As we all know, the Acura MDX model that we saw in Detroit was only a prototype that gave prospective buyers "a strong indication of the styling and design direction for the third generation." Well, now that the 2013 New York Auto Show is upon us, the 2014 MDX has officially been unveiled in full-production form.

In all honesty, the prototype and the production models are very similar, but Acura basically just toned down the extreme stuff. Things like the LED bars on the front and rear bumpers are nixed. Additionally, Acura gave the front skirt a more traditional look; as opposed to the futuristic treatment it received in the prototype. From the side, the prototype and the production models are nearly indistinguishable, as they both carry almost the identical profile and the rims are identical.

One thing that we’re sure every Acura fan has been waiting for is the revealing of the new model’s interior. And Acura delivered the goods today.

Updated 02/03/2015: Acura announced prices and details for the 2016 MDX, a model that comes with multiple new features and technologies, a more advanced powertrain and an expanded model range. The model is now available at Acura dealerships at a starting price of $42,865.

Click past the jump to read all about the 2014-2015 Acura MDX.

  • 2014 - 2016 Acura MDX
  • Year:
    2014- 2016
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    Six-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    290
  • MPG(Cty):
    20
  • MPG(Hwy):
    28
  • Torque @ RPM:
    267
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    140 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    42865
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  • Purpose:
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  • Overall:
    8/10

Updated History

Updated 06/03/2014: Acura announced prices for the 2015 Acura MDX which went on sale today, June 3. Prices for the 2015 MDX will range from $42,565 for the base version and up to $56,780 for the MDX equipped with SH-AWD and Advance Package.

Exterior

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The 2014 MDX will be featuring Acura’s new "Aero Sculpture" design language that includes the signature Acura Jewel Eye LED headlights. This new "aero" design language will improve the MDX’s aerodynamic efficiency by more that 17 percent when compared to the 2013 model.

The body is now made of 55 percent advanced lightweight materials, like high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium. The end result of these new materials is a body that is more rigid to help with handling and stability and a drop of 275 pounds from the 2013 model. As standard, you get a set of aluminum-alloy wheels sized 18 inches and you receive 19-inch alloys with the Technology and Advanced trim levels.

The body measures in at 193.6 inches long, 77.2 inches wide without the mirrors, 67.6 inches high and sits atop a 111-inch-long wheelbase, which is 2.75 inches longer than last year’s MDX. Adding to your riding comfort is a new slew of sound-deadening material, like acoustic glass, expanding body sealers and Active Noise Control technology.

Overall, the body is oddly sexy, with its swooping roofline, sharp ridges on the hood, new LED headlights and a beautifully revised rump. The total package just screams “luxury,” whereas the 2013 model just looked a little overwhelmingly angular in our opinion. The loss of the hard body lines also helps draw attention away from the monstrous Acura beak.

Exterior Specifications

Length 193.6 inches
Width 77.2 inches
Height 67.6 inches
Wheelbase 111 inches
Weight 4,319 pounds (Est.)

Interior

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On the inside, you get a far less angular design from last year’s MDX. All of the lines seem to flow together nicely and they flow more elegantly through the cabin. The first place you’ll notice a difference is the driver interface (aka the steering wheel). The 2013 MDX’s wheel was harshly angled and all of the control buttons seemed out of place and too far spread out. The revised wheel has all of the buttons closely packed together but still easily distinguished from one another. Overall, it all flows together more nicely than last year, dashboard to seat to door panel; it’s all perfect.

Accessing the cabin of the MDX is easier than ever. First of all, the redesigned multi-link suspension on the rear end allows for more walking room to the third row. The new MDX also features a 2-inch-lower step-in height, and a 3-inch-wider entryway.

The kiddos will never argue over who sits where due to the third row being so inaccessible, thank to Acura’s all-new One-Touch Walk0In button. A the push of a button, the second-row seats fold down, then slide to their forward-most position, giving the third-row occupants plenty of room to get situated.

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Speaking of the second row seats, they now have a full four recline positions for optimal comfort on those long hauls. The second row also gains Extended Slide, which gives it 6 inches of forward and backward movement, allowing for maximum second- and third-row legroom.

Also new on the 2014 MDX is an under-floor storage space for those smaller items that you don’t want rolling around.

The rear seats aren’t all that received some extra refinement, as the front seats got their fair share too. The driver’s seat features 10-way power adjustment with heat for those cold mornings, while the passenger seat adjusts eight directions under its own power and offers up a little heat of its own. Acura went the extra mile by taking into consideration the fact that front passengers need a little storage room too, by expanding the center console so it will accommodate a woman’s purse, a laptop case or two tablet computers.

New for 2016

The 2016 model year brings a host of new interior features to the MDX, starting with the frameless rearview mirror and the Multi-View Angle Camera with Dynamic Guidelines. A bi-directional remote engine starter, idle stop, easy-entry/exit driver’s seat, and Siri Eyes Free voice recognition further enhance the SUV’s convenience features list. As far as safety and driver assists go, the MDX now features AcuraWatch, Road Departure Mitigation and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

Standard Interior Features

  • Premium leather-trimmed interior
  • Silver plated accents
  • LED overhead
  • Cabin accent lighting
  • Acura/ELS Studio premium audio system with 7-inch color On Demand Multi-Use Display
  • Next-generation AcuraLink connectivity system
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic, featuring freeway traffic and surface street conditions
  • 8-inch Color Information Display

Optional Interior Features

  • Smart Entry
  • Second-row sunshades
  • Remote engine start
  • Auto-linked air conditioning
  • Climate-controlled seats
  • DVD Rear Entertainment system with a 9-inch full VGA (optional 16.2-inch full-VGA screen)

New for 2016

  • frameless rearview mirror
  • Siri™ Eyes Free voice recognition
  • Easy-entry/exit driver’s seat
  • Multi-View Angle Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Bi-directional remote engine starter
  • Idle stop
  • Head up warning
  • AcuraWatch
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

Engine

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The 2014 Acura MDX is powered by an all-new, direct-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). This all-new powerplant pumps out a respectable 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, that is down 10 horsepower and 3 pound-feet of torque from last year’s 3.7-liter V-6 engine, but the 275-pound weight loss that it underwent should help compensate for the loss.

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The engine links up to a six-speed automatic transmission with a Sport Mode and Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters for those people who like a little more control. The standard MDX sends the power out to the front wheels, but you can opt for the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system to get power to all four wheels.

The MDX also features a new Integrated Dynamic System that allows you to select between Sport, Normal and Comfort driving styles. This system adjusts the steering effort, throttle response, SH-AWD and active sound relative to whichever setting you choose.

While performance numbers are not yet known, we did learn in New York that the MDX SH-AWD will deliver 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined, while the front-wheel-drive model will deliver 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. Those are massive improvements over the 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway that the 2013 MDX delivered so the power loss definitely pays for itself.

New for 2016

2016 brings important additions in the drivetrain department, the most important of which being a nine-speed automatic transmission. Already available on the TLX sedan, the autobox is 66 pounds lighter than the six-speed automatic it replaces and provides 25-percent faster gear shifts improving both weight distribution and acceleration performance. A push-button electronic gear selector also comes with the new transmission to free up room above the center console.

Also new for the 2016 MDX is Acura’s revised Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. Now utilizing a lighter twin-clutch rear differential and torque vectoring, the new-generation SH-AWD is more responsive and delivers enhanced torque transfer and handling characteristics. The result is a more agile and stable SUV.

Safety

The MDX features a slew of new safety devices, including:

  • Next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure
  • 4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)
  • Traction Control
  • Airbags (front, front side, driver’s knee and side curtain with rollover sensor)

For additional safety, you can opt for:

  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems

Suspension

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The suspension has been revised to include new Amplitude Reactive Dampers to go along with a MacPherson strut front suspension and new multi-link rear suspension. 18-inch wheels with 25/60R18 tires are standard, but optional 19-inch rollers with 245/55R19 tires are available on the Technology and Advanced packages

Prices

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Production version Acura MDX will arrive in July 2013 in four trim levels: MDX, MDX with Technology package, MDX with Technology and Entertainment packages, and the top-of-the-line MDX with Advance and Entertainment packages. Prices are as follows:

PRICING

Trim Name Trans EPA MSRP
MDX (FWD) 6AT 20/28/23 $42,290
MDX (FWD) w/ Technology Package 6AT 20/28/23 $46,565
MDX (FWD) w/ Technology & Entertainment Packages 6AT 20/28/23 $48,565
MDX (FWD) w/ Advance & Entertainment Packages 6AT 20/28/23 $54,505
MDX (SH-AWD) 6AT 18/27/21 $44,290
MDX (SH-AWD) w/ Technology Package 6AT 18/27/21 $48,565
MDX (SH-AWD) w/ Technology & Entertainment Packages 6AT 18/27/21 $50,565
MDX (SH-AWD) w/ Advance & Entertainment Packages 6AT 18/27/21 $56,505

2015 Acura MDX Prices

Trim model Price Fuel economy
MDX $42,565 20/28/23
MDX with Technology Package $46,840 20/28/23
MDX with Technology and Entertainment Package $48,840 20/28/23
MDX with Advance Package $54,780 20/28/23
MDX with SH-AWD $44,565 18/27/21
MDX with SH-AWD and Technology Package $48,840 18/27/21
MDX with SH-AWD, Technology and Entertainment Packages $50,840 18/27/21
MDX with SH-AWD and Advance Package $56,780 18/27/21

2016 Acura MDX Prices

Trim MSRP EPA MPG3 (city/highway/combined)
MDX $42,865 19/27/22
MDX with AcuraWatch™ Plus Package $44,365 19/27/22
MDX with Technology Package $47,290 19/27/22
MDX with Technology & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages $48,490 19/27/22
MDX with Technology & Entertainment Packages $49,290 19/27/22
MDX with Technology Package, Entertainment & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages $50,490 19/27/22
MDX with Advance & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages $53,080 20/27/23 (with idle stop)
MDX with Advance, Entertainment & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages $55,080 20/27/23 (with idle stop)
MDX SH-AWD $44,865 18/26/21
MDX SH-AWD with AcuraWatch™ Plus Package $46,365 18/26/21
MDX SH-AWD with Technology Package $49,290 18/26/21
MDX SH-AWD with Technology & AcuraWatch™ Plus Package $50,490 18/26/21
MDX SH-AWD with Technology & Entertainment Packages $51,290 18/26/21
MDX SH-AWD with Technology Package, Entertainment & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages $52,490 18/26/21
MDX SH-AWD with Advance & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages $55,080 19/26/22 (with idle stop)
MDX SH-AWD with Advance, Entertainment & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages $57,080 19/26/22 (with idle stop)

Competition

The Acura MDX might be a very cool model, but it has a very big problem: German competition is very strong.

Audi Q7

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Completely redesigned for 2016, the Audi Q7 boasts brand-new exterior styling — now in line with the rest of the of the Audi lineup — that includes headlamps, a singleframe grille and massive bumper intakes similar to those seen on many 2015 model year updates. The interior is now more appealing, with the Germans getting rid of the SUV’s bulky center stack and ancient A/C vents. A modern, taller center console and completely redesigned dashboard will keep the new Q7 fresh for a few years.

Audi offers no less than four drivetrains for the SUV, with a hybrid option to become available later in its life cycle. For now, the Q7 can be had with either a 2.0-liter TFSI rated at 252 horsepower, a 3.0-liter TFSI churning 333 ponies, or one of two 3.0-liter TDI diesel mills. The latter crank out either 218 or 272 horses, while torque ranges between 369 and 442 pound-feet. Pricing is not yet available as of January 2015, but it should begin from around $50,000.

BMW X5

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The third-generation BMW X5 arrived at the same time with the new MDX, finding its way into U.S. dealerships for the 2014 model year. Redesigned inside and out, the German SUV received a wider kidney grille, new headlamps, revamped front seats, higher quality materials and a general improvement of the comfort level.

Three different drivetrains motivate the X5. On the gasoline front, the TwinPower, 3.0-liter, inline-six sends 300 horsepower to the wheels, while the trusty 4.4-liter V-8 cranks out a hefty 445 ponies. In the diesel department, there’s a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder rated at 255 horses. Pricing for the X5 starts from $53,900 for the 2015 model year and goes well into $70,000 territory with the range-topping xDrive50i model.

Conclusion

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Acura just couldn’t resist beating BMW and Audi to the punch for the 2014 model year. This could end up being the best decision it ever made or a complete folly, as Bimmer and Audi may now adjust their respective model to one-up the Acura. We’ll see.

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    • * Still awaiting a price

Press Release

All-New 2014 Acura MDX Debuts at the New York International Auto Show

,i>Third-generation MDX raises the bar with more performance, class-leading fuel economy ratings, innovative interior features and signature Acura technologies

Acura today unveiled the all-new 2014 MDX luxury SUV at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Built on a completely new platform, the seven-passenger MDX offers improved ride comfort, a more versatile and luxurious cabin, increased fuel efficiency and enhanced dynamic performance. The MDX will also be offered for the first time in a more affordable and even more fuel-efficient two-wheel-drive configuration.

"Building on the award-winning dynamic performance of the previous model, the third-generation MDX adds new levels of luxury comfort, family functionality and fuel efficiency to once again set the luxury SUV benchmark," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales. "From Nürburgring-tuned dynamics and thoughtful interior appointments, to the addition of a new two-wheel-drive model, the all-new MDX continues Acura’s direction of creating vehicles that advance the synergy between man and machine."

Powertrain

The 2014 Acura MDX is powered by an all-new direct-injected 24-valve 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™), producing 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. The MDX’s engine architecture is shared with two racecars that recently finished First and Second in the LMP2 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Employing a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode and Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters, the new MDX will be offered in both Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™) and two-wheel-drive drivetrain variants, both featuring Acura’s new Agile Handling Assist technology.

Matched to the highly efficient Earth Dreams Technology engine and the \ SH-AWD drivetrain, the 2014 MDX has an EPA fuel economy rating of 18/27/21 mpg1 (city/highway/combined), while the new front-wheel-drive model is EPA rated at 20/28/23 mpg1 (city/highway/combined).

While achieving even higher fuel economy ratings, the MDX remains a true driver’s SUV with enhanced dynamic performance, including quicker acceleration, more responsive braking and even more precise steering feel. Tuned and tested on the grueling Nürburgring racing circuit in Germany, the lighter and more dynamic new 2014 MDX with SH-AWD bests the previous model’s lap time by eight seconds.

To satisfy the preferences of multiple drivers in any family, the 2014 MDX features an all-new Integrated Dynamic System (IDS) with three modes: Sport, Normal and Comfort. IDS adjusts steering effort, throttle response, SH-AWD and active sound to suit the tastes of the driver. The MDX’s new Amplitude Reactive Dampers, MacPherson strut front suspension and new multi-link rear suspension enable its more nimble and responsive handling and improved ride quality. 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels and 245/60-18 tires come standard on the MDX. Technology and Advance grades are equipped with 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels and 245/55-19 tires.

Body and Styling

The 2014 MDX body applies more than 55 percent advanced lightweight materials – including high strength steel, aluminum and magnesium – resulting in a vehicle that is both more rigid and lightweight, with total vehicle weight reduced 275 pounds from the previous model. Measuring 193.6 inches in overall length, 77.2 inches in overall width (excluding door mirrors), 67.6 inches in overall height, and riding on a 111-inch wheelbase (up 2.75 inches from the previous model), the new MDX boasts an "Executive Aero Sculpture" exterior design that lends it a sleek, tailored and sophisticated appearance. The aerodynamic body design – refined by engineers in a new wind tunnel at the company’s Ohio R&D center – helps the MDX achieve a more than 17 percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency, making it one of the most aerodynamic and fuel-efficient luxury SUVs on the road.

The 2014 MDX also takes a big step up in luxury comfort and quiet. The MDX’s dynamically tuned platform, more airtight body and triple path isolated dampers, along with the use of new sound-deadening materials, such as acoustic glass and expanding body sealers, and Active Noise Control technology, make this the quietest and most composed MDX yet.

Interior

Equally adept at carrying clients and kids, the new MDX boasts a luxurious and versatile interior. The revised body dimensions and new, more compact multi-link rear suspension, combined with innovative new technologies on the second-row seats, significantly improve third-row access and all-around passenger comfort. Third-row ingress and egress is significantly improved by a two-inch lower step-in height and three-inch wider entryway, and by the introduction of a new One-Touch Walk-In feature. With a single press of the illuminated One-Touch Walk-In button, the second-row seats automatically fold and slide to their forward-most position. The second-row seats now feature a four-position recline and a new Extended Slide capability that provides six inches of total fore-aft seat adjustment for optimal balance between second- and third-row legroom. Rear cargo capacity is also improved and includes a new underfloor storage area.

Up front, there is a 10-way power adjustable and heated driver’s seat and an 8-way power and heated passenger seat. The MDX also addresses a major shortcoming of many luxury SUVs – available front-seat storage space – with a spacious new center console that can accommodate a purse, laptop case, or a pair of iPads®. The MDX’s luxury quotient is further boosted by its upgraded interior appointments, including premium leather-trimmed interior, silver plated accents, LED overhead and cabin accent lighting, along with new optional luxury features, such as Smart Entry, second-row sunshades, remote engine start, and auto-linked air conditioning and climate-controlled seats.

Acura Signature Technology

In addition, the 2014 Acura MDX harnesses a range of Acura signature technologies, including Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, more powerful Acura/ELS Studio premium audio system, and the next-generation AcuraLink™ connectivity system with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™, featuring freeway traffic and surface street conditions (free for the first three years). In addition to the traffic services, the AcuraLink™ cloud-based connected car system offers an assortment of media, convenience, information and security features via an embedded cellular system and compatible web-enabled smartphones.

Both the AcuraLink™ and Acura/ELS Studio system take advantage of a 7-inch color On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD) touchscreen with haptic feedback and an 8-inch Color Information Display. The addition of the ODMD, along with other interior changes, allowed engineers to reduce the number of hard buttons in the center stack from 41 to just nine. The available Entertainment package adds a DVD Rear Entertainment system with a 9-inch full VGA screen for the rear seats, while the Advance package replaces the 9-inch monitor with an ultra-wide, 16.2-inch full VGA screen with HDMI compatibility for devices such as a game console.

The 2014 MDX offers a host of innovative driver assistive and visibility technologies, including a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera and available Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information (BSI), and Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS).

Safety

The third-generation MDX is expected to achieve top-level safety ratings, including a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the highest possible rating of GOOD in the Institute’s new small-offset frontal collision test.

The new MDX is equipped with a broad array of advanced safety technologies, including the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ II (ACE™ II) body structure, 4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control, and airbags (front, front side, driver’s knee and side curtain with rollover sensor), as well as the available Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.
The 2014 Acura MDX is scheduled to go on sale at U.S. Acura dealers nationwide this summer and will be available in four grades – the well-equipped MDX, the robust MDX with Technology package, the rear-passenger-friendly MDX with Technology and Entertainment packages, and the top-of-the-line MDX with Advance and Entertainment packages. The 2014 MDX was designed and developed in the U.S. and will be built at the Lincoln, Alabama plant using domestic and globally sourced parts. Pricing details will be announced closer to launch.

Press Release - February 3, 2015

The significantly upgraded 2016 Acura MDX, America’s best-selling three-row luxury SUV, launches next month with multiple new features and technologies, a more advanced powertrain and an expanded model range. The enhanced 2016 MDX provides even more advanced technology and exhilarating performance to complement the luxury, comfort and quietness inherent to Acura’s premium seven-passenger SUV. The 2016 Acura MDX launches at Acura dealerships nationwide on Feb. 4, with the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $42,8651.

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All 2016 MDX models will come equipped with an advanced new 9-speed automatic transmission, a push-button electronic gear selector that frees up room above the center console, and a new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with a twin-clutch design that delivers enhanced torque transfer and handling capabilities. The 2016 MDX and MDX with Technology Package models can now be equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes the first application of Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor to the MDX model line. The MDX with Advance Package comes standard with AcuraWatch™.

The 2016 MDX adds numerous other luxury upgrades including a frameless rearview mirror, Siri™ Eyes Free voice recognition, an easy-entry/exit driver’s seat that moves 35 mm rearward when the driver’s door is opened and TPMS fill assist that sounds an audible alert when the driver inflates the tire to the correct pressure. Additional upgrades, depending on trim, include a Multi-View Angle Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines (standard on all models), a bi-directional remote engine starter, idle stop and head up warning.

Doubling the model offerings, the 2016 MDX is now available with AcuraWatch™ on all trims (standard on the Advance Package), while the Technology and Advance packages are available with or without the Rear Entertainment System (RES).

Now in its third generation, the MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time2. This sales history is backed up by the current generation MDX, which has received multiple awards including a KBB.com Best Buy award in the Luxury SUV/Crossover category for the 2015 model year. With the numerous enhancements made for 2016, the Acura MDX is primed to again impress customers and critics alike. Customers can view, build and price a 2016 Acura MDX at acura.com/MDX.

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Powertrain
The 2016 Acura MDX’s 3.5-liter, 24-valve i-VTEC direct-injected V-6 engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission featuring Sequential SportShift. The new transmsission is 66 lbs. lighter than the 6-speed automatic it replaces, with more closely spaced gear ratios and 25 percent faster gear shifts that enhance acceleration performance. The weight reduction also improves front-to-rear weight distribution for better handling characteristics.

The console-mounted shift lever is replaced with a fully electronic, shift-by-wire gear selector. Park, Neutral and Drive are selected with the push of a button. Reverse is selected by pulling back on a dedicated switch. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters let the driver manually select gears. The low-profile gear selector also creates more “working space” in the center console area, making it more convenient to use.

The next generation of Acura’s acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™) utilizes a new, lighter weight (by 19 lbs.) twin-clutch rear differential. SH-AWD progressively distributes torque not only between the front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels. Using torque vectoring to create a yaw moment that helps turn the vehicle, SH-AWD enables more responsive, neutral and predictable handling characteristics while providing outstanding all-weather confidence and control. In the MDX, torque-vectoring effectiveness has been greatly enhanced, benefiting responsiveness, agility and stability.

AcuraWatch™
AcuraWatch™ is available as a standalone package on every 2016 MDX and is standard on the Advance Package. Certain features, including Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning, are offered as standard equipment on the MDX with Technology Package. All MDX models come equipped with a Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines. The AcuraWatch™ suite of variously available features – depending upon trim – includes:

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS)
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) (standard on Tech Package)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
Blind Spot Information (BSI) (Technology and Advance)
Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

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At the heart of AcuraWatch™ is the fusion of camera and radar technology that can sense the roadway and objects within it, including other vehicles and pedestrians. This technology underpins the systems that help provide the driver with superior vision around the vehicle, can alert the driver of potential issues and, if necessary, intervene to help keep the MDX from departing a lane, departing the road, or help to avoid or mitigate the severity of a collision.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
New for the 2016 Acura MDX, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) uses a Monocular Camera (mounted on the upper portion of the windshield) to identify solid or dashed painted lane lines, Botts’ Dots and Cat Eye markers. RDM uses both steering force, via EPS, and braking force, via VSA, to help the MDX stay a detected lane.

The monocular camera can recognize lane features and identify a lane or roadway edge. If the RDM system determines that the MDX is about to leave a detected lane or roadway defined by solid lines, it will provide steering assist (primary) and, in rare occasions when steering is not sufficient, braking assist to help the driver stay on the road. If a lane only identified by dashed lines, Bott’s Dots or Cat Eye markers and the system determines that there is an unintended departure, no braking assist will be provided. Instead, the MDX will use active steering force to return to the detected lane. RDM is integrated with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system to provide moderate braking, and with the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system to provide steering input.

Multiple visual and audible warnings alert the driver when the RDM system is taking corrective action. These include a lane departure warning on the driver’s Multi Information Display (MID) along with an audible warning. RDM also has a customizable initial warning of either a steering wheel shake/vibration and/or an audible alert. This can be customized in the vehicle settings.

Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
Another new driver assistive technology included with AcuraWatch™, the Rear Cross Traffic Monitor works in conjunction with the MDX’s Blind Spot Information (BSI) radar sensors to enhance driver confidence when backing up. The system is especially useful when reversing in congested parking lots with an obstructed view from the driver’s seat.

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The system utilizes a pair of blind-spot radar units located in the rear bumper corners. When Reverse is selected and an approaching vehicle is detected, arrows indicating the approaching vehicle’s direction are shown on the center display’s rear camera image. An audible warning is simultaneously emitted.4

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