A luxury three-row crossover, the Acura MDX not only boasts the finest interior amenities and high-tech advancements but also proudly offers a comfortable, composed ride. This is a good choice for driving in snow because of the available all-wheel drive system known as SH-AWD. The model has superior handling, and its suspension system is tops in its class.
The MDX is currently offered in four package trims. Each comes with a specific set of standard features, but all can be purchased with the optional all-wheel drive system. Below, the powertrain, traction and stability, and safety system specs are detailed a bit further.
Buyers have the choice of two different powertrains when considering the purchase of a new MDX. The standard engine is a 3.5L V6 rated at 290 horsepower and 267 ft-lb of torque. Transmission is nine-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, but the SH-AWD system is an option. The optional gas/electric hybrid model comes with a 3.0L V6 paired to a trio of electric motors. The combined output is 321 horsepower, and this engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The optional Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) is definitely worth considering. This system really improves the overall handling of the vehicle, with power adjustments made to all four wheels for maximum control over snow, ice, or rain-slickened roadways. This is a torque-vectoring system that greatly reduces understeer.
Traction And Stability
The Acura MDX features traction and stability control, constantly monitored by a series of sensors. Although hill descent control isn’t included with the MDX, drivers will find that keeping the vehicle straight during acceleration and deceleration is easy. The rather wide wheelbase is another plus. This isn’t a sporty machine by any means, but the nicely centered weight of the vehicle certainly helps when cornering, especially when traveling over snow or ice.
All four of the Acura MDX model packages come with the AcuraWatch safety suite that includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and road departure warning. The uplevel trim packages add on blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Adaptive suspension dampers along with wider wheels and tires are standard on the Advance trim package.
The new 2019 Acura MDX is on display at Pohanka Acura, and you’ll want to inspect each trim package closely to see which one suits your individual taste and needs. This luxury crossover is a great choice for driving in bad weather, so if snow is in the forecast, this model should be on your short list.