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Excellent handling, high safety scores, loads of optional high-tech toys, powerful engine with decent fuel economy, relatively large third-row seat for a midsize luxury SUV.
- Edmunds.com
We're anxious to see if the MDX's measurables have improved with the new transmission and suspension, and it seems Acura has taken one of our favorite luxury SUVs and made it incrementally better.
- Car and Driver

The Acura MDX offers luxury, outstanding V6 power, standard three-row seating and Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.

The MDX is offered in either front- or all-wheel drive configurations. Power is supplied by a 290-hp 3.5-liter direct fuel injected V6 engine, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters; an Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) and Agile Handling Assist enhance ride and handling characteristics. Every MDX is outfitted with a power moonroof, power tailgate, 18- or 20-inch aluminum wheels and Jewel Eye LED headlights; interior comforts include heated front seats, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control and passive entry/start, as well as satellite radio, 4 USB ports, and the AcuraLink system with Bluetooth wireless connectivity/audio streaming and smartphone integration. Additional trim-dependent amenities include a voice-activated navigation system, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a DVD rear entertainment system. Standard safety-enhancing features include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and a multi-view rear parking assist camera, along with seven airbags.

The Acura MDX gains standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for 2018.

Introduction

Acura MDX is a roomy, midsize near-luxury crossover, enjoyable to drive, with sharp handling.MDX offers three rows to seat up to seven.It comes with a strong V6 or an even quicker hybrid powertrain.Opting for Super Handling All Wheel Drive improves stability and handling in dry and slippery conditions.

For 2018, Acura MDX gets a new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with a faster response time and simpler menus and commands on the dual-screen interface.There are also two new colors for 2018: Basque Red and San Marino Red.The current, third generation model was introduced for the 2014 model year.It was revised for 2017 with fresh styling, better ride and handling, and more safety features.

The standard engine is a strong and smooth 3.5-liter V6 with direct injection making 290 horsepower and comes with a paddle-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission.MDX comes standard with front-wheel drive.

Super Handling All Wheel Drive transfers power front-to-back and side-to-side as needed, sending more power to the outside wheels in a curve, called torque vectoring.SH-AWD has been in Acura vehicles for more than a decade, and is still one of the few mechanical torque vectoring systems on the market.It works very well, stabilizing the car while making best use of available grip.

The MDX Sport Hybrid model uses a 3.0-liter V6 and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission mated to a three-motor system with one motor at the transmission and two for the rear wheels; the hybrid system was largely borrowed from the Acura NSX supercar and RLX sedan.It makes a total of 321 horsepower, and rates 25 miles per gallon EPA Combined.The Sport Hybrid includes SH-AWD, although the system is mechanically different from that in the non hybrid.

The standard 3.5-liter engine is EPA-rated at 21 mpg Combined, with SH-AWD, on Premium fuel.With the optional Stop/Start feature, which comes in a package, it gets 1 mpg more, though that feature can be annoying.It also uses two-stage Variable Cylinder Management that stops the fuel to three cylinders when the car is cruising.Despite all this technology, it still only gets 21 mpg Combined with all-wheel drive.

MDX is rated to tow up to 3500 pounds.

The MDX earns Top Safety Pick Plus from IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), as well as five stars overall from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), including five stars in front and side crash test, four stars in rollover.

Safety equipment includes the AcuraWatch suite with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, road departure mitigation, and an adaptive cruise-control system with low-speed follow.A multi-view rear camera is also standard, while blind-spot monitors, surround-view cameras, and front and rear parking sensors are optional.

Lineup

Acura MDX ($44,200) is equipped with leather, eight-speaker audio system with satellite radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, four fast-charging USB ports, 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, automatic headlamps, multi-view rearview camera, heated front seats, folding second-row seats, power tilt/telescope steering, steering-wheel audio and phone controls, and 12-volt power outlets in the center console and front armrest.Front-wheel drive is standard.

SH-AWD is extra ($2000).

The Technology Package ($4,400) adds navigation, blind-spot monitors, front and rear parking sensors, remote start and 19-inch alloy wheels.The Advance Package ($6,050) adds Stop/Start, roof rails, and Milano premium perforated leather upholstery with ventilated front seats.The Entertainment Package ($2,000) adds a DVD player, a 150-watt AC inverter, heated second-row seats, and second-row window shades.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

The Sport Hybrid adds $2,000 to an MDX SH-AWD.

Walkaround

The diamond pentagon grille comes from the Precision concept car that got a positive reaction at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.The facelift for 2017 included sculpted front fenders, a new hood, and jewel-like headlamps, with available LED foglamps.

We find the chrome rocker panels and body trim tarnish the styling.

The profile seems less upright than some SUV rivals, with its chiseled front end, tapered roofline, and the smooth rear end.Ironically, while the smaller Acura RDX crossover looks larger than it is, the Acura MDX looks smaller than it is.

Interior

The sloping and tiered dashboard sort of mimics the grille, as it leads into a V-shaped centerstack that doesn't try to be opulent, but again the chrome trim gets in the way of things, sometimes reflecting into the driver's eyes.

The center console offers a whole lot of function, with a deep bin, tray for cellphone, another larger tray with sliding woodgrain top, traction strips so things don't slide around, conveniently located cupholders, and another small bin for keys, with power outlet.

The front seats are plush and supportive, with low side bolsters that make sliding in and out easy.The driver's seat slides back automatically when the door is opened.

The MDX is roomy for its class.The second row slides six inches fore and aft, giving either second- or third-row passengers more legroom (but not both).It's split 60/40 and folds almost flat, although there are a lot of gaps and holes, not good for dogs.A small illuminated button at each side of the second row moves the seat to enable reaching the third row.

The optional captain's chairs are the best way to reach the third row.Without them, getting back there is for kids.And once back there, the high floor level puts your knees at your chin, if you're an adult or tall kid.

The third row folds perfectly flat by pulling a lever; the headrests flip forward, and can stay with the seats rather than having to be removed, a good safety feature because they won't be missing when needed.

With both seats folded, the cargo space reveals an underfloor storage area with room for a laptop, camera bag, or more shoes.It has a lid that can be moved out of the way.

The cabin is very quiet and vibration-free, thanks to an active noise-cancellation system, an active engine mount system, acoustic glass in the windshield and windows, and heaps of insulation elsewhere.

Driving Impression

The direct-injection V6 with Honda's i-VTEC variable valvetrain is single overhead cam with four valves per cylinder rated 290 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 4500 rpm.It's a smooth, refined engine, with acceleration whenever you need it, and it stays smooth to redline 6700 rpm.

The nine-speed automatic transmission is smooth most of the time, but sometimes it seems to get confused by so many choices, and hesitates.That's in Drive mode, when the transmission does all the shifting automatically.But there's a selector on the center console that switches the shift mapping between Drive and Sport.In Sport mode, and using the paddles to shift, you get quick upshifts or throttle-blip downshifts.The Sport mode works like a true manual mode because the transmission will actually let you hold onto gears all the way to redline, or all the way down to where you're starting to lug the engine.

However the push-button shifter on the console is brilliant; it frees up space on the console, and is easy to use with its distinct buttons.One nice feature is that the transmission automatically shifts into Park when you turn off the engine.

The MDX also uses what Acura calls IDS, for Integrated Dynamics System, with Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus modes.The Sport mode quickens steering response, while the Comfort setting brings a lighter steering feel.The steering doesn't send a lot of feedback to the driver, but the MDX feels capable and coordinated when driven near the limit.Actually, its handling is admirable for a vehicle this size; it's as close to nimble and responsive as you can get in a seven-seat vehicle.It's a very easy car to drive.

Special shock absorbers smooth the ride over rough pavement, even with the 20-inch wheels on the Technology and Advance packages.There's just a bit of body lean in the corners.

The Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system not only provides excellent all-weather traction, it makes a difference on dry roads.The system can vary front-wheel torque distribution from 90 percent down to 30 percent (that's 70 percent to the rear), or up to 100 percent to either the left or right wheels.That greatly improves stability when driving in winter, especially when patches of snow and ice are mixed with patches of wet pavement, or when the left wheels are on ice and the right wheels are on dry pavement.

Summary

The Acura MDX brings great handling, a smooth ride, and a fine engine.It isn't the cheapest SUV, it's not great on fuel mileage, and it needs premium gas.Nine-speed automatic sometimes hesitates.With optional captain's chairs, it seats six.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Rear air conditioningWith separate controls
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Audio security systemYes
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers8
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Leather
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matVinyl/rubber
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Dash trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Door trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Reading lightsFront and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet3
12V DC power outlet3
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlAdaptive cruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, windows, sunroof/convertible roof, remote engine start
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power Activated Trunk/HatchPower liftgate
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRoll-up
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Storage OrganizerYes
Transmission controls on steering wheelGear shift controls
Transmission controls on steering wheelGear shift controls
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Dimensions
3rd Row Head Room904 mm
3rd Row Hip Room1,031 mm
3rd Row Leg Room713 mm
3rd Row Shoulder Room1,390 mm
Angle of Approach14.9 degrees
Angle of Departure19.4 degrees
Front Head Room969 mm
Front Hip Room1,461 mm
Front Leg Room1,051 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,551 mm
Front track1,684 mm
Overall height1,713 mm
Overall Length4,984 mm
Overall Width1,975 mm
Rear Head Room973 mm
Rear Hip Room1,469 mm
Rear Leg Room929 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,502 mm
Rear track1,684 mm
Wheelbase2,820 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typePower liftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
Drivetrain
4WD TypeAutomatic full-time
Axle ratio4.33
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Limited slip differentialElectro-mechanical
Locking HubsPermanent
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio11.50 : 1
Cylinder DeactivationYes
Cylinders6
Displacement212 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Horse Power290 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM6,200 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,700 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size3.5 L
Torque363 Nm
Total Valves24
TypePremium unleaded
Valve GearSOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-ULEV125
Exterior Features
BodysideBody-coloured
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Rear spoilerLip
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City12.6 L/100 km
Combined11.0L/100 km
Highway9.0 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsAll-wheel drive
Engine Size3.5 L
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA9
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Third row headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-dash
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Forward CollisionMitigation
Forward CollisionMitigation
Lane Departure WarningActive
Lane Departure WarningActive
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Trip computerTrip computer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlight cleanersWasher
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Memorized Settings
includes door mirror(s)Yes
includes steering wheelYes
Number of drivers2
seat memoryDriver
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote w/tilt down
Reverse tilt mirrorsDual mirrors
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height adjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power adjustments8
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
Rear heatWith separate controls
RecliningManual
TypeSplit-bench
Roof
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
Remote sunroof/convertible roof operationRemote sunroof operation
Roof rackRails only
Roof rackYes
SunroofExpress open/close glass
SunroofExpress open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity7
Total Seating Capacity7
UpholsteryLeather
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth HandsFreeLink
Third Row Seat
FoldingManual
Type50-50
Tires
Diameter18.0"
PrefixP
Profile60
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
Width245 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Trailer hitchTrailer hitch
Trailer Sway ControlTrailer sway control
Trailer Sway ControlTrailer sway control
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds9
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxiliary transmission coolerRegular duty
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Running boardsYes
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance80,000 km
basic months48 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months48 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place447 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,230 L
Curb weight1,915 kg
EPA interior volume3,758 L
Fuel Capacity74 L
Gross vehicle weight2,575 kg
Ground clearance142 mm
Max cargo capacity2,575 L
Towing Capacity1,588 kg
Towing Capacity1,588 kg
Towing Capacity2,268 kg
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter18
Diameter20
Rim TypeBlack aluminum
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Width8
Width8
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - speed sensitiveSpeed sensitive
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Remote window operationYes
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bodyside mouldings
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Power liftgate
Roof rack
Spoiler
Trailer hitch receiver
Trailer sway control
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto tilt-away steering wheel
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Distance pacing cruise control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry
Memory seat
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear air conditioning
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Steering wheel memory
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Trunk/hatch auto-latch
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Auto high-beam headlights
Compass
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Headlight cleaning
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Speed sensitive wipers
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Cylinder deactivation
Limited slip differential
Mode select transmission
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Leather upholstery
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
Acura CA Customer Incentive Dollars
MDX
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Customer Incentive Dollars
MDX
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Customer Incentive Dollars
MDX Base (YD4H2JJNX)
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Acura CA New Standard Retail - Special Rate
All SUVs
4.64% 4.64% 4.64% 4.64% 4.89% 5.39% Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA New Standard Retail - Special Winter Standard Finance Rate
All SUVs
5.39% 5.39% 5.39% 5.39% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA New Standard Retail - Special Standard Rate
All SUVs
6.39% 6.39% 6.39% 6.39% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Subvented Finance Rates
MDX
1.9% 2.9% 2.9% 3.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Subvented Finance Rates
MDX
1.9% 2.9% 2.9% 3.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Subvented Finance Rates
MDX
1.9% 2.9% 2.9% 3.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Acura CA New Standard Lease - Special Rate
All SUVs
5.89% 5.89% 5.89% 5.89% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Special Lease Rates
MDX
0.9% 2.9% 2.9% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Special Lease Rates
MDX
0.9% 1.9% 2.9% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Special Lease Rates
MDX Base (YD4H2JJNX)
0.9% 1.9% 2.9% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Acura CA Lease Residuals
MDX Base (YD4H2JJNX)
62% 53% 45% 36% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

2018 Acura MDX Base 4dr SH-AWD, Barrie, Ontario

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