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2014 Acura MDX OVERVIEW
The third-generation MDX is a midsize definition of family luxury for the Acura brand. The seven-passenger vehicle uses a 3.5-liter engine that produces 290 horsepower, and is offered in both two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The two-wheel drive has earned an EPA rating 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Acura’s super-handling all-wheel drive system is also available on all models, but drops EPA ratings to 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
What's New for 2014
It’s a whole new MDX from top to bottom, from a new platform to a new 3.5-liter engine.
Choosing Your Acura MDX
Standard features includes LED headlights, keyless access with push button start, sliding second-row seating, eight-inch touchscreen, expanded drivers view mirror, a 432-watt Acura sound system, and an acoustic glass front windows and windshield.
Base prices range from $42,290 for a front-wheel drive MDX in base trim to $56,505 for a fully-loaded all-wheel drive variant. Aside from all-wheel drive, which you should only choose if you need it, we recommend buying as much MDX as your budget allows.
Optional Accessories can be ordered as standalone features such as a heated steering wheel, LED fog lights and a Trailer Hitch ATF Cooler Kit that is capable of towing up 5000 pounds.