A more expensive sport package also is available, which includes the technology package plus perforated leather seats, metallic interior accents, self-leveling headlights, active damper system, and a unique wheel design. HID headlights are standard across the trim-level range for better night visibility, and two new exterior colors have been added for 2009, Bali Blue Pearl and Mocha Metallic.
The MDX has a laundry list of safety features, including standard dual front airbags, driver and front passenger side impact airbags, side curtain airbags, active headrests, and seatbelt pretensioners. The result is a "top safety pick" rating from the IIHS, five-star ratings in all four of the NHTSA crash-test ratings, plus a four-star rollover rating.
So while the MDX is by all accounts a solid luxury seven-seat sport/ute on multiple levels, there is just one catch: the price.
In our 2007 comparison, the MDX was by far the priciest and that has not changed. In fact, the MDX sticker has gone up by almost $1000 since its 2007 redesign. For 2009, the MDX runs $41,500 for the base model (all prices include $760 destination fee), $45,600 when equipped with the technology package, and $47,350 for the technology and entertainment packages. Last, the topline sport package MDX costs $47,700 without the entertainment package and $49,450 with it.
Now that's some serious change. But on the flip side, the MDX's grille stays the same -- at least for now.
| 2009 ACURA MDX |
| Base price || $41,500 |
| Vehicle layout || Front-engine, AWD, 7-pass, 4-door, SUV |
| Engine || 3.7L/300-hp/275-lb-ft 24-valve V-6 |
| Transmission || 5-speed automatic |
| Curb weight || 4535-4590 lb (mfr) |
| Wheelbase || 108.3 in |
| Length x width x height || 190.7 x 78.5 x 68.2 in |
| Headroom, f/m/r || 39.2/38.6/35.7 in |
| Legroom, f/m/r || 41.2/38.7/29.1 in |
| Shoulder room, f/m/r || 61.6/61.5/57.1 in |
| Cargo vol, behind f/m/r || 83.5/42.9/15.0 cu ft |
| EPA city/hwy fuel econ || 15/20 mpg |
| CO2 emissions || 1.15 lb/mile |