Acura MDX crossover – spacious and fuel efficient 7 seater

Acura MDX is one crossover SUV that has been around from quite some time now.Now in 2017 ,  MDX , is back with a beautiful design and styling .It  is a good competition to many biggies surviving in the market, thanks to its drop-dead gorgeous looks and superb technological package features. So , No wonder ! this model continues to be a good seller for Acura.

The V6 engine powered new MDX has also got a new Sport Hybrid edition , 6 passenger option besides regular 7 seat option.Acura 2017 can be remembered for a better performance , higher fuel economy and nice safety features.

So without wasting much time let’s find out what’s we have in Acura MDX this year.

Engine and technical specifications

The new Acura MDX is blessed with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive.Its 24 valves engine is designed to develop 290 lb-ft  of peak power at 6200 rpm and 267 lb-ft torque at 4700 rpm.An all-wheel drive system has been given in the car along with a 9-speed automatic transmission which was introduced in 2016.

With all the proper equipment in place, the MDX can tow about 5000 pounds which is quite good! The car is now available with 20 inch wheels.The ground clearance of Acura MDX comes to 185mm and the wheelbase is 111 inches.

The kerb weight of this crossover is between 4001-4087 lbs in FWD while in SH-AWD it is between 4215-4292lbs .The turning circle of the car is 38.7feet. The suspensions given in the MDX are McPherson strut type at the front and multi-link type at the rear. The fuel tank capacity is 19.5 gallons. Acura MDX measures 77.2 inches in width, 67.4 inches in height and 196.2 inches in length.

Trim levels and options

Only one trim level has been provided in the Acura MDX. It features automatic xenon headlamps, fog lamps, power lift gate, sunroof, heated side mirrors, two way adjusting driver lumbar, eight way power front seats, privacy glass, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, auto-dimming rear-view mirror with integrated rear view camera and aux-jack, six-CD changer with satellite radio eight speaker music system.

A technology pack has been included in the MDX. It features GPS-linked solar-sensing climate control, multi-view parking camera, navigation system with dial controller and eight inch display, voice controls, real time traffic and weather updates, upgraded leather upholstery and an Acura/ELS surround sound with digital music storage and iPod/USB interface ten speaker music system.

Another option called the Advance package is available. It has got all the features of the Technology Package along with some more interesting features. They are 19 inch alloy wheels, blind spot warning system, adaptive cruise control, and auto levelling headlamps, collision mitigation braking system, adaptive suspension, ventilated front seats and a sport steering wheel.

Entertainment package is also available to opt for. It adds heated second row seats and an entertainment system at the rear seats. Acura MDX is available in some very beautiful shades. They are aspen white pearl II, Bali blue pearl, crystal black pearl, dark cherry pearl II, Grigio metallic, palladium metallic and polished metal metallic.

Interiors

The interiors of Acura MDX are extremely attractive , firmly constructed , comfortable and quiet. There are four colours in which they are available. They are ebony leather, parchment leather, graystone leather and espresso leather. The front headroom measures 38.1 inches, front hip room measures 57.5 inches, front shoulder room measures 61.1 inches and the front leg room measures 41.4 inches.The cargo space is 68.4 cubic feet with second and third row seats folded.Behind third row seats 14.9 cubic feet space is given.

The rear seat hip room measures 57.8 inches, rear head room measures 38.3 inches, rear leg room measures 36.6 inches and the rear shoulder room measures 59.1 inches. The rear seats are reclining, split-folding with storage armrests. The 2nd row seats are called captain’s chairs to let you experience the luxury of front-row seating..These seats have a centre console with two more USB ports to charge devices.

The third row seats are split-bench folding seats with ventilation ducts and fan control.However , when passengers in the middle row slide their seats back , the space in the third row becomes limited.

There is quite a lot of space in the cabin of the MDX as the measurements clearly suggest. There are power door locks, power and heated mirrors and two touch power windows with remote operation too given in the car. Now you can’t be expecting more luxury than this! For all the technology lovers, the cabin of this vehicle is something to die for!

The centre console of the car is loaded with multimedia and climate control buttons.The navigation system is superb and the music system provided is the best in its class. Clock, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display and low fuel level warning are all given in the car.

Performance and safety

There are some best-in-class safety features given in the Acura MDX. They are ABS, EBD, front, rear and third row head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, remote anti-theft alarm system, ventilated disc brakes at the front and disc brakes at the rear, engine immobiliser, rear door child safety locks, auto delay off headlamps, dusk sensing headlamps, passenger airbags occupant sensing deactivation, stability control, traction control, tyre pressure monitoring, passenger head restraint whiplash protection system and same for the driver, rear centre three point belt and front seat belt pre-tensioners.

The IIHS gave five stars for overall frontal crash protection in the tests. It gave a rating of “Good’ for frontal offset and side impact crashes for occupant protection. From 60 mph to 0 mph MDX came to a stop at 123 feet which is average. As far as acceleration goes, MDX reached the 60 mph mark from 0 in 7.1 seconds. As far as the performance of the Acura MDX is concerned, as tested by EPA, it gives a fuel efficiency of 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highways. The all-wheel drive system does a fantastic job. The active dampers help absorb all the bumps giving utmost comfort to the passengers in the car.

Pros

  • Excellent technological features
  • Very attractive design and styling
  • Beautiful interiors
  • Roomy cabin
  • Superb safety features

Cons

  • Many control buttons given at the centre of the dashboard making its operation confusing for some users.

Verdict

The Acura MDX is a fine crossover SUV that has got many interesting features. Its technological features are best in class and the comfort and safety features are just superb! The looks and designing given to this car is again something to really check out as it is extremely attractive. The MDX has a great on-road presence, dominating both highways and city roads. It is easy for anyone to fall in love with this car at the very first sight. Priced between $ 43030 and $ 54555, the Acura MDX is worth each penny you’re going to spend on it. All in all, if you’re a technology savvy person and love to be spoilt with luxury, Acura MDX is the ultimate car for you! Go for it!

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