The new 2023 Acura MDX: Specks and Features

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Styling

Is the Acura MDX a good-looking car?

Acura vehicles have a wide, low presence, with their shield-shaped grilles being       horizontally pulled into LED headlights that wrap around the sides. On Type S models, there is also a lower grille flanked by chunky air intakes along with 21-inch wheels and twin dual exhaust pipes located around back--giving it a muscular presence. Even though this might be toned down on other grades of Acuras, it's still very much present harmoniously at the rear quarter window.

Performance

The MDX comes equipped with two different V-6 engines that offer a variety of power options. The dynamic suspension and handling can be transformed from a comfortable cruiser to an agile SUV. This excellent handling earns it two points to 7, but if rated separately, the turbocharged V-6 and air suspension of the Type S would earn 8.

Is the Acura MDX 4WD?

All-wheel drive is available on all trims for an additional $2,200. Most MDX shoppers choose trims with AWD due to its sophisticated delivery of up to 70% power to the rear wheels and a torque split to either rear wheel for better cornering and improved grip.

How fast is the Acura MDX?

The 3.5-liter V-6 engine common to all Honda SUVs produces 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph in approximately seven seconds. The 10-speed automatic transmission shifts gears smoothly and quickly, although drivers may need to use the paddle shifters for downshifting when going from a higher gear to a lower gear. There is also a drive mode dial with Normal, Comfort, Sport, and Snow modes that changes the cluster display and alters shift timing and ambient engine noise.

Comfort & Quality

The 2023 Acura MDX does exceptionally well in most categories, only missing a point for thick rear pillars and headrests that obscure side and rear vision. It’s front seats are comfortable, the second-row is versatile, it can seat up to seven passengers total, and has plenty of space for cargo.

The heated front seats come with 12-way power adjustability that includes power lumbar support and leather upholstery on all but the base model, which is superior to most entry-level SUVs in this class. Additionally, 6-footers have plenty of headroom beneath the standard sunroof. Although Acura's infotainment touchpad in the console produces a wide interface, it also results in a busy console with an available smartphone charger tucked inconveniently under a hand rest.

The three seats in the second row can be reduced to two, with a  cunningly designed seat in the middle that can either be folded down as a console with cupholders or removed entirely. This allows the outermost seats to act as captain's chairs. Additionally, there is 38.5 inches of legroom in the second row-- more than enough space for adults-- and The seats slide up to 5.9 inches for adjustability . This comes in handy when carpooling around smaller children..

Safety

How safe is the Acura MDX?

Overall, the premium family hauler is a safe choice. The IIHS and NHTSA give it high marks, with a Top Safety Pick+ and five-star crash rating. Acura also equips it with standard driver-assist features like automatic emergency braking (front and rear), low-speed brake control, traffic-jam assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitors, and a driver attention monitor. A head up display and surround view camera system come standard if you choose the Advance Package-- increasing the safety score to 9 out of 10.

The only downside is that it's difficult to see out the back window because of the headrests and pillars.