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ACURA MDX: WHAT IS NEW FOR 2017?

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Well, except for a revamped exterior fascia and some standard luxury add-ons, the 2017 MDX does not see a whole lot of changes. That is because Acura revamped its luxury SUV a couple years ago. The 3.5-liter V-6 continues to develop 290 horsepower @ 6200 rpm and 267 pounds-feet of torque @ 4500 rpm. And one could not have a smoother nine-speed gearbox. Once again, the MDX is offered in front-wheel and all-wheel drive. Thanks to the Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), the driver can choose sport, normal and comfort settings. Looking to save fuel? The Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system can operate in three or four cylinder modes for substantial fuel savings.
Out go the familiar jewel-eye headlights to be replaced by a new diamond-pentagon grille along with a new hood, fenders and LED headlights. Other standard features for 2017 are electric parking brake with auto brake hold, auto high-beam headlights, cap less fuel system, and extra USB charging ports. The supersized center console bin, which is 2 inches deeper and wider and 5 inches longer, can accommodate a laptop. And the second-row seat can go fore and aft 6 inches so third-row passengers can settle in effortlessly. Other amenities are tri-zone auto climate control, power rear tailgate and moon roof, 10-way power front seats and wood trim.
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 are standard. These now include all the safety technology that comes with AcuraWatch.
Packed with tech-savvy trimmings, the solid MDX displays swift acceleration, lavish cargo/passenger space and worthy fuel economy despite its nearly 4,300-pound weight.

MDX (AWD)
Tires: 245/55R19 all season
Wheelbase: 111 inches
Length: 196.2 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: $58,400
Web site: www.acura.com

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