The facelifted 2017 Acura MDX hits the road Wednesday. The starting sticker price for the best-selling luxury seven-seater is $43,950, up $900 bucks from the 2016 model. But the price hike comes with new added standard features.
First though let’s talk looks. The MDX gets a sharper face with new Diamond Pentagon grille. If it looks familiar that’s because it takes styling cues from Acura’s Precision Concept. It includes a more sculpted hood, front fascia and fenders, and renovated Jewel Eye headlights. Acura describes the look as “executive athletic.” Other new touches include a chrome rocker panel, reworked bumper with skid garnish, and resurrected visible dual exhaust pipes in bright finishers.
A 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC 24-valve V6 engine brings the power. The model peaks at 290-horsepower with 267 pound-feet of torque. Both AWD and FWD are available. Both drivetrains pair with Idle Stop. In terms of fuel economy, the FWD gets an EPA fuel economy of 20 city and 27 highway mpg. AWD adds Super Handling and gets one mpg less.
If fuel economy really gets you excited, a Sport Hybrid Super Handling AWD model joins the group later this year. The special hybrid will become the third in the Acura lineup to use the three-motor system.
The 2017 MDX comes with some new standard features including Electric Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, Auto High Beam, four 2.5-amp USB charging ports, and capless fuel filler. Optional tech features include Bi-Directional Keyless Remote Engine Start, two new 20-inch wheel and tire options, power folding side mirrors, and HD Traffic.
The 2017 MDX recently received a 5-star safety rating in government crash tests. It also features Acura’s AcuraWatch safety suite. It includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Road Departure Mitigation. In addition, all models come standard with a multi-angle rearview camera. All upper trims get blind spot information, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, and Auto High Beam.
Also check out the LED fog lights, genuine Olive Ash Burl or Black Limba wood interior, heated steering wheel, and Surround-View Camera System.
The new MDX hits the road June 22.