The all-new 2021 Acura MDX is ready to introduce numerous changes and updates. Some of the images leaked online and we had an opportunity to see how this model looks like. The list of changes and upgrades is long and it includes some tweaks inside and better visual look outside.
First, at all, we see that this model looks closer to the RDX compact crossover. Front fascia dominates with attractive diamond-pentagon grille and Jewel Eye LED headlights. Besides that, the cabin will introduce further changes. There will be more upscale materials, a new infotainment system, ambient lighting, and much more. As for the performances, the MDX will be available with three engine options.
2021 Acura MDX Offers Beautiful Exterior
The latest images reveal plenty of novelties on the 2021 Acura MDX. This model now features a new attractive diamond-pentagon grille that is similar to the grille on the compact RDX crossover. Also, we like the Jewel Eye LED headlights and the familiar shape as on other Acura models.
However, hybrid versions will look almost identical to the regular model. However, if one goes for the sportier Acura MDX A-Spec model, it will get more attractiveness. This model comes with the unique front fascia, stylish 20-inch wheels that are a half-inch wider than the standard model, and plenty of gloss-black accents.
Unlike the previous model, the upcoming 2021 Acura MDX will get more features inside. Besides that, this model will finally get a new and better interior. The cabin looks more modern and it features more upscale materials. Perhaps the most significant change is a new infotainment system that will be the same as in the RDX model. Also, besides that, the Interior layout will remain the same. The new Acura MDX comes with three-rows of seats and thanks to that, it offers a room for seven passengers.
The standard list includes 8-speaker AM/FM/CD system with multiple USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free integration. However, you can still go for the optional features like 10-speaker ELS premium audio system, perforated leather seats, and much more.
The A-Spec package is also available on all trims except hybrid. This package will include Milano leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel, surround-view camera, and auto-dimming side mirrors.
2021 Acura MDX Powertrain
If some rumors are to be believed, the latest 2021 Acura MDX crossover SUV will continue the story with the same engines as before. There will be a three-engine option to go for and one of them is hybrid. The base model will use a 3.5-liter V6 powertrain that delivers 290 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. This unit is an available standard with a front-wheel-drive system and it uses 9-speed automatic transmission also seen on the NSX model. The current model with the same engine provides 20/27 mpg (FWD), 19/26 mpg (AWD), and 19/25 mpg (A-Spec). With this engine, the upcoming model has limited towing of 5,000 pounds.
MDX Type S version will use a more powerful engine. From some gossip, this high-performance variant will be offered with a new twin-turbo V6 that will surely generate more power than the standard V6 drivetrain. However, we are still waiting for more info about this model.
Hybrid Version Specs
The new 2021 Acura MDX Hybrid is official. This version will provide more features than the regular model. Under the hood, it will combine a standard V6 engine with a pair of electric motors. On the back of the Sport Hybrid are two electric motors, one for each rear wheel. Furthermore, it will use a dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox and AWD setup as standard. Thanks to all that above, the hybrid generates slightly more power than the regular model. According to the manufacturer, the hybrid model is able to deliver 400 horses and improved torque as well.
As you may already know, the highlight of the hybrid version is its fuel economy. From some gossip, we can expect a hybrid to provides 35 mpg combined, at least.
2021 Acura MDX Price and Release Date
The all-new 2021 Acura MDX will be refreshed and it will start at $45,000. This luxury crossover will get plenty of changes and the hybrid version will also be available. According to various reports, the hybrid model will cost around $50,000. Moreover, the high-performance Type S model is one of the expensive. This version will give a more aggressive look and because of that, it cost $60,000. Acura’s newest SUV will be available to purchase later this year.
Pros and Cons
There are too many pros of the new 2021 Acura MDX. Some of them are excellent reputation for reliability, great headling thanks to the SH-AWD system, hybrid variant and so on. However, the cons are not so big deal on this model, but we must mention it. The most disadvantage is towing capacity that is limited to 5,000 pounds and boring interior styling with minimal customizations.