Can the Acura MDX tow?

Acura MDX Trailer Hitch

The 2018 Acura MDX is one of the best sellers in its class. As a three-row vehicle, it offers plenty of room for people. The MDX is designed for flexibility when it comes to cargo. Its cargo hold handles 14.9 cubes of luggage. You can fold the 3rd row and utilize 38.4 cu.ft. of space if the second row is folded too, the area grows to 68.4 cubes.

With front-wheel drive, the standard powertrain can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The engine generates a generous 290 pounds and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. A new nine-speed automatic transmission helps the car regulate its power outlay as efficiently as possible. A four-wheel independent suspension helps the MDX handles the pull of the trailer’s weight. The Sports hybrid is not recommended for towing.

If you choose Super-Handling All Wheel Drive, one benefit is that your tow ratings go up. The MDX SH-AWD model can pull up to 5,000 pounds. Among the benefits of towing with the MDX, its safety standards include trailer stability assist. It uses electronics to measure the SUV’s response to its trailer and to help both remain stable. The sophisticated SH-AWD system is designed to enhance dry road handling and offer all-weather advantages. Drivers will not notice anything but responsiveness. The system moves smoothly between conventional front wheel driving and optimized front-rear wheel drive. When cruising, the system sends 90 percent of its power to the front wheels for front-wheel fuel efficiency. If needed, the system will move 45 percent of its engine power to the rear wheels. During hard acceleration on a curve, the vehicle may shift 70 percent of its torque to the back wheels. With so much flexibility, the MDX SH-AWD is probably the best choice for those who want to tow.

Seating choices include the standard seven-seat layout and a six-seat layout with center captain’s chairs. The second-row bench, which is split 60/40 for cargo purposes, uses theater-style elevation to give the passengers a better view. Second-row passengers can move forward and backward. This gives more flexibility if you are placing cargo items around passengers. Other second-row benefits include dual USB ports, personal climate controls, and reclining capability.

To access the third row, a slide mechanism just takes a push of a button. Third-row passengers can use a convenient rear button to move the seat before exiting. Whether you come from the front or behind, it is easy to raise or lower the third-row seat backs to make way for people or cargo. Third-row passengers have access to a USB charging port, cupholders, and seatback pockets. The third-row windows offer good visibility.

With so many ways to haul your gear, the 2018 Acura MDX demonstrates its utility side. Shoppers can get to know its luxury side with a visit to Vandergriff Acura on today! Come take the 2018 Acura MDX for a test drive!

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