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Significantly Refreshed 2017 Acura MDX comes to dealers June 22, 2016

The best selling premium midsize SUV in North America comes to select Acura dealers this week with a bolder new look, greater wheel selection, improved interior and more. Is this enough to keep MDX sales momentum moving forward?

New Diamond Grill, slight trim treatment upgrades, an available second row “captain’s chair layout,” expanded wheel selection, standard advanced safety features and a near future sports hybrid option comes with Acura’s refreshed 2017 MDX 3 row -- the best selling premium SUV in North America.

Acura Precision Concept inspired grill

While attending the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, Torque News had the opportunity to interview Acura designer Michelle Christensen. To state the she is as dynamic as the cars she designs is an understatement. First and foremost Michelle is an artist. As the lead body designer of the 2017 Acura NSX and Acura Precision Concept, Ms Christensen has been a driving force in bringing Acura MDX design into the future.

Gone is the “beak,” frankly the only MDX detractor noted by Torque News readers. Of Course there's much more to the 2017 MDX refresh than a redesigned grill, body trim and oversized wheel designs. In short, 2017 Acura MDX will come to market with a surprise or two.

A word from Acura’s vice president and general manager Mr. Jon Ikeda

"We're raising the Acura MDX's game for 2017 with premium new features and technologies that luxury SUV buyers want, complemented by bold, new styling we know they're going to love," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager, Acura Division. "Backed by its high-performance credentials, the 2017 MDX has advanced its competitiveness and will continue its legacy of leadership as the best-selling three-row luxury SUV in America."

MDX Is all about purchase value and premium content


*All 2017 Acura MDX models come equipped with the AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies: Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

All models also come equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera, and upper grades add blind spot information (BSI), front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and new Auto High Beam.

Combining AcuraWatch with Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the 2017 MDX delivers intelligent safety and confident driving performance at the top of the competitive segment and targets top safety ratings; a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has already been achieved, and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is anticipated.


The 2017 MDX leads its class with its combination of refined and responsive power and outstanding fuel efficiency. The 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC® 24-valve V-6 engine is rated at 290 peak horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. peak torque.

The 2017 MDX with front-wheel drive and Idle Stop has an EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city/27 highway/23 combined, and MDX with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and Idle Stop is EPA rated at 19 mpg city/26 highway/22 combined.

The MDX also meets the stringent EPA Tier 3/Bin 125 and CARB LEVIII ULEV-125 emissions standards.

An available Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) powertrain variant will be available later in the year, making MDX the third model in Acura's lineup to utilize its revolutionary three-motor Sport Hybrid powertrain with electric torque vectoring.

Keeping it short and sweet: I love driving MDX. It’s quiet, fuel efficient,powerful and easily maneuvered in and out of town. In SH-AWD trim, MDX is as happy on a gravel road as it is on the highway. On a long trip, I find MDX to be virtually fatigue free when behind the wheel and nap inducing when riding in the second row. For those of us that don’t require 7 passenger accommodations, I believe the optional second row captain's chair layout to be ideal.

With a beginning MSRP of $43,950 ( FWD MDX) when compared to import and domestic competition, dollar for dollar, 2017 Acura MDX will once again represent a measurable bargain in the premium midsize 3-row SUV segment. You may catch our latest drive and ride review here.

*American Honda Motor Company, Acura Division 2016