Acura has stretched the MDX SUV by nearly three inches and added a front-wheel drive version for 2014, based on suggestions from current owners.

The Japanese automaker said they listened to their customers when they decided to lighten the steering by switching from a hydraulic system to an electronic one.

Owners recommended simplifying the controls, too, so Acura cut down center console buttons from 41 to nine and a touch-screen and scroll-wheel.

Other changes inside include reduced noise and vibration.

The refreshed MDX has also shed weight in several areas, and gets a new, smaller engine: a more fuel-efficient 290-horsepower 3.5-litre V6 replaces the 300-horse 3.7-litre six.

The 2014 MDX will hit North American showrooms in July 2013.