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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, Auto High-Beam, tri-zone automatic climate control and passive entry/start, as well as SiriusXM satellite radio 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), Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and a multi-view rear parking assist camera, along with seven airbags.

The Acura MDX Technology and A-Spec trim is new for 2019 which gets exclusive A-Spec front and rear bumpers, front grille finish, dual oval exhaust finishers and sport A-spec seats with Milano/Alcantara trim.

Introduction

The Acura MDX full-size crossover has aged quite well, following its freshening for the 2017 model year.Likely due for a redesign before long, the MDX carries on into 2019 with a few notable changes, again available with either a gasoline V-6 engine or a hybrid powertrain.

For the first time, the MDX can be equipped with an A-Spec sport appearance package.Enhancement of its 9-speed automatic transmission promises more fluid acceleration.New 20-inch alloy wheels are included in the Advance Package.

Officially, the MDX comes in a single form, with option groups serving as trim levels.In addition to the basic Standard model, the lineup includes Technology, Advance, Entertainment, and A-Spec versions.Acura also offers a Sport Hybrid.

Except for the Sport Hybrid, each MDX contains a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 190 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, working with a 9-speed automatic transmission.Front-drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available –standard for the A-Spec.

In the Sport Hybrid, a battery/gasoline powertrain is adapted from Acura's NSX supercar, tuned for efficiency instead of performance.A 3.0-liter V-6, rated at 257 horsepower, mates with electric motors that drive the front and rear wheels separately.Combined output totals 321 horsepower, sent to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Acura says the “Sport” prefix is deliberate, claiming that model promises a sportier experience, as well as greater fuel economy and improved traction.The Sport Hybrid's mechanical torque-vectoring system can move 100 percent of power to left or right wheels, and up to 70 percent to rear wheels when needed.

Crash-test scores impress.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the MDX a five-star rating overall and for both frontal and side impacts.Only the rollover score (a calculated figure) is four-star.

In crash-testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the MDX earned “Good” ratings for all except the small-overlap test on the passenger side, which was not rated.Frontal crash prevention was deemed “Superior.” The 2018 MDX was named a Top Safety Pick.

Acura makes a considerable amount of advanced safety technology standard, including forward collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control.The Technology package adds blind-spot monitors..

Lineup

Prices do not include $995 destination charge.

The base 2019 MDX ($44,300 with front-wheel drive, $46,300 with all-wheel drive), the entry-level model, comes with three-row seating, leather-trimmed upholstery, heated power front seats, a moonroof, keyless start, 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, three-zone climate control, eight-speaker audio, and 18-inch wheels.The dual-screen infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The MDX w/Technology Package ($49,300 with FWD, $51,300 with AWD) adds 20-inch wheels, navigation, HD radio, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, and remote start.

The MDX w/Technology/Entertainment Packages ($51,300 with FWD, $53,300 with AWD) adds a rear entertainment system with 16.2-inch drop-down widescreen, and 12-speaker audio.

The MDX w/Advance Package ($56,050 with FWD, $58,050 with AWD) includes all Technology package features plus a surround-view camera system, heated and cooled front seats, second-row captain's chairs, and 20-inch wheels.

The MDX w/Advance/Entertainment Packages ($58,050 with FWD, $60,050 with AWD) includes contents of Advanced and Entertainment groups.

The SH-AWD MDX w/Technology/A-Spec Package ($54,800) has standard Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive and includes gray 20-inch wheels, a distinct front fascia, perforated leather seating with Alcantara inserts, paddle shifters, and sport pedals.

The SH-AWD Sport Hybrid w/Technology Package ($52,800) substitutes a battery/gasoline powertrain for the regular gas engine and includes such features as lumbar adjustment, high-contrast stitching, and a power passenger seat.

The SH-AWD Sport Hybrid w/Advance Package ($59,550) has the battery/gasoline powertrain with content of Advance package..

Walkaround

Designers gave the handsome MDX an appealing assortment of curves and lines, aiming to minimize the SUV's sizable proportions.Sharp lines and a prominent diamond-patterned grille blend nicely with LED headlights, creating a relatively sporty overall appearance.

The new A-Spec package adds a batch of racing-inspired exterior appearance details and interior touches, but has no impact on performance.Included are special gray 20-inch wheels and dark chrome body trim..

Interior

Clean and functional, the MDX cabin comes across as simple rather than complex, shunning popular interior themes and offbeat color schemes.Woodgrain components are available, to spruce up the look.

Up to seven adults can fit with space to spare.Even in the base model, the seats are well-padded and comfortable.Side bolstering is sufficient for the mild-mannered ride that an MDX delivers.The Advance Package substitutes sportier seats with firmer bolstering.

Second-row seats are a pleasant surprise, providing more leg room than front riders get.The Advance Package replaces the standard 60/40-split bench with captain's chairs.Easily accessed, the third row is spacious enough for medium-sized adults.

Fit and finish excel, augmented by leather and generous sound-deadening.On the dual-screen infotainment screens, both displays have distinct functions and avoid redundancies.

Cargo space behind the third row totals 15 cubic feet, growing to 38.4 cubic feet with those seatbacks folded.Maximum volume, with all seatbacks down, reaches 68.4 cubic feet.With the third row in place, there's 15 cubic feet of cargo space.Small-item storage abounds..

Driving Impression

Passengers can anticipate a comfortable, serene ride – appropriate for a luxury SUV.Even with 20-inch wheels, ride comfort doesn't suffer.The Sport Hybrid is smoother yet, but most buyers opt for the conventional powertrain.

Handling bests some rivals, too.The suspension effectively calms all but the roughest pavement.Expect some lean in turns, but that's typical of large SUVs.

Acura's V-6 engine and 9-speed automatic work together to deliver strong, smooth acceleration, without much fuss.The V-6 is tuned to pull particularly hard at low speeds, making the MDX especially satisfying on short treks.Not everyone might appreciate the push button shifter, though.

Though solid overall, the automatic transmission can hunt for gears at times.A Sport mode can let the driver select gears, but that feature seems out of place in such a large vehicle.

Fuel economy falls around mid-pack for the large-SUV class.Front-drive models are EPA-rated at 20/27 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined.All-wheel-drive versions lose 1 mpg in each category.Acura's new A-Spec option takes those figures slightly lower yet: to 19/25 mpg City/Highway, or 21 mpg Combined.Sport Hybrid models are thriftier, EPA-rated at 26/27/27 mpg..

Summary

Packed with up-to-date technology, including welcome active-safety features, the 2019 Acura MDX scores well among family-sized crossover SUVs.A conservative choice overall, it's attractive, comfortable, and well-equipped.It's hardly the cheapest SUV of the lot, but the 2019 MDX delivers good value.

 

Driving impressions by Aaron Cole, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report..

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 matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsCarpet 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 4-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
City12.2 L/100 km
Combined10.8L/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 CollisionCollision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) mitigation
Forward CollisionCollision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) mitigation
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 HVACYes
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
Lumbar supportPower 4-way
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
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 weight1,928 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
Diameter20
Diameter18
Diameter18
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Rim TypeBlack aluminum
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Width8
Width8
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - rain sensingRain sensing
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
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Heated steering wheel
HVAC memory
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
Rain sensing wipers
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 4-way driver lumbar support
Power 4-way passenger 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

2019 Acura MDX Base (A9) 4dr SH-AWD, Barrie, Ontario

Acura of Barrie, 125 Mapleview Drive, Barrie, Ontario L4N-9H7

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