- Gets significant updates for 2016, adding new features and powertrain updates
- New nine-speed automatic transmission
- Three-row crossover seats up to seven passengers
The 2016 Acura MDX returns with a few exciting updates for the new model year, including a new transmission, updated all-wheel drive, and added features.
These are the first big changes for the midsize luxury crossover since its complete redesign in 2014 and they help to keep the MDX up to date with the latest in technology and safety. On the outside nothing has changed, the MDX keeps the same styling from the redesign which includes handsome “jewel eye” headlights, a version of Acura’s ubiquitous shield grille, and a rear spoiler. Standard exterior features include 18-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, and conveniently a power liftgate.
Under the hood, the engine remains the same but there are significant powertrain updates to the transmission and all-wheel drive system. Power comes from a 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 267 pounds-feet of torque. Replacing the old six-speed unit is a brand-new nine-speed automatic that is 66 pounds lighter and shifts 25-percent faster according to Acura. The so-called “Super Handling All-Wheel Drive” system has an unfortunate name, but adds a new twin-clutch rear differential that enhances handling and traction in any weather.
Inside, the MDX keeps the same dual-screen center console setup that we like. This allows inputs to be made to the bottom screen, while the top screen continues to display relevant information. With the optional navigation system for example the map can be displayed on the top screen while an address is being entered below. For 2016, the MDX adds Siri Eyes Free voice recognition which connects the MDX to your iPhone and lets users connect to Siri via the vehicle’s hands free capabilities. Also new (and standard) is an auto-dimming, frameless rearview mirror which helps give the interior a minimalistic aesthetic.
Standard interior features include SMS/MMS/Email reading capability with auto responses, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, tri-zone automatic climate control, push button start, leather upholstery, powered/heated front seats, and a built-in HomeLink remote. Acura bundles many of the MDX’s optional equipment into packages. Available features include a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, HD radio, ventilated front seats, and remote start.
The MDX also offers more safety features than ever before. Standard safety features include seven airbags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes, and a rearview camera. Newly available for 2016 is the AcuraWatch suite of technology, which uses a camera mounted on the windshield and radar to power a host of driver aides including road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation with automatic braking, forward collision warnings, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warnings. Other sensors power the blind spot warning and rear cross traffic monitor. And if a crash can’t be avoided, the MDX will keep you and your family safe; it got the highest designations possible from both the IIHS (Top Safety Pick+) and the NHTSA (five overall stars) in crash testing.