2009 Acura MDX

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Power rear liftgate now standard with Techonology and Sport packages
  • AcuraLink real-time traffic expands to 77 metropolitan areas
  • New Bali Blue Pearl and Mocha Metallic exterior colors
The MDX is the larger of Acura's two SUVs. It was also the brand's first SUV, hitting the market for the 2001 model year. The MDX entered its second generation with a redesigned and re-engineered version for 2007. A midsize SUV with a unibody design, the MDX features three rows of seats with 7-passenger capacity. The second- and third-row seats fold flat to open up 83.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The MDX can tow up to 5000 pounds.

Like all Acuras, the MDX comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

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The 2009 Acura MDX is available in one model, though it can be enhanced through three optional packages and various dealer-installed accessories. The MDX's three seating rows feature leather seating surfaces, 10-way power for the driver's seat, and 8-way power for the front passenger's position. The second row reclines and includes a fold-down center armrest with cupholders. The third row also folds flat. The second row seatback is split 60/40 while the third row is split 50/50.

Standard equipment on the 2009 Acura MDX includes: 3-zone automatic climate controls; interior air filter; cruise control; power windows with a remote windows-open feature; power door locks; heated power mirrors with tilt-down back-up aid and turn signals; remote keyless entry; power tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; memory for the driver's seat, mirrors and steering wheel; Bluetooth HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface; HomeLink garage opener; leather-wrapped shift knob; power sunroof; auto-dimming rearview mirror; 10 beverage holders; illuminated vanity mirrors; cargo-area lighting; multi-information display screen; trip computer; exterior temperature indicator; 253-watt Acura Premium sound system with in-dash, 6-disc CD changer; auxiliary input jack; XM satellite radio; speed-sensing intermittent windshield wipers; intermittent rear wiper; alarm; rear spoiler; automatic Xenon headlights; fog lights; and P255/55HR18 tires on alloy wheels.

An optional Technology package includes navigation with voice recognition, real-time traffic information, and Zagat Survey reviews. It also includes a rearview camera; power rear liftgate; AcuraLink satellite communications; 410-watt, 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround Premium audio system; and Acura's GPS-linked, solar-sensing, tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control. The Sport package adds to the Technology package active damper sport suspension, premium Milano leather, exclusive wheels, auto-leveling Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps, and unique interior trim. An Entertainment package can be added to the Technology or Sport packages. It includes a rear DVD-based entertainment system, heated second-row seats, and a 115-volt power outlet in the front center console.

The 2009 Acura MDX comes with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that produces 300 hp at 6000 rpm and 276 lb.-ft. of torque at 5000 rpm. It is linked to a 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift manual shift capability and Grade Logic Control technology. The powertrain is rated at 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway. Acura's largest SUV also features what the company calls Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), which includes electronic stability control and traction control, all designed to enhance vehicle dexterity and directional stability in inclement weather and emergency maneuvers. SH-AWD can vary engine torque continuously to each wheel. The automaker explains that the system employs torque vectoring to increase the rotation speed of an outside rear wheel during aggressive cornering to help the MDX turn more effectively while under power.

The 2009 Acura MDX is equipped with 13-inch front disc brakes and 13.2-inch rear discs with anti-lock, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist technology. A tire-pressure monitor, traction control, and electronic stability control are standard. The MDX also features a stabilizing technology that holds a trailer stable while being pulled down the road. Passive safety gear includes dual front air bags; torso-protecting front side air bags; curtain side air bags that cover all seating rows and have rollover deployment; and active front head restraints.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Acura MDX 5 stars for all four frontal- and side-impact crash tests and 4 stars for its resistance to rollover. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the Acura MDX as a \"Top Safety Pick.\" That means it earns \"Good\" ratings for frontal-, side-, and rear-crash protection while offering electronic stability control.

Trailer Stability Assist is a technology designed to interpret oscillation or wag in the vehicle/trailer connection, a situation that Acura says can occur if the trailer is not loaded correctly, or under certain speed and road conditions. The system uses torque reduction and applies individual brakes to return the trailer to a stable rolling condition.

Acura's tri-zone automatic climate control system, which, when installed in a vehicle with satellite navigation, links with GPS-based, solar-sensing technology that continually updates the vehicle position and determines the position of the sun relative to the driver and passenger. When climate controls are in their automatic mode, the system uses the sun-related information to automatically adjust the temperature from side to side as needed to compensate for asymmetrical solar heating.


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