2017 Acura MDX SUV

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  • Wheelbase - 111.0 in (2820 mm)
  • Length - 196.2 in (4984 mm)
  • Width - 77.2 in (1962 mm)
  • Height - 67.4 in (1713 mm)
  • Front Track - 66.3 in (1684 mm)
  • Rear Track - 66.3 in (1684 mm)
  • Ground Clearance (unladen) - 7.3 in (185 mm)
  • Angle (approach/ departure/ breakover) - 14.9° / 15.2° / 17.4°
  • Curb Weight - 4001 lb (1814 kg) : MDX
  • Weight Distribution (% front / rear) - 59 / 41: Front-wheel drive
  • EPA Passenger Volume - 132.3 cu ft
  • Max. Cargo Volume (SAE) - 14.946 cu ft (15.847 cu ft) : Behind 3rd row
  • Headroom - 38.1 in (969 mm) : Front
  • Legroom - 41.4 in (1051 mm) : Front
  • Hiproom - 57.5 in (1461 mm) : Front
  • Shoulder Room - 61.1 in (1551 mm) : Front
  • Fuel Tank Capacity - 19.5 U.S. gallons (73.8 liters)
  • Maximum Seating Capacity - 7
  • Engine Type - Direct Injection V-6
  • Displacement - 3.5 liters
  • Valvetrain - 24-valve, SOHC i-VTEC®
  • Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) - 290 @ 6200
  • Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) (SAE net) - 267 @ 4700
  • Compression Ratio - 11.5:1
  • Throttle Control - Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 (city / highway/ combined) - 19 / 27 / 22: Front-wheel Drive 20 / 27 / 23: w/ Idle Stop
  • Recommended Fuel19 - Premium unleaded 91 octane
  • CARB Emissions Rating - ULEV-2
  • Tune-Up Interval3 - No scheduled tune-ups required for 100,000 +/- miles
  • Type - Front-wheel drive with available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
  • Transmission - 9-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
  • Maximum Torque Distribution Range (front:rear) - 90:10 to 30:70
  • Maximum Distribution of Available Rear-Wheel Torque (left:right) - 100:0 to 0:100
  • 1st - 4.71
  • 2nd - 2.84
  • 3rd - 1.91
  • 4th - 1.38
  • 5th - 1.00
  • 6th - 0.81
  • 7th - 0.70
  • 8th - 0.58
  • 9th - 0.48
  • Reverse - 3.83
  • Final Drive - 4.33
  • Towing Capacity - 3500 lbs. with 350-lb tongue weight*
  • Suspension - 4-wheel independent MacPherson strut front / multi-link rear
  • Front Stabilizer Bar - 24.0 mm: Front-wheel drive
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar - 25.4 mm: Front-wheel drive
  • Steering - Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)
  • Turning Diameter, Curb to Curb - 38.7 ft
  • Front Disc Brakes - 12.6" ventilated
  • Rear Disc Brakes - 13.0" solid
  • Braking Systems - 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Wheels - 18" x 8J" aluminum-alloy
  • Tires - 245/60 R18 105H high-performance all-season
  • Vehicle16 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
  • Powertrain16 - 6-year/70,000-mile limited warranty
  • Outer body rust-through - 5-year/unlimited-mile limited warranty
  • Acura Genuine Accessories17 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
  • Engine - 290-hp, 3.5 liter, 24-valve, SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®)
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 - 19 / 27 / 22 Front-Wheel Drive; 18 / 26 / 21 SH-AWD
  • Transmission - 9-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control
  • Drivetrain - Front-wheel drive or available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
  • Seating - Sport seats with leather-trimmed interior and 7-passenger seating
  • Climate control - Tri-zone automatic climate control with humidity control and air filtration
  • AcuraWatch - Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation
  • Audio - Acura Premium Audio System with 8 speakers, USB7 Audio Interface & iPod®8 integration and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio4, Aha and Pandora®45 compatibility
  • Visibility - Multi-view rear camera50 with dynamic guidelines
  • Cellular Interface - Bluetooth®11 HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface and streaming audio
  • Access - Remote-linked power-operated tailgate
  • Acura Navigation System - Acura Navigation System10 with 3D view and HD Digital Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting™57
  • Audio - Acura/ELS Studio®32 Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, Song By Voice® and HD Radio®
  • Voice Recognition System - For navigation, audio, climate control and Bluetooth®11 HandsFreeLink® systems
  • Telematics - AcuraLink® The Next Generation70
  • Exterior - 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers and LED puddle lights
  • Cabin - Color Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn guidance
  • Visibility - Blind spot information (BSI) system, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Access - Remote engine start with vehicle feedback, Rear doors Smart Key entry
  • Entertainment - Acura DVD Rear Entertainment System with 9-inch full VGA screen. With Advance Package: DVD Rear Entertainment System with 16.2-inch ultrawide full VGA screen and HDMI compatibility
  • Audio - 11th-speaker added to the Acura/ELS Studio®32 Premium Audio System
  • Seating - Heated 2nd-row outboard seats
  • Convenience - Front center console 110-volt power outlet, 2nd-row side sunshades
  • Includes Technology Package
  • Engine - Idle Stop
  • EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 - 20 / 27 / 23 Front-Wheel Drive; 19 / 26 / 22 SH-AWD
  • Interior - Sport seats with perforated Milano premium leather-trimmed interior, Heated and ventilated front seats, Heated 2nd-row outboard seats and front passenger’s power-lumbar support
  • Exterior - Exclusive 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, roof rails
  • Convenience - Remote engine start with vehicle feedback, 2nd-row side sunshades
  • Visibility - Auto dimming side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors


  Price Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
MDX 2017 Acura MDX SUV MDX Search New Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  19 / 27  
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MDX with Technology Package
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  19 / 27  
MDX SH-AWD with Technology Package
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  18 / 26  
MDX with Technology and Entertainment Packages
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  19 / 27  
MDX SH-AWD with Technology and Entertainment Packages
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  18 / 26  
MDX with Advance Package
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 27  
MDX SH-AWD with Advance Package
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  19 / 26  
MDX with Advance and Entertainment Packages
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 27  
MDX SH-AWD with Advance and Entertainment Packages
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Please Call   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  19 / 26  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

The direct-injection V6 uses Honda’s i-VTEC variable valvetrain with two-stage Variable Cylinder Management that stops the fuel to three cylinders when the car is cruising. This engine was developed from Acura’s successful endurance racing engine, a 60-degree aluminum V6, single overhead cam with 24 valves. It makes 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.

However the nine-speed automatic transmission that was new for 2016 doesn’t provide the seamless shifts of the previous transmission. Most of the time it’s smooth enough, but it sometimes gets confused by all those gears, and hesitates; it’s like there are just too many choices for the computer program. One nice feature is that it automatically shifts into Park when you turn off the engine.

There’s a selector on the center console that switches the shift mapping between Drive and Sport. In Drive mode, the transmission does all the shifting automatically. Pressing the D/S switch changes it to Sport mode. Using the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel when in Sport mode generates quick throttle-blip downshifts or upshifts. 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.

The Sport setting 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, so there’s no price to pay for the good handling.

But it’s really all about the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system, we think. It not only provides excellent all-weather traction, it makes a difference on dry roads. It’s almost amazing that it’s been in Acura vehicles for more than a decade, still one of the few mechanical torque vectoring systems on the market.

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.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

The facelift on the 2017 MDX improves its looks. The diamond pentagon grille comes from the Precision concept car that got a positive reaction at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. There are also freshly sculpted front fenders, a new hood, and jewel-like headlamps, with available LED foglamps. But Acura can keep the chrome rocker panels and additional body trim.

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 Overview

New Car Test Drive

The sloping and tiered dashboard sort of mimics the grille, leading into a V-shaped centerstack. It’s neither opulent nor glitzy, but its design works better than its function. Well, we say it’s not glitzy, but its chrome surround sometimes reflects sunlight into the driver’s eyes.

However, the center console itself gets kudos for function: deep bin, tray for cellphone, another larger tray with sliding woodgrain top, traction strips for things so they don’t slide around, conveniently located cupholders, and another small bin for keys, with power outlet.

The infotainment interface called AcuraLink leaves much to be desired, although its add-on features make commuting easier. There’s traffic info, vehicle messaging, and integrated Aha and Pandora entertainment. A Connect Package adds Assist Services, Map Services, and MyVehicle (remote vehicle services and diagnostics). Full-on concierge services are available with a Premium Package.

The push-button transmission shifter is brilliant. Besides freeing up space on the console, it’s easy to use with its distinct buttons.

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. An easier way is going for the optional captain’s chairs.

Getting to the third row is difficult, so leave it for the kids. And, 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.


New Car Test Drive

The Acura MDX is pricey but has all the right stuff, starting with the sophisticated V6 and excellent all-wheel-drive handling. But not everything is right. The hesitating and sometimes snatchy nine-speed automatic transmission appears to be too ambitious.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

Acura MDX with front-wheel drive ($43,950) is equipped with leather, eight-speaker audio system with satellite radio (upgraded for 2017), 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. Also a package of safety gear that includes forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

MDX SH-AWD ($45,950) adds Super Handling All Wheel Drive. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

The Technology Package adds navigation, blind-spot monitors, front and rear parking sensors, remote start and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Advance Package adds Stop/Start, roof rails, and Milano premium perforated leather upholstery with ventilated front seats. Entertainment adds a DVD player, a 150-watt AC inverter, heated second-row seats, and second-row window shades.

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**Based on current year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.