2017 Acura MDX

MSRP $44,050 - $58,500

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7.3

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2017 Acura MDX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 27, 2021

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The 2017 Acura MDX is a strong seller in its segment and is priced at an MSRP range of $44,050-$56,500, it offers a 3.5L 6-cylinder engine as the standard across its trim line of three variants. With a power generation of 290hp and 267lb-ft of torque,  the 2017 MDX boasts a segment-best 6.2 seconds for its 0-60 mph record.

2017 Acura MDX

It also offers various features and creature comforts on the inside. The exteriors flaunt an optional set of 20-inch alloy wheels and a redesigned pentagonal front grille. The Acura MDX is known for its safety offering, especially the rollover sensors that engage the safety features Furthermore, it faces tough competition from the 2017 Infiniti QX60, 2017 Lexus RX 350, and the 2017 Toyota Highlander.

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Pros

Comfortable and balanced ride experience

Spacious cabin room

Best-in-class safety ofering

Smooth acceleration

Cons

Confusing infotainment system

Costly optional packages

Cabin room isnt as luxurious as the competition offers

What's New?

Redesigned pentagonal grille

New Sport Hybrid offering

Torque vectoring AWD system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44050

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

267 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

9 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

196.2 in.

width

77.8 in.

height

67.4 in.

curb weight

4001 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

132.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

90.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1150 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

14.2 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

6.1

standing 1/4-mile

14.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

168 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/27 mpg

highway range

507.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

base$44,050 onwards

SH-AWD$46,050 onwards

Technology Package$48,460 onwards

Technology and Entertainment Packages$50,460 onwards

SH-AWD w/Technology Package$50,460 onwards

SH-AWD w/Technology and Entertainment Packages$52,460 onwards

Advance Package$54,500 onwards

Advance and Entertainment Packages$56,500 onwards

SH-AWD w/Advance Package$56,500 onwards

SH-AWD w/Advance and Entertainment Packages$58,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Acura MDX in Black Copper Pearl color
Black Copper Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

6.1

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.5

Safety

8.6

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.3

Overall Rating


The 2017 Acura MDX, despite being crowded by all the well-established competitors like the Lexus, Toyota and Infiniti manage to create a space for itself in the segment primarily due to a niggle free ownership, a fiery character, and strong resale value. It is offered in three trims and is priced in an MSRP range of $44,050-$56,500.

It is equipped with a 3.5L 6-Cylinder engine that comes across the line-up as a basic configuration. It generates 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. The interiors and creature comforts are about average, but the safety offering is bespoke and outstanding in its segment. The exteriors see an upgrade for the 2017 model year but the changes are not significant much.


7.0/10
Features

6.1/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

8.6/10
Safety


2017 Acura MDX Features

7.0/10

The 2017 Acura MDX offers superb value, with top-notch safety scores and tons of standard features." - Cars.USnews

The 2017 Acura MDX offers three trims all with the standard 3.5-liter V6 engine. All trims are available in FWD and AWD drivetrain configurations. The base trim is priced at $44,050, and for this MY it comes with an added host of safety features.

The second offering is the Technology package trim, priced at $48,460. The high-end trim, the Advance package trim is priced at $54,500 and includes several creature comforts such as auto engine start-stop and rear parking sensors.

Trim Base Technology Package trim Advance Package trim
MSRP (FWD) $44,050 $48,460 $54,500
MSRP (AWD) $46,050 $50,460 $56,500
Key Features  Package includes 18-inch wheels Adds niceties such as 20-inch wheels, automatic wipers Turns on the charm with front and rear parking sensors
  automatic LED headlights with auto high beams Remote engine start LED foglights, automatic engine stop-start
  heated side mirrors, an electronic parking brake, a power liftgate power-folding side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert Surround-view camera system
  Sunroof and keyless entry and ignition Navigation system Heated steering wheel
  Eight-way power-adjustable front seats (with power lumbar adjustment for the driver) Color driver information display Sports seats with premium leather and trim
  Driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery 10-speaker premium audio system with HD radio Power lumbar adjustment for the front passenger
  Tri-zone automatic climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror   Front-seat ventilation, natural wood trim heated second-row captain's chairs
  Technology highlights include dual dashboard displays (a lower   Second-row sunshades and two additional USB ports for the third row
  The 7-inch touchscreen and an upper 8-inch regular screen)    
  Bluetooth, five USB ports, Siri Eyes Free, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, Pandora and Aha compatibility, and satellite radio    

We Recommend

Offering sheer value for money and a host of advanced technological features that would not only ease your driving experience but also add a lot of value for its asking price of $50,460, we would recommend you to go in for the technology pack.

2017 Acura MDX Engine and Performance

6.1/10

“The 2017 Acura MDX derives ample power from its V6 engine. Fuel economy is great for the class, even in models with all-wheel drive. The suspension delivers both a cushioned ride and stable handling around corners. You'll be able to drive the MDX around small areas without breaking a sweat despite its large size.” – cars.usnews

Engine and Transmission of the 2017 Acura MDX

The 2017 Acura MDX is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine, that is capable of generating 290 hp, it is paired to a 9-speed automatic system that is responsible for its seamless transmission. For its asking MSRP of just $44,050, the output of 267 lb-ft of torque is close to class-leading and worth the money.

Models 2017 Acura MDX 2017 Infiniti QX60 2017 Lexus RX 350 2017 Toyota Highlander
MSRP $44,050 $43,100 $43,220 $40,000
Engine 3.5L 6cyl 3.5L 6cyl 3.5L V-6 3.5L V-6
Transmission 9-Speed Automatic CVT automatic Automatic 8-speed automatic
Horsepower (hp@RPM) 290 hp @6200 RPM 295 hp @6400 RPM 295 hp @ 6300 RPM 295 hp @ NA RPM
Torque (lb-ft@RPM) 267 lb-ft @4700 RPM 270 lb-ft @4700 RPM 267 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM 263 lb-ft @ NA RPM

In comparison to its rivals, the MDX is the least powered vehicle in the segment with a power output of 290 hp. All the other cars in comparison deliver a  small but significant 5 hp more than that of the 2017 Acura MDX. However, in terms of torque, it outperforms the 2017 Toyota Highlander by a small margin.

Acceleration of the 2017 Acura MDX

Despite it having the lowest power generated in its segment, the 2017 Acura MDX proves its prowess by going from 0-60 mph in just under 6.2 seconds. It continues to maintain its premier position even in the quarter-mile dash by completing the same in 14.7 seconds.

Models 2017 Acura MDX 2017 Infiniti QX60 2017 Lexus RX 350 2017 Toyota Highlander
0-60 MPH (seconds) 6.2 sec 7.1 sec 6.8 sec 7.2 sec
Quarter mile (seconds) 14.7 sec 15.5 sec 15.1 sec 15.5  sec

Up against its competition, we have the 2017 Lexus RX 350 that comes closest to the Acura MDX by clocking the 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds.  The 2017 Infiniti Qx 60 and the 2017 Toyota Highlander get into a close fight with regard to performance, sparing just a millisecond to victory, the 2017 Infiniti grabs the third spot.

Ride and Handling of the 2017 Acura MDX

The Acura MDX SUV delivers one of the finest rides in its class. The drive is amazingly sporty for a vehicle of its size. The clever torque vectoring system, especially in the AWD trims does an amazing job by diverting up to 70 percent of the power to rear wheels. The direction shifts are snappy and the overall feel to the steering feels delightfully natural and will go on to please the enthusiast in everyone.

Braking capacity of the 2017 Acura MDX

Brakes on the 2017 Acura MDX feature a 12.6-inch rotor on the front and a 13.0-inch rotor on the rear. The brake response is immediate courtesy of the accurate and precise brake pedals. The car never feels out of control even during emergency braking.

Models 2017 Acura MDX 2017 Infiniti QX60 2017 Lexus RX 350 2017 Toyota Highlander
Brake Front (in.) 12.6 12.6 12.9 12.9
Brake Rear (in.) 13.0 12.1 13.3 12.2
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4,001 4,390 4222 4551
60-0 MPH (ft.) 123 122 NA 126

In terms of braking prowess, the 2017 Infiniti sees a similar battle, but this time with a different opponent. The 2017 Acura falls back into the second position by just afoot, leaving the Infiniti with the cake. The Toyota Highlander sees a slump in its brake performance and sure does lose some credibility for it. Lexus features the largest rotors in class, but its brake performance is unknown.

2017 Acura MDX Fuel Economy

6.0/10

"The MDX gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is slightly above average for a luxury midsize SUV." - Cars.USnews

For a price of $44,000 and onward, and a fine six-cylinder engine, one can expect an average gas mileage from a mid-size SUV. The 2017 Acura delivers 19 miles to a gallon for city drives, 27 miles for highway cruises and 22 miles to a gallon as its combined reading.

Models 2017 Acura MDX 2017 Infiniti QX60 2017 Lexus RX 350 2017 Toyota Highlander
MPG (city) 19 20 20 20
MPG (highway) 27 27 27 26
MPG (combined) 22 22 22 22

In comparison to its rivals, the 2017 MDX offers a similar level of fuel efficiency and thus stands shoulder to shoulder with them in the competition. It performs better on highway that on city roads, when compared against the competition considered.

2017 Acura MDX Interior

9.0/10

“The MDX is spacious and versatile for the midsize luxury segment, and though its third row is tight, it's more usable than most. Still, mainstream models such as the mechanically related Honda Pilot are even more practical.” – Edmunds

Seating and Comfort of the 2017 Acura MDX

The 2017 Acura MDX SUV offers comfy seating for up to 7 occupants. With a legroom of 41.4 inches in the front, there is enough space to stretch and relax. On the top-end variants that set you back by $54,500, the leather draped seats along with ventilation and heating add a whole new dimension to the comfort levels in the vehicle.

Interiors of the 2017 Acura MD 

The same can be said for the rear seats and offer a roomy and comfortable atmosphere and thus make the occupants feel at home. The interiors are also loaded with some technological features: a tri-zone automatic climate control, four USB ports, a proximity key, and an impressive bundle of advanced safety systems.

Models 2017 Acura MDX 2017 Infiniti QX60 2017 Lexus RX 350 2017 Toyota Highlander
Passenger capacity 7 7 5 7
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.1/61.1/41.4 40.7/60.3/42.3 39.4/57.8/44.1 40.7/59.3/44.2
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.3/59.1/38.5 38.3/60.4/41.7 39.1/57.6/38 39.9/59/38.4
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 35.6/54.7/28.1 36.5/57.1/30.8 NA 35.9/55/26.7

In comparison, the Infiniti QX60 leads the charge in terms of space with legroom of 42.3 inches and 41.7 inches. The 2nd spot is taken up the 2017 Toyota Highlander at 44.2 and 38 inches. The least offered legroom is by the Acura MDX, but it isn't bad either.

The infotainment system of the 2017 Acura MDX

The Acura MDX sports a dual-screen setup with one of them mounted to the dashtop and another one inside the center console. There is a huge room for improvement in this department as the entire MMI is infuriatingly downmarket. The response times are something that you’ll just have to live by while the rivals like the Audi Q7 offer a lot more advanced and user-friendly interface. Some major interior features of the Acura MDX are -

  • Dashtop screen
  • In-dash screen
  • Multifunctional steering wheel
  • Up to 5 USB ports

The cargo space of the 2017 Acura MDX

In terms of cargo space offered, the 2017 Acura MDX offers just about average. It offers 14.9 cubic feet of space with all three rows of seating up and functional. On the other hand, it offers 90.9 cubic feet of cargo room with the third and second row of seats folded down.

Models 2017 Acura MDX 2017 Infiniti QX60 2017 Lexus RX 350 2017 Toyota Highlander
Cargo room (cubic feet) 14.9 15.8 18.4 13.8

Up against its competition, it is the 2017 Lexus RX 350 that offers the most cargo room with all the seats up and functional, measuring 18.4 cubic feet. The next best offering is the 2017 Infiniti QX60, it provides 15.8 cubic feet of space. The 2017 Acura MDX ranks third and the 2017 Toyota Highlander ranks in fourth place.

2017 Acura MDX Exterior

8.5/10

“The 2017 MDX is the first production model to sport Acura's new face, a diamond pentagon grille that replaces the former model's snout. It looks stronger and more cohesive. This 3-row luxury SUV's hood, front fenders and "Jewel Eye" headlights have been refreshed, as has the rear bumper. The sporty, dual exhaust outlets now feature a bright exterior finish.” – Kelley Blue Book

2017 Acura MDX - Dimensions and Weight

The Acura MDX is a full-size 3-row family SUV with the curb weight tipping the scales at 4001 lbs. It is also one of the longest vehicles in the segment with a length of 196.2 inches. To accommodate the three rows, it sports a modest wheelbase of 111.0 inches. Just like its grand and luxurious interiors, the exteriors of the 2017 MDX look well sculpted and elegant and offer the car a masculine look.

Models 2017 Acura MDX 2017 Infiniti QX60 2017 Lexus RX 350 2017 Toyota Highlander
Curb weight (lbs.) 4001 4,390 4222 4551
Length(in) 196.2 200.1 192.5 192.5
Width(in) 77.8 77.2 74.6 75.8
Height(in) 67.4 68.6 67.7 68.1
Ground clearance (in) 5.6 6.5 8.2 8.0
Wheelbase (in) 111.0 114.2 109.8 109.8
Track width (in) F/R 66.3/66.3 65.7/65.7 NA NA

In comparison to its competition, it is the 2017 Toyota Highlander that comes with the most weight, measuring 4551 lbs. The Infiniti QX60 is the longest with a length of 200.1 inches, this also translates to the longest wheelbase, measuring 114.2 inches. Infiniti QX60 is also the highest car in this comparison. 

Exterior Features of the 2017 Acura MDX

The 2017 Acura MDX comes with a host of exterior features a few of which has been mentioned below for your reference: - 

  • 20 inch or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Pentagonal grille
  • LED DRLs
  • LED headlights
     

2017 Acura MDX Safety

8.6/10

"The 2017 MDX earned Top Safety Pick+ (the highest designation) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. " - Cars.USnews

Acura MDX offers one of the best safety features, not only in its segment but even otherwise. It has a comprehensive list of active and passive safety features that are present to cater to passenger and vehicle safety measures,  

Moreover, the car has been allotted a 5-star safety rating in almost all the segments when tested by major crash-testing agencies. Safety and reliability are never going to be a concern for the 2017 Acura MDX. Following are some of the safety features that come with the new MDX SUV -

  • Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
  • Driver's Knee Airbag Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)
  •  Traction Control and Motion Adaptive Steering 4-Wheel
  • Brake Assist LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Location & Pressure Indicators
  • Theft-Deterrent System

2017 Acura MDX Competition

2017 Infiniti QX60 Vs 2017 Acura MDX

Priced at $43,100, which is 1000 dollars less than the Acura MDX, the Infiniti QX60 offers a bit more power and torque, in spite of having a similar 3.5L 6-cylinder engine. In terms of performance, it is the Acura MDX that is better. When it comes to interiors the Infiniti offers more space and better features. In terms of value for money, we would recommend Infiniti.

2017 Infiniti QX60

2017 Toyota Highlander vs the 2017 Acura MDX

The 2017 Toyota Highlander proves to be better in terms of reliability, durability, and performance. On the other hand, the 2017 Acura MDX delivers in terms of gas mileage interiors exteriors and a spectacular list of safety features. Despite a slight hike and its price, we would recommend the Acura MDX. 

2017 Toyota Highlander

2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Acura MDX

Even the Lexus RX 350, at $43,220, offers more power and similar torque. However, it is the Acura MDX that performs better, delivers even on fuel efficiency and safety. Hands down, the interiors and exteriors styling, design, and comfort offered by the Lexus go unmatched. Completely worth the money in terms of luxury delivered. But overall it is the Acura that satisfies with an average performance in all aspects.

2017 Lexus RX 350

 

2017 Acura MDX Final Verdict

The 2017 Acura MDX is here to give a tough fight to its competition as it outperforms them in major aspects such as performance, gas mileage, safety offering, and more. The interiors of the competitors may prove to be better but the Acura offers a decent cabin that is well spaced and technologically equipped. Moreover, it is a fine deal that Acura offers for just $40,000.

2017 Acura MDX

 

2017 Acura MDX FAQs

What powers the 2017 Acura MDX?

The 2017 Acura MDX is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine.

How much does the 2017 Acura MDX weigh?

The 2017 Acura MDX weighs 4001 lbs.

What is the cargo space offering of the 2017 Acura MDX?

The 2017 Acura MDX offers 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space as standard.

How is the fuel efficiency of the 2017 Acura MDX?

The 2017 Acura MDX offers 19/27/22 mpg for city/highway/combined respectively.

Can the 2017 Acura MDX tow?

Yes, the 2017 Acura MDX can tow up to 3500lbs.

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