Acura introduced an all-new MDX last year and although it looks exactly the same as the old model, it’s actually quite new all around.
Not only is every body panel different, but the current MDX is lighter, more fuel efficient, and even faster than the outgoing model.
That’s because it manages to be one of the lightest cars in its class, weighing in at just a tad over 4,300lbs. It even drives like that, gunning for examples like the BMW X5 and the Mercedes-Benz ML. So despite being for affluent soccer moms and dads, it’s actually one of the best driving cars in the segment, bar-none. It’s agile feeling and quick, especially when you consider how big and spacious it is.
Power is provided by Honda’s rev-happy and lively 3.5L J-Series EarthDreams V6 to produce 290hp and 267 lb-ft of twist. But it feels way more than that, thanks to a quick-shifting six-speed automatic, it’s relatively low curb weight and engaging demeanor. The 2016 model does come with a new nine-speed automatic, however. But despite the older six-speed automatic, fuel economy was also exceptionally good. No turbocharger help here either.
But in addition to being excellent to drive, the MDX do a good job at being a family crossover too? Find out in my review at AutoNation.
– By: Chris Chin