2017 Acura MDX Review

2017 Acura MDX photo
  1. Original MSRP$44,050 - $58,500
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)19/27 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSUV

2017 Acura MDX Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2017 Acura MDX photo
  1. Original MSRP$44,050 - $58,500
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)19/27 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSUV


By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 12/19/2017)

The 2017 Acura MDX is a three-row premium crossover providing reasonably priced luxury and well-rounded competence. Offering ample feature content, pleasing accommodations and confident handling, the MDX is supremely practical, but it’s also attractive and engaging.

Acura’s MDX provides seating for up to seven passengers, and it’s available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. It comes in a single trim that can be upgraded with Entertainment, Technology and Advance packages.

For 2017, the MDX benefits from refreshed sheet metal and receives a bold new diamond pentagon grille. Driver-assistive technologies such as automatic high-beam headlights have been added to the standard features list, along with an electric parking brake. Some of the MDX’s option packages also get additional feature content.


The 2017 Acura MDX’s sheet metal exudes power and confidence. From the front, a sculpted hood marked by deep character lines overlooks standard jewel-eye LED headlights and a self-assured five-cornered grille. A side view reveals standard features such a capless fuel-filler door and side mirrors with LED-integrated turn signals. From the back, the MDX’s standard dual exhaust tips and LED taillights command attention.

Base models come with 18-inch wheels, automatic high beams, a power sunroof, heated side mirrors with reverse-gear tilt-down function and a power-operated tailgate. Available upgrades include 20-inch wheels, power-folding side mirrors, side mirrors with automatic dimming, LED puddle lights and LED fog lights.


The MDX provides a cabin that’s roomy and nicely constructed. Cargo capacity behind the third row stands at 15 cubic feet, and this figure expands to a spacious 38.4 cubic feet with the third row folded. With the second row folded, the MDX offers 68.4 cubic feet for your belongings. A bench seat is standard in the second row, and second-row captain’s chairs that reduce seating capacity from seven to six are available as an option.

Base models are generously equipped and provide leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, a 60/40 split-folding second row, a 50/50-split folding third row, tri-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an electronic tilt-and-telescoping steering column and ambient cabin lighting. Available features include natural wood trim, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row outboard seats and premium leather upholstery with contrast piping and stitching.


The 2017 Acura MDX provides handling that’s pleasant and responsive. All models come with a 3.5-liter V6 good for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, and it’s teamed with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The MDX achieves an EPA rating of 19/27 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive and 18/26 mpg with all-wheel drive. An auto stop/start feature is available that boosts city mileage by 1 mpg in city driving with both drivetrains. The MDX tows up to 5,000 pounds.


The base MDX provides an eight-speaker sound system, MP3 compatibility, a CD player, satellite radio, a USB audio interface, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio connectivity, SMS text-message reading and push-button start. An 8-inch color display sits at the top of the center stack, while a 7-inch touch-screen resides directly below it. Standard driver-assistive features include a rearview camera, lane keeping assist, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control. Available features include a premium 10-speaker sound system, a navigation system, HD radio, a surround-view camera and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Black Copper Pearl
  • Dark Cherry Pearl
  • White Diamond Pearl
  • Fathom Blue Pearl
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Body style

  • Suv
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 20.0 X 8.0 Inches
  • Tire Type: 245/50r20 102h
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Rear Spoiler: Roofline
  • Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
  • Exhaust: Dual Tip/Integrated
  • Grille Color: Black/Chrome Surround
  • Window Trim: Chrome
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Chrome
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 77.7 Inches
  • Ground Clearance: 7.3 Inches
  • Angle Of Approach: 14.9 Degrees
  • Width: 77.7 Inches
  • Length: 196.2 Inches
  • Height: 67.4 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 111 Inches
  • Break-over Angle: 15.2 Degrees
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 5952 Pounds
  • Rear Track Width: 66.3 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 4471 Pounds
  • Angle Of Departure: 17.4 Degrees
  • Front Track Width: 66.3 Inches


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Rear Air Conditioning Zones: Single
  • Armrests: Rear Center Folding With Storage/Rear Center With Cupholders
  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Humidity/dewpoint Sensors
  • Dash Trim: Simulated Wood
  • Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control/Sun Sensor Climate Control
  • Door Trim: Simulated Alloy/Simulated Wood
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Center Console Trim: Simulated Alloy/Simulated Wood
  • Interior Accents: Woodgrain
  • Rear Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control/Independently Controlled
  • Foot Pedal Trim: Stainless Steel
  • Door Sill Trim: Aluminum
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Telematics systems

  • Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
  • Navigation System: Hard Drive/Voice Operated
  • Phone: Voice Operated
  • Real Time Traffic
  • Satellite Communications: Voice Guided Directions
  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
  • In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback/Single Disc
  • Watts: 501
  • Total Speakers: 9
  • Hard Drive: 15GB
  • Satellite Radio: SiriusXM
  • Antenna Type: Diversity/Mast
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Touch Screen Display/Voice Operated
  • Subwoofer: 1
  • Internet Radio App: AHA/Pandora
  • Premium Brand
  • Infotainment: AcuraLink
  • Seats

  • Upholstery: Leather-trimmed
  • Rear Seat: Sliding
  • Third Row Seat Folding
  • Adjustable Rear Seats
  • 10-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
  • Upholstery Accents: Perforated
  • 60-40 Split Rear Seat
  • Passenger Seat: Heated
  • Sport Bucket Front Seats
  • Split-Folding Rear Seat
  • 8-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • Third Row Seat Type: 50-50 Split Bench/Split-folding
  • Driver Seat: Heated
  • Dimensions

  • Passenger Volume: 131.4 Cubic Feet
  • Max Seating: 7
  • Front Hip Room: 57.5 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room: 61.1 Inches
  • Rear Hip Room: 57.8 Inches
  • Cargo Volume Third Row Down Only: 38.4 Cubic Feet
  • Interior Volume: 146.4 Cubic Feet
  • Hip Room 3rd Row: 40.6
  • Leg Room 3rd Row: 28.1
  • Rear Legroom: 35.6 Inches
  • Cargo Volume All Rear Seats Down: 68.4 Cubic Feet
  • Front Legroom: 41.4 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 38.1 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 38.3 Inches
  • Head Room 3rd Row: 35.6
  • Shoulder Room 3rd Row: 54.7
  • Standard Seating: 7
  • Seating Rows: 3
  • Cargo Volume: 15 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 59.1 Inches


  • Drivetrain

  • 4WD Type: on Demand
  • Axle Ratio: 3.83
  • Drive Mode Selector
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 25 mm
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar: Diameter 27 mm
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Active Suspension
  • Suspension Control: Electronic
  • Front Struts: MacPherson
  • Driver Adjustable Suspension: Ride Control
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 6 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 3.0
  • Horsepower: 321
  • Torque: 289
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 7-speed Double Clutch
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 7
  • Performance Specifications

  • Turning Circle: 38.4
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 26
  • Highway (MPG): 27
  • Combined (MPG): 27


  • Warranty information

  • Bumper-to-Bumper: 48 Months/50,000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 72 Months/70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 60 Months


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Lane Keeping Assist
  3. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  4. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  5. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  6. Blind Spot Safety: Sensor/alert
  7. Lane Deviation Sensors
  8. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  9. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  10. Camera System: Rear Multi-view
  11. Pre-collision Warning System: Audible Warning/visual Warning
  12. Impact Absorbing Bumpers
  13. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  14. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  15. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  16. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  17. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  18. Autonomous Braking
  19. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  20. Cross Traffic Alert: Rear
  21. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  22. Brake Assist: Standard
  23. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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