The quickest way to describe Acura’s MDX is to say that it’s an experience that powerfully blends refinement with sporty performance. This premium family SUV embodies Acura’s design philosophies when it comes to luxury and functionality and more specifically their idea of creating a synergy between owner and machine. With the capability to comfortably seat up to 8 people and a high-end finish on every component, you are sure to get a ride that few SUV’s can match in this price range.
At first sight you will notice that the car was created in the image of a ‘luxury family jet’, characterized by a streamlined, slender, yet powerful shape. The comparison continues when you take an even deeper look at the new levels of sophistication that the carmaker keeps bringing to the table every year.
Acura continues its tradition of providing owners with one of the best ratings for fuel consumption, safety and performance without taking away from the luxurious feel the car is meant to invoke.
In terms of the exterior structure, the body was heavily refined in wind tunnels of the company’s Ohio R&D Center to deliver one of Acura’s most aerodynamic cars to date. Paired with an incredible 3.5L V6 engine (3.7L on later iterations) and 5 to 9-speed automatic transmission, the MDX can deliver up to 321HP and a top speed of 137mph.
This is quite amazing, considering the size of the car. Acura’s signature Jewel Eye LED Headlights are present with bumper mounted fog lamps being offered as an option. The trunk space is also surprisingly big, considering the MDX is meant to seat up to 8 people.
But that’s not at all! The exterior is rounded off with an air-tight closing structure and three-layer dampeners for insulation. This in addition to the use of better sound-reducing materials, expanded body welds and noise-insulating glass creates an upscale riding experience for the passengers that isn’t easily matched. The wide body design allows for very adequate legroom in the three rows of seating as well as the option to easily fold the back row in order to make more room for luggage.
Great noise reduction and headroom aren’t the only things the interior’s got going on. The MDX’s cabin features seating with a luxurious natural leather finish, LED screens for use of the infotainment system by the passengers and a button controlled panoramic sunroof. With climate control available both in the front and the back, along with heated seating, the passengers of this SUV are sure to have an incredible trip.
It also features your standard array of infotainment options such as GPS navigation, surround sound speakers, AcuraLink functionality for real-time traffic reporting, adaptive cruise control and even a blind spot monitor along with an optional 360-degree camera. You even get a foot sensor for hands free access to the trunk when the key fob is detected.
The inclusions of fancier tech doesn’t stop with just convenience and entertainment. The MDX has a wide array of safety features designed to give you the highest possible peace of mind. On top of your standard inclusions we also have Acura’s newer Collision Mitigation Braking System as well as the new generation of Anti-lock Braking Systems and driver’s knee airbag.
Overall the MDX is a very well-rounded package that brings Acura’s “premium cars at a great price’ design philosophy to the SUV world. Few competitors offer the complete package you can get here at this price point. Whether you have a big family or just need the extra space, this midsize SUV will surely provide it and with a premium, luxury finish.