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2017 Acura MDX Review

Read,About Acura MDX 2017

Power Train

Acceleration is smooth and assertive. Although low-end torque is not this V6's strong suit, the nine-speed transmission does a great job of keeping the revs high at full sail. The MDX hits 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, which is more than respectable but a half-beat slower than the supercharged Audi Q7.

The nine-speed transmission is smoother-shifting for 2017 thanks to a software update, but the automatic engine stop-start function still takes too long to react off the line after coming to a stop. The MDX Sport Hybrid's three electric motors promise to enhance the base MDX's modest low-end oomph.

Whats New

The 2017 Acura MDX receives a comprehensive face-lift, including a new front end with fresh headlight and grille designs. A Sport Hybrid model debuts about halfway through the model year with more power and better fuel economy than the regular MDX. New standard features for 2017 include capless fueling, an electronic parking brake, auto high beams, additional USB ports and the AcuraWatch suite of active safety aids (previously optional on some MDX versions). Newly available features include 20-inch wheels, LED foglights, automatic locking when you walk away from the vehicle, power-folding mirrors, a surround-view camera system, a heated steering wheel, upgraded wood trim and second-row captain's chairs.

List of Styles Available in Acura MDX 2017


Generous array of features and active driver aids for the money; optional SH-AWD system enhances handling and all-season surefootedness; smooth and confident acceleration from the V6 engine; quiet, comfortable and spacious cabin


Touchscreen isn't user-friendly and graphics are subpar; cabin looks and feels less luxurious than some rivals; clunky auto stop-start function; adaptive cruise control can be slow to respond and abrupt when it does.


The MDX is spacious and versatile for the midsize luxury segment, and though its third row is tight, it's more usable than most. Still, mainstream models such as the mechanically related Honda Pilot are even more practical.

Acura has projected an image of advanced technology in recent years but hasn't always followed through. The MDX remains a mixed bag. It's smart device integration and host of advanced safety aids are impressive, but its clunky dual-screen interface and so-so graphics leave something to be desired.

Convenience and efficiency play a big part in vehicle utility, and here the MDX capitalizes. Total cargo volume isn't the biggest, but easy fold-flat seats make loading long items a breeze. Storage space in nooks and crannies is another win.


The 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 and optional Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive are key factors in making the MDX one of the most confident midsize SUVs in this price range. It’s not as thrilling as some competitors, but it is effortlessly capable.

Sharp, higher frequency bumps are felt through the 20-inch wheels (especially at lower speeds), but body motions are well-controlled and bigger undulations are nicely damped.