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2017 Acura MDX Test Drive Review

The Acura MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury crossover of all time and it seems like Acura is keen on keeping the momentum going with some significant updates to the third-generation model. The third-generation completely remodeled Acura MDX made its debut in 2014 and it now benefits from a major refresh for the 2017 model year that will keep buyers in the segment coming back for more.

The 2017 Acura MDX gets a slight exterior styling update, slight upgrades on the inside, and a range of new technology and safety features. Let’s take a deeper dive and take a look at how the best-selling three-row luxury crossover stacks up.

2017 Acura MDX


The new 2017 Acura MDX highlights the new face of the brand that was inspired by the Acura Precision Concept that made its debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The sharp diamond pentagon new grille on the 2017 Acura MDX is further highlighted by a more sculpted hood, a new front fascia, and new front fenders. All that is coupled with Acura’s restyled Jewel Eye headlights to give the new MDX a sportier and aggressive stance.

The rest of the exterior has also been enhanced with dual exhaust tailpipes with chrome finishers, body colored skid garnish, and more.

Overall, we absolutely love how the 2017 Acura MDX features a more grown up look that makes it look more elegant while enhancing the sporty look of the luxury crossover.

2017 Acura MDX


The interior of the 2017 Acura MDX continues to offer the highest level of luxury that is wrapped in a comfortable and spacious cabin. New for 2017 are genuine wood interior accents and optional second-row captain’s chairs.

Other than that you continue to get luxury appointments like standard leather seating surfaces, optional perforated Milano premium leather seating surfaces, dual-screen center stack, and a bunch of standard options. Standard options include heated front seats, Bluetooth, ten-way power adjustable driver’s seat with two memory options, a rear view camera, tri-zone climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, MP3/AUX/USB connectivity, an 8-inch color display, Siri Eyes Free, and much more. Also for 2017, the Acura AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assist technologies is standard on all models (we’ll get into that later). Optionally, depending on the packages you pick, you an add-on Acura Navigation System with voice command capabilities, a 9-inch or ultra-wide 16.2-inch DVD Rear Entertainment System, rear heated seats, ventilated front seats, surround-view camera, and more.

Interior room-wise, the 2017 Acura MDX offers 41.4 inches of legroom for front-row passengers, 36.6 inches of legroom for rear-seat passengers, and 28.1 inches of legroom for rear-seat passengers. Making things a little more convenient for third-row passengers, the 2017 Acura MDX now offers the One-Touch Walk-In access to the third row.

As far as the interior goes, the Acura MDX continues to offer one of the best cabins in the segment with a strong list of standard features and outstanding comfort.

2017 Acura MDX


The 2017 Acura MDX offers outstanding amounts of power for a crossover that weighs in at 4,257 pounds. Power comes from a 3.5 liter V6 engine making 290 horsepower and a maximum torque of 267 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles located on the steering wheel. The setup can be had with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. In terms of performance, the 2017 MDX can run from zero to sixty mph in just 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 113 mph.

Fuel economy-wise, the 2017 Acura MDX front-wheel drive models is rated at an EPA-estimated 20/27 mpg (city/highway) or 23 mpg* combined. The all-wheel-drive model is rated at an EPA-estimated 19/26 mpg or 22 mpg* combined.

2017 Acura MDX


The 2017 Acura MDX comes with a long list of standard features including the AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assist technologies. The system adds adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, blind spot monitoring, collision mitigation warning, and low-speed follow. If you want more you can add on surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, and auto high beam control.


Yes, the 2017 Acura MDX continues to be the leading three-row luxury crossover on the market and with a long list of standard features and outstanding comfort, it is also one of the best. Prices for the 2017 Acura MDX start at just $43,950** for the front-wheel drive model. If you’re in the market for a three-row luxury crossover, head over to your local AutoNation-affiliated Acura dealer today.


*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

**Vehicle MSRP excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

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