2017 Acura MDX: Full Review | Base, Technology, Advance & SH-AWD

For years, the Acura MDX has been wearing the awkward chrome mustache throughout the top of its grille…the last vestige of an ill-conceived beak that it sprouted for 2010 model yr. Well, that is gone for 2017. The grille (really a brand new stretched pentagon design) now nicely opened up, with a rather large….OK, gargantuan… Acura stock emblem in the middle. The hood, headlights, and fenders have gotten tweaks to accommodate the grille change. And it is all the major improvement.

The rear bumper of Acura MDX has been freshened as well… giving it a cleaner, more modern look.


The mechanical remain the same… a 3.5 liter V6 making 290 horsepower mated to 9-speed automated transmission and Acura’s SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system. It has idle stop… shutting off engine under certain conditions at stop signs, traffic lights and whereas in stop and go traffic (or in the drive through). The EPA fuel economy estimate is 19 city/26 highway.


The big news for 2017 is actually MDX we have not driven yet, the Sports Hybrid model. But the  2017 MDX AWD Advance does have just a few welcome tech additions to 2016 model we reviewed the bit over a year ago… lane departure warning, lane keeping help, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation and automated emergency braking.

You can get MDX for about $44,000 in base form, but ours was the all-wheel drive Advance model, with the base price of $56,000. It has the massive list of normal features. And thanks to Acura’s one price philosophy for its trim levels, there is no guesswork about what options will do to the tab. Add in $940 for destination and dealing with and it rings in at $57,000.

The Acura MDX has been one of my favorite large crossovers. It does everything right. If I’ve one misgiving, it’s that, for 57 large and change, the interior seems a bit… plain and plastic. For 10 grand less, Kia’s making a brighter, more inviting, more special feeling space in its Sorento SXL. Hopefully, having cleaned up MDX’s exterior, the interior is next on Acura’s to do list. Check More Car Reviews