2016 Acura MDX Gets New 9-Speed Auto and AWD System, Upgraded Equipment

The 2016 Acura MDX goes on sale on February 4 with a series of updates, the most important of which are a new 9-speed automatic transmission and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with a twin-clutch design.

Starting from $42,865 (excluding a $920 destination charge), the 2016 Acura MDX gets a standard 9-speed automatic transmission fitted with a push-button electronic gear selector that frees up room above the center console. The new transmission also features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and is 66 lbs (30 kg) lighter than the 6-speed automatic it replaces, thus improving the car’s front-to-rear weight distribution.

The transmission is said to feature more closely spaced gear ratios and 25 percent faster gear shifts. With the new 9-speed auto and the 290hp 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6, the 2016 MDX with front-wheel drive is EPA-rated at 19/27/22 mpg (city/highway/combined), while AWD models return 18/26/21 mpg.

The 2016 Acura MDX also gets a new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with a twin-clutch design that is said to deliver enhanced torque transfer and handling capabilities. The system uses a 19 lbs (8.6 kg) lighter twin-clutch rear differential and progressively distributes torque not only between the front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels.

Besides these mechanical upgrades, 2016 MDX models with Technology Package are available with the AcuraWatch advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies (standard on the Advance Package), which include Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

Other luxury upgrades include a frameless rearview mirror, Siri Eyes Free voice recognition, an easy-entry/exit driver’s seat and TPMS fill assist that sounds an audible alert when the driver inflates the tire to the correct pressure.

A Multi-View Angle Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines is now standard on all models, while available upgrades include a bi-directional remote engine starter, idle stop and head up warning.

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