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With several improvements for the 2010 model year set to differentiate it from last year's model, Acura has announced pricing on its 7-passenger MDX sport-utility vehicle. The 2010 MDX receives new cosmetic enhancements inside and out, a new 6-speed automatic transmission, chassis improvements and even more standard equipment.

On the outside, the MDX sports new front and rear bodywork including a new front grille, revised taillights and new 18-inch wheels. The cabin is fitted with a new sport steering wheel, new gauges and upgraded trim including even more Milano premium leather. Mated to the standard 300-hp 3.7-liter V6 is a new six-speed automatic promising improved performance and better fuel economy (the 2010 EPA rating is 16/21, an improvement of 1 mpg in both city and highway).

Acura will offer five trim levels of the MDX, the least expensive of which will start at $42,230 (*plus $810 destination and handling) while the flagship MDX with Advance & Entertainment Packages is $53,755 (plus D&H). Note that the base price for a 2009 model was $40,990 minus the destination fee, which means that you'll be paying an extra $1,240 or 3 percent for all those updates. For full pricing information, check out the press release after the jump.

[Source: Acura]


Acura Announces Pricing and On-Sale for 2010 MDX

12/11/2009 - TORRANCE, Calif. - Already a leader in its class, the significantly enhanced 2010 MDX gets bold new styling, an all-new six-speed transmission, a revised chassis, additional content along with enhanced safety and convenience features. The 2010 MDX luxury SUV goes on-sale at Acura dealerships on December 11 with a manufacturers suggested retail price* (MSRP) starting at $42,230, plus a destination and handling (D&H) charge of $810, Acura announced today.
"The MDX has long been considered a benchmark in its class," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "The 2010 MDX raises the bar yet again with its fresh looks, an all-new 6-speed transmission and lots of new customer-relevant technology."

Visually, the 7-passenger 2010 MDX receives more aggressive styling in the form of new front and rear bodywork, a bold new front grille, numerous trim enhancements, revised taillights and polished stainless-steel exhaust finishers. New 18-inch diameter 5-spoke aluminum wheels are standard with 19-inch diameter 7-spoke aluminum wheels available as part of the Advance Package.

Powering every MDX is a more refined engine that teams with an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission for better performance and improved fuel efficiency. The new 3.7-liter VTEC® V-6 generates 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque while achieving an EPA estimated city/highway fuel mileage of 16/21 mpg** (an improvement of 1 mpg city and 1 mpg highway over the 2009 MDX). Standard on every MDX is Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system that provides outstanding handling and excellent all-season capability.

Inside, the 2010 MDX receives a host of new features and technologies that make it even more luxurious. Topping the list is the expanded use of Milano Premium Leather, a new sport steering wheel with racing-inspired paddle shifters, new gauges, easier to understand button placement for center stack functions, available ventilated front seats and upgraded interior trim.

The 2010 MDX will be available in five trim packages including: the well-equipped MDX; MDX with Technology Package; MDX with Technology and Entertainment Packages; MDX with Advance Package; and MDX with Advance and Entertainment Packages.

Despite only a 3-percent increase in price, the 2010 base MDX receives a plethora of new standard content including a power rear tailgate, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated rear view camera screen, LED backlit instrumentation, a new hill start assist feature and premium loop-style floormats. Also included is the MDX's previous standard equipment including items such as: a leather trimmed interior, power moonroof, a tri-zone climate control system and Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface. Also standard with the 2010 MDX is an 8-speaker, 253-watt Acura Premium Sound System that features XM® Radio with a new Note function, an in-dash 6-disc CD changer and AUX jack connectivity for personal audio devices.

The MDX with Technology Package adds Milano Premium Leather seating surfaces, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps, a new full VGA color display screen and an innovative multi-view rear camera. Additionally, the Technology Package includes an Acura/ELS Surround® 410-watt Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, hard disk drive (HDD) media storage, in-dash CD, DVD-Audio, MP3, WMA and DTS® player, AM/FM tuner, XM® Radio with Note function music reminder, Dolby® Pro Logic® II, Song By Voice™ (SBV), USB port and AUX jack connectivity.

In addition to the features found in the Technology Package, the new Advance Package adds several premium technologies including the Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), an all-new blind spot information system (BSI) and the Active Damper System. The Advance Package makes use of special 19x8-inch 7-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with Michelin Latitude all-season tires and auto-leveling HID front headlights. Also part of the Advanced Package are ventilated front seats, a sport steering wheel with unique design racing-inspired paddle shifters and textured metallic interior accents.

An Entertainment Package (available with Technology and Advanced Packages) includes a new Rear Entertainment System (RES) complete with a DVD player, power folding 9-inch full VGA color screen (with 400-percent improved resolution), dual wireless headphones and a wireless illuminated remote control. Also included are heated second row outboard seats and a 115-volt plug located in the center console.

Like all 2010 Acura models, the MDX is covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000 powertrain limited warranty. Additional ownership benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care® (TLC®), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.

2010 Acura MDX Pricing (Trim - MSRP* - D&H)

MDX ~ $42,230 ~ $810
MDX w/ Technology Package ~ $45,905 ~ $810
MDX w/ Technology & Entertainment Packages ~ $47,805 ~ $810
MDX w/ Advance Package ~ $51,855 ~ $810
MDX w/ Advance & Entertainment Packages ~ $53,755 ~ $810

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration and any dealer installed options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2010 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm one of those mid 20s types that was in love with the last gen TSX. That love translated into a general feeling of goodness towards Acura. My dad also bought a 2006 TL which I think was (and still is) great. I can honestly say that this MDX is one of the most boring and ugly designs I have ever seen. It's like we went back to the mid-90s. Needless to say my next car won't be an Acura.
      • 5 Years Ago
      $40k for a Honda?!?

      They must be charging $100/per button...
      • 5 Years Ago
      21mpg hwy? that's not even acceptable.
      Chevy's getting 23mpg highway out of their 4wd traverse, which is 500lb heavier. Doesn't require premium fuel either.

      Honda/Acura still sucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But if you want to keep up with the jones, you get a BMW.
        Acura is really good for nothing.

        Geez, even the ford flex 3.5 turbo gets better gas mileage than this thing. 22mpg w/v8-like power.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't argue with you there but everytime I go to the burbs to visit people we know, it seems like Acura is one the "IN" cars to have....people like to have bullsh6t they don't need. It usually stems from other insecurities in their lives.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Acura owners I know cite the level of standard features as a major purchasing influence. Compared to BMW/MB/Audi, with insane option pricing, I understand this mentality. I thought the same way when I leased a TSX in '04: sure it was a 4 cyl/FWD car compared to the BMW I really wanted, but all the standard kit made a base 325i feel cheap by comparison.

        But today I don't get it. The pricing edge is mostly gone, especially compared to Infiniti, and the styling of every model has moved from generic Japanese luxury into the realm of absurdity. I guess people do place more importance on cool navigation systems and surround sound over style and fuel efficiency. At least they all crash test well.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Yeah, but can't you get the very same NAV system in a Honda?

        • 5 Years Ago
        GM doesn't actually get 23 mpg out of the Traverse, they tuned the Traverse to game the EPA treadmill test.

        Little gas nothing, little more gas, still nothing, even more gas, it finally downshifts two or three gears instead of the one you wanted, the tach jumps to 3500, and you're off in a huff with 23 mpg nowhere to be found.

        Acura could have ruined their drivability for 2 more mpg on the sticker just as easily. I'm glad they didn't.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the headlights.

      The End
      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW talk about taking a decent looking util and turning it into an ugtil. Good job Acura, you did it again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually like the new look. The design looks a bit more cohesive now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with you...

        ...if by "like" you mean "hate"...

        ...and by "more" you mean "less"...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I cannot understand why Acura continues to use the new corporate shield? I mean when an idea is not working, you would think corporate would take a step back. Also I would like to meet the test groups Honda is using when designing new products, because the crosstour is yet another example of fugly reinvented.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tiger, you should have smashed the front of this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really can't believe that acura still hasn't done away with this front grill setup yet. They have ruined every car they make with it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They finally did it: they ruined every car in the lineup.

      I'm hoping the next generation of cars look and perform better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You have to admire Honda. They certainly have perfected the ugly stick.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I laughed when I read "cosmetic enhancements". The front now looks like the offspring of a parrot and a bottle opener that has grown a bad mustache.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The 2010 MDX receives new cosmetic enhancements inside and out.."

        Yeah...Acura-bots full line of "cosmetic enhancements"...GONE BAD!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Have you haters ever driven/owned an MDX?

      It is an absolute pleasure to drive...really. I'd take this car over others for long drives ANY day.

      As far as looks go, I like it a lot. Sure it's not for everyone, and while it may not be the best looking car in its class, its interior, reliability, and overall quality makes up for it.

      And oh yeah, the MDX accelerates when I want it to.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lot of hate towards MDX and brand, i quite don't understand that Acura has very good qualiy and features & luxury to match BMW/MB. Nameplate might not carry marquee value they have but it is up there and has very good resale value. As for MDX i would personally rate this over X5, SRT or MKT but below GX 470.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, I haven't driven an MDX. I have ridden in its sister, the Pilot. Color me unimpressed.

        Next time I take my 4Runner offroad, you can follow. Until you get stuck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Autoblog will be reviewing the 2010 Acura MDX within the next 30 days... look for it.

        - Mike
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Pilot is a ponderous piece of crap.

        Sure they share parts but you wouldn't know it driving them back to back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a lot of money for something uglier and slower than a Rav4.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've driven an 07, it's slower.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am sorry but it is still ugly! Sales are way down on all their cars and the TL is now a very good but ugly car. They give you a lot for the money but I would there are now many more cars to choose from that didn't get hit with the ugly stick.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have an 07 and it's a better vehicle than the 6 cylinder X5, so I think comparisons to a RAV4 are actually pretty stupid. Get in one and drive it quickly around and city with deteriorating roads like NYC and you'll see what a great ride it really is.
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