3.7-liter VTEC V-6 Engine
The MDX features Acura's largest engine which offers a remarkable combination of power, efficiency and refinement. The 3.7-liter VTEC® V-6 delivers 300 horsepower and 270 lbs.-ft. of torque. Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control (VTEC) increases high-rpm horsepower by opening
the intake valves deeper and longer when engine speed reaches a designated rpm. EPA estimated mileage is 16 city / 21 hwy / 18 combined, which, combined with a 21-gallon fuel capacity, gives the MDX the potential for attaining a 400-mile or more cruising range. The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system varies throttle sensitivity to provide the appropriate throttle response and feel to different driving conditions.
Sequential SportShift Automatic With Paddle
The 6-Speed Sequential SportShift automatic with paddle shifters gives you the best of both worlds by providing the convenience of precise and intuitive automatic shifting as well as shift-for-yourself control. Set the transmission to "Drive" for smooth gear changes with an emphasis on fuel economy. Select "Sport" for quicker acceleration, as the transmission allows the engine to rev higher before upshifting. Using a paddle shifter in "Sport" puts the transmission into full manual mode, where you'll have complete control in instances such as high-performance or hilly driving.
Though it has the same all-weather attributes of conventional all-wheel drive, Acura developed its revolutionary Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system to enhance high-performance dry-road handling. By continuously directing engine power to match weight distribution, available traction, and other conditions, SH-AWD provides seamless power transitions and supreme agility. The result is enhanced high-performance cornering that simply can't be matched by front, rear, or conventional all-wheel drive systems.
For the best balance of handling precision and ride feel, the front strut and rear multi-link suspensions were designed to accommodate the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system's unique lateral and forward forces. The front MacPherson strut design features forged-aluminum lower control arms, aluminum
uprights, and other lightweight components for a smoother, more comfortable ride.
Because steering is a key aspect of the driver-vehicle relationship, Acura engineers spent considerable time raising the quality of the steering feedback. The MDX gets its precise steering feel during curves and other conditions as a result of the hydraulic power assist. The steering system operates easily at parking lot speeds but has a firm feel on the highway since the power assist varies by engine speed.
The brake system is engineered to provide best-in-class braking capability in dry, wet and icy conditions. It is also tuned to provide the precise modulation necessary for the utmost confidence during spirited driving. The disc brakes are the largest ever provided on a production Acura.
Smooth & Quiet
Acura first reduced noise vibration and harshness by attacking vibration in the body during the engineering phase, rather than just adding sound-insulating materials to the body later.
The MDX has a Power Management System that can help prevent the inconvenience of a dead or weak battery. The system will shut down accessories if it detects the battery may soon be too weak to start the engine.
*Based on 2012-2013 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.