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When it comes to affluence SUVs and CUVs, Acura knows a affair or two. Their latest RDX is accepting accolades all over the place, while its bigger brother the MDX continues to be a big agent for the brand. Indeed, the two affectionate of allotment the honours aback it comes to Acura’s top-selling models.

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Thing of it is, while the MDX is a big seller, it comes as allotment of the Honda family, acceptation it’s got achievement chops, too, because that’s affectionate of what Honda does. Lest we forget, these are the association abaft the aboriginal Honda/Acura NSX, to this day one of the best underrated sports cars around. Now there’s a new one of those, too, because Acura knows its roots.

So it goes that the MDX has consistently had the aptitude to go toe-to-toe with the antagonism aback it comes to achievement and abnormally handling, what with the accepted fitment of the super-grippy, super-responsive Super Administration All-Wheel Drive tech.

Dressed to the ninesThing is, while the MDX has consistently absolved the walk, it’s never absolutely talked the talk; that is to say the branding, business and trim choices accept never absolutely championed its achievement capabilities. Sure, they alleged 2017’s alloyed MDX the “Sport Hybrid”, but alike then, you affectionate of consistently had the activity they were accomplishing so aloof so they could awning as abounding bases as accessible with the classification of their top trim. It didn’t absolutely attending any sportier than the Elite beneath it, and whoever bought a amalgam SUV — this ancillary of a Porsche Cayenne client or maybe a BMW X5 e-drive client — for its performance, anyway?

Well, for 2019, that’s all alteration with what you see here: the Acura MDX A-Spec. With those bristles belletrist and one hyphen, Acura’s better ancestors affiliate now has the blaze to go with its size. Better yet, it’s a bit of a arrangement with a $59,690 amount tag that puts it accurately in the average of the MDX lineup.

While you can get added colours, my tester’s Apex Dejected Pearl aloof goes really, absolutely able-bodied with the “A-Spec” paradigm; you can about account it draped over the aciculate edges of the NSX (while you can’t get this exact colour for your Acura supercar, the Nouvelle Dejected Pearl that is accessible is appealing abuse close).

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Plus, the ablaze dejected acrylic does such a acceptable job of highlighting all the added $.25 that appear address of A-Spec-ing the MDX. The new fascia and its aphotic chrome grille whose spindles accomplish it attending like the car is affective appear you alike aback continuing still, the gunmetal 20-inch alloys and smoked head- and taillights. It aloof wouldn’t attending as bent in Modern Steel Brownish or Majestic Atramentous Pearl.

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The bumpers additionally get a altered appearance and there are accompanying chrome-tipped tailpipes, allowance abate the amateurishness of the MDX’S accomplished look. They’ve additionally deleted the roof balustrade for an alike sleeker attending but not to worry, you can add them aback on if you’re accommodating to allotment with the $2,562.50 (and 50 cents… really?) appropriate for the Utility Package. This provides the roof balustrade as able-bodied as active boards.

Inside, the open-pore copse inserts of added MDX models accept been eschewed for carbon-look and piano atramentous trim, while the seats get a aperitive mix of charcoal-coloured suede and leather. It’s a little dark, yes, but there are highlights like white stitching, metal pedals and the casual “A-Spec” badge, best conspicuously on the council wheel. Of course, the brownish red agent start/stop button allotment from added MDXs, which I am actual beholden for.

Otherwise, it’s accepted MDX book in here, which is no bad affair as it’s an ergonomic and ample cockpit. I’m a big fan of the retractable apparent amid the advanced seats that gets a grippy pad, absolute for corpuscle phones.

Speaking of which, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto appear as standard, with the aerial of the two affectation screens acting as your buzz or tablet. It’s a little awkward to cross those screens with the joystick as against to an ample digit, but it does absolutely accomplish it easier to annal through vertical airheaded for your playlists, contacts et cetera.

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The lower screen, meanwhile, is a touchscreen and from there you can ascendancy your altitude ascendancy (also done with added acceptable buttons) or skip a song. That’s area the displays end, however; there’s no heads-up display, and no agenda barometer cluster, their absence accidental to a hardly added old-school feel to the cockpit.

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What a adequate cockpit in which to absorb time, though. The advanced seats may be a little flat, but they are admiring and 12-way adjustable. As far as the second-row seats go, like in advanced there’s lots of room, but if you appetite them heated, you charge to attending to the Elite trim, one akin aloft the A-Spec in the lineup.

There’s additionally a third row of seating, but I didn’t acquisition it to be as accessible actuality as I did in the MDX’s Honda Pilot cousin. The second-row seats do accelerate advanced to accomplish for somewhat easier access, but I had a adamantine time accepting aback there (and afresh accepting aback out) nevertheless. The INFINITI QX60 and its tilt/slide bench is the baton in this articulation by a country mile, though, so it’s not like the MDX is backward way abaft the brand of the Lexus RX L. Still, though, best leave them bankrupt flat. Do this and you accretion admission to 1,230 litres of burden amplitude abaft the additional row. This is abiding to appear in accessible if you adjudge to abandon the roof abuse upgrade.

The appearance catches up to the substanceWhile the A-Spec about-face amounts to little added than a corrective upgrade, it doesn’t absolutely amount all that abundant for the affidavit I declared earlier: the MDX is so dynamically acceptable dynamically in all its forms that it doesn’t charge a set of annealed dampers or alike any added power. The 290 hp and 267 lb-ft fabricated from its 3.5L V6 is all you absolutely need, and it’s helped by the close-ratio 9-speed automatic.

This powertrain admixture manages to ensure that anniversary aspect works in accord with the others to accommodate beeline dispatch from rest, and affluence of naturally-aspirated ability aback it comes time for artery casual manoeuvres and so forth. I assumption you could say it’s a bit of a abashment that alike admitting it’s not turbocharged it runs best on exceptional fuel, but that’s generally the case at this level.

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The manual additionally comes with a brace of (very shiny) paddle shifters absorbed to the wheel, which I anticipate I acclimated added actuality than I accept in any SUV afore it – except, already again, for the Cayenne. They advance to some quick shifts, anticipation the arrangement will arbitrate if it senses you’re absolution the revs ascend too aerial afore yanking aback on the right-hand-side paddle.

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That wasn’t my favourite allotment of the MDX A-Spec’s drive, though. That would be the way that SH-AWD advice you circle through corners, and the way Acura has managed to beard the MDX’s admeasurement with well-tuned damper and bounce settings. You sit aerial in the MDX – it is an SUV, afterwards all – but back there’s so little anatomy cycle as you braid through the bends, you tend not to apprehension it absolutely so much.

While the A-Spec doesn’t get the adaptive dampers the Elite trim gets, it does get a set of two-stage dampers that advice abate anatomy accordance as able-bodied as befitting abeyance motion to a minimum for added stability. It is such a confidence-inspiring ride, that I accept to anticipate that the ancestors vacations and grocery/school/hockey convenance runs that this is activity to absorb best of its time accomplishing won’t alike appear abutting to testing its limits.

It’s absolutely about a abashment that best A-Specs – best MDXs, in accepted – won’t be accustomed the beans that consistently as they absolutely are a admiration aback it comes to anatomy control. For now, I’ll aloof booty alleviation in the actuality that Acura has assuredly congenital up the adventuresomeness to let the MDXs beard bottomward a little, accord it a little braggadocio. It’s a agent that deserves it, and it’s a nice window into how air-conditioned alike affluence people-movers like this can be. It’s the MDX I’d have, that’s for abuse sure.

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