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2016 Acura MDX 4dr SH-AWD 3.5L (A9)


Vehicle New 2016 Acura MDX
Trim 4dr SH-AWD 3.5L (A9)
Trans 9-Speed Automatic
Model Code YD4H2GJNW
Availability National
MSRP $45,015.00
Destination $940.00


EPA Gas Mileage


City Hwy

*Actual mileage will vary with options, actual driving conditions, driving habits and the vehicle's condition. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.


Body StyleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Vehicle SizeMid
Drive TypeAWD
Seating Capacity7/7 passengers
Engine BlockV
Engline TypeGas
Displacement3.5 L.
Compression Ratio11.5:1
Torque267ft-lbs @ 4700 rpm
Horsepower290hp @ 6200 rpm
Fuel TypePremium unleaded
Fuel Capacity19.5 gal.
Fuel Economy*18/26
Wheelbase111.0 in.
Overall Length193.6 in.
Vehicle Width77.2 in.
Vehicle Height67.6 in.
Ground Clearance5.6 in.
Luggage Capacity15.0 ft3.
Cargo Capacity68.4 ft3.
Curb Weight4195 lbs.
Towing Capacity3500 lbs.
Turning Circle 38.8 ft.
Front Headroom38.1 in.
Front Legroom41.5 in.
Rear Headroom38.3 in.
Rear Legroom36.5 in.

Exterior Colors

These are the colors typically available for this vehicle. Color options may change during the model year. Contact Circle Auto Leasing for confirmation. The color samples displayed on your monitor may not precisely replicate the way they appear on the vehicle.

Crystal Black Pearl
Crystal Black Pearl
Graphite Luster Metallic
Graphite Luster Metallic
Dark Cherry Pearl
Lunar Silver Metallic
Lunar Silver Metallic
White Diamond Pearl

Interior Colors

Parchment (PA)
Graystone (GS)
Ebony (EN)


The Acura MDX offers luxury, outstanding V6 power, standard seven-passenger seating and Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. Now in its third generation, the MDX continues to be an aggressive contender in its segment.The MDX is offered in either front- or all-wheel drive configurations. Both are powered by a 290-hp 3.5-liter direct fuel injected V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM); VCM helps improve fuel efficiency by operating on one bank of three cylinders when less engine power is required. It is mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters. An Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), Agile Handling Assist and Amplitude-Reactive Dampers enhance ride and handling characteristics. Every MDX is outfitted with a power moonroof, power tailgate, 18-inch aluminum wheels and "Jewel Eye" LED headlights; interior comforts include heated front seats, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, passive entry/start, satellite radio and a USB port, along with the next-generation AcuraLink system featuring HandsFreeLink (Bluetooth) wireless connectivity/audio streaming and smartphone compatability. Optional premium amenities packages offer items such as a voice-activated navigation system with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic, upgraded audio with HD radio and 15 gigabytes of hard drive media storage, 19-inch aluminum wheels, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and an Ultra-Wide Rear Entertainment System (RES) with DVD player and 16.2-inch color display. Standard safety-enhancing features include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control and a multi-view rear parking assist camera, along with seven airbags. Other available technologies include front and rear parking sensors, a Blind Spot Information (BSI) system, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with heads-up warning, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and a new Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.The Acura MDX carries over with minor changes for 2016. Most notably, a new 9-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous model year's 6-speed; additionally, a new AcuraWatch Plus package debuts, featuring a host of innovative safety technologies.

Model Reviews

We're anxious to see if the MDX's measurables have improved with the new transmission and suspension, and it seems Acura has taken one of our favorite luxury SUVs and made it incrementally better.

Car and Driver

Excellent handling, high safety scores, loads of optional high-tech toys, powerful engine with decent fuel economy, relatively large third-row seat for a midsize luxury SUV.

The 2009 Acura MDX has a little more appeal to young families who appreciate top safety, useful technology, and Acura's low depreciation.

The Car Connection


The Acura MDX has been further refined for 2016 following a complete redesign for the 2014 model year.

The 2016 Acura MDX gets a new nine-speed automatic transmission with a push-button gear selector that frees up interior space.
Meanwhile, a new twin-clutch SH-AWD all-wheel-drive system has been made available to 2016 MDX models.New safety features and more technology, including Siri Eyes Free voice recognition are available.Inside are new refinements, including a driver's seat that moves rearward when the door is opened making it easier for driver entry and exit.

MDX is a premium midsize SUV in the same class as the Lexus RX, Volvo XC90, Buick Enclave, BMW X5, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60, and Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.
Acura first introduced the MDX in 2001 and it is now on its third generation.

MDX seats seven, with three rows.
All models use a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 290 horsepower.Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

MDX looks sharp and offers sharp handling and quick acceleration performance.
The new nine-speed automatic allows quicker acceleration than did the previous six-speed automatic.Luxurious and enjoyable to drive, with a versatile interior, MDX has a proven record for being reliable and holding its value well.

EPA-estimated fuel mileage is 19/27/22 mpg City/Highway/Combined with front wheel drive, or 18/26/21 mpg with all-wheel drive.
A Stop/Start feature comes on upper-level models that lowers the EPA City ratings by 1 mpg.Acura recommends Premium gas.

The Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system works well for wintry conditions.
The 2016 MDX SH-AWD features a new twin-clutch rear differential that directs power between the front and rear wheels and also between the left and right rear wheels.SH-AWD improves handling stability.

We found the new nine-speed worked well most of the time, but it sometimes hesitated before selecting a gear, for example going from steady throttle on an on-ramp to acceleration for getting onto the highway.

Handling is responsive in Sport mode, but Sport and Normal are uncomfortably firm on beat-up streets; Comfort mode is better on broken pavement.
The MDX is quiet underway.

The interior is roomy and comfortable and controls are intuitive and easy to operate.
The front seats are comfortable and luxurious, and ingress and egress are easy.The 2016 MDX gets a revised driver seat that moves to the rear when the driver door is opened, making entry and exit easy.


Pricing for the 2016 Acura MDX starts at $44,865 MSRP and can go up to $57,080; that does not include the $920 destination charge.Leather-trimmed upholstery comes standard; upgraded leather is part of the Advance package.All use a 3.5-liter V6 with nine-speed automatic.Front-wheel drive is standard; SH-AWD all-wheel drive is optional.


The looks of the Acura MDX have not changed since the third-generation version was launched for 2014.

The MDX nose looks like a beak, drawing in some mixed reviews.
The profile and the rear are undistinguished, resembling those of other midsize SUVs.


The MDX interior is straightforward and easy to operate has the feel of a premium SUV.The front seats are comfortable.

2016 brought an intuitive push-button transmission shifter which frees up some space.
The shift buttons are distinctive from each other in both appearance and feel but are easy to use.The parking brake is a foot brake where you'd have to push down to engage and push again to disengage.

The center stack has a chrome surround that can reflect sunlight at certain angles.
2016 models get a new, slim frameless rearview mirror that's unobtrusive.

The second row moves forward or rearward for greater room for third-row passengers or second-row passengers.
Pressing a switch allows easier ingress and egress to the third row seats.Squeezing into the third row is still a bit difficult, however, suitable only for children.

Cubby storage is superior to most European SUVs.
The center console has a deep bin.Next to the center console and just above is a small tray for smartphones or other small items.Cup holders are straightforward and positioned well.Ahead of those is a small bin for keys with a power receptacle.

MDX offers nearly 91 cubic feet of cargo space with the two rear rows of seats folded, significantly more than that of the 2015 Lexus RX, with its 80 cubic feet.
An underfloor storage area is provided.The third row folds by pulling a lever to mechanically flip them down.The third row folds flat but leaves small holes in the corners that may need to be stuffed with rags if you have a dog.The second row splits 60/40 and folds independently almost completely flat however, there are lots of gaps and holes.

Driving Impression

Acura MDX is powered by a direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine producing 290 horsepower.It's connected to a nine-speed automatic in all versions of the MDX, and that transmission can be paddle-shifted from the steering wheel.

We found the suspension to be quite firm in Normal mode on rough urban and suburban streets with pot holes.
Pressing the IDS button on the center console switches the Integrated Dynamic System through Normal, Sport, and Comfort, adjusting the damping of the shock absorbers.The Comfort setting makes those rough roads feel much smoother.Sport works best on smooth, winding roads.

The MDX is easy to drive.
The steering doesn't transmit feedback to the driver, but when driven hard, the vehicle feels capable and coordinated.

Pressing the Drive/Sport (D/S) button on the transmission selector alters shift mapping between Sport and Drive.
Using the paddle shifters when in Sport mode evokes quick upshifts and blips the throttle for aggressive downshifts.

Pressing the Drive/Sport (D/S) button on the transmission selector alters shift mapping between Sport and Drive.
Overall, it works well, but the nine-speed has lots of ratios to choose from and can sometimes get confused by it all.The car will automatically shift itself into Park when pulling into a parking spot and switching off the engine, which is a nice feature to have.

Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) makes the MDX a great vehicle in wintry conditions.
The Super Handling part improves handling stability by turning the wheels with the best grip.


The Acura MDX has always been a standout product in this class and continues to be.It's a relatively sporty vehicle, fun to drive, but the ride can be uncomfortably firm on rough roads.

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Standard Equipment

Diameter, 18Standard
Rim Type, Machined aluminumStandard
Rear Suspension Type, Multi-linkStandard
Driver Adjustable Suspension, Ride controlStandard
Front Suspension Classification, IndependentStandard
Front Spring Type, CoilStandard
Front Stabilizer Bar, RegularStandard
Rear Spring Type, CoilStandard
Class, RegularStandard
Independent, Four-wheelStandard
active, Active suspensionStandard
Front suspension type, StrutStandard
Headlights auto delayStandard
Exterior entry lightsStandard
Daytime running lightsStandard
One-Touch Power SunroofStandard
Remote sunroof/convertible roof operationStandard
4WD TypeStandard
Locking HubsStandard
Limited slip differentialStandard
Axle ratioStandard
Front seat type, SportStandard
Climate controlled, Driver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and paStandard
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash Protection, Whiplash protection systemStandard
Rear Seats
Folding, Fold forward seatbackStandard
Center armrest, YesStandard
Rear heat, With separate controlsStandard
Third Row Seat
Type, 50-50Standard
Power door locks, Remote power door locksStandard
2-Stage unlocking, 2-stage unlockingStandard
Power windowsStandard
Front wipers - intermittentStandard
Front wipers - speed sensitiveStandard
Privacy glassStandard
Rear defoggerStandard
Rear wiperStandard
Driver mirror adjustment, Power remote w/tilt downStandard
Heated driver mirror, HeatedStandard
Heated passenger mirror, HeatedStandard
Reverse tilt mirrors, Dual mirrorsStandard
Vanity mirrors, Dual illuminated vanity mirrorsStandard
Signal mirrors, Turn signal in mirrorsStandard
Convenience Features
Cruise control, Cruise controlStandard
Power steering, Speed-proportional electric power steeringStandard
Steering wheel, Tilt and telescopicStandard
Audio controls on steering wheel, Audio controlsStandard
Cruise controls on steering wheel, Cruise controlsStandard
Transmission controls on steering wheel, Gear shift controlsStandard
Cupholders, Front and rearStandard
Remote trunk release, PowerStandard
Door pockets, Driver, passenger and rearStandard
Seatback storage, 2Standard
12V DC power outlet, 3Standard
Retained accessory power, Retained accessory powerStandard
Overhead console, Mini with storageStandard
Universal remote transmitter, Universal remote transmitterStandard
Center Console, Full with covered storageStandard
Multi-function remote, Trunk/hatch/door/tailgate, windows, sunroof/converStandard
Power Activated Trunk/Hatch, Power liftgateStandard
Comfort Features
Steering wheel trim, Leather/metal-lookStandard
Dash trim, Simulated wood/metal-lookStandard
Floor mats, Carpet front and rearStandard
Cargo area light, Cargo area lightStandard
Memorized Settings
seat memoryStandard
Trip computerStandard
External tempStandard
Low fuel levelStandard
Transmission Temperature GuageStandard
Rear View CameraStandard
Exterior Features
Rear spoilerStandard
Audio System
Satellite Radio, SiriusXMStandard
Speed Sensitive Volume Control, YesStandard
Antenna Type, Window gridStandard
In-Dash CD, SingleStandard
Radio, SiriusXM AM/FM/SatelliteStandard
internet access, Selective serviceStandard
left rear passenger door type, ConventionalStandard
right rear passenger door type, ConventionalStandard
Truck Features
Door reinforcementStandard
Auxilliary transmission coolerStandard
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsStandard
Head airbags, Curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd rowStandard
Passenger Airbag, YesStandard
Driver Airbag, YesStandard
Stability and Traction
Traction controlStandard
Rear center seatbelt, 3-point beltStandard
Seatbelt pretensioners, FrontStandard
Manual / automatic, AutomaticStandard
Automatic type, AutomaticStandard
Transmission Hill Holder, Transmission hill holderStandard
Max RPM, 6,200 RPMStandard
Torque, 267 lb.-ft.Standard
Valve Gear, SOHCStandard
Total Valves, 24Standard
Engine Configuration, VStandard
Displacement, 212
Vehicle Emissions, ULEV IIStandard
Size, 3.5 LStandard
Horse Power, 290 hpStandard
Variable Valve Timing, Variable valve timingStandard
Compression Ratio, 11.50 : 1Standard
Keyless Ignition, Doors and push button startStandard
Air Conditioning
Front air conditioning zones, DualStandard
Air filtration, Interior air filtrationStandard
Anti-theft alarm system, YesStandard
engine immobilizer, Engine immobilizerStandard
Adjustable Front Headrests, Manual adjustableStandard
Driver Seat
Heated, Multi-level heatingStandard
Manual Adjustments, 8Standard
Power Adjustments, 8Standard
Height Adjustable, PowerStandard
Braking assist, Braking assist inchesStandard
Front brakes, Ventilated disc inchesStandard
ABS Brakes
ABS, 4-wheelStandard

Available Optional Equipment

The list of optional equipment below represents a mix of optional dealer or factory installed features. Some must be added by the manufacturer during the production process whilst others can be installed here at the point of purchase. Please note that this list is intended for informational purposes only. If you have any questions please contact us for clarification.

Dealer Installed Options
Wheels: 19 Chrome-Look Alloy   $2,240 
1st & 2nd Row All-Season Floor Mats   $160 
3rd Row All-Season Floor Mats   $75 
Back-Up Sensors   $264 
Back-Up Sensor Attachment   $264 
Roof Mount Bike Attachment   $188 
Hitch Mount Bike Attachment   $214 
Body Side Molding   $259 
Cargo Cover   $289 
Cargo Liner   $263 
Cargo Mat   $109 
Cargo Net   $50 
Cargo Tray   $120 
Cargo Tray - Living Hinge   $140 
Crossbars   $250 
Door Edge Film   $50 
Illuminated Door Sill Trim   $330 
Engine Block Heater   $80 
First Aid Kit   $30 
LED Fog Lights   $542 
Full Size Spare Wheel Warning Label   $3 
Kayak Attachment   $175 
Moonroof Visor   $172 
Full Size Spare 18 Placard   $13 
Full Size Spare 19 Placard   $13 
Rear Bumper Applique   $69 
Rear Bumper Protector   $208 
Remote Engine Start System III   $399 
Short Roof Box   $498 
Roof Rails (DIO)   $560 
Advance Running Boards   $699 
Sport Running Boards   $665 
2nd Row Seat Cover   $275 
Ski Attachment   $222 
Snowboard Attachment   $146 
Splash Guard Set   $138 
Front Sports Bumper Trim   $329 
Rear Sports Bumper Trim   $329 
Heated Steering Wheel   $500 
Wood Grain Look Steering Wheel:
Ebony, Taupe or Parchment.
Sunshade   $60 
Surfboard Attachment   $79 
Tires: 255/50R19 A/S Continental   $838 
Spare Tire: T165/80D17 BS   $326 
Touch-Up Paint (2 Step Process)   $13 
Trailer Hitch (3500lbs Towing Capacity)   $405 
Trailer Hitch (5000lbs Towing Capacity)   $405 
Trailer Hitch ATF Cooler   $385 
Trailer Hitch Ball - 1 7/8   $18 
Trailer Hitch Ball - 2   $18 
Trailer Hitch Harness   $200 
Trailer Hitch Locking Pin   $35 
Towing Hitch Front Towing Grille   $45 
Wheel Locks   $56 
Convenience Package   $245 
Protection Package I   $336 
Protection Package II   $356 
Protection Package III   $314 
Protection Package IV   $334 
Protection Package V   $354 
Spare Tire Kit w/Tire   $399 
No Options
Base Vehicle Price (YD4H2GJNW)   $45,015 
*See dealer for details