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Acura recently unveiled its updated 2017 MDX SUV, which is now on sale at dealership nationwide. With a starting suggested price of $43,950, the new MDX features an updated exterior, larger wheel and tire options, and additional premium features such as AcuraWatch.

The Acura Precision Concept inspired the exterior styling on the new 2017 MDX. Acura says the highlights of the new exterior include a new “Diamond Pentagon grille,” a more sculpted hood, redesigned front fascia, front fenders and updated “Jewel Eye” headlights. This all combines to provide the new MDX with a more “executive athletic” appearance for Acura’s luxury SUV. Acura says additional styling updates include a new chrome rocker panel trim, a revised rear bumper and skid garnish, and the return of visible dual exhausts.

“We’re raising the Acura MDX’s game for 2017 with premium new features and technologies that luxury SUV buyers want, complemented by bold, new styling we know they’re going to love,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager, Acura Division. “Backed by its high-performance credentials, the 2017 MDX has advanced its competitiveness and will continue its legacy of leadership as the best-selling three-row luxury SUV in America.”

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Acura says the new 2017 MDX features a number of standard luxury and technology features, including an Electric Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, Auto High Beam headlights, SiriusXM Radio 2.0, four 2.5-amp USB charging ports and a cap-less fuel filler. A Keyless Remote Engine Start, two new 20-inch wheel and tire options, power folding side mirrors, and HD Traffic are all options.

The AcuraWatch suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies featured in the new MDX include a number of features, such as Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) – lots of acronyms! Every model features a standard multi-angle rearview camera, and upper grades add blind spot information (BSI), front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and new Auto High Beam.

The 2017 MDX is powered by a 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC 24-valve V-6 engine rated to produce 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2017 MDX with front-wheel drive and Idle Stop has an EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city/27 highway/23 combined, and MDX with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and Idle Stop is EPA rated at 19 mpg city/26 highway/22 combined. Acura says the MDX also meets the stringent EPA Tier 3/Bin 125 and CARB LEVIII ULEV-125 emissions standards. Acura also notes an available Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain model will be available later in the year.

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