2014 Acura MDX vs. Its Competition

2014 Acura MDX
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The BMW X5 is heading into its third generation as well for 2014; it's also getting a bit more carlike in appearance, and we expect it to drive less like an SUV and more like a sport wagon than it used to be.

Unlike the MDX, which is only offered with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive, the X5 can be had with three different engines, and with a wide range of interior trims and appearance packages.

There's even an xDrive35d diesel model.

The Lexus RX 350 has been the best-seller in this segment, but it's simply not as much fun to drive.

With the tremendous improvement in the MDX's refinement for 2014, the Lexus is no longer a step ahead in cabin quiet and refinement, so with the Acura's more exciting driving experience and three rows of seating, we don't see much reason to go with the RX.

The Lincoln MKT is a compelling three-row vehicle with a great interior design, although you'll need to do a reality check on whether the Lincoln badge and a somewhat conservative, wagon-like shape does it for you.

Finally, the Buick Enclave is, surprisingly, one of the better sellers in this class, and while it drives in a deliberate, heavy way compared to the MDX, it has a nice ride and a well-appointed interior, as well as a very long list of features for a little less money in all.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 Acura MDX is more focused than ever on its mission of keeping the entire family comfortable, content, and entertained—and yes, that still includes the driver.
The 2014 BMW X5 lightens up its look and its act with a warmer cabin, lots of techno handling tricks, and standout safety gear.
The 2014 Buick Enclave impresses with plus-sized chic--and it's one of the safest family crossovers you can buy.
While the 2014 Lexus RX may not be over-the-top luxurious, it's a plush, lavish crossover that delivers the right premium impression.
The provocative Lincoln MKT has undeniable charm--a fantastic cabin, great infotainment features, and paddle-shifted EcoBoost power--but you have to buy into the look.
The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is one of the most engaging large crossovers from the driver's seat; but the CX-9 is no standout for efficiency, like the brand's newer cars.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
FWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door sDrive35iFWD 4-Door ConvenienceFWD 4-Door4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWDFWD 4-Door Sport
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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