Acura 2014 MDX Prototype at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

  • Looks like: There's little guessing about what the next MDX will look like
  • Defining characteristics: LEDs galore, more spacious interior than current MDX
  • Ridiculous features: None at all
  • Chances of being mass-produced: This is essentially the 2014 Acura MDX

Acura's 2014 MDX Prototype shown at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is a clear indication of the next MDX. Acura says the new MDX has a more spacious interior, longer wheelbase and improved fuel economy.

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The new MDX also features front-wheel drive as well as all-wheel drive, a first for the MDX; until now it's only been all-wheel drive. There's no word yet on the fuel-economy gains of front-wheel-drive models. Acura says demand from warm climate buyers influenced the availability of adding a front-wheel-drive MDX. All models feature an "Aero Sculpture" design with a roof lowered by 1.5 inches and a 16% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency compared to the outgoing MDX.

Despite the lower roof, the interior is more spacious with increased second-row room and improved access to the third row that's helped by a longer wheelbase, which is also intended to enhance ride quality. Interior features include a next-generation multimedia system featuring Pandora, text messaging and the cloud-base Aha application. Powering the MDX 2014 Prototype is an all-new 3.5-liter V-6 with direct injection and a cylinder deactivation feature to shut down cylinders for increased fuel economy. Acura also enhanced sound-deadening techniques to improve cabin quietness.

The MDX will be available with a full suite of safety systems including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, a multi-angle rearview camera as well as lane keep assist and active cruise control.

The MDX 2014 Prototype is so close to a production model that there's even an on-sale date provided. Expect to see the all-new MDX in mid-2013.











so new, so different, so unexpected.


Looks like the old one and looks like a bigger RDX. Kind of a let down. Wish Acura would take some risk on their recent designs.


Very disappointing. Continuation of the ugliest full line of luxury cars. We're going on over 5 years of just awful designs from Acura.


Meh, nice tush but hate the bedazzled front...

kool aid kenny

Who knew the Pontiac Aztek was goint to be reborn? Can you say U G L Y?


Apparently since Acura designers still have no clue as to how to design an attractive vehicle they decided to do as little as possible and ended up with a dated, uninspired styling exericise.


What transmission option is offered?


Maybe you're looking at a different vehicle than I am. This new MDX is sleeker, more rounded and altogether more attractive than the model it replaces.
In it's market segment it easily competes on looks and outperforms in all around value.
Get over the grill plate; if you don't like it, have a black carbon fiber one made to replace it. I did.


Dying to know if they've added parking sensors and the second row is adjustable

Ted Kelly

I think the new design is fantastic. Hot and sleek and beautiful. The designers deserve attention for thinking of the customer and giving the MDX the look we want. Super!


Nice minivan.

Bob Bishop

If it gets decent gaz mileage this time,a flat floor in the back and roomier interior,it should be a pleasant vehicle,personnally I think it looks good.


Acura MDX beat out head to head the:
Lexus RX350, Mercedes ML, Audi Q7 and Infiniti X60.

Acura actually got it right. And the "bird beak front"… the same front Cadillac and other companies are starting to rip off and copy,Yeah Acura got that right too.

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