- Got a full redesign in 2014
- Seats up to seven passengers across three-rows
- Better aerodynamics and a slightly smaller engine improves fuel economy
One year out from a redesign, the 2015 Acura MDX returns practically unchanged with the same fuel economy and interior improvements found in the 2014 model.
The MDX’s new styling not only tweaked its appearance and added larger vents and a bigger rear spoiler, it also made the MDX 17-percent more aerodynamic which helps both efficiency and performance. 18-inch alloy wheels are standard, as are a power moonroof and a convenient power liftgate.
Under the hood, the 2015 MDX has a 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 267 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is now standard, with Acura’s super-handling all-wheel drive system optional. Last year’s changes also included a 275 pound weight loss thanks to its new chassis, which combines with the aerodynamic changes and a move to front-wheel drive to give the MDX vastly improved fuel economy: 20/28 mpg city/highway with FWD, 18/27 mpg with SH-AWD.
The new chassis is also wider, and a more compact rear-suspension gives third-row passengers easier access and more seating space. Up front, the center console has been vastly simplified, with a standard multi-use display that shrinks the number of physical buttons on the dash from 41 to nine. Acura models are very well equipped and the MDX is no exception with standard features including Bluetooth connectivity, HomeLink remote system, heated front seats, leather upholstery, USB/iPod interface, and automatic climate control. There is also plenty of available technology features, including navigation, voice recognition, GPS-linked temperature control, and a rear entertainment system.
For its performance in crash tests, the MDX received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, their highest distinction. Seven airbags come standard, as do an electronic stability system, traction control, and antilock brakes. Keeping in lockstep with the tech themed interior, available safety features include forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.