Say hello to best luxury car in the varsity football field parking lot.
The 2021 Acura MDX is designed for the kind of mom that appreciates a little luxury in the car she’s taking the kids to football practice in. This upcoming 3-row SUV has upgraded its legroom and headspace to accommodate a growing family, but it doesn’t skimp on comfort, handling, or the simple pleasures in life. I mean, look no further than the sound system designed by a Grammy-award winning artist—Acura is pulling out all the stops.
The base 2021 MDX should hit dealerships early next year with its higher-performance model, the Type S, coming a few months later. While Acura hasn’t released any pricing, its most recent model started ran from around $45,000 to $62,000.
Moving In Stereo
Most of us enjoy listening to music on the road, but how many of us have a stereo system fine tuned by Grammy-award winning music producer Elliot Scheiner? You know, the guy who has produced albums by legends like Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, and Eric Clapton—the guy that people consider to be one of the best sound engineers in the world?
Unless you’re driving the new Acura MDX, you’re not experiencing concert-quality, Scheiner levels of sound precision coming from the 25 speaker “Signature Edition” ELS Studio 3D system.
The new MDX also introduces a host of new safety technologies that run the gauntlet from improved collision protection to the addition of a traffic jam assistance feature that helps you maintain your car and your sanity when you’re packed on the highway like a sardine.
And you’ll also have Acura’s largest ever touchscreen, which clocks in at 12.3 inches and has a new processing unit to ensure that your commands are registered smoothly.
Comfort From Front To Back
The 2021 Acura MDX’s interior has “luxury car” written all over it—the kind of sleek, minimal beauty you might expect from a high class Mercedes-Benz. We’re talking high-grade open-pore wood, polished aluminum, and baby soft Milano leather all curved and shaped to provide the most comfortable ride you could imagine.
Acura notes that it’s opted for a wider body here to provide more legroom in each of its three rows. You can also expect more headroom in the front and third rows—crucial for any family with kids heading toward their growth spurt years. You’ll have plenty of space for everyone to get nice and comfortable.
The addition of interior LED illumination is a nice touch, and the new MDX will have 27 different lighting schemes that correspond to driving modes and locations. That’s right: There will be mood lighting.
Customizable Drive Styles To Suit All Your Needs
When you’re buying an Acura, you know to expect a certain level of performance, and the 2021 MDX will be no different. This version is built from a light truck chassis that has double-wishbone front suspension.
Basically, that means the MDX will have very sharp, precise handling, which contributes to a very sporty feel. This is a 3-row SUV that’s going to handle like a smaller, lighter sedan without compromising on any of the space you need for your family. The MDX will stick to the road and still feel like a dream.
Even better is something that Acura calls the Intelligent Dynamics System. Basically, that allows the driver to customize her ride based on what feels best to her. She can select preset modes that are included in the MDX, and when she gets used to the changes those settings make, she can further refine those presets to create a personalized driving experience.
Right now, there will be two options: the standard MDX and the MDX Type S. The standard version will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can provide everything you’d need for a comfortable, efficient ride from a luxury car. But if you’re looking for something a little more powerful, then check out the Type S, which has a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that can produce 355 horsepower. The Type S engine won’t be overwhelming for your average driver, but it’ll have a bit of extra pep for the people who want something beyond your traditional 3-row SUV experience.