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2016 Acura MDX

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Overview

With room for seven and an impressive load of standard equipment, the Acura MDX remains a relative bargain in the realm of luxury crossovers. Its reasonable approach to premium family travel seems about right for a target market that still has bills to pay.

What's New for 2016

The MDX gains a nine-speed automatic transmission, and most available safety features are bundled into a new package called AcuraWatch Plus.

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Choosing Your Acura MDX

The MDX ranks as midsize, offering three rows of seating, but less interior room overall than the largest crossovers. That said, cargo space is undeniably generous at 91 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The standard power-sliding second row is a welcome touch that allows third-row passengers get in and out with dignity.

The sole engine is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower, matched to a new nine speed automatic transmission with push-button controls (replacing last year's six-speed unit). All-wheel drive is available in place of the standard front-drive setup. Properly equipped, the MDX can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

The standard cabin is lavishly equipped with leather upholstery, heated front seats with driver memory, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and an eight-speaker sound system with Internet and satellite radio. Tech features include Bluetooth phone and audio, a multi-angle rearview camera and dual display screens. Also standard are LED headlamps, a sunroof, a power liftgate and keyless ignition. The MDX rolls on 18-inch wheels.

You can build on this single trim level with a series of option packages:

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AcuraWatch Plus

Adds a suite of safety technology, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation with automatic braking, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and road departure mitigation.

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Technology

Gets you a navigation system and a 10-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound system, both with voice controls. Other perks including rain-sensing wipers, solar-sensing climate control and 19-inch wheels.

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Entertainment

Treats rear passengers to a DVD entertainment system, plus heated seats, sunshades and a household-style power outlet. Note that the Technology package is required with this package, meaning you've now added a stiff total of $6,425 to the MDX's base MSRP.

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Advance

Includes the contents of the AcuraWatch Plus and Technology packages, plus upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, remote start, roof rails, front and rear parking sensors and (optional) an upgraded version of the Entertainment package. You also get an engine stop-start function to conserve fuel.

There are no individual options for the MDX beyond the usual dealer-installed accessories.

CarsDirect Tip

For all its advanced safety features, the AcuraWatch Plus bundle adds only $1,500 to the base price. We wouldn't buy an MDX without it. Other packages include lots of features for the money, but it can all add up. When fully loaded, the price for an MDX with Advance and Entertainment packages soars to $55,080, or $57,080 with all-wheel drive.

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Small crossovers are getting more popular with each passing year, but Acura still caters to buyers who want a midsize SUV with room for up to seven-passengers with the excellent MDX.

Pricing and Equipment

In its base format, the 2016 Acura MDX runs $42,865 with front-wheel drive; this rises to $44,865 with all-wheel drive. Key standard features include:

  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Jewel-eye headlights
  • Automatic climate control
  • Homelink
  • Power liftgate

If you are looking for a fully loaded model, you can opt for the MDX with the Tech, Entertainment, and AcuraWatch Plus packages for $50,490 with front-wheel drive or $52,490.

Performance Pros

The MDX has only one engine -- a Honda-sourced 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque -- and we think it provides a perfect balance of performance and smoothness for serene highway cruising.

  • The MDX is pretty nimble for a larger midsize crossover.
  • It also features a great all-wheel drive system.

Performance Cons

  • A new nine-speed automatic transmission tends to hunt for gears.
  • The MDX isn't a very capable tow vehicle.

Interior Pros

We tend to find Acura's interiors refined and uncluttered. The MDX is no exception.

  • The cabin offers a relaxed atmosphere that doesn't try to prove its worth through glitzy add-ons.
  • Room for seven passengers is a rarity these days.

Interior Cons

All of that tasteful understatement can sometimes seem a little blah:

  • Interior design lacks distinction.
  • The center stack's layout isn't quite right.
  • Chrome can catch the sun and temporarily blind the driver.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Though it is big and relatively bulky, the MDX is one of the more nimble crossovers on the market. This is even truer when buyers opt for the capable all-wheel drive system.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The new nine-speed auto transmission not only hunts for gears, but doesn't even improve fuel economy. In fact, the EPA rating for highway fuel economy is actually 1 mpg lower than in 2015.

The Bottom Line

The Acura MDX is an ideal choice for buyers who want a luxury crossover with plenty of space, a reputation for reliability, and a less flashy badge. It's also less expensive than many premium competitors.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 290 HP / 267 ft.lbs.
Transmission
9-spd Sequential SportShift w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 27 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 290 HP / 267 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 27 / 23 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size / Steel
Fuel Tank
19.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$75
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
68.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
132 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
193.6 "
Exterior Width
77.2 "
Exterior Height
67.6 "
Front Headroom
38.1 "
Rear Headroom
38.3 "
Front Legroom
41.5 "
Rear Legroom
36.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
61.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
59.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,960 Lbs. / 3,964 Lbs. / 4,001 Lbs. / 4,004 Lbs. / 4,169 Lbs. / 4,026 Lbs. / 4,037 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Painted Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored With Stainless Steel Insert
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
7
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Acura/els Studio Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
8 / 10 Acura/els Studio / 12 Acura/els Studio
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3 / 2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Smartvent Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Smartvent Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation / Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear / Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

Used 2016 Acura MDX for Sale

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3.5L
Color: Gray
Price

$14,990

Mileage

114,940 mi

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Austra Motors (4 mi)

Phone: (310) 973-0409
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FWD w/ Technology Package
Color: Gray
Price

$16,977

Mileage

108,925 mi

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Karplus Warehouse Inc. (23 mi)

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FWD w/ Advance & Entertainment
Color: White
Price

$17,337

Mileage

105,324 mi

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Karplus Warehouse Inc. (23 mi)

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3.5L 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
Color: White
Price

$17,498

Mileage

111,784 mi

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