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2016 Acura MDX | Baierl Budget Cars | Wexford, PA

Acura MDX dominates the market for luxury-crossover sports utility vehicles for one reason: it does everything well. Whether consumers need a luxurious family hauler, a fun and agile driving machine, or merely seek the comfort and quiet of a luxury brand, Acura MDX has it. The 2016 Acura MDX upped the ante on all of those aspects with an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission that improves fuel economy and acceleration, a revised AWD system to improve safety and agility, and plethora of new technologies to assist in keeping the MDX and its occupants safe and sound. It is in a just-right-size package which provides outstanding reliability, providing sports utility vehicles such as the Audi Q7 and Infiniti QX60 a run for their money.

You Will Like This Vehicle If...

If you are looking for a luxury sports utility vehicle large enough to accommodate the whole family, luxurious enough to impress your neighbors, as well as reliable enough to keep past your final payment date, the Acura MDX is a simple pick.

You Might Not Like This Vehicle If...

There are several 7-passenger, well-equipped mid-sized Luxury sports utility vehicles in the marketplace which may compare with the MDX, yet for less money. If you are looking to save money, the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, GMC Acadia, and Toyota Highlander make fantastic alternatives.

What is New for 2016?

Acura wasted no time in updating its top-selling sports utility vehicle. The Acura MDX for 2016 provides a new nine-speed automatic transmission, new AWD system, and new active safety feature suite referred to as AcuraWatch which will include camera based Road Departure Mitigation, as well as a braking system and pedestrian sensing collision mitigation.

Driving It

With its powerful V-6 engine, available AWD, luxurious surroundings and agile handling, the hard-to-beat Acura MDX for 2016 dominates its luxury sports utility vehicle competitors. The engine is coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission for 2016. While testers have not driven the MDX with the new gearbox, they have high expectations since they liked the same transmission within the Acura TLX for 2015, once they got accustomed to the peculiar push button interface. Additionally new is its dual clutch rear differential for the SH-AWD (Super- Handling All-Wheel Drive). Mixed with the stiff structure, as well as driver selectable modes upon all-wheel-drive models, and you’ll have a luxury, sharp handling SUV which splits the difference between the too-stiff BMW X5 and the too-soft Lexus RX. As you are simply cruising, Acura's active noise cancellation assists in enhancing an already quiet inside, while its adaptive cruise control that has low speed follow will make road trips – or even long commutes – that much simpler.

Jewel-Eye LED Headlights

The brand’s "Jewel Eye" headlights became a signature look, and that is fine by us. Not just will they give the nose of the MDX and additional Acura vehicles a striking look, the LED headlights will recreate the daylight spectrum for less eyestrain and better visibility at night.

3rd-Row Push-Button Accessibility

All 3rd-row accessibility should be this simple. Simply push a button upon the second-row seat within a new MDX, and it’ll quickly flip and fold, without straining, lugging or tugging. Other sports utility vehicle manufacturers ought to take notes.


The interior of the Acura MDX will carry over from 2015, except for its nine-speed automatic's push button shifter. The brand’s restrained luxury focuses on ease-of-use and comfort, with soft touch surfaces, luxuriant leather, and expensive-feeling switches and buttons. It would be great if the wood was real, and rivals such as the Audi Q7 and Infiniti QX60 have a little more artistry, yet these are minor points. Its uncluttered interface is due to a pair of LCD displays which perform the majority of operations, and do it well as you get accustomed to its setup.


Acura abandoned weirdness and came back to its handsome roots, and all of us should be grateful. Its Jewel Eye headlights include the centerpiece of MDX sports utility vehicle styling, and as the "power plenum" grille still exists, it is nowhere close to the gaudy shield which kicked off the brand’s in-the-woods style of the late 2000s. We instead, receive well-proportioned, classy and clean lines which are an absolute step forward from the last generation model. 

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