multi-Use Display Touch Screen
  • Pandora Internet Radio Interface
  • Push-Button Ignition
  • SMS Text Messaging Functionality
  • Sport Seats with Leather Trim
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • Agile Handling Assist Dynamic Braking System
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Driver's Knee Airbag
  • Driver's and Front Passenger's Dual-Stage Airbags (SRS)
  • Driver's and Front Passenger's Side Airbags w/ SmartVent
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • LATCH System for Child Seats
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
  • 290hp 3.5L SOHC 24-Valve Direct Injection VTEC V6 Engine with
  • 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift
  • Integrated Dynamics System (IDS)
  • MacPhearson Strut Front Suspension
  • MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
  • Rear Multi-Link Suspension
  • SH-AWD System
  • Acura Genuine Accessories17 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
  • Outer body rust-through - 5-year/unlimited-mile limited warranty
  • Powertrain16 - 6-year/70,000-mile limited warranty
  • Vehicle16 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty

KBB.com Consumer Reviews

Kelley Blue Book - KBB.com
Overall4.1Out of 5
  • Great value for midsize SUV

    By Mcb345 on Tuesday, January 02, 2018

    5.0
    Its not quite a BMW, Mercedes, Audi, etc in terms of driving dynamics or interior finishing, but then again its not quite Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Volkswagen Atlas, etc. What it does is straddle the difference between these cars and it does it for a great value. Tech Package AWD is the best bang for your buck although with the 2017 and 2018 including all the safety features standard along with Car Play (2018), a 46k AWD base model is a fantastic value! For 50k you get AWD Tech with most of the bells and whistles. Compared to similarly equipped luxury suvs its WAY cheaper. Drives very well, not too sporty but good enough for a kid hauling / semi sporty SUV. You wont be driving this like a Porches Cayenne so dont be confused, its not that kind of SUV but to take a corner a little faster than usual or flooring it on the on-ramp it puts a little smile on your face. Again, the value is key with this car. Interior quality is very good, the car looks pretty nice on the outside too. Finishes are nice looking, not Audi A7 nice but again, much much cheaper with equipped with similar options. 9 speed transmission is slow and cumbersome and somewhat encourages mundane driving but hit the sport button and all that changes. I wish the 7 speed dual clutch in the Hybrid was available in the non-hybrid model for more fun driving but beggers cant be choosers! For a safe, kid hauling / comfortable semi-sporty SUV, this hits the nail on the head. Yeah Id rather be driving a fully equipped Audi A7, but for 70k+, no thanks.
  • A Great Vehicle

    By tj on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    5.0
    Have a 2018 SH AWD with Technology Pkg. It has many useful safety features as well as comfort features. The drivers seat is one of the most comfortable seats in a vehicle I have experienced. It looks and drives like a luxury vehicle should and the gas mileage is as advertised. A sporty look with with excellent drivability. I love it except for the voice feature on the navigation. It has issues understanding my voice commands. Google maps running thru my phone works faster and easier. I havent enjoyed a vehicle like this for many years. For the price of this vehicle it is a value.
  • Best quality auto ever owned

    By Foxcatcher on Thursday, March 28, 2019

    5.0
    Have 65,000 miles on this Acura MDX and enjoy the ride so much wish to put another 65,000 miles on such vehicle.
 

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