How Does the 2017 Acura MDX Deliver Such Rousing Performance?

2017 Acura MDX Driving

Drivers expect a vehicle with the prestigious pedigree of the 2017 Acura MDX to stand at the forefront of the luxury three-row SUV segment, and so it does. What comes as a surprise is the vehicle’s ability to translate the track-like agility and sheer driving fun of a smaller vehicle into such a commanding machine. It’s an SUV as adept at accommodating up to seven passengers in comfort as it as at passing on the highway between Norman and Yukon or breezing confidently through the city.


At the core of your 2017 Acura MDX sits a 3.5L V6 engine with Intelligent Variable Timing and Lift Control (i-VTEC) and Direct Gas Injection; all told, you can expect to harness up to 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle asserts itself at the slightest touch, feeling startlingly light on its feet.

Refining that power is a 9-speed automatic transmission with SportShift Sequential transmission that includes:

  • Paddle shifters to provide manual control.

  • Grade Logic Control to maintain a high rpm on steep inclines and declines.

  • Shift Hold Control to delay up-shifting through curves.


The new MDX naturally calls on more than a sophisticated powertrain, with additional performance features including:

  • Drive-by-Wire Throttle System: Monitors different driving conditions and then automatically adapts throttle sensitivity around them.

  • Integrated Dynamics System (IDS): Cycle at will between Comfort, Normal, and Sport settings to adjust steering response around your current driving mood.

The reworked front MacPherson suspension reduces vibrations and road noise, while the rear suspension shocks are now mounted directly to the body side rail for improved stability and pinpoint handling precision.

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

The 2017 Acura MDX’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system places it in a whole new class of performance SUV. Celebrated across the industry, it continually determines optimal power distribution levels based on several key feedbacks.

  • While cruising, 90% of power is sent to the front wheels for improved efficiency.

  • During hard acceleration, 45% of power shifts to the rear wheels for added traction.

Getting Behind the Wheel of a 2017 Acura MDX is an Experience to Remember

You’ll never forget your first experience of 2017 Acura MDX performance, and the team here at Bob Howard Acura can’t wait to introduce you to it. Contact us today to find out more, or feel free to apply for financing directly.