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Acura MDX 2017

Acura MDX 2017

$457.00 / month

39 MONTHS   /   $0 DOWN   /   7500 MILES PER YEAR

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  • What's New for 2017

     

    The big news for the 2017 Acura MDX is the debut of a new Sport Hybrid model. It produces more power and gets better fuel economy than the regular MDX. All MDXs get more features this year, including a new electronic parking brake and the addition of the AcuraWatch suite of active safety aids (previously optional on some MDXs) as standard equipment. Finally, Acura has updated the MDX's exterior styling with a new diamond-shape grille and restyled headlights being the most noticeable changes.

     

REVIEW

Following up on a complete redesign in 2014, the 2017 Acura MDX receives a fresh facelift and some new hardware. The latter comes in the form of a hybrid powertrain similar to the one in the RLX Hybrid. In the MDX's case, it boasts a 35-horsepower advantage over the non-hybrid MDX, with a total of 325 horsepower delivered through a powertrain network involving a smaller 3.0-liter V6 engine and three electric motors. Of course, you can also expect noticeably better fuel economy. Acura says the Sport Hybrid will get 26 mpg combined, which is 4 mpg better than the regular MDX.

The 2017 MDX is the first model of the Acura line to sport the new signature diamond pentagon grille. A new hood, front and rear fascias, front fenders, LED headlights and available LED foglights, dual exhaust outlets, and chrome rocker sill accents complete the MDX's restyled look. All MDX models also gain an electric parking brake with auto brake hold function, auto high-beams, a capless fueling system, additional USB charging ports and standard AcuraWatch, a suite of safety technologies that was formerly optional for the 2016 MDX's lower trim levels.

Left intact are the MDX's other standout qualities. It has long been a popular choice for luxury midsize SUV shoppers because of its reputation for reliability and favorable resale value. And equipped with its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, the MDX is one of the sportier luxury SUVs on the market. If three-row seating is a priority for you, the MDX has you covered, too, as it is one of just a few models in the midsize class to offer this family friendly layout. As for downsides, there aren't many. We're not fond of the odd-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission and the subpar touchscreen infotainment interface, but that's about it.

Though the 2017 MDX is a popular pick in the segment, there are some other strong competitors worth considering. The Lexus RX 350 (and hybrid RX 400h) may not have quite the sporty punch as the MDX does, but it scores high with its spectacular-looking interior, cabin comfort and bold styling. The recently redesigned Volvo XC90 also commands a road presence like never before, and has loads of style inside and out. Moving slightly upstream in price, the 2017 Audi Q7 is fully redesigned and arguably the most well-rounded pick in the midsize SUV segment, while the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class continue to be Germanic mainstays. All are worth a look and a test-drive, but the well-rounded MDX may still provide the best balance of value, comfort and utility of them all.

BODY STYLES, TRIM LEVELS, AND OPTIONS

The 2017 Acura MDX is a three-row luxury crossover SUV that seats up to seven. For now, only the regular MDX is offered. The new Sport Hybrid debuts later in the model year. Check back later for complete info.

Standard features for the regular MDX includes 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights with auto high beams, heated mirrors, an electric parking brake with auto hold, a power liftgate, a sunroof, rear privacy glass and keyless entry and ignition. Inside, you'll find heated eight-way power front seats (with driver power lumbar), driver memory settings, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Technology highlights include twin dashboard displays (lower 7-inch touchscreen and upper 8-inch information display), a multi-angle rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, four 2.5-amp USB charging ports, Siri Eyes Free voice controls for compatible Apple devices and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, Pandora and Aha compatibility and satellite radio.

AcuraWatch, which used to be a package, is now standard on all models. It includes, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control with low-speed following. 

The Technology package includes 20-inch wheels, automatic windshield wipers, rear door keyless entry, remote engine start, power-folding side mirrors, a blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, a navigation system, a color driver-info display, a 10-speaker premium audio system, HD radio, and additional voice recognition functionality for navigation, audio, climate control and Bluetooth.

The Advance package includes everything in the Technology package and adds front and rear parking sensors, LED foglights, engine auto stop-start, auto-dimming side mirrors, a surround-view camera system, a heated steering wheel, perforated leather seating with contrast stitching, natural wood trim, second-row captain's chairs with a center console (without entertainment package only), ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and second-row sunshades.

The Entertainment package can be specific with either the Technology or Advance packages. It adds a rear DVD entertainment system with a 9-inch screen (16.2-inch screen with HDMI input with Advance package), an 11th speaker for improved surround sound (12th speaker with Advance package), two wireless headphones, second-row sunshades (Technology package), and replaces the captain's chairs with seven-passenger seating on Advance package models.

POWERTRAINS AND PERFORMANCE

The 2017 Acura MDX employs a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is front-wheel drive. Acura's "Super Handling" all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) system, which utilizes torque vectoring at the rear wheels, is available as an option.

The MDX Sport Hybrid (late availability) is a new model for 2017. It is powered by a similar hybrid drivetrain used in the RLX Sport Hybrid sedan, features a 3.0-liter V6 engine and three electric motors. Two of the electric motors power the rear wheels independently, and are thus able to perform the torque-vectoring function of Acura's Super Handling all-wheel-drive system. The third motor is built into the MDX's seven-speed transmission and provides electric drive to the front wheels. The output of the hybrid system is a combined 325 horsepower.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the regular MDX starts at 22 mpg combined (19 mpg city/27 mpg highway) with front-wheel drive. Adding the Advance package with its auto stop-start feature bumps that rating up to 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway). The AWD models return 21 mpg combined (18 city/26 highway) in standard form and 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) with the Advance package.

Acura says the all-wheel-drive Sport Hybrid model should return the best combined fuel economy at 26 mpg (25 city/26 highway).

In Edmunds testing, an MDX with SH-AWD went from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, making it a solid, mid-pack performer as midsize luxury crossover SUVs go. Properly equipped, the MDX can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

SAFETY

Standard safety equipment for the 2017 Acura MDX includes the AcuraWatch safety suite, which includes collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control with low-speed following. Other standard safety items include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, a driver knee airbag, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. A multi-angle rearview camera is also standard, and AWD models come with a stabilizing function for trailer towing.

Safety features included with the Technology package are blind-spot monitoring (with rear cross-traffic alert) and automatic wipers. And Advance package models benefit from a surround-view camera system and front and rear parking sensors. Due to Acura's packaging strategy, none of the above are offered as stand-alone options.

In Edmunds brake testing, the MDX required 122 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is decent, but it displayed brake fade on subsequent stops. This could be an issue on mountain roads and grades.

In government crash tests, the MDX earned a perfect five-star overall rating, with five stars each for total frontal impact safety and total side-impact safety. The MDX also aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests, earning the Top Safety Pick+ distinction with a score of "Good" in all categories and additionally garnering a Superior rating for its optional frontal collision mitigation system.

INTERIOR DESIGN AND SPECIAL FEATURES

The Acura MDX's front seats are nicely shaped and supportive. The second-row seats slide fore and aft and recline for added comfort and flexibility, with generous legroom to be had in their rearmost position. Third-row access is gained with the press of a button to slide the seat all the way forward, though the resulting pass-through is rather small, especially compared to the Infiniti QX60. The third row is best suited for kids, as only small, limber adults will fit back there.

Interior storage is excellent, with big cupholders and door bins, plus a deep center bin that can hold a small purse or tablet. The MDX doesn't provide much room for cargo with all three rows in use, but folding the rearmost seats opens up a respectable amount of space and is suitable for lengthy road trips. When you fold both the second and third rows, the maximum cargo capacity (68.4 cubic feet) is better than most two-row midsize crossovers, but considerably less than mainstream models like the Honda Pilot.

The MDX's cabin is well-constructed with suitable materials, but it lacks the style and luxury ambience of similarly priced competitors like the Lexus RX 350 and Volvo XC90. There are a few Honda-grade plastics and switchgear if you look closely. We also find some of the MDX controls to be unintuitive to problematic. The pushbutton gear selector is gimmicky, requiring you to pull a switch for Reverse and push buttons for Park and Drive. And for some, not having a gear selector to rest their hand on will take some time to get used to.

The dual-screen infotainment system is where things turn more problematic, especially with regards to the audio system. You use the lower touchscreen for many functions, but others such as media player control require the multi-control knob and upper display screen. Climate controls are split between actual buttons and virtual ones accessed through the touchscreen. This results in additional steps for things like heated seats and fan speed adjustment. Neither screen delivers the super-crisp graphics we've come to expect in this class, either.

DRIVING IMPRESSIONS

The MDX's V6 is a smooth-revving engine with a surprisingly nice snarl when you bury your foot in the accelerator. The nine-speed transmission can have a tendency to produce odd responses at low-speeds and inappropriate gear selections, which is why the seven-speed in the Sport Hybrid could be the better way to go. Under deliberate acceleration, however, it's smooth and snaps off shifts quickly, which improves acceleration and fuel economy.

The optional automatic stop-start system is a fuel saver, though we found its unrefined transitions to not really be worth the fuel savings. We also aren't impressed with the adaptive cruise control, which is supposed to automatically maintain a following distance behind the vehicle in front. It has a tendency to slam on the brakes too aggressively when the lead car begins to slow, and then it's slow to accelerate back up to speed again, creating a large gap in front. It's likely to annoy whoever is behind you in traffic.

Because the MDX leans a little to the sport side, it rides a little more firm than other luxury crossovers, though most won't find it objectionable. Overall levels of wind and road noise are quite low, thanks in part to the acoustic-laminated windshield and front windows.

Should you elect to hustle this three-row luxury crossover along a winding road, it'll hold up decently for its size with light and direct steering, even in front-drive trim. With SH-AWD and its torque-vectoring capabilities, the MDX turns and carves through corners like a much smaller vehicle. It's a neat sensation that feels a little like magic.

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