Lots of improvements for 2010; lots of power with good handling; tons of available technology
The MDX has a new 3.7L V6 VTEC engine under the hood that achieves 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. This kind of performance does require 91 octane gasoline, but Acura makes up for it with no scheduled tune-ups for 100,000 miles. The MDX is the first Acura to have a new sequential SportShift automatic 6-speed transmission installed.
The MDX utilizes Acura's Super Handling all wheel drive system, which was designed to grip the road in dry conditions as well as wet, plus reduce understeer. The system also includes Hill Logic, which puts power to the rear wheels on steep inclines. There's independent suspension front and rear, and 18-inch wheels with 4-wheel disc brakes, anti-lock brakes and brake assist. And all this was put to the test on the famously grueling and twisty Nurburgring course in Germany.
The MDX has done well in safety testing, thanks to standard equipment like stability assist, tire pressure monitoring, six airbags, and energy-absorbing knee bolsters. The optional Collision Mitigation Braking System uses a radar transmitter behind the grille to determine the speed and distance of the vehicle ahead of the MDX. If there's a possible collision about to occur, the driver first gets a visual warning. If no action is taken, the system tenses the seatbelt and applies light braking. If the collision is unavoidable, the system goes right for strong braking and tightened seatbelts.
The interior features power-adjustable, heated front seats and theater-style raised second row seats that slide forward for easy access to the third row. Three-zone automatic climate control is standard, along with power windows and moonroof. A 6-CD stereo system with XM satellite radio has speed-dependent volume that adjusts as you drive.
The really fun stuff comes with several packages of options. The Technology Package adds a nav system with Zagat restaurant reviews and real-time traffic, a 10-speaker sound system with iPod integration and USB, voice recognition, and GPS-linked temperature control. It even adds a premium leather-trimmed upgrade to the interior.
The Advance Package includes everything above, plus and active damper sport suspension, perforated leather-trimmed interior, heated and ventilated front seats, a blind spot information system, adaptive cruise control, and the Collision Mitigation Braking System. It also gets 19-inch, 7-spoke alloy wheels and auto-leveling headlights.
The Entertainment Package can be added to either the Technology or Advance package. It brings a DVD entertainment system to the rear seats, heated second-row seats, and a 115-volt power outlet to the front center console.
The MDX got quite a makeover for 2010, including a revamped, love-it-or-hate-it V-shaped grille that brings the SUV in line with the rest of Acura's design language. Headlights and exhaust pipes got a more subtle treatment, while the interior retains the same layout with upgraded materials and technology.
The biggest difference for 2010 is in the drivetrain, where the MDX is the first Acura to receive Honda's 6-speed automatic transmission, which in this case is mated to a new 3.7L V6. The combination is quick and smooth, and the extra gear at the top offers a one mile per gallon lift to the gas mileage over 2009.
This 7-seater SUV has a nice array of standard features even at the base level, and the options list is pretty lengthy. There's plenty of room for a family and its gear -- and the MDX includes 10 cupholders for just such duty. Fit and finish is across the board excellent, and a very quiet cabin. Super Handling all wheel drive is more for on-pavement performance than off-roading, but for those looking for a minivan or station wagon upgrade, the MDX performs admirably.
Vehicle Price: 43,090.00
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