Wednesday, April 3, 2013
2014 Acura MDX gets first front-drive, more space
Acura's 2014 MDX -- the real one, really – is uncovered at the New York auto show, replacing in your memory the "concept" version exhibited at the Detroit show in January. It's a lot like Honda, Acura's parent: Show a barely disguised version of an imminent model, call it a "concept," then show the real thing at a later show. That way the vehicle gets two media hoorahs.
The 2014 MDX goes on sale this summer. Pricing will be announced closer to on-sale date.
There is a front-wheel-drive version of the seven-passenger SUV for the first time, helps the brand meet tougher government mileage standards, and provides a lower-price model to sell.
The mpg ratings are 20 mpg in the city, 28 on the highway and 23 in city/highway mix for the front-drive model. All-wheel drive is 18/27/21.
To help reach the third row of seats, a power-assist feature folds and slides the second row seats to their most-forward position with the push of a button. And the walk-in aisle is wider for easier access. Console is big enough for two iPads, showing how up-to-date Acura is. No word on how many Kindles that equals.
Wheelbase is stretched 2.8 inches to 111 in., opening more interior space. Overall dimensions are 193.6 in. long, 77.2 in. wide, 67.6 in. tall. Power is from a 3.5-liter V-6 that Acura says is new, rated 290 horsepower and 267 pounds-feet of torque. Acura points out that the 2014 MDX was designed and developed in the U.S. and will be manufactured at Honda's Lincoln, Ala., factory.
Courtesy of USA Today