Acura has published the pricing of the new 2014 MDX. The seven-passenger luxury performance SUV is the first to be developed from the ground up using an all-new, purpose-built platform fully optimized for the needs of the potential customers.

It will hit the market in July, this year with pricing starting from $42,290 for the entry-level model and going up to $48,565 for the Entertainment Package.

The engine is a 3.5 liter V6 with 290HP (216 kW) and 362Nm (267 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The power can be put on the road eigher through FWD or an AWD system – for additional $2,000.

Standard equipment includes new audio system, blind spot monitoring, eight-inch multi-function display, 18" wheels and jewel eye LED headlights.

The Technology Package ($46,565) includes 19" alloy wheels, color TFT screen, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and rain-sensing wipers.

The Entertainment Package ($48,565) adds rear seat entertainment system, adaptive cruise control, 12-speaker ELS sound system, bespoke wheels and remote engine start.

2014 Acura MDX US, 1 of 2
2014 Acura MDX US, 2 of 2

ENGINE COMPARISON

2013 MDX SH-AWD

2014 MDX

Engine type

Aluminum-alloy V-6

Aluminum-alloy V-6

Displacement, liters

3.7

3.5

Fuel injection

Port

Direct

Valvetrain

Belt drive, SOHC, VTEC® 24-valve

Belt drive, SOHC,

i-VTEC® 24-valve

with VCM®

Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)

300 @ 6300

290 @ 6200

Torque @ rpm (lb-ft) (SAE net)

270 @ 4500

267 @ 4500

Compression ratio (:1)

11.2:1

11.5:1

Redline

6700 rpm

6800 rpm

Throttle control

Drive-by-Wire throttle system

Drive-by-Wire throttle system

Ignition

Electronic direct

Electronic direct

Transmission

6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, Grade Logic and Shift Hold Control

6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, Sport Mode, Grade Logic and Shift Hold Control

Drive type

SH-AWD

FWD, SH-AWD

EPA Fuel Economy Ratings1 (city / highway/ combined)

16/21/18

20/28/23 (FWD)

18/27/21 (SH-AWD)

Recommended fuel2

Premium unleaded 91 octane (required)

Premium unleaded 91 octane (recommended)

CARB emissions rating

ULEV-2

ULEV-2

Tune-up interval3

No scheduled tune-ups required for 100,000 +/- miles

No scheduled tune-ups required for 100,000 +/- miles

Powertrain at Glance

Engine

  • Earth Dreams Technology 3.5-liter, SOHC, V-6 engine produces peak horsepower of 290 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and peak torque of 267 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm
  • i-VTEC® (intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) for intake valves with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM®)
  • Computer-controlled Direct Injection (DI) with multi-hole fuel injectors
  • 11.5:1 compression ratio
  • High-strength steel crankshaft
  • Crossflow magnesium intake manifold
  • Drive-by-Wire throttle system
  • Direct ignition system
  • Detonation/knock control system
  • Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) provides two unique drive-by-wire profiles
  • Maintenance Minder system optimizes service intervals
  • 100,000 +/- miles tune-up interval

Emissions/Fuel Economy Ratings

  • High-flow, close-coupled next-generation precious metal catalytic converters plus under floor catalytic converter
  • High capacity 32-bit RISC processor emissions control unit
  • ULEV-2 Emissions compliant
  • 20/28/231 (city/highway/combined) mpg EPA fuel economy ratings (FWD)
  • 18/27/211 (city/highway/combined) mpg EPA fuel economy ratings (SH-AWD)

Noise & Vibration (NV)

  • 60-degree cylinder V-angle for smooth operation
  • Automatically tensioned, maintenance-free serpentine belt accessory drive
  • Active Control engine Mount (ACM)
  • Active Sound Control (ASC)

Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters

  • Straight-gate style console-mounted shifter
  • Sequential SportShift automatic transmission allows semi-manual operation
  • Steering wheel mounted racing-inspired paddle shifters
  • Sport mode with remapped, more aggressive automatic shift points and more pronounced engine braking during deceleration
  • Cooperative control between Drive-by-Wire throttle system and transmission makes for quicker, smoother shifts
  • Advanced shift-hold control limits up shifts during spirited driving
  • Grade Logic Control System reduces gear "hunting" on steep hills

Source: Acura