2019 Acura MDX A –Spec:  premium performance and luxury in a Unique Package

By Autoreviewman

For 2019, the MDX A-Spec model joins the regular MDX and MDX Sport Hybrid models SUVs. The A- Spec does not offer significant performance upgrades, but features a cosmetic package that includes exclusive  20-inch gray aluminum wheels with wider lower-profile 265/45 tires, a unique front fascia, body-color rocker panels, larger diameter exhaust tips, and gloss black and dark chrome exterior trim. The MDX’s 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with 267-lb-ft of torque offers plenty of power and a nice snarly, raspy engine note. With its Apex blue paint, it looked particularly fast and expensive.

Interior wise, The A-Spec offers cool perforated red or black leather with black Alcantara inserts and contrast stitching. There are also unique A-Spec red gauges, sport pedals, black Alcantara door panel inserts, gloss black trim, A-Spec-badged door sills, and a leather-wrapped and thicker-rimmed steering wheel with paddle shifters. Options include: Technology package that includes a 10-speaker ELS Studio audio system, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, and LED puddle lights. The Acura Watch suite of driver-assist features is standard. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio are standard. The front dash is superbly featured and add duel screens for infotainment. The multi-function steering wheel is exceptional in how it accesses features. Also nice to see the return of as proper volume knob. All the seat offer excellent comfort. Both the second and third rows are spacious and comfortable. And there is plenty of cargo space behind that third row.

On the road, the MDX’s 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with 267-lb-ft of torque offers the naturally aspirated V-6 gets to power, it’s strong, willing performer with wonderful exhaust note. The big premium crossover handles well for its size, its stable in hard corners with a firm, planted feel. Acceleration is good with smooth acceleration. Acura’s SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive enables excellent on road dynamics even when pushed. Fuel economy is rated at 12.2 city / 9.5 highway / 11.0 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km). It comes well equipped even on the entry level model. The A-Spec really does stand apart in the MDX line up and its extra add-ons make it look very special- good if you want something unique. To sum up, the Acura MDX is a satisfying and pleasurable SUV to own and drive.  Highly recommended.

2019 Acura MDX A Spec:  MSRP from $62,662

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