What's New for 2015:
- Redesigned for 2014, the MDX is unchanged for 2015
The 2015 Acura MDX is a luxury crossover SUV equipped with 3 rows of seating and accommodations for up to 7 passengers. It competes against the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Buick Enclave, Infiniti QX60, Lexus GX, Lincoln MKT, Mercedes-Benz GL, and Volvo XC90.
Models and Features
When buying an Acura MDX, consumers first choose whether they want the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system or not. Then, option packages add successive levels of equipment to each trim level. Dealers also offer a number of accessories for this SUV.
Add the Technology package to equip the MDX with a navigation system, premium sound system with HD Radio, AcuraLink services including real-time traffic reports, blind-spot information system, lane-departure warning system, and a forward-collision warning system. The Technology package can be further enhanced with an Entertainment package that adds a DVD player, 9-in. viewing screen, 110-volt power outlet, and heated rear seats.
The Advance package creates a fully loaded Acura MDX. It contains the Technology and Entertainment option package equipment, swapping the 9-in. rear-seat viewing screen for a 16.2-in. widescreen display. Additionally, the Advance package adds softer premium leather in place of the standard leather, heated and ventilated front sport seats, remote engine starting, and auto-dimming side mirrors. Front and rear park-assist sensors are also standard, along with an adaptive cruise control system with low-speed follow capability, collision-mitigation braking system designed to automatically stop the MDX in order to avoid low-speed collisions with traffic ahead, and a lane-keeping system that nudges the MDX back into the intended lane of travel when the driver's attention is diverted.
Under the Hood
A 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard for the 2015 Acura MDX, powering the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission equipped with paddle shifters. The engine is equipped with Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology, which allows it to operate on fewer cylinders under certain driving conditions in order to improve gas mileage.
The optional SH-AWD system continually adjusts power distribution to all four of the MDX's wheels, and depending on driving conditions can put up to 70% of total engine output to a single rear wheel in order to maximize handling capabilities. Under normal driving situations, 90% of engine power is sent to the front wheels in order to maximize fuel economy.
According to the EPA, the standard MDX will return 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Add the SH-AWD system and those numbers fall to 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway.
Safety and Technology
Included as standard equipment for the 2015 MDX, a reversing camera offers a wide, multi-angle view of what's behind the SUV, and the standard touch-screen infotainment system is equipped with the ability to stream music from a paired smartphone. AcuraLink technology is included in the Technology package and includes the ability to automatically contact emergency rescuers if the MDX is involved in a collision and the air bags have deployed.
Additional options for the MDX include remote engine starting, navigation system, premium sound system, and a rear-seat entertainment system with a 110-volt power outlet. Buyers can also upgrade the MDX with several safety features, including front and rear park-assist sensors, a blind-spot information system, lane-departure warning system, lane-keeping assist system, forward-collision warning system, and an adaptive cruise control system with Acura's collision-mitigation braking technology.