2014 Acura MDX breaks cover


Acura has released preliminary information regarding the all-new 2014 MDX which should hit your local dealer in July. For 2014, MDX prices start at $42,290 (+ taxes, license, fees, destination, and options) for the front-wheel drive base model (Super-Handling, all-wheel drive is a $2,000 option on all models). Step up to the Tech Package (Acura/ELS Studio® 501-watt Premium Audio System, Acura Navigation, AxuraLink, tri-zone climate control, ten spoke 19" wheels, and more) and prices jump to $46,565+. The next level is the Technology and Entertainment Package which goes for $48,565+ and adds the Tech items plus a Rear Entertainment System (RES) with DVD player, 115 volt outlet, heated rear seats, and rear window sunshades (gotta block the light for the movie, right?). Top-of-the-MDX line is the Advance and Entertainment Package which stickers at $54,505+ and adds to the previous packs the Ultra-Wide Rear Entertainment System (RES) with DVD player, 7-spoke 19-inch wheels with Euro Silver finish, Milano leather interior, Parking Sensors (4 front/4 rear), Enhanced NVH package, and more. So, your $56,505+ MDX with everything gets you an attractive, well-built vehicle that gets you there in style. The roofline has been lowered, which won't be good news for folks that want a vehicle that is very easy to get into and out of. The seating hipline has been lowered a little over an inch which will diminish the tall seating position that is very popular today. And while I'm kinda complaining, simulated wood trim for $56k? Anyway, the newr 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp, 267 lb-ft of torque) is mated to a new six-speed automatic which slightly improves fuel economy. The Acura beak has been toned down a bit more and looks good with the new Jewel-Eye headlights (see pic after the jump). The MDX is good-looking and a quality piece (click on the interior pic above and see how well put together it is). Acura should sell a bunch of them.

Source: Acura - Press release; pricing, specifications, and features charts; and additional pics (4) after the jump.



Press Release:
Production of 2014 Acura MDX Begins in Alabama

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley joined more than 1,500 associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) today to celebrate the start of mass production of the all-new 2014 Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.

HMA is now the exclusive global production source of the Acura MDX, along with key Honda light truck models, including the Odyssey minivan, the Pilot sport utility vehicle and the Ridgeline pickup. HMA also builds the V-6 engines that power each model. The 2014 Acura MDX features an all-new Earth Dreams Technology direct injection V-6 engine going into production in North America for the first time.

"Today, we celebrate a new Alabama-made vehicle, fueled by the pride of Honda associates who are committed to exceeding the expectations of our Acura customers," said Tom Shoupe, HMA president.

Designed, engineered and developed in the U.S., the seven-passenger Acura MDX has long been a benchmark vehicle in its segment and Acura's top-selling vehicle for the past year. Built on a completely new platform, the redesigned 2014 MDX offers improved ride comfort, a more versatile and luxurious cabin, class-leading fuel economy and enhanced dynamic performance.

"What a beautiful vehicle we have created together," said Jim Keller, chief engineer for the 2014 Acura MDX at Honda R&D in Raymond, Ohio. "Today we celebrate not a finish line, but a starting line. Our race is just beginning, and to win this race takes a constant and committed focus on quality and on the customer."

The 2014 MDX, which will go on sale at Acura dealers nationwide in the coming weeks, is also designed to achieve the highest available safety ratings, and will be offered for the first time in a more affordable and even more fuel-efficient two-wheel-drive configuration. Pricing information will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

About Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama began production in 2001 with the Honda Odyssey minivan and now produces four vehicles and V-6 engines at its $2 billion facility in Lincoln. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, cumulative production in Alabama is now nearing three million vehicles and engines. HMA has invested almost $400 million during the past 24 months and has hired an additional 400 associates in both process and professional positions. HMA has also increased its production capacity by 40,000 units to a total of 340,000 vehicles and V-6 engines each year and now employs more than 4,000 associates.

About Honda Operations in North America
Honda now operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Seven Honda auto plants in the North American region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.63 million automobiles each year. In 2012, 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. This will increase to 1.92 million vehicles per year in 2014, when the sales percentage of locally produced automobiles is expected to rise to more than 95 percent. 


About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 272 dealers within the United States. The Acura lineup features seven distinctive models including the all-new RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX Sport Wagon and sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX luxury crossover SUV, the MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the ZDX four-door sports coupe.



2014 MDX Pricing and EPA

MDXTrim NameTransEPA*MSRP1
MDX (FWD)6AT20/28/23$42,290
MDX (FWD) w/ Technology Package6AT20/28/23$46,565
MDX (FWD) w/ Technology & Entertainment Packages6AT20/28/23$48,565
MDX (FWD) w/ Advance & Entertainment Packages6AT20/28/23$54,505
MDX (SH-AWD)6AT18/27/21$44,290
MDX (SH-AWD) w/ Technology Package6AT18/27/21$48,565
MDX (SH-AWD) w/ Technology & Entertainment Packages6AT18/27/21$50,565
MDX (SH-AWD) w/ Advance & Entertainment Packages6AT18/27/21$56,505


2014 MDX Features


ENGINEERING FEATURES
Direct-injection 3.5-liter, SOHC, 60-degree V-6 engine with Earth Dreams Technology
290 hp at 6,200 rpm; 267 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm
Intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC®), 4- valves-per-cylinder, belt-driven, single overhead camshaft (SOHC), Variable Cylinder Management
EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emission certification
6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, Sport mode and Grade Logic and Shift Hold Control
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), Front-wheel drive
Agile Handling Assist
Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) with Sport, Normal, and Comfort settings
Motion-Adaptive electric power steering, rack-and-pinion
Independent MacPherson front suspension; Independent multi-link rear suspension
4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
Amplitude Reactive Dampers
18x8-inch alloy wheels


EXTERIOR FEATURES
Jewel-Eye™ LED headlights with auto on/off
Power heated side mirror with reverse interlocking autotilt down (with tilt-down in Reverse function) and Expanded View Driver's Mirror
Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
Smart Entry (front doors and trunk) with Push Button Start
Rear privacy glass
Speed-sensing, variable speed, intermittent windshield wipers with auto headlight function
Remote-linked power-operated rear tailgate
Rear window wiper with intermittent wipe function
Rear window defroster



INTERIOR FEATURES
SEATING and TRIM
7-passenger seating capability with leather-trimmed interior
Heated, sport-style driver's seat with power-actuated 10-way adjustability (8-way power seat with 2-way power lumbar support) with memory function
Heated, sport-style passenger front seat with power-actuated 8-way adjustability
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Second-row seats with Extended Slide and recline
Second-row seats with One-Touch Walk-In button for third-row access
Second-row seat fold-down armrest with integrated cupholders
60/40 split flat-folding second row seat
50/50 split flat-folding third row seat
LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
LED backlit inner door handles (front and rear)
Carpeted floor mats


COMFORT and CONVENIENCE
432-watt Acura Premium 8-speaker audio system with CD/AM/FM/HD/XM/MP3/WMA, Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC), and Pandora® and Aha™ compatibility
7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ with audible and tactile feedback
8-inch color audio/information screen
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® cellular telephone interface
USB port connectivity (for items such as iPod®, iPhone® and  “memory stick” storage devices)
Auxiliary input jack (for external MP3 style music players)
Front center console with sliding and retractable tray
Color Multi-Information Display (MID)
Tri-zone automatic climate control system with rear controls
Exterior temperature indicator
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Active Sound Control
Active Noise Cancellation system
Remote activated, auto-open windows (front and rear doors) and moonroof  “quick vent” function
HomeLink® garage door remote system
LED overhead map lights (front, second and third row seating) with integrated blue LED ambient lights
Illuminated driver and front passenger sun-visor-mounted vanity mirrors
One-touch turn signals
Steering wheel-mounted controls (cruise control, audio system, telephone, Color Multi-Information Display and available voice recognition system)
Power tilt and telescoping steering column
Power windows (all four doors) with auto-open/close, anti-pinch and key-off operation
Trip computer
Maintenance Minder™ system
Beverage holders (10 locations total)
Electronic cruise control
Ambient cabin lighting with driver and front passenger footwell lighting
Rear cargo area lighting
Simulated wood-grained interior finish with satin chrome plated trim
Aluminum threshold garnish
Front and rear door storage compartments
Seatback pockets for front seats
12-volt power outlets (front coin pocket, front center console and rear cargo area)


AVAILABLE MDX WITH TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE
Acura/ELS Studio® 501-watt Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, hard disk drive (HDD) media storage, in-dash CD, MP3, WMA, DTS Neural Surround™, AM/FM/HD Radio tuner, XM® Radio,  and Song By Voice™ (SBV)  
Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and Real-Time Traffic with freeway and new surface street traffic
AcuraLink® Next Generation services
GPS-linked, tri-zone automatic climate control system
10-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels
Blind Spot Information system (BSI)
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Smart Entry with additional access to rear doors
Rain-sensing wipers
LED Puddle lights


AVAILABLE TECHNOLOGY AND ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGES
(Includes MDX with Technology features)
Acura/ELS Studio® 529-watt Premium Audio System with 11 speakers, hard disk drive (HDD) media storage, in-dash CD, MP3, WMA, DTS Neural Surround™, AM/FM/HD Radio tuner, XM® Radio,  and Song By Voice™ (SBV)  
Rear Entertainment System (RES) with DVD player, 9-inch color WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) display, wireless headsets (x2) and remote control
115-volt outlet
Rear door-window shades
Heated rear seats


AVAILABLE ADVANCE AND ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGEs
(Includes Technology and Technology and Entertainment Packages features)
Acura/ELS Studio® 546-watt Premium Audio System with 12 speakers, hard disk drive (HDD) media storage, in-dash CD, MP3, WMA, DTS Neural Surround™, AM/FM/HD Radio tuner, XM® Radio,  and Song By Voice™ (SBV)  
Ultra-Wide Rear Entertainment System (RES) with DVD player, 16.2-inch color WVGA (1,600 x 480 pixels) display, wireless headsets (x2) and remote control
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with heads-up warning
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Ventilated front seats with HVAC system integration
 Milano leather interior (with extended coverage)
Sport-style passenger's seat with power-actuated 10-way adjustability (8-way power seat with 2-way power lumbar support)
Remote engine start with bi-directional feedback integrated into the key fob
Auto-dimming side mirror
Front seatbelts with e-pretensioner system
Chrome-plated low-profile roof rails
Enhanced NVH package
Parking Sensors (4 front/4 rear)
7-spoke 19-inch wheels with Euro Silver finish


SAFETY and SECURITY FEATURES
Next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
Impact-absorbing crumple zones (front and rear)
Side-impact door beams
Seven airbags (new driver's side knee airbag; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; front side airbags; three-row side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor)
Height-adjustable 3-point front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
Front passenger seat buckle pretensioner
3-point rear seat belts
Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) child seat mounting system for second-row seats
Child seat tether anchors for second and third row seats
4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
Trailer Stability Assist (standard on SH-AWD)
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with location and pressure indicators
Theft-deterrent security system with electronic immobilizer


2014 MDX Specifications


POWERTRAIN
Engine Type Direct-injection 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 with Earth Dreams Technology
Horsepower, SAE net 290 hp at 6,200 rpm
Torque, SAE net 267  lb-ft at 4,500 rpm
Redline 6,800 rpm
Bore and Stroke 89 x 93 mm
Displacement 3,471 cc
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Induction System Direct Injection, Drive-By-Wire throttle system, Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)
Valvetrain Intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control          (i-VTEC®), 4- valves-per-cylinder, belt-driven, single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
Engine Block Aluminum block with cast-iron cylinder liners
Cylinder Head Aluminum head with pent-roof combustion chambers and 4 valves per cylinder
Emissions Certification EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV
Ignition System Direct ignition system with knock control
Alternator / Battery 12 volt – 150 amp-hour / 12 volt – 76 amp-hour
Fuel Premium Unleaded (recommended)
Engine Layout Transversely mounted, front-engine
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive or Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
Transmission 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, Sport mode and Grade Logic Control
Gear Ratios Transmission gear ratios
First
Second
Third
Fourth
Fifth
Sixth
Reverse
Final Drive
3.359:1
2.095:1
1.485:1
1.065:1
0.754:1
0.556:1
2.269:1
4.250:1


CHASSIS
Body Type Steel unit body
Front Suspension Independent MacPherson suspension
Rear Suspension Independent multi-link suspension
Shock Absorbers Telescopic, gas-filled Amplitude Reactive Dampers (front and rear)
Stabilizer Bars (front/rear) 24 mm diameter / 25.4 x 5.0  mm (front-wheel drive), 26.5 x 4.5 (SH-AWD®)
Steering Type Motion-Adaptive electric power steering, rack-and-pinion
Steering Ratio 15.66:1
Steering Wheel Turns 3.08 turns (lock-to-lock)
Turning Circle 37.6 feet (curb-to-curb)
Wheels 18x8-inch alloy wheels (MDX);
19x8-inch alloy wheels (Technology, Technology and Entertainment, and Advance and Entertainment packages)
Tires 245/60 R18 tires (MDX); 245/55 R19 tires (Technology package and up)
Braking System 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
Front Brakes 12.6-inch (320 mm) diameter ventilated rotors
with two-piston calipers
Rear Brakes 13.0-inch (330 mm) diameter solid rotors
with single-piston calipers
Stability Control Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control System


CAPACITIES
Cooling System (total) 2.3gallons (8.2 liters)
Fuel tank 19.5 gallons (73.8 liters)
Engine Oil Change with oil filter – 5.7 quarts (5.4 liters)


EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase 111.0 in (2820 mm)
Track, front 66.3 in (1684 mm)
Track, rear 66.3 in (1684 mm)
Overall Length (without front plate) 193.6 in (4917 mm)
Overall Width 77.2 in (1962 mm)
Overall Height (without antenna) 66.7 in (1695 mm)
Ground Clearance
Unladen
Fully Laden

7.3 in
5.6 in

(185 mm)
(142 mm)


INTERIOR DIMENSIONS
Front Seats Head Room
Leg Room
Hip Room
Shoulder Room
38.1 in
41.4 in
57.5  in
61.1 in
(969 mm)
(1051 mm)
(1461 mm)
(1551 mm)
Second Row Seats Head Room
Leg Room
Leg Room (max slide)
Hip Room
Shoulder Room
38.3 in
36.6 in
38.5 in
57.8 in
59.1 in
(973 mm)
(929 mm)
(977 mm)
(1468 mm)
(1502 mm)
Third Row Seats Head Room
Leg Room
Leg Room (max slide)
Hip Room
Shoulder Room
35.6 in
28.1 in
31.6 in
40.6 in
54.7 in
(904 mm)
(713 mm)
(803 mm)
(1031 mm)
(1390 mm)
Interior Volumes Passenger volume  (cu. ft.)
Max cargo area (cu. ft.)
Max cargo 3rd row down
Max cargo 2nd row down
132.3
15.8
45.1
90.9


FUEL ECONOMY
EPA Fuel Mileage
(city/highway/combined)
20/28/23* mpg (FWD);
18/27/21*  mpg (SH-AWD)


WEIGHTS
Curb Weight (lbs) MDX

MDX with Technology

MDX with Technology and
Entertainment Packages

MDX with Advance and
Entertainment Packages
4,025 (FWD); 4,255 (SH-AWD)

4,041 (FWD); 4,270 (SH-AWD)

4,063 (FWD); 4,297 (SH-AWD)


4,103 (FWD); 4,332 (SH-AWD)
Weight Distribution  (front/rear) MDX


MDX with Technology


MDX with Technology and
Entertainment Packages

MDX with Advance and
Entertainment Packages
2,418 lbs / 1,607 lbs (FWD);
2,467 lbs / 1,788 lbs (SH-AWD)

2,425 lbs / 1,616 lbs (FWD);
2,469 lbs / 1,801 lbs (SH-AWD)

2,434 lbs / 1,629 lbs (FWD);
2,469 lbs / 1,825 lbs (SH-AWD)

2,458 lbs / 1,645 lbs (FWD);
2,504 lbs / 1,828 lbs (SH-AWD)


WARRANTY
Vehicle 4-year / 50,000-mile limited warranty
Powertrain 6-year / 70,000-mile limited warranty
Outer Body Rust-Through 5-year / unlimited-mile limited warranty
*Based on 2014 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.