2016 Acura MDX Review

Apr 26, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

The Acura MDX was updated for the 2016 model year, giving drivers across the country an impressive array of features for the available prices. If you compare the 2016 MDX to the previous models, you will notice it now has a 9-speed automatic transmission featuring push-button gear selection and more advanced safety options. Overall, the MDX has good acceleration and fuel economy and great crash-test ratings. Let’s take a look at the specifications and layout.

Engine and Drive Feel


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Every Acura MDX luxury crossover runs on a 3.5-liter V6 engine to give you 290 horsepower and a torque of 267 pound-feet. Although front-wheel drive comes standard, you can upgrade to SH-AWD, the all-wheel drive system. The MDX is very useful for families since it can tow 5,000 pounds when configured correctly. Experts agree that the 9-speed transmission in the MDX doesn’t have any odd tendencies at low speeds, unlike similar transmissions. Instead, you get better fuel economy and acceleration than on previous models. No matter where you drive the Acura MDX, you will notice very minimal road and wind noise, and it delivers responsive steering with composed handling on winding roads. The all-wheel drive version is well worth the upgrade for those who will use it. That being said, the available adaptive cruise control isn’t the best of these types of systems on the market.

Luxurious Interior


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As a luxury SUV, the 2016 MDX lives up to its reputation. Every model has sophisticated amenities, such as standard 8-way power for the heated front seats, power lumbar for the driver, leather upholstery, and three zones of automatic climate control. Higher trims even add heating to the rear seats, window sunshades on the rear doors, upgraded leather upholstery, power lumbar adjustment for the front passenger, ventilated front seats, and heated seats in the second row.

Space and Configurations


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The Acura MDX meets all expectations you probably have about three-row crossovers. It seats seven passengers, and the second row will slide back and forth to maximize legroom in any position. There is even a button that slides it forward to give you easy access to the third row of seats. The only downside is that only children and limber, small adults will enjoy the backseat. That being said, it is spacious for a luxury crossover SUV of its size. There is also plenty of interior storage in the deep center bin and numerous door bins and cup holders. Even behind the third row of seats, you get up to 15.8 cubic feet. Fold down the third row to increase this to 43.4 cubic feet or lower the second row as well to enjoy up to 90.9 cubes. This number is better than the average two-row midsize crossover, giving the MDX an advantage over the competition.

The 2016 MDX has a powerful engine and decent handling, providing a spacious and luxurious interior with several trim options if you’re looking for increased comforts.

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