2017 Acura MDX review with video

 


2017 Acura MDXThe basics:

Base price: $53,690 + taxes
As tested: $65,790 + taxes
Average fuel economy over our week of testing: 10.8 L/100 kms (22 MPG)
Competition: Infiniti QX60, Lexus RX, Mazda CX-9, Volvo XC90, etc.

The MDX has had a refresh for 2017 and it offers some excellent bang for your buck in the luxury, seven passenger SUV segment. New for this year, the front of the MDX has had an exterior face lift, there are some more premium interior touches, there’s a 360 degree parking camera available, you can get a six passenger trim with more luxurious second row captains seats and all trims of the MDX now come with the AcuraWatch system (which includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist technology and autonomous emergency braking). Also coming for the 2017 model year, although not available yet, is a Sport Hybrid model of the MDX that is supposed to be both more efficient and peppy. Take a look at our MDX video review above then scroll through our pros and cons below.

2017 Acura MDXPros:
– Standard equipment in all trims of the MDX is impressive: all wheel drive, seven passenger seating, LED headlights, paddle shifters, leather, keyless access with bush button start, power tailgate and heated front seats
– Acura has tuned its ride very nicely in the MDX. Unlike many of its European competitors, which feel quite stiff and rough, the MDX is more of a comfortable cruiser than a sportscar
– Cabin noise is also excellent at 61 decibels at 100 kms/hr – according to our tests
РThe quality of materials used in the interior are excellent and feel very premium Рespecially with the addition of satin finished wood and new stitching details in the higher level trims for 2017
– Cargo capacity is an impressive 1230 litres with the third row down or a much tighter but still usable 447 litres with that third row up
– The car seat anchors are much easier to access than Toyota or Lexus products
– The MDX has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, which gives you a lot of options for moderately sized trailers or boats

2017 Acura MDXCons:
– While fuel efficiency on the highway was a rather impressive 8.5 L/100 kms for us during our test, city economy wasn’t as respectable. We averaged around 13 L/100 kms on urban roads
– The interior has a lot going on. The infotainment system is spread out over two screens and there are a lot of buttons. Despite all that, certain features are buried in the touch screen menu (adjusting the heated seats, turning the air conditioner on or off, etc.). The MDX could certainly have a more streamlined, intuitive interior
– Seats in the MDX are rather soft compared to the more supportive, firm seats in the recently tested Audi Q7 or Volvo XC90. This will be a matter of personal preference
– The second and third rows are more cramped than we expected and are tighter than many of the other competitors
– Higher level trims of the MDX have a DVD entertainment system built into the ceiling of the second row. We’d rather forego this system and instead have a panorama sunroof, which is not an option
– The rear tailgate is a bit low for taller adults. At 6’2, I was having to duck down every time I loaded things into the trunk
– And for families with dogs, the trunk also has a rather high sill. So older or smaller dogs may have a hard time jumping up under their own steam

Family Wheels report card:

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 3/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 4.5/5 (61 dB)
Family Wheels performance score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels value score: 4/5

Family Wheels overall score: 38.5/50= 77%

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