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2016 Acura MDX 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.
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:
There are no individual options for the MDX beyond the usual dealer-installed accessories.
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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