2013 NYIAS Unveiled: 2014 Acura MDX

The production model of the 2014 Acura MUX SUV made its world debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show inside the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The third generation of Acura’s best-selling vehicle is built upon a brand-new platform and is lower, lighter, more powerful, more spacious and more fuel-efficient than its predecessor.

The most noticeable change on the model is the exterior styling, which is lower and wider than the current model, with a more aggressive look. As discussed in the blog earlier this year when the prototype debuted in Detroit, the aerodynamic styling isn’t just for looks. The vehicle was actually tested in a wind tunnel at Acura’s Ohio R&D Center and features a 17-percent improvement in aerodynamics over its predecessor. The reduction in drag leads to increased performance and fuel efficiency in the 2014 MDX. The vehicle also features Acura’s distinctive Jewel Eye LED Headlights.

Fifty-five percent of the 2014 MDX is built using advanced lightweight materials that make this generation 275 pounds lighter than its predecessor, while also make it more rigid. The vehicle is also quieter thanks to the use of new noise-reduction technologies.

Under the hood, the all-new MDX boasts an all-new 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6, which produces 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. Even with all the power, the Earth Dreams Technology engine helps the vehicle achieve an EPA fuel economy rating of 18/27/21 mpg (city/highway/combined) on the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive model and 20/28/23 on the front-wheel drive model.

The reveal of the production 2014 MDX gave us our first glimpse at the interior, which includes easier third-row access and the ability to adjust the second row for more legroom. The driver seat is adjustable in 10 ways and is heated, as is the 8-way adjustable passenger seat. A new, spacious center console has room to accommodate anything from a purse to a laptop case or even a pair of iPads.

Thanks to a new ACE II body structure, Acura is expecting the all-new MDX to achieve the highest safety ratings from all safety tests, including those by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2014 MDX is expected to hit dealership showrooms in the summer. While no pricing details were released, Acura expects the all-new MDX to continue to be the brand’s best-selling vehicle.