By NITISH S. RELE – firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduced in 2001, the MDX has undergone a transformation over the years. All for the good, of course. After nearly two decades, the stylish three-row midsize luxury SUV from Acura still possesses tremendous liveliness to go the distance. And during the journey, occupants can enjoy the coddling amid all the bells and whistles, especially the tech type.
A 3.5-liter V-6 engine puts out 290 horsepower @ 6200 rpm and 267 pounds-feet of torque @ 4500 rpm. And one couldn’t have a smoother nine-speed gearbox. Once again, the MDX is offered in front-wheel and all-wheel drive (our test drive). If a slightly energetic ride is to your liking, change the shifter into sport mode. Looking to save fuel? The Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system can operate in three or four cylinder modes for substantial fuel savings. An independent double wishbone front and a multilink rear suspension boost the SUV’s handling capabilities. If you come across untoward road conditions or a sharp curve, the motion-adaptive power steering offers a solid on-center feel. As a result, the 20-inch tires stay glued to the path.
Up front, it’s an attention-grabber with jewel-eye LED headlamps and daytime running lights flanking the signature diamond pentagon grille. The cabin is awash in extravagance with red/black cooled leather seats and Alcantara inserts (also on the doors), sport medals, distinct A-Spec trim instrument gauges and a thicker steering wheel. 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. The vast under floor bin in the cargo hold is a smart space saver. Passenger volume is a competitive 132.7 cubic feet. Other amenities are tri-zone auto a/c, power rear tailgate and moon roof, 12-way power heated/cooled front seats and noticeable metallic trim.
And if you are looking for exclusivity, Acura has introduced an MDX Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) edition limited to just 330 models in Valencia Red Pearl. It’s one way of inching closer to owning a supercar. Yes, the PMC has been hand-assembled by the same wizards behind the track weapon, the Acura NSX.
Making the invigorating ride secure are standard 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.
Packed with tech-savvy add-ons, the best-selling three-row luxury vehicle of all time (over 1 million units sold) displays swift acceleration, lavish cargo/passenger space and worthy fuel economy.
MDX (AWD WITH A-SPEC)
Tires: 265/45R20 all season
Wheelbase: 111 inches
Length: 196.2 inches
Width: 77.7 inches
Height: 67.4 inches
Weight: 4,486 pounds
Fuel capacity: 19.5 gallons
City: 19 mpg
Highway: 25 mpg
Base price: $54,900
Price as tested: $55,895
Web site: www.acura.com