2017 Acura MDX: Made to Please

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When it comes to picking an SUV, the choice couldn’t be easier.

The Acura 3 row MDX SUV.

A favorite among midsize SUV consumers, it has gained a good reputation for its reliability, and, more importantly, good resale value. Though it’s still lagging behind its European counterparts, it’s an excellent alternative.

The 2017 Acura MDX has come a long way in reducing the gap between itself and other premium brands by way of its advanced all-wheel drive torque vectoring system and technological advancements inside the car and under the hood.

The 2017 Acura SUV received a major facelift to give it a fresh futuristic look. The traditional shield was removed from the grille and replaced by a new diamond shape. The headlights also got a makeover giving the MDX a more aggressive demeanor.

Performance and Handling

2017 Acura MDX: Made to Please

Powered by a 3.5L V6 engine and boasting 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet torque, the MDX has more than adequate power for both your on-road and off-road adventures. And adventure is what the Acura MDX is all about.

The splendid all-wheel drive system, aptly named Super Handling All Wheel Drive, does just that. It handles the car superbly. The buggy 9-speed automatic transmission has been refined with a software update to give more seamless gear changes.

Its other variant, the Sport Hybrid is a marvel. Equipped with a 3.0L V6 engine coupled to three electric motors and a 7-speed gearbox completely redefine efficiency. This is one hybrid SUV that lives up to its name.

The perfectly weighted steering wheel is amazingly responsive and the car’s movements are fluid as you cruise around those tricky bends. This is one car that is agiler than it looks.

And when you need to make an abrupt halt, the braking system is powerful enough to bring you to a quick stop despite the weight of the car pushing you forward. Whether you are on a smooth road or not, this SUV doesn’t flinch a bit. Its athletic adaptive dampers easily absorb the harshness of the road, giving you a smooth ride.

The engineering on the Acura MDX is truly phenomenal. Every piece was precision engineered so as to make the car function at its optimal.

Back To The Future: the 2017 Acura MDX Packages

Spotting 20-inch wheels, remote engine start, blind-spot monitoring system, and a color information display among other goodies, the 2017 Acura MDX technology package was designed to impress, and it does.

The Advance Package comes with front and rear sensors, LED foglights, a surround view camera system, and a heated steering wheel. The front seats come with lumbar support while heating is included in the second row of seats.

The Entertainment package, offered on both the Technology and Advance packages, includes a DVD-based rear entertainment system that comes either with a 9-inch screen and 11 audio speakers for the technology pack or a 16.2-inch screen with 12 audio speakers for the Advance pack.

The 2017 Acura MDX Technology, Advance, and Entertainment packages are true innovations ahead of their time.

The Acura MDX Hybrid SUV

Many SUVs claim hybrid technology, but alas, at the expense of performance. The Acura MDX Hybrid Sport lives up to its claim.  With an all-wheel drive system coupled to a 3.0L V6 engine that spouts 321 horsepower, efficiency is its middle name.

Despite having a smaller engine capacity, the three electric motors give the MDX extra power. The Acura MDX Hybrid is easily one of the best Hybrid SUVs on the market. Power, Practicality, efficiency, and economy combine in this high-performance SUV. No compromise.

2017 Acura MDX Review

Being a three-row luxury crossover, the Acura MDX can easily seat 7 occupants, making it one of the best vehicles for big families or a group road trip.

Here are a few quick pros and cons to help you make your final decision.


  • Beautiful exterior design. When it comes to looks, the 2017 Acura MDX SUV can definitely stand its ground against its German competitors.
  • True hybrid.
  • Handles like a dream.
  • Plenty of storage space.
  • Excellent fuel economy.


  • Poor infotainment system.
  • Off-road capabilities leave a lot to be desired.
  • Adaptive cruise control is not as adaptive and responsive as it should be.

To Buy or Not to Buy?

Is the 2017 Acura MDX worth the buy? I think it is. It’s not a best seller for nothing, it’s a tried, tested, and proven reliable SUV. Perhaps you still have some reservations, the 2018 MDX is already here. With the refinements and improvements on this model, you are bound to be an Acura convert.

Happy driving. Hopefully in an Acura MDX.

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