Acura is giving the 2016 MDX a long list of updates, which should help it hold on to its title as the best-selling three-row luxury SUV.
Acura is giving the 2016 MDX a long list of updates, which should help it hold on to its title as the best-selling three-row luxury SUV. The updated 2016 MDX gets a new 9-speed automatic transmission, a new AWD system with a twin-clutch design and the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.
The new 9-speed automatic transmission is 66 pounds lighter than the old 6-speed automatic, with more closely spaced gear ratios and 25 percent faster gear shifts. It’s mated to a 290-hp 3.5L V6 and the transmission is now activated by a push-button electronic gear selector that frees up room above the center console. The next generation of Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system utilizes a new, lighter weight (by 19 lbs.) twin-clutch rear differential.
Other updates to the 2016 MDX include a frameless rearview mirror, Siri Eyes Free voice recognition, an easy-entry/exit driver’s seat that moves 35 mm rearward when the driver’s door is opened and TPMS fill assist that sounds an audible alert when the driver inflates the tire to the correct pressure. Additional upgrades, depending on trim, include a Multi-View Angle Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, a bi-directional remote engine starter, idle stop and head up warning.
Pricing for the 2016 MDX starts at $43,785.