The 2016 Acura MDX is a seven-seater luxury crossover by Acura. The 2016 Acura MDX gets a standard nine-speed automatic transmission with a choice of paddle shifters, an optional suite of safety technologies called AcuraWatch Plus, and a revised all-wheel-drive system that Acura says is lighter and more responsive. will have a management system. Other changes include a standard frameless rearview mirror, Siri Eyes Free voice controls for compatible Apple devices, a driver’s seat for easy access, and automatic stop-start.
Overall levels of wind and road noise are fairly low, something the MDX has improved significantly in recent years. The all-wheel-drive version is particularly adept at putting power out of corners. Standard features include 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, heated mirrors, a power liftgate, sunroof, rear privacy glass, keyless entry and ignition, eight-way heated power front seats, driver memory settings, power tilt, and a telescopic steering wheel, leather upholstery, three-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Technology highlights include dual dashboard displays, multi-angle rearview camera, Bluetooth phone, and audio connectivity, Siri Eyes Free voice controls for compatible Apple devices, eight-speaker sound system with CD player, iPod/USB interface, Pandora and Aha compatibility, and satellite radio. The AcuraWatch Plus package adds collision mitigation with automatic braking, lane keep assist, lane departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.
2016 Acura MDX : Interior
Acura MDX is one of the most functional luxury crossovers. Its front seats are well-shaped and supportive, even if they lack the extra adjustability offered by some competitors in the segment. The second-row seats slide fore-and-aft for added flexibility and provide legroom in their rearmost position. It also slides forward to access the third row with the push of a button, but the resulting transition is very small, especially compared to the Infiniti QX60. The third row is best suited for children, as only small, lanky adults can fit there, but it’s great for a seven-passenger luxury SUV. If you want something bigger, you’ll need to step up to a non-luxury model.
Interior storage is excellent, with large cupholders and door bins, as well as a deep center basket that can hold a small wallet or tablet. The MDX doesn’t give you much room for groceries in the three-row seats, but folding down those rearmost seats opens up respectable space that’s good for long road trips. When you fold the second and third rows, its maximum cargo capacity is better than most two-row midsize crossovers but less than base models like the 2016 Honda Pilot.
The cabin is carefully constructed with quality materials, but it lacks the style and luxury ambiance of rivals like the Lexus RX and Volvo XC60. It just feels less special. If you look closely, there are some Honda-grade plastics and switches. Some of the intuitive controls are also problematic. The push-button gear selector is unusual, requiring you to press the switch for Reverse and buttons for Park and Drive. The dual-screen infotainment system is also confusing, especially for the audio system.
2016 Acura MDX : Engine
The 2016 Acura MDX uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is a front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) available as an option. EPA-estimated fuel economy starts at 22 mpg (19 city/27 highway) combined with front-wheel drive. Adding the Advance package with automatic parking to the front-wheel-drive MDX boosts the rating to 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway). As for the AWD models, they return 21 mpg (18/26) in standard form and 22 mpg (19/26) combined with the Advance package. In testing, the 2016 MDX with SH-AWD went from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, making it a solid, mid-range performer. A properly equipped MDX can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
2016 Acura MDX : Safety
Standard safety equipment for the 2016 Acura MDX includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, driver’s knee airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints. A rearview camera is also standard, and AWD models come with a trailer towing stabilizer. Optional or standard, depending on trim level, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic braking to mitigate a frontal collision, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and lane departure mitigation. The latter combines the functions of a camera-based lane-keeping system and an automatic braking system to help you avoid hitting curbs on the road.
In brake testing, the MDX required 122 feet to come to a stop from 60 mph, which is a good stop but showed brake wear on subsequent stops. This can be a problem on hilly roads and grades. In government crash tests, the MDX earned a perfect five-star overall rating, five stars for total frontal impact, and safety, and five stars for overall side-impact safety. The MDX also scored the highest score in all categories in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash tests, plus the second-best “Advanced” score for the front crash mitigation system. got an “or” rating.