COMPARISON: 2017 Acura MDX vs 2016 MDX

December 19th, 2016 by

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There’s plenty to love about the Acura MDX, which is why it’s been a favorite among drivers in Poughkeepsie since it debuted in 2001. Last year was a great one for the Acura SUV, but now that the 2017 model is on the road, drivers have a choice between the latest model or saving a bit of money and opting for 2016.

So, what’s new for the Acura SUV? Check out our comparison of the 2016 Acura MDX vs the 2017 Acura MDX.

Styling
The 2017 model isn’t a total departure from last year’s in terms of styling, but it has been updated with a pentagon grille, Jewel Eye headlights, and LED fog lights. Additionally, the hood received a sharp re-design with sculpted lines, accented by a sculpted fascia and front fenders. The new model also features a new chrome rocker panel design, more effective rear bumper, body-colored skid plate garnish, and twin tailpipes. Twenty-inch wheels are a new option on the MDX this year, and you can also opt for genuine Olive Ash Burl or Black Limba wood interior trim. If you need extra room for passengers, you may be happy to know that the 2017 model also has a third row of seating.

Engine

The 2017 model isn’t a total departure from last year’s in terms of styling, but it has been updated with a pentagon grille, Jewel Eye headlights, and LED fog lights. Additionally, the hood received a sharp re-design with sculpted lines, accented by a sculpted fascia and front fenders. The new model also features a new chrome rocker panel design, more effective rear bumper, body-colored skid plate garnish, and twin tailpipes. Twenty-inch wheels are a new option on the MDX this year, and you can also opt for genuine Olive Ash Burl or Black Limba wood interior trim. If you need extra room for passengers, you may be happy to know that the 2017 model also has a third row of seating.

Engine Options
The base engine on both the 2016 and 2017 model is a 3.5-liter iVTEC V6 gasoline engine with 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. New for 2017 is the MDX Sport Hybrid model (coming soon), making the SUV Acura’s third model that features its proprietary hybrid all-wheel drive powertrain.

The Sport Hybrid has a 3-liter gasoline engine equipped with cylinder deactivation, linked to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission with integrated electric motor. The front wheels are powered by the main electric motor, while a Twin Motor Unit powers the rear wheels. It’s pretty powerful for a hybrid, too, at 325 horsepower.

Tech
Both models of MDX have a great lineup of features, as can be expected from Acura. However, the 2017 model adds an electric parking brake with automatic brake hold, automatic high-beam headlights, SiriusXM Radio 2.0, and four 2.5-amp charging ports – all standard. New options include LED fog lights, heated steering wheel, and surround-view camera system that shows you six angles around your car.

Safety

The 2016 comes with the option for safety systems like collision mitigation and road departure warning, but the 2017 model comes standard with these features. This year Acura added the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety technologies on all MDX models. The system includes collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, low-speed follow, and road departure mitigation.

Pricing
2016: Starting at $43,015 MSRP**
2017: Starting at $43,950 MSRP


**Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or a $940 destination and handling charge. Actual vehicles/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.