The 2017 Acura MDX is a great choice for midsize SUV shoppers who want a sporty luxury vehicle with three rows of seats. Customers visit the Henderson area Acura Dealership to buy the MDX because of its famed reliability, excellent resale value and a powerful V6 engine that delivers excellent fuel economy. The MDX features an advanced torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system (SH-AWD) to provide excellent handling.
The base model comes with a long list of standard features, including advanced driver assistance features that don’t usually come standard in other cars. The Acura MDX was awarded 2017 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money by U.S. News & World Report for its combination of quality and value in its category.
For 2017, the Acura MDX gets an update that includes a new front end with a revised grille and headlights. Other new features that come standard include an electronic parking brake, capless fueling, additional USB ports, auto high beams and the AcuraWatch safety system (formerly an option on some MDX trims). New optional features for 2017 include 20-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel, second-row captain's chairs, upgraded wood trim, automatic locking, LED foglights, power-folding mirrors and a surround-view camera system.
Consumers and automotive reviewers give thumbs up to the 2017 Acura MDX. Kelley Blue Book wrote: "If you want a 3-row luxury SUV with standout safety features, a long list of amenities, plenty of power and a solid reputation, the 2017 Acura MDX is a smart choice."
The 2017 Acura MDX can seat up to seven passengers and is available in three trim levels that come in the form of packages: Standard, Technology and Advance. There’s also a hybrid MDX, which we aren’t reviewing here. Technology and Advanced models can get the optional Entertainment package.
Power is supplied by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel drive are both available. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2017 Acura MDX is 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway with front-wheel drive (FWD), 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway for FWD with auto idle stop, 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway for all-wheel drive (AWD) and 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway for AWD with auto idle stop.*
The MDX delivers a great ride. Although it’s an SUV, it drives like a smaller vehicle. The MDX’s accurate steering makes it easy to drive through tight spaces. The suspension provides the perfect balance of sportiness and comfort, easily absorbing bumps in the road. Cornering is a breeze, without appreciable body roll.
Standard safety gear for the 2017 Acura MDX incudes four-wheel antilock brakes with ABS, brake assist, stability and traction control, auto-on headlights, daytime running lights, child safety locks, integrated turn signal mirrors, a full complement of air bags, a blind spot monitor and lane departure warning. The standard AcuraWatch system provides adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, road-departure mitigation and lane-keeping assist. * All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.