2014 Acura MDX Front-Wheel Drive HD Video Review
Most buyers who need station wagons these days buy crossovers because… well, I don’t know why. Like most auto writers, I really like wagons. Currently I own two of them. Money talks though and the station wagon is not all that popular in the US of A.
Often times, crossovers come with all-wheel drive and there’s the argument that most buyers don’t need it. Snow tires anyone? Those in the Sun Belt can do without power to all tires completely, unless they are performance junkies. But really, how many SUV owners in Arizona autocross their rigs? Just saying…
All of this leads up to the fact that Acura has made the once standard Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system optional for the first time. This makes MDX less expensive and ever so slightly more fuel-efficient for people who don’t need to get to the ski slopes or traverse muddy roads. Besides, SH-AWD is not made to compete with the trail rated systems found in Jeep Cherokee and Range Rover.
I like the MDX. A lot. If you want to read the full review or watch the SH-AWD video, click here. This video describes the front-drive version and it’s dynamics. In nutshell, I had a few friends drive it (without the knowledge that the rear wheels were only along for the ride) and none of them could tell the difference. A few- a first-gen MDX owner included- praised the superior handling dynamics of the AWD system. Cough, cough. They will remain nameless.
True, I find the styling tepid and non-committal. I’d also like to see Acura have some fun with features like panoramic glass in the roof. The company continues to be a bit too practical when it comes to pampering. But in front front-wheel drive, MDX remains tech rich, versatile and fun to drive. Just like a station wagon.