2010 Acura MDX dash (source: acura)
This Part II in a two part series.
In order for the 2010 Acura MDX to stay in the game, Acura had to give its crossover more than a dollop of technology. Acura’s models have lead in the field of navigation integration with traffic and weather updates. However, up unitl now the MDX was unable to serve up safety enhancements like Collision Mitigating Braking System™ and a blind spot information system. The new Advance Package takes care of that situation. For those folks in hot climates, the Advance Package also throws in ventilated seats. Boo, hiss that such a feature has been bundled with what will undoubtedly be a pricey package.
The 2010 MDX sports an EPA estimated city/highway fuel mileage of 16/21 mpg which is an improvement of 1 mpg city and 1 mpg highway over the 2009 model. This is possible thanks to a brand-new Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission along with a new multi-clutch torque converter. With comparatively “short” gearing in the first five forward gears, acceleration is enhanced— while fuel efficiency and quiet cruising are optimized with a relaxed Sixth gear ratio. The 2010 MDX also receives a newly refined 3.7L V-6 develops 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque to provide immediate throttle response, outstanding low- and mid-range torque and excellent high-rpm power. To widen the powerband while simultaneously improving fuel efficiency, the latest 3.7-liter engine has the patented Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®) system applied to the intake valves, revised high-lift camshaft specs during VTEC® operation, a computer controlled dual-stage induction system and an electronic Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system.
Overall, the 2010 MDX seems like a very nice improvement over the existing model. Acura didn’t just fiddle with the grille and taillights, there are some serious improvements and added capabilities. Remind me again who needs the Acura ZDX? Given the added functionality of seating seven over Lexus’ five seater RX, Acura has a very competitive entry. Now, I’m ready for a grudge match with a 2010 Cadilac SRX!