What brings Acura MDX as the best-selling three-row SUV of all time? This Japanese carmaker came out on the North American market with refreshments that include Sport Hybrid drive system and semi-autonomous system, too. How will these changes affect the progress of the 2017 Acura MDX? Our answer is a lot; new power plant integrated with new technologies reveals new performances. It’s not necessary that we mention strong competition and conditions which rule in this market niche. A current third generation has started production three years ago, precisely in May 2013. MDX has very fast built a good reputation and now is also known as “family vehicle”. Further, this term indicates the multi-functional purpose for families such as comfortable seats, great luggage capacity and a plenty of smart devices that are needed. Assembly are located in two places, first in Ontario (Canada) and the second one is Alabama (United States).
2017 Acura MDX – Exterior
According to the words of Jim Keller who is Manager for Honda R&D Americas, new 2017 Acura MDX will have a more aggressive design. Some of the parts have undergone bigger changes, while other parts have some cosmetic updates. The reader should stay concentrated on the front fascia where pentagon grille is located. Does it look familiar? Well, if it is, it’s because it comes from Acura Precision concept. Impressive design with the emblem in the middle leaves the nice image in the eye of the observer. In the bottom section, you can also find extended air dams with new holes that provide better airflow thus improving engine cooling. What changes are hit? Beside the grille, there is new hood and LED fog lights which provide excellent visibility.
Sides remain identical with the previous model but only one difference is door handles that now come in body color. Finally, rear end is beautified with chrome accents, new rear lights and dual exhaust pipes that have more stylish than the last model.
2017 Acura MDX – Interior
Maybe you wonder what is new in the cabin. If you compare it with the outgoing model there are a lot of new details which will bring better control management. First of all, you can notice updates on instrument panels and gearbox section on the central console. Now two screens have a separate layout, one is for infotainment system and another one for the navigation system. Standard equipment list in 2017 Acura MDX consists of Sirius XM Radio, USB charging ports and much more. However, if you select a premium trim then you can enjoy in wood components such as Olive Ash Burl or Black Limba option. In addition, new camera covers six different angles of viewing. Furthermore, heated steering wheel and other advanced function make that you feel like a “king”.
2017 Acura MDX – Hybrid Drive System
As we said in the introduction, besides standard engine options specification offers Sport Hybrid drive system. It will be very similar with cousins like Acura NSX and RLX Sedan. Hybrid combines 3.0-liter V6 engine with electric motor. And the power will be transmit to all four wheels. If you look at the output values you can notice amazing 325 horsepower, while fuel consumption also received improvements. For example, according to EPA rating fuel economy now stands at 25 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Seven-speed automatic transmission with the double clutch is integrated into 2017 Acura MDX.
2017 Acura MDX – Safety
IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has awarded 2016 Acura MDX with Top Safety Pick+. That means superior in front cash prevent and easy use of child seat anchors. In other words, we also expect a high level of safety in the new version. In addition “AcuraWatch” package will be in each trim and using it will surely achieve the previously stated goal. Some of them are automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, lane keep assist etc.
2017 Acura MDX – Price
Price is moving between $ 44,000 and $ 58,500 depending on trim choice. Two best competitors are Audi Q7 and BMW X5.