2016 Acura MDX

MSRP $44,515 - $57,230

Ranked #18 in Suv

7.1

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2016 Acura MDX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 26, 2021

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Honda wanted to tap into the mid-size luxury crossover segment and with Acura, it brought the MDX in the market back in 2000. The SUV gained popularity quickly and went on to secure the second position in the best-selling club with the first one being the Lexus RX. The SUV is built on Honda’s ACE platform that it shares with some Honda vehicles such as the Pilot SUV.

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Pros

Excellent list of features for the price

Sharp and precise handling

Commendable fuel economy

Lively acceleration

Silent cabin

Superb safety scores

Cons

Below-average infotainment system

Less luxurious cabin than rivals

Restricted cargo capacity

What's New?

A new 9-speed automatic transmission

SH-AWD system introduced


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$51440

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

267 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

9 speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

194 in.

width

77 in.

height

68 in.

curb weight

4244 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

132.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

68.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1150 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.9 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

185 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/21/26 mpg

highway range

507.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

AcuraWatch Plus Package$44,515 onwards

Base$45,015 onwards

Technology Package$47,440 onwards

Technology and AcuraWatch Plus Packages$48,640 onwards

Technology and Entertainment Packages$49,440 onwards

Technology, Entertainment and AcuraWatch Plus Packages$50,640 onwards

Advance Package$53,230 onwards

Advance and Entertainment Packages$55,230 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Acura MDX in Crystal Black color
Crystal Black

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

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OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

Overall Rating


For the 2016 model year, the SUV gets a new 9-speed automatic transmission along with additional safety techs bundled with optional packages. The SUV retains its powertrain from the previous model year and carries a starting price of $43,015. In the segment, the SUV competes against the Volvo XC90, BMW X5, and the Audi Q7.


7.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2016 Acura MDX Features

7.0/10

For the 2016 model year, the Acura MDX is packed with a V-6 gasoline engine which was first introduced in 2014 and offers superior efficiency along with adequate performance figures. The MDX is only offered in one standard trim that has a long list of standard features including features like tri-zone climate control, power-adjustable seats, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto among other features. There are several packages available which are treated as “trims” by Acura and each of them come with their own sets of features. The list of packages is the AcuraWatch Plus Package, the Technology Package, the Entertainment package, and the Advance package.

Trims

Standard

MSRP

$43,015 (2WD) 

$45,015 (4WD)

Key Features

18-inch wheels

 

Automatic LED headlights with automatic high beams

 

Adaptive suspension dampers

 

Power liftgate

 

Keyless entry and ignition

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

 

Dual-screen infotainment system (with a 7-inch touchscreen)

 

Power-adjustable front seats with heating

 

Driver-seat memory settings

 

Power-adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control and an auto-dimming

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Since there are no other trims available other than the base trim, one has no choice but that's a good thing because the standard trim offers a lot for the money. You can also opt for any optional “trim” levels to suit your needs with specific sets of features.

2016 Acura MDX Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2016 Acura MDX gets a standard 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 motor and it dishes out 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of maximum torque. The motor is coupled to a newer 9-speed that feels much more refined than the previous unit. The motor also offers some impressive refinement levels too with a sporty character and brisk acceleration. The acceleration times are one of the best in its class with 0-60 MPH taking 5.9 seconds and the quarter-mile coming up within 14.4 seconds.

Models

Acura MDX

Volvo XC90

BMW X5

Audi Q7

MSRP

$43,015

$43,950

$54,700

$48,300

Engine

3.5L V-6 Gasoline Engine

2.0L Inline-4 Gas Engine

3.0L Turbo Inline 6

2.0L Inline-4 Gas Engine

Transmission

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

290 hp @ 6200 rpm

250 hp @ 5600 rpm

300 hp @ 5800 rpm

252 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

267 @ 4700 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

300 ft-lb @ 1300 rpm

273 ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm

0-60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.4 sec

5.8 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter mile

14.4 sec

15.0 sec

14.5 sec

14.2 sec

Front brake (in.)

12.6

13.2

13.7

14.8

Rear brake (in.)

13.0

12.1

12.6

13.8

The BMW X5 carries the maximum price tag here and has the best performance and power figures on tap as well. The Volvo XC90 is the least powerful vehicle here with its base engine onboard and offers some decent performance levels. The Audi Q7 has slightly better power and torque figures than the XC90 but offers a higher torque output than the Acura MDX.

2016 Acura MDX Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2016 Acura MDX delivers impressive fuel economy numbers for the segment and is at par with its direct rivals as well. The SUV returns 19mpg in the city, 27mpg out on the highways, and 22mpg of combined mileage as tested by the EPA. It also has a decent-sized gas tank holding about 19.5 gallons of fuel and offers a great overall driving range.

Models

Acura MDX

Volvo XC90

BMW X5

Audi Q7

MPG (city)

19

20

18

19

MPG (hwy)

27

27

25

25

MPG (combined)

22

23

21

21

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

19.5

18.8

22.4

26.4

The Volvo XC90 is the most fuel-efficient SUV here courtesy of its efficient four-pot motor but gets a rather small 18.8 gallons gas tank. The BMW X5 impresses with its EPA ratings considering the power and performance levels it possesses. The Audi Q7 is as economic as the X5 but with a huge gas tank of 26.4 gallons, it offers some excellent city and highway driving range figures. 

2016 Acura MDX Interior

9.0/10

The 2015 Acura MDX interior offers adequate comfort along with excellent interior storage such as large cup holders, door bins, and smart storage cubbies. However, it's not the most luxurious in its class in its basic form. But it can be upgraded with the additional packages which add some premium features like rear door window sunshades, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats among other features. The interior design is stylish and more driver-oriented than its rivals but some inferior quality materials bog down the overall luxurious feeling.

Models

Acura MDX

Volvo XC90

BMW X5

Audi Q7

Passenger capacity

7

5

5

7

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

38.1/61.1/41.5

38.9/57.7/40.9

40.5/61.5/40.4

38.4/59.5/41.7

Second (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

38.3/59.1/36.5

38.5/56.5/37.0

38.8/60.0/36.6

38.8/58.5/38.8

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

35.6/54.7/27.4

NA

NA

NA

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu.ft.)

15.0

NA

35.8

14.8

Cargo Capacity with rear seats folded (cu-ft)

38.4

41.8

76.7

37.5

The Volvo XC90 has the most minimalistic yet elegant interior design here along with superior comfort levels and a premium build quality as well. It also offers a generous amount of cargo space as well. The BMW X5 has the most spacious cabin here with oodles of headroom for the front seat passengers and a huge cargo area as well. The Audi Q7 also has a well-appointed and spacious cabin but its cargo space is just about at par with the rivals here.

Some interior features include:

  • Leather-Trimmed Interiors
  • Front 8 Way Power Adjust Seats with Power Lumbar Support
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Rear Outboard Seats
  • 40/40 Split-folding second-row seats
  • Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity Control and GPS Linking
  • Keyless Access with Push Button Start
  • Auto-Dimming Frameless Rearview Mirror
  • Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down, Auto Reverse, and Key-Off operation
  • Heated and Leather Wrapped Electronic Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel

How intuitive is the 2016 Acura MDX’s infotainment unit?

The 2015 Acura MDX gets an impressive and unique infotainment setup with twin displays mounted on the center of the dashboard. The upper 8-inch screen acts as an information display while the lower 7-inch touchscreen display acts as the main infotainment interface. The system comes loaded with features such as Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an eight-speaker sound system, CD Player, and Siri Eyes Free voice controls for Apple devices among other features.

Some infotainment features include:

  • Voice Recognition/Siri with Bluetooth hands-free
  • 10 Speaker ELS Audio System
  • USB Charging Ports and Media Connectivity ports
  • SiriusXM/HD Radio with Bluetooth and AUX connectivity
  • 8" Touchscreen Infotainment System with Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

2016 Acura MDX Exterior

8.0/10

Since its 2014 redesign, the Acura MDX hasn't changed much in terms of exterior appeal. It does look like a sport wagon rather than an SUV. The front grille is typically Acura and resembles a bird beak with automatic jewel-design LED headlamps. Yet, the rest of the SUV’s design elements make it quite forgettable with the rivals getting better exterior design cues than the MDX.

Models

Acura MDX

Volvo XC90

BMW X5

Audi Q7

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3960

4293

4680

4696

Length (in.)

193.6

194.9

192.5

199.6

Width (in.)

77.2

79.1

76.3

77.5

Height (in.)

67.6

69.9

69.4

68.5

Ground clearance (in.)

5.6

9.4

8.2

8.1

Wheelbase (in)

111.0

117.5

115.5

117.8

Track width (in) F/R

66.3/66.3

NA

64.7/65.0

66.1/66.6

The MDX is the lightest one among the competition and its wagon-like design attracts the true family people out there. The Volvo XC90 gets a perfectly balanced exterior design incorporating both elegance and aggressiveness. The BMW X5 looks the most handsome one here with the kidney grille and the brand’s traditional ring-shaped LED DRLs. The Audi Q7 has the most aggressive design here especially at the front which it received in the recent major redesign.

Some exterior features include:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels(optional)
  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Pentagonal grille
  • LED DRLs
  • Jewel-shaped LED headlights

2016 Acura MDX Safety

8.0/10

The 2016 Acura MDX has a strong safety quotient too with its impressive safety techs and strong build quality. The SUV aced the government crash test by scoring a perfect overall 5-star score and the same in all the sub-parameters along with the best possible “Good” rating from the IIHS as well. Some of the safety features include trailer stability function(AWD only), a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, and a lane-departure warning system among other features.

Some of the safety features are-

  • Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
  • Front Side Airbags Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • Driver's Knee Airbag Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control and Motion Adaptive Steering 4-Wheel
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Location and Pressure Indicators
  • Theft-Deterrent System

2016 Acura MDX Final Verdict

The 2016 Acura MDX offers great competition against the German rivals that have been dominating this segment for a long time now. The MDX is loaded with features from the inside out with adequate comfort levels and it looks handsome too from the outside. The fuel efficiency rating of the SUV is one of the best in the segment along with great performance from the powertrain. Overall, the MDX is a compelling choice for a daily driver, a family hauler, and a grocery getter.

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