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ACURA MDX: WHAT IS NEW FOR 2016?

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Well, not a whole lot new going on with the 2016 MDX. That is because Acura revamped its luxury SUV just two years ago. The 3.5-liter V-6 continues to put out 290 horsepower @ 6200 rpm and 267 pounds-feet of torque @ 4500 rpm. But say goodbye to the 6-speed auto transmission, which has now been replaced by a nine-speed gearbox. Once again, the MDX is offered in front-wheel as well as all-wheel drive. Thanks to the Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), the driver can choose sport, normal and comfort settings.
Sporting a handsome look with its jewel-eye LED headlights, the cabin of the MDX is straightforward unlike Acuras of the past. The easy-to-use central control dial takes care of audio, navigation, phone systems. Like the RLX, this one also acquires the push-button gear selector. Storage space is abundant but our favorite is the supersized center console bin, which is 2 inches deeper and wider and 5 inches longer to accommodate even a laptop. The second-row seat can go fore and aft 6 inches so third-row passengers can slide in effortlessly. Other amenities are tri-zone auto climate control, power rear tailgate and moon roof, 10-way power front seats and wood trim.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, driver knee airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes, front/rear crumple zones, side-impact door beams, vehicle stability assist with traction control, lane departure warning and lane-keep assist (which maintains the ride in its path), blind-spot monitor, collision mitigation system, multi-angle rearview camera, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system.
Boasting quick acceleration, the versatile MDX provides well-balancing handling, decent fuel economy, plentiful cargo and passenger space, and a plethora of luxury accoutrements.

MDX (AWD)
Tires: 245/55R19 all season
Wheelbase: 111 inches
Length: 193.6 inches
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multilink rear
Steering: motion-adaptive electric power
Fuel capacity: 19.5 gallons
City: 19 mpg
Highway: 26 mpg
Base price: $57,080
Web site: www.acura.com

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