Flash Drive

2017 Acura MDX

Model Tested: 2017 Acura MDX AWD Advance

The Acura MDX SUV was handsomely restyled for 2017.

Engine: 3.5-liter V-6, 290 horsepower 267 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 9-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway/22 mpg combined

Base Price: $56,400

As Tested: $57,340


Strong, smooth engine

Good acceleration

Excellent long distance comfort

Dynamic mode selector: Comfort, Regular, and Sport

The multiple button controls for the 9-speed automatic transmission are a little unconventional.

Very good highway mileage—our best was 27.4 mpg

Push button transmission controls

Paddle shifters

Cross Traffic Monitor

Rain sensing wipers

Collision mitigation braking


High quality interior materials and design

Power steering column activates on entry/exit

Good front legroom, but not stretch-out

Very warm heated leather steering wheel

Thick, nicely contoured steering wheel

Excellent auxiliary controls

Three temperature heated and cooled front seats

Second row seating is as luxurious as the front seats.

Power lumbar support

Big, wide front armrest

Soft headrests

Luxurious second row heated bucket seats

Ample knee room, but tight for shoes under front seats

Pull-up second row window shades

Third row seats best for smaller passengers


Power liftgate

Power, retracting side view mirrors

Big, deep center console storage bin

Medium size sunroof

Large front door bins

Large console bin between second row seats

The power tilt and telescopic steering wheel is nicely contoured and heated.

Sliding armrest between second row seats

Two large seatback storage pouches

Rear seats HVAC controls

Second row bucket seats fold flat

Third row seats fold flat

Second row seats slide for good third row access

Big, deep, carpeted bin under cargo deck

Ample grocery bag room behind third row seats

No third row storage bins; just two cupholders

WOW Factors:

New, improved styling

The 2017 MDX is all weather capable, but it excels at highway cruising.

Luxurious interior

Excellent, long distance touring

Quick charging USB ports


Push button transmission controls a little odd

Bottom Line:

The handsomely restyled 2017 Acura MDX is a big, luxurious three-row seating SUV that’s ideal for long distance traveling across varied road conditions. The MDX is great around town, too, but it really shines on the open road. Hundreds of miles pass easily while you’re safely surrounded in high-tech comfort.