Ratings & Reviews

Awards model MDX


Tuned on Germany’s famed Nürburgring track, the 7-passenger SUV is getting rave reviews for its powerful engine and sporty handling.


IIHS 2014

Insurance Institute For Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recognized the 2014 MDX with a Top Safety Pick+ award, when equipped with optional front crash prevention. The MDX received the top rating (“Good”) in five tests: small- and moderate-overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint. Additionally, the MDX received an “Advanced” rating for front crash prevention when equipped with the optional Collision Mitigation Brake System; models only equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning system received a “Basic” rating.

Source: IIHS.org

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The 2014 MDX earned 5-star ratings on all New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) front crash and side impact tests conducted by the NHTSA. The crash tests and ratings include: Frontal Crash with ratings for both driver and front passenger seating positions, culminating in an Overall Frontal Crash Safety Rating; and Side Barrier Crash with ratings for both front and rear seating positions, and a Side Pole Test with a Front Seating rating, the results of which are combined to create an Overall Side Crash Safety Rating. In addition, the 2014 MDX earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, which is based on the results of the crash tests and a rollover resistance test.

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"For 2014 Acura has done it again—building a three-row utility vehicle that combines space, luxury and style all at a price that is not out of this world. But, with the new MDX, Acura took things a step further and improved the efficiency as well. By stripping out 275 lbs. compared to the old MDX, Acura has been able to downsize the engine for improved fuel economy. Replacing last year’s 3.7 L V6 is a new 3.5 L V6 with variable cylinder management. Making 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, the new engine is matched to a six-speed automatic and is officially rated at 18 MPG city and 27 MPG highway for all-wheel drive models which is up an incredible 6 MPG on the highway compared to last year’s model."

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“…we prefer the more premium approach to both the design and quality of materials over, say, the Infiniti JX or Lexus RX. It's an attractive cabin, with easy-to-use controls throughout.”

“Whereas the old car had a more upright, traditionally SUV-like feeling, you don't get that same sort of experience in the new MDX. It's a lot more car-like – your butt sits lower to the floor – while still offering an easy step-in height that makes for good ingress and egress for drivers of all shapes and sizes.”

“The reason we always enjoyed driving the old MDX wasn't because it was some great enthusiast machine, but because everything that it did, it did well. It's a similar story here for 2014, with a few thoughtful improvements to offer a slightly more engaging feel to drivers who seek it, while still being pleasant and comfortable for folks who, frankly, could care less.”

“Acura retuned its SH-AWD for Sport mode, too, with the system able to provide maximum torque vectoring under these more enthusiastic conditions. Even during instances when entering a corner hotter than we (or the typical shopper) would, the system reacts quickly to keep things stable and on point through the turn.”

“That said, we don't expect most MDX buyers to care about handling ability above all, and in the normal sort of luxury CUV driving tests, the MDX passes with flying colors.”

“By continuing to keep the MDX's formula simple and sticking with what it knows, Acura has created a functional, thoughtful, premium vehicle that handily bests many of the other players in this segment. The 2014 MDX is perfectly fine (and, in fact, quite good) in just about every measurable area. Just like it always has been.”

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