A friend of mine has started his car shopping adventure so I tagged along to the Acura dealership - this way I can inxpect the cars and sit in a test drive with the salesman focusing on him and not me. The place was packed with people looking at and buying the 2014 MDX. Acura really needs to figure out their success formula with CUVs and apply it to their sedans.
1st off we drove a 2013 TL FWD Advance: overall a very nice car but I was surprised about how cheap some of the interior materials were even compared to my 2004 TSX - most notable was the door pull. The metal trim with the pattern did not really appeal to me either.
Next we drove the 2014 RLX Tech: this car's interior was more impressive than the pictures online have lead me to believe. The car had a lot of pep & the engine had a very nice acceleration sound. The attention to detail was remarkable (especially after the TL), there were little things that some people would miss but really impressed me, like the interior of the door pockets had felt(?) lining. The gauges also had a 3-D type depth that made them look much more interesting than in pictures.
I was a bit disappointed that the arrow on the new navi screen is no longer the Acura logo - t'is now just a regular arrow. The seats were the standard Acura design - I wonder why only the MDX gets a different style? The 1 big downside was whatever the smell was (it does not have the typical new car smell) gave me a headache & made my nauseated.
Based upon this somewhat limited experience, I am definitely considering the RLX over the TL but I am still waiting for the SH-SH-AWD to come out before I start car shopping for real real; will test out the MDX next time. I also went by the Lexus dealership to checkout the new IS, GS & ES: they are still on my long list for now but the IS looked just as awkward in real-life as it did online.