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The MDX draws both power and efficiency from a 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower V-6 engine that features Direct Gas Injection, Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) and the Acura i-VTEC® system.
No longer are the terms "fuel efficiency" and "SUV" on opposite sides of the road. The EPA Fuel Economy Ratings2 of 19 city, 27 highway and 22 combined (Front-wheel drive without Idle Stop) are largely unheard of for a luxury 3-row SUV. Acura pulled out all the stops to make the MDX as efficient as possible.
The 9-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters is extraordinarily smooth, just like the 3.5-liter V-6 to which it's partnered. In automatic mode, the MDX driver can choose between economical or sport shifting. Paddle shifters put full manual control right at your fingertips.
Acura has handling and cornering down to a science with a new hydraulically-controlled iteration of its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system. This sophisticated system is designed to enhance high-performance dry-road handling while providing the same all-weather advantages of conventional all-wheel drive. By continuously directing engine power to match weight distribution, available traction, and other conditions, SH-AWD provides seamless power transitions and supreme agility. The feel of such enhanced high-performance cornering is one that simply can't be matched by front, rear or conventional all-wheel drive systems.
Comfort and control were top of mind when Acura developed the MDX suspension system. Both driver and passenger want to be comfortable, but the driver also needs to feel in control. To achieve this dynamic, the rear multi-link suspension has been completely redesigned, while the front suspension has been enhanced in several ways.
The Electronic Power Steering system has been finely tuned to enhance the driver-vehicle connection. And with the standard Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), you can even choose the type of steering you would like to experience during each drive.
The Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) enables you to choose the feel of the dynamic responses within your vehicle. With a button located by the shifter, you can change from the "Normal" setting to "Sport" to increase steering feel and quicken throttle response. On Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) models, the system more aggressively distributes power to the outside wheels in a curve.
Precision handling is enhanced with the Agile Handling Assist® system. Agile Handling Assist® uses the components of the Vehicle Stability Assist™
(VSA®)12system to further improve handling. While VSA® brakes individual wheels to avoid oversteer or understeer, Agile Handing Assist® uses active braking- usually on an inside wheel-to help you smoothly and easily trace the desired line through a curve.
The MDX brake system is engineered to match the sophistication of the engine and suspension systems with effective and easily controlled braking in dry, wet and icy conditions. It is also tuned to provide the precise modulation necessary for the utmost confidence during spirited driving.
Less weight, more rigidity and improved impact viability. These were the three primary goals set by Acura engineers when designing this MDX chassis. To accomplish those goals, they broke new ground-from the materials used for the lighter frame to the way it's built.
From the engine to the suspension to the body structure and during every stage from design through development, every designer and engineer was tasked with making this newest MDX design a quiet and comfortable companion on the highway. Even the wheels were specifically designed to reduce road noise.
All MDX models include a rearview camera50 that automatically produces a display in the center screen when "Reverse" is engaged. There are three separate views, allowing you to select the one that best serves your situation. You can change the views by pressing the center panel's "Enter" control.
No matter how tight the spot you can always emerge from the MDX with it perfectly parked thanks to the Advance Package's Surround View Camera System. Four exterior cameras together give you a 360 view of the space immediately around the car through the navigation display. A camera button among the nav display controls or an even more conveniently located button on the end of the turn signal lever changes camera views.
All MDX models are equipped with Jewel Eye® LED headlights, which include automatic high-beam activation. In addition to giving the MDX an elegant appearance, the five LEDs on each side provide a whiter, brighter beam, use less energy and last significantly longer than HID or halogen headlights.
Whether backing out of a parking space in a busy lot or on a street, the MDX has your back. It can warn you of approaching vehicles you may not be able to see if large vehicles are parked beside you.
The Advance Package includes parking sensors for both the front and rear.
The MDX can be equipped with a blind spot information (BSI) system that assists you when making lane changes.
Despite the handsome design of the MDX key, it's rarely necessary to remove it from your pocket or purse.
Wipers are generally taken for granted on all automobiles but the MDX wipers were given some unexpected sophistication.
On models with the Technology Package, the MDX engine can be started remotely so that the engine is warmed up and the cabin is either heated or cooled appropriately by the time you arrive.
Luxury lives within each meticulous detail inside the MDX. Both front seats feature pronounced side bolsters that provide lateral support for cornering and plenty of comfort for long drives.
Even the outboard second-row positions of the 2nd row bench seat closely mimic the front seats with comfortable contoured shapes and pronounced side bolsters to help hold passengers in place.
All-new for 2017, the available second-row captain's chairs invite 2nd row passengers to experience the luxury of front-row seating. Each seat is ergonomically crafted with comfort in mind, keeping riders supported during every curve.
Mix it up. With the flexibility of a 60/40 split 2nd-row and 50/50 split 3rd-row seatbacks, the MDX easily adapts to a variety of passenger and cargo combinations.
Press a button on the key fob, and the tailgate will automatically open for you. When you're finished loading or unloading, just press the button again to power down and latch the tailgate.
There are four separate storage areas within reach of the driver and passengers with plenty of space for their travel accoutrements including a unique center console that features a combination of large and small compartments.
To maximize comfort for all passengers, the MDX features a tri-zone automatic climate control system that allows the driver, front passenger and rear passengers to adjust their own temperature and airflow settings.
When the climate control is in automatic mode and direct sunlight is warming one side of the cabin, the system will automatically adjust to compensate for the heat gain. The system will track the sun's position to continually maintain the set zone temperatures, as needed.
The MDX instrument panel is an experience in itself. Beginning at the front door panels, then sweeping across the curves of the signature Acura dual-cove instrument panel, the dashboard surrounds the driver and front passenger in luxury. Metallic accents provide just the right level of contrast.
Leading the way in audio and information technology has its advantages, and its challenges. As the number of features continued to increase, Acura designers foresaw a very crowded center panel. So they designed an intuitive touch screen called On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™) to house all the controls you need at any given time. As a result, what could have been more than 41 buttons has been simplified to nine.
The voice recognition feature that accompanies the Acura Navigation System10 is the latest edition of the system that Acura has been offering and refining for over a decade.
The Bluetooth®11 HandsFreeLink® system works with many Bluetooth®-enabled cell phones to let you receive and initiate phone calls through the MDX audio system without ever taking your hands off the wheel.
Handheld texting while driving is illegal in most states and highly dangerous in all. The integrated SMS text message and email function44 enables you to respond to incoming text messages while following the law and helping minimize the potential for driver distraction. Drivers with paired, Siri-equipped iPhones®8 can also use voice-command to perform these (and other) functions. When driving with a paired, activated, SMS-compatible phone, the system will notify you of an incoming text message.
The MDX's HomeLink® system lets you operate up to three remote controlled garages or gates or other devices with buttons integrated into the interior design.
Setting the cruise control during your urban commute? Acura technology makes it possible. As with a conventional system, the available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow53 system allows you to set a desired speed but also maintain a desired interval from the car ahead so you enjoy the benefits of cruise control in light traffic.
The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)59 uses a camera50 that can identify lane divisions and works proactively to keep the vehicle within a detected lane.
Audio & Navigation
Experience clear, dynamic sound with the easy-to-operate standard MDX Acura Premium audio system. The system is operated by the center touch screen (ODMD™) offering direct access to all audio sources and easy-to-read controls & displays. Most primary functions can also be operated by the steering wheel controls. The wide variety of available audio sources includes:
Grammy® award-winning recording engineer and producer Elliot Scheiner helped design this critically acclaimed ELS Studio®32 Premium Audio System to reproduce music as it's heard in the recording studio. With music sources available over the air, internet or your own digital library, even the most familiar music can become an all-new listening experience. System features include:
It's easy to take your digital music library along for the ride in your MDX. While the MDX contains either four or five USB charging ports, a USB7 port in the front console interfaces with Apple® iPod®8 players and other USB mass storage devices, such as flash drives that contain MP3, WMA6 or AAC music files.
What do you want to hear? Say the word through the voice recognition system and the Song By Voice® feature retrieves your music from the USB7-connected iPod®8.
Keep boredom at bay on long trips for 2nd- and 3rd-row passengers with an entertainment system that's available on models with either the Technology or Advance Package.
Enhance your sense of direction with the Acura Navigation System10. The centerpiece of the Technology Package, it uses a hard drive for quick data access and displays on a full VGA 8-inch screen. The system is fast, easy to read and incredibly convenient.
The HD Digital Traffic™57 feature helps you steer clear of gridlock by providing continuously updated traffic information in major metropolitan areas across the 48 contiguous United States. It's free for three years and, after that, available by a subscription service.
The MDX AcuraLink®70. System features two-way cellular communication through an embedded cellular device, making it more versatile. Location and diagnostic information can be sent and retrieved from the car, allowing greater interaction with a smartphone, as well as more available services. Many AcuraLink features are free of charge, while others will require a subscription service. Some of the other highlights are:
Maintain your bearings with the Acura Navigation System10 with an extensive database of addresses and points of interest which offers you a variety of handy information.
Safety & Security
All seating positions in the MDX have 3-point belts and head restraints. The front seats also have a load limiting tensioner system. Each airbag has a sophisticated deployment system.
The MDX has several features addressing child safety, from anchors that secure child seats to auto-reverse moonroof and windows.
The MDX uses the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. This structure helped enable the MDX to achieve 5- stars for every rating on the NHTSA front crash impact tests.
The MDX disc brakes are backed up by several sophisticated electronic systems to provide you with enhanced braking abilities under almost any circumstance.
The Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)12 system uses an array of sensors, along with ABS, and on models so equipped, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), to reduce the dangers of oversteer or understeer.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can detect improperly inflated tires that can be safety hazards. Using pressure sensors mounted in each wheel that send readings to a central electronic control unit, the system evaluates whether the pressure is in an acceptable range.
To help reduce the likelihood or severity of a frontal impact, the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), uses both a radar system and a high-resolution forward camera to recognize hazards such as vehicles or pedestrians. The system can use up to 80% of full braking power to avoid or reduce impact with the detected object.
To help make sure that you only take the MDX off the pavement when you want to, MDX models with AcuraWatch Plus are equipped with Road Departure Mitigation, which detects objects on the side of the road and helps you avoid them.
The MDX comes equipped with a security system that has enhanced capabilities due to the new AcuraLink® system.
Features & Packages
Dimensions & Capacities
, 19 City MPG* EPA-EST, 27 Hwy MPG* EPA-EST
MSRP $43,950.00**More Information
SH-AWD, 18 City MPG* EPA-EST, 26 Hwy MPG* EPA-EST
MSRP $45,950.00**More Information
with Technology Package, 19 City MPG* EPA-EST, 27 Hwy MPG* EPA-EST
MSRP $48,360.00**More Information
SH-AWD with Technology Package, 18 City MPG* EPA-EST, 26 Hwy MPG* EPA-EST
MSRP $50,360.00**More Information
with Technology and Entertainment Packages, 19 City MPG* EPA-EST, 27 Hwy MPG* EPA-EST
MSRP $50,360.00**More Information
SH-AWD with Technology and Entertainment Packages, 18 City MPG* EPA-EST, 26 Hwy MPG* EPA-EST
MSRP $52,360.00**More Information
with Advance Package, 20 City MPG* EPA-EST, 27 Hwy MPG* EPA-EST
MSRP $54,400.00**More Information
SH-AWD with Advance Package, 19 City MPG* EPA-EST, 26 Hwy MPG* EPA-EST
MSRP $56,400.00**More Information
with Advance and Entertainment Packages, 20 City MPG* EPA-EST, 27 Hwy MPG* EPA-EST
MSRP $56,400.00**More Information
SH-AWD with Advance and Entertainment Packages, 19 City MPG* EPA-EST, 26 Hwy MPG* EPA-EST
MSRP $58,400.00**More Information
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* Based on 2017 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 only) and other factors.
* * Prices shown do not include taxes, license or a $940 destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer. Vehicle shown may differ from actual vehicle to be sold.