Best Selling Acura MDX Receives Powertrain Upgrades, AcuraWatch™ and High Tech Features for 2016, Enhancing Performance, Safety and Luxury

The significantly upgraded 2016 Acura MDX, Canada's best-selling three-row luxury CSUV, launches this month with multiple new features and technologies and a more advanced powertrain. The enhanced 2016 MDX provides even more advanced technology and exhilarating performance to complement the luxury, comfort and quietness inherent to Acura's premium seven-passenger SUV. The 2016 Acura MDX launches at Acura dealerships across Canada starting this month, with the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $52,990.

Every 2016 MDX is now equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of sensing and driver-assistive technologies and the winner of AJAC's Best New Technology Award for Safety. AcuraWatch includes new road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low speed follow, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, collision mitigation braking system with pedestrian detection, and a multi-angle rear view camera.

All 2016 MDX models will come equipped with a new, advanced 9-speed automatic transmission, a push-button electronic gear selector, and a new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with a twin-clutch design that delivers enhanced torque transfer and handling capabilities.

The 2016 MDX adds numerous other luxury upgrades including standard bi-directional remote starter, Siri™ Eyes Free voice recognition, and a tire fill assist that sounds a subtle audible alert when the driver inflates the tire to the correct pressure.  Idle stop and start is also part of the Elite Package for improved fuel economy
Now in its third generation, the MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury CSUV of all time. With the numerous enhancements made for 2016, the Acura MDX is primed to again impress customers and critics alike. Customers can view, build and price a 2016 Acura MDX at

2016 MDX Pricing

Trim    MSRP1    FE NRCan
MDX    $52,990    12.7 / 9.1 / 11.1
MDX Navi    $55,990    12.7 / 9.1 / 11.1
MDX Technology    $59,990    12.7 / 9.1 / 11.1
Trim    MSRP1    FE  (city/highway/combined)
MDX Elite    $64,990    12.2 / 9.1 / 10.7


The 2016 Acura MDX's 3.5-liter, 24-valve i-VTEC direct-injected V-6 engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission featuring Sequential SportShift. The new transmission is 30 kg (66 lbs) lighter than the 6-speed automatic it replaces, with more closely spaced gear ratios and 25 percent faster gear shifts that enhance acceleration performance. The weight reduction also improves front-to-rear weight distribution for better handling characteristics.
The console-mounted shift lever is replaced with a fully electronic, shift-by-wire gear selector. Park, Neutral and Drive are selected with the push of a button. Reverse is selected by pulling back on a dedicated switch. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters let the driver manually select gears. The low-profile gear selector also creates more "working space" in the centre console area, making it more convenient to use.

The next generation of Acura's acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™  (SH-AWD™) utilizes a 25% lighter twin-clutch rear differential. SH-AWD progressively distributes torque not only between the front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels. Using torque vectoring to create a yaw moment that helps turn the vehicle, SH-AWD enables more responsive, neutral and predictable handling characteristics while providing outstanding all-weather confidence and control. In the MDX, torque-vectoring effectiveness has been greatly enhanced, benefiting responsiveness, agility and stability.

AJAC award winning AcuraWatch™ is standard on every 2016 MDX. The AcuraWatch™ suite of features includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS) with Car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian recognition
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Multi-angle Rear view Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

Also available as part of the MDX option packages are:

  • Blind Spot Information (Navi, Technology and Elite)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor(Navi, Technology and Elite)  

At the heart of AcuraWatch™ is the fusion of camera and radar technology that can sense the roadway and objects within it, including other vehicles and pedestrians. This technology underpins the systems that help provide the driver with superior vision around the vehicle, can alert the driver of potential issues and, if necessary, intervene to help keep the MDX from departing a lane, departing the road, or help to avoid or mitigate the severity of a collision.
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)

New for the 2016 Acura MDX, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) uses a Monocular Camera (mounted on the upper portion of the windshield) to identify solid or dashed painted lane lines, Botts' Dots and Cat Eye markers. RDM uses both steering force, via EPS, and braking force, via VSA, to help the MDX stay in a detected lane.

Multiple visual and audible warnings alert the driver when the RDM system is taking corrective action. These include a lane departure warning on the driver's Multi Information Display (MID) along with an audible warning.

Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

Another new driver assistive technology included with the Navi, Technology and Elite models is the Rear Cross Traffic Monitor which works in conjunction with the MDX's Blind Spot Information (BSI) radar sensors to enhance driver confidence when backing up. The system is especially useful when reversing in congested parking lots with an obstructed view from the driver's seat.

The system utilizes a pair of blind-spot radar units located in the rear bumper corners. When Reverse is selected and an approaching vehicle is detected, arrows indicating the approaching vehicle's direction are shown on the centre display's rear camera image. An audible warning is simultaneously emitted.

2016 MDX Feature Upgrade Summary:

Trim New 2016 Features

  • MDX - 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Electronic gear selector
  • Updated Super Handling AWD
  • Remote bi-directional engine starter
  • AcuraWatch Features
    • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
    • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS) with Car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian recognition (Front)
    • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
    • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
    • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
    • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
    • Multi-angle Rear view Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Siri Eyes Free voice recognition
  • Tire fill assist (a subtle audible beep alerts the driver when the tire is filled to the correct pressure)

MDX Navi

Adds to or replaces MDX features:

  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™
  • Blindspot Information System
  • Cross Traffic Monitor system
  • 19" wheels with 245/55R19 tires
  • Perimeter approach puddle lights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • AcuraLink™ Connectivity System
  • Acura/ELS Surround Premium Sound System with 10 speakers and hard-disk drive storage

MDX Tech

Adds to or replaces MDX with Navigation Package features:

  • Acura DVD Entertainment system with 9-inch display
  • Smart Entry Keyless Access System for rear doors
  • Perforated Premium Milano Leather trimmed interior
  • Auto-leveling front headlamps
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Auto-dimming side mirrors
  • Additional roof center channel speaker
  • Heated 2nd-row seats
  • Rear door sunshades
  • AC Power Outlet (115-volt)

MDX Elite  

Adds to or replaces MDX with Technology Package features:

  • Acura DVD Ultrawide Rear Entertainment system with 16.2-inch Display with HDMI input
  • Engine idle start-stop feature
  • Surround View Camera system
  • Roof side rails
  • Genuine Olive Ash wood trim
  • Additional roof center channel speaker
  • Power 2-way lumbar support (front passenger)
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • LED Fog Lights

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