Review and Road Test: 2017 Acura MDX AWD Advance

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The second row of seats is quite comfortable but drivers should plan to limit third-row use to children and people whom you don’t wish to see very often.

Another area where improvement is needed is the dual-screen infotainment system. While this kind of system is a welcome addition in the current Honda Accord, it seems out of place in the Acura world. At times it almost seems useful, but it is slow compared to more modern systems and often it can be rather frustrating to use.

The 2017 MDX comes standard with the AcuraWatch driver-assistance tech package that includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, and radar adaptive cruise control. All of these technologies worked really well, which often isn’t the case.

BOTTOM LINE

While we question why Acura updated the grille and not the infotainment system, which was more in need of an improvement, we nonetheless enjoyed our time with the MDX and wish it could have stayed longer.

THE DETAILS

2017 Acura MDX AWD Advance
Base price/price-as-tested $56,400/$57,340
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower/Torque 290 / 267
Transmission 9-speed
Curb weight (lbs) 4,222
Wheelbase (inches) 111.0
Length x width x height (inches) 196.2 x 77.2 x 67.4
0-60 mph (seconds) 6.0
Fuel economy (mpg) (city/hwy) 19/26

 

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