2016 Acura MDX review, hybrid, changes

The 2016 Acura MDX has been redesigned to make it more competitive against one of its main competitors, the Lexus RX, which in turn has also undergone some serious redesign work. The biggest change to the Acura MDX is to its drivetrain. The company however plans to continue with the 3.5-liter V6 engine that powers up the 2014 model. This engine is capable of producing 290 horsepower. However, the company has discarded the six-speed transmission and replaced it with an outstanding and technologically advanced nine-speed transmission.

2016 Acura MDX front


Inside the 2016 Acura MDX, the rearview mirror in all variants does not have a frame. In addition, features like Apple Siri Eyes Free voice recognition and an adjustable driver’s seat make things more comfortable inside the cabin. A nice multiple view rearview camera is capable of detecting cross traffic in the rear and there is also a lane-keeping assist cum lane-departure warning that along with a front collision warning system again make things more interesting. The best feature that is available as an option is the Road Departure Mitigation, which helps to keep your  2016 Acura MDX in the correct lane. If you also opt for the Advance trim, then you also get remote engine start and a good stop start system as well as head-up warning system.

2016 Acura MDX interior

Once you take the Acura MDX on the road, you will enjoy a very satisfying driving experience. This crossover vehicle that boasts of three rows of seating and a very quiet cabin at high speeds is also very athletic. Although the 3.5-liter V6 engine is not the most powerful one, it is still capable of performing well and acceleration is also very satisfactory.


Even though the new transmission has three extra ratios, it is still capable of saving sixty-six pounds over its predecessor. Gear selection is also done electronically through use of pushbuttons. The company also offers a new SH-AWD system, which features a dual clutch as well as more. The only trouble with using a nine-speed transmission is that it does not improve fuel efficiency. The EPA ratings for the front-wheel variant are 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway. This is one mile per gallon less than the earlier models. With the all-wheel drive, the EPA ratings are 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway, which is almost the same as earlier versions. With the new idle-stop feature, the mileage improves by 1 mile per gallon on both versions.

2016 Acura MDX rear

2016 Acura MDX: Release Date and Price

The 2016 Acura MDX is already in the salesrooms and it can be bought for a starting price of 43 785 for the base version. For a higher end variant the price starts at 57 000 dollars. The 2016 Acura MDX boasts of a number of updates of which the most important one is its nine-speed automatic transmission. In addition, the AcuraWatch comes with some of the most advanced technologies. The nice thing about opting for the 2016 Acura MDX is that it comes with many standard features that besides being very useful are normally not available in other vehicles. This is one of the most compelling reasons to go out and buy the new 2016 Acura MDX.

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