The 2017 Acura MDX Offers Thrilling Performance

2017 Acura MDX Driving

It’s tough to craft a luxurious and spacious three-row SUV without losing focus on performance, which is why it’s so refreshing to get behind the wheel of a 2017 Acura MDX. It’s the sort of vehicle that reminds parents that driving fun doesn’t need to be forfeited when you have a growing family to take along for the ride, whether it’s a routine trip to Maple Shade or Cherry Hill, or a longer ride to Philadelphia. That’s due to the combination of cutting-edge powertrain with revolutionary performance features that the new MDX delivers.


Every 2017 Acura MDX can call upon up to 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque from a state-of-the-art 3.5L V6 engine, which features:

  • Direct Gas Injection: Optimizes the air-fuel mixture to use significantly less gas for the same amount of power.

  • Intelligent Variable Timing and Lift Control (i-VTEC): Advances valve timing relative to engine rpm to increase available horsepower.

  • Drive-by-Wire Throttle: Throttle sensitivity is varied automatically to fit around changing driving conditions.

  • Variable Cylinder Management (VCM): Shuts down engine cylinders when you’re cruising comfortably — you won’t feel it, but it’s done for the sake of efficiency.


The new MDX utilizes an all-new 9-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, resulting in a wonderfully smooth drive despite the vehicle’s V6 power. You can cycle between Normal, Economy, and Sport driving modes to alter performance around your current needs, and the transmission syncs with Grade Logic Control and Hill Start Assist as standard.

Expect to make:

  • Up to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway* with FWD

  • Up to 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway* with SH-AWD


The defining feature of 2017 Acura MDX’s performance is almost certainly its available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. Like other AWD systems, it manages traction between the vehicle’s wheels to ensure confident all-weather driving. Unlike those other systems, it also directs power to ensure a drive at once sportier and more efficient.

When you’re cruising, 90% of power goes to the front wheels for efficiency’s sake. During hard acceleration or when you’re carving corners, that power is redistributed for enhanced agility.

The Acura MDX Provides Exhilarating Driving Dynamics

Instead of trying to understand Acura MDX performance in terms of specs and features, you should really experience it first-hand. To do just that, contact Elite Acura today — we’re conveniently located in Maple Shade Township. We can also talk through trim levels and financing options.

*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.