The redesigned MDX, Acura's three-row crossover SUV, went on sale in June, and so far the introductory prices have remained unchanged.
The MDX comes in one well-equipped price level with three available option packages — Technology, Technology and Entertainment, and Advance and Entertainment — that effectively serve as trim levels.
It is a unique tiering strategy and can be confusing. However, there are few options available. You pick one of these four packages and that's about all the customizing you can do outside of paint and interior colors.
All are available with all-wheel or front-wheel drive. The front-drive option is new for 2014, as all previous versions came with AWD.
All prices include an $895 destination charge.
By Matt Schmitz
As of today, Acura added two of its luxury nameplates to the coveted ranks of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star safety award recipients. The all-new 2014 MDX SUV and the 2014 RDX crossover both received five-star overall scores in NHTSA's safety assessments, including individual five-star ratings in frontal and side-impact tests, and four stars for rollover resistance.
That's an improvement for the MDX, whose 2013 version scored four stars overall, with individual fours in frontal and rollover tests, and a five in side-impact tests. NHTSA did not rate the RDX for the 2013 model year.
The Fix: Dealers will install an electrical noise filter adjacent to the SRS control unit for free.
What Owners Should Do: Honda will notify owners starting in late October. Owners can visit www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or call 800-999-1009 (Honda) or 800-382-2238 (Acura) for more information.
Honda is voluntarily recalling 652 trailer-hitch accessory kits used on 2014 Acura MDX luxury SUVs due to a potential wiring problem that could impede braking, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In a statement, Honda estimated that 340 of the kits may have already been installed on vehicles and that no crashes related to the issue had been reported.
The affected vehicles are equipped with trailer-hitch harness kits. According to Honda, the accessory wire harness was incorrectly assembled during production and may not properly power a trailer's accessory brake controller when installed using provided instructions; this potentially increases stopping distances and the risk of a crash when towing a trailer equipped with an independent braking system.
Honda will begin notifying owners Aug. 23, and dealers will re-label and repair the trailer-hitch subharness for free. Owners can call Acura customer service at 800-382-2238 or go to www.recalls.acura.com for more info; they may also call NHTSA's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.Related
If it was gunning for second place among three-row luxury crossovers, the redesigned-for-2014 Acura MDX's aim is as good as silver. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the MDX hasn't changed drastically in styling, but in a bid to improve family-friendliness, this more wagonlike incarnation has diminished the driving excitement. Still, the automaker also has diminished the weight, shedding nearly 300 pounds on all-wheel-drive versions. That has resulted in a hefty fuel-economy boost without sacrificing quickness in a slightly less-powerful 3.5-liter V-6.
Overall, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays seemed underwhelmed by Acura's 2014 redesign of its best-selling SUV, the MDX. The more aerodynamic MDX is longer, narrower and shorter than its predecessor, but a lack of fresh styling provides little exterior excitement.
Still, the interior is comfortable, with ample headroom and legroom in the first two rows, and a nifty one-touch feature that powers the second row forward for third-row access is convenient. However, space negotiations will be continual among anyone not in the front seats unless you designate the back row a kids-only zone. Watch the video below.
Honda is voluntarily recalling 182,800 vehicles due to an electronic stability system malfunction, according to a statement from the automaker. Affected vehicles are 101,000 Honda Pilot crossovers, 60,000 Acura MDX SUVs and 21,000 Acura RL sedans, all from model-year 2005; 800 model-year 2006 Acura MDX SUVs are also affected.
According to Honda, if an electrical capacitor on the system's control unit was damaged during the manufacturing process, the system could malfunction and apply a small amount of brake force for a fraction of a second outside the driver's control. If the driver applies the brakes during a system malfunction, a crash could result.
In addition to the recall, 51,000 of the affected Pilot crossovers will be inspected to ensure that an electrical ground bolt for the electronic stability system is properly tightened; a loosened ground bolt may cause a similarly short period of unintended brake activation. According to Honda, no crashes or injuries have resulted from these issues.
Honda will notify owners in mid-April, and Honda and Acura dealers will install a new electrical sub-harness for free. In the 51,000 affected Pilot vehicles, dealers will properly tighten the ground bolt for free. For more info, Honda owners can call 800-999-1009 or go to www.recalls.honda.com, and Acura owners can call 800-382-2238 or go to www.recalls.acura.com.Related
Honda is voluntarily recalling 8,700 model-year 2012 versions of the Pilot and Acura MDX SUVs due to problems with the fuel tank.
An emissions-related piece of equipment could detach from its mounting inside the tank. This could lead to an overflow of fuel or a fuel leak. Both issues increase the risk of fire, but Honda cautions that no fires have been reported.
Honda will notify owners starting in mid-March, and dealers will replace the affected fuel tank free of charge. In the meantime, owners can visit www.recalls.honda.com or www.recalls.acura.com to determine if their vehicles are part of the recall. They can also call 800-999-1009 (Honda) or 800-382-2238 (Acura) for more info.
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