2010 Acura MDX & Review & Car and Driver

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Acura MDX

2010 Acura MDX

Aesthetic and upgrades bring Acura’s topper up to speed, just as the heats up.

With Acura’s 2010 ZDX crossover-coupe-whatever setting the for the brand in terms of refinement and its once techno-trendsetting MDX sibling is a bit long in the tooth. Indeed, the MDXwhich placed first of in our last shootout of $50,000 has sat relatively unchanged since its debut, and this fact, with a number of newly goodies also used in the makes this year the time for an update.

Six Gears and a Ride

Perhaps the most upgrade is Acura’s first-ever automatic transmission in place of the five-speed. The transmission will through the company’s V-6 models, the ZDX, in which the gearbox was shown, being the next to market so equipped. The company the new gearbox also will with four-cylinder vehicles as the RDX and base TSX.

Unfortunately, many other carmakers already are moving on to and eight-speed units, and the six-speed improve fuel economy in the MDX, which is now estimated at a 16 city mpg and 21 highway mpg versus in 2009. The transmission shifts and smoothly, and its ability to perform downshifts nicely augments the Handling All-Wheel Drive during sporty driving. The standard and sport modes are via the console-mounted shifter, and all trim get steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters as

Also new are retuned active that come as part of the package, which takes the of last year’s Sport Despite the MDX’s handling and all-wheel-drive grip, we’ve its ride for being a bit harsh and particularly in the sportiest suspension And although it remains firm, our jaunt north of Detroit the new version to be far more compliant in sport and comfort settings maintaining good body

The 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 has been for more flexible power while nineteen-inch wheels are now a option; 18-inchers remain although they’re now lighter before and have a new design. All of serves to bolster the MDX’s surprising agility, but we were aback by the ultra-light steeringat all felt much more and over-boosted than we remember.


VEHICLE TYPE: 4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 5-door

Top speed (governor limited): 120 mph


EPA driving: 16/21 mpg

More and Driver Assistance

Acura MDX

As with the automatic, Acura has been slow to adopt advanced aids such as active control, blind-spot detection, and collision-mitigation braking to the MDX. But all the debuts on the 2010 model as of the aforementioned Advance package, with the larger wheels, seats, and upgraded leather Although our brief stint allow much time to the safety stuff, we’re it operates similarly to competitive

An optional multiview reverse with normal, wide-angle, and views is new, and it displays the eight-inch infotainment screen. The view will undoubtedly aid in lining up a trailer with its look at the rear bumper, but to jump to the Technology package to get it: for the base model means you get a reverse camera with a integrated into the rearview

The Technology package also a new hard-drive-based navigation and entertainment fortified with voice real-time traffic updates rerouting, and weather updates overlay Doppler-style radar on the navigation map. An upgraded 410-watt audio system combines USB-port connectivity, streaming audio, and a Ford function that allows control of your music is included in the Tech pack. The available Entertainment package heated second-row seats and a motorized screen for rear-seat

Will Looking the Part a Difference?

Although we weren’t of the second-gen MDX when it arrived an early, prepubescent version of now-ubiquitous metal-shield grille, will have no problem the 2010 model and its softer nose, revised front and new rear bumper with chrome moldings and new exhaust Although we must say the new look is glitzy and expressive, especially the larger 19-inch wheels, the end is just as funky as most Acuras.

The interior has been with a thicker steering new wood trim, and LED lighting. says it also made the of center-stack buttons easier to but frankly, we didn’t noticethe looked as busy and complicated as Fortunately, the leather is sumptuous, the are very comfortable, and the navigation is still one of the best available.

Arriving at dealers late in the Acura says pricing increase by about three over 2009 levels, means well-equipped base should start below Loaded versions with all the aids, interior gadgets, and entertainment likely will the $55,000 threshold. We’re to see if the MDX’s measurables have with the new transmission and suspension, and it Acura has taken one of our favorite SUVs and made it incrementally

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