"Executive Class Travel"
The 2016 Acura MDX gets a few upgrades from last year’s model. Some notable mentions included the all-new nine-speed automatic transmission, revised all-wheel-drive system and updated mobile technology.
The 2015 Acura MDX has some of the most comfortable seats around with a driver 10-way power adjustment including 2-way power lumbar support and front passenger’s seat with 8-way power adjustment all with leather trim. The first and second row positions have heated seats and the Elite Package includes cooled seats with Perforated Premium Milano leather-trimmed interior. There is ample room and what make it so versatile is the 50/50 split flat-folding 3rd row bench seat and the 60/40 split folding second row seats. There are so many convenient features in the MDX of which include the remote-linked 2-position memory system for the driver’s seat, side mirrors, steering column, audio function and climate control. Also a new feature this year is the easy-entry driver seat, giving the MDX a more luxurious feel. The climate control is tri-zone front and rear synchronized automatic climate control with humidity control, sun position detection system and air-filtration system. The centre stack has be redesigned and allows for ease of use and the centre console now provides enough space to accommodate a laptop. The Elite Package gets upgraded to Acura/ELS Surround® 546-watt Premium Audio System with DVD-Audio, AM/FM/XM®† tuner, MP3/Windows Media® Audio compatibility, DTS®, Dolby® Pro LogicTM II and 12 speakers and a subwoofer with Acura DVD Entertainment System with 9-inch display, integrated remote control, and wireless headsets with personal surround sound that includes a USB device connector. The MDX now was Siri Eyes free voice controls making it a lot easier to control Apple devices.
|300 hp @ 6300 rpm|
|Torque||270 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm|
|3.7-litre, 24-valve, SOHC, VTEC® V-6|
|3.7-litre, 24-valve, SOHC, VTEC® V-6|
The 2016 MDX has an all-new sequential sportshift, 9-speed automatic transmission with push-button gear selection. The 3.5 litre, i-VTEC V-6 engine produces 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque with paddle shifters and super handling all-wheel drive. When using the paddle shifters the response is 5 times quicker than the 2015 model. The handling on this SUV is excellent and with a lower than normal sitting position you can feel the MDX hug the road and not be worried about roll-over. It is pre-wired for a trailer connection with a towing capacity of 5000lbs. Another great feature is the adaptive cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls, this is great for those long road trips as well as the integrated dynamic system that allows the driver to choose which mode they would prefer to drive in, either normal, sport or comfort and the steering, throttle response and even sound of engine will match the mood.
The 2016 MDX has not changed much on the exterior from last year’s model. The MDX still has the signature jewel eye LED headlight system that uses 5 separate high intensity LED lamps and ultra-reflective lenses to give power illumination and a signature look. The MDX comes fully equipped with dual-outlet exhaust, fog lights, front and rear splash guards, body-coloured heated power folding, power-adjusting side mirrors, power moon-roof is tilt with auto open/close. The tailgate is also power which come in handy when your hands are full.
The MDX is still one of the safest vehicles on the road with numerous safety features including the Acurawatch which consists of adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning system and lane keeping assist system. Also included in all MDX are dual-stage dual threshold front airbags, front side airbags with occupant position detection system, active front seat head restraints and three row side curtain airbags with rollover sensor. There is also co-operative vehicle stability assist with traction control for those ever changing road conditions automatically detects and corrects your understeer or oversteer by monitoring the driving conditions and adjusting the throttle and or brakes. The Elite Package also came equipped with the blind spot detection system that notifies the driver whenever someone is in their blind-spot area, the indicator is located inside the cabin on the doors by the side mirrors which is great as many other vehicles have them on the actual outside mirrors.
By: Aman Nijjer