In the MDX, fuel economy is not sacrificed in the pursuit of power: 2WD models with Idle Stop get an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway**—more closely resembling the gas mileage of a car than an SUV.
Impressive fuel economy is paired with equally impressive power onboard the Acura MDX. Each MDX model is powered by a 3.5L SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine that delivers 290 hp and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. The MDX can also tow up to 5,000 pounds—plenty of muscle for boats, trailers, and more.
Enjoy the sensation of superior control when you’re at the helm of the Acura MDX. A 9-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters comes standard, featuring intuitive, one-touch gear activation and even the option of full manual control.
Available for the Acura MDX trims is the hydraulically controlled Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system. A deft mix of high-performance control and all-weather enhancement is delivered as the SH-AWD system continuously directs engine power to match the vehicle’s weight distribution, traction, and other driving factors and conditions.
An Agile Handling Assist system comes standard onboard the Acura MDX, leveraging the attributes of Vehicle Stability Assist to even further bolster handling ability. Agile Handling Assist employs active braking, typically on an inside wheel, to help the MDX take curves deftly and smoothly.
Drivers can select the feel of the MDX’s responsiveness via an Integrated Dynamics System, which comes standard. This system is operated by a button located near the gear shifter and can be changed among three settings: “Normal,” “Sport,” and “Comfort.”
Available for the MDX is a Surround View Camera System, which employs four exterior cameras that, together, deliver 360-degree views. This system helps drivers park, navigate, and otherwise operate the MDX more safely and precisely.
The front end of an Acura is distinctive, and it’s due in part to these headlights. A set of reflectors catches the light whether the lights are on or off, glimmering like jewels; when the LED lights are on, those reflectors brightly illuminate the road ahead with a light whiter than traditional headlights.
The 2017 MDX showcases Acura’s brand-new diamond pentagon grille. This exquisite feature brings a new level of chic to the MDX exterior, creating an effect that draws the eye right to the vehicle’s front in an impactful way.
An ELS Studio Premium Audio System comes standard in all but the base model, delivering exceptional sound quality through 10 speakers. Access music and other programming through a USB audio interface, Bluetooth, Aha, Pandora, HD radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, and more.
Whether you’re heading out on a business trip or taking the kids to Little League, the MDX serves up the space you need to take along luggage, gear, and anything that needs to be transported. Utilize up to an incredible 90.9 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded, conveniently accessed via a 50/50-split third row, a 60/40-split second row or available second-row folding captain’s chairs, and a standard remote-linked power tailgate.
The Acura MDX maintains a calm, quiet interior atmosphere with the help of Active Sound Control. This feature operates through the MDX’s stereo speakers to deliver a reverse-phase sound profile that combats unwanted noise.
Pick a different climate setting for the rear of the vehicle than for the driver and front passenger, then let the MDX handle the rest. Temperature and airflow needs are accounted for automatically with the MDX’s standard tri-zone climate control, keeping everyone comfy on the daily ride to school or the family road trip.
An On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) comes standard in the Acura MDX, housing a variety of functions that can be controlled through one intuitive touchscreen. Access audio, phone features, navigation, and more—all in one convenient place.
Siri Eyes Free comes standard onboard the MDX, enabling drivers to access iPhone functions while staying safely focused on the road. An integrated SMS text message and e-mail function also comes standard.
Among its outstanding safety components, the MDX features next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. This vehicle construction boosts passenger protection in the event of a crash and also improves the vehicle’s handling of an accident. ACE body structure utilizes various connected structural components that help distribute collision energy more evenly across the vehicle’s front and even to other vehicles involved in the crash.
Adaptive Cruise Control with low-speed follow further comes standard onboard the MDX. Once the driver has input a desired speed and following distance, the system goes to work to maintain that distance between the MDX and the vehicle ahead of it, controlling speed and also braking as needed.
A Collision Mitigation Braking System comes standard on the Acura MDX, using a radar system and a forward camera to monitor for hazards. If an impending collision is detected, the system employs braking power to help reduce the impact of the crash or even avoid it altogether.
The MDX also features a standard Lane Keeping Assist System, which uses a camera to identify lane markings. If the car begins to leave its lane without the turn signal being activated, the system will gently apply steering power to guide the vehicle back to the center of its designated lane.
A Road Departure Mitigation system also comes standard, helping keep the Acura MDX safely on the road. This system can detect objects like cars or trees that are evidence of areas outside of the road boundaries. If the system detects that the MDX is about to leave the roadway, visual alerts are delivered and an active steering function can automatically apply braking power, if needed.
A Blind Spot Information System comes standard in all but the base model, assisting drivers as they change lanes. If another vehicle is detected in the MDX’s alert zone, a warning is issued. Elements are put in place to prevent the system from giving false alarms, such as in parking lots when the MDX is passing parked vehicles.