From Acura press: Benchmarked against some of the best performance SUVs in the world and tuned on the Nürburgring racetrack in Germany, the MDX clearly establishes itself as a driver's SUV. Outfitted with Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™) system and an available sport package with Active Damper System, the MDX yields a combination of handling and comfort that is truly on the cutting edge.
The 2008 MDX is equally daring in its styling and thorough in its safety and environmental responsibilities. Included as standard equipment on the MDX is the largest array of passive safety features in Acura history. The MDX's 300-hp VTEC™ V-6 makes as much power as some competitive V-8s, yet delivers ultra-low emissions and excellent fuel economy. Inside the 7-passenger interior, the MDX offers thoughtful luxury and an unmatched range of advanced technologies, including the Acura Navigation System and AcuraLink™ Satellite Communication System with real-time traffic and a spectacular 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround™ Premium Sound System.
Altogether, the 2008 MDX embodies Acura's commitment to performance, luxury, quality and style, together with parent company Honda's global mandate for safety and environmental care. The 2008 MDX is the sixth Acura project to be designed and engineered in the United States, including the 1997 CL, 1999 TL, 2001 CL, 2001 MDX, and 2004 TL along with several award-winning Honda products.
Given the MDX's performance goals, its powertrain and driveline were required to advance on multiple fronts. The result is the most powerful normally aspirated 6-cylinder SUV powerplant currently available in America. In addition, the MDX returns competitive estimated fuel economy, and meets tough CARB LEV-2 ULEV emissions standards. To put the newfound power to the ground and provide agile, responsive handling, the MDX has standard Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™).
The MDX's sophisticated 3.7-liter VTEC® V-6 powerplant develops 300 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm. That gives the MDX the highest horsepower and torque output of any engine in the Acura lineup. The MDX returns an EPA 15/20 (city/highway) mpg*.
Compared to the previous generation MDX, the new engine gains 47 horsepower and 25 lb-ft. of torque. Of that horsepower gain, 20 horsepower came from an increase in displacement and a new 11.0:1 compression ratio and 15 more horsepower are due to new intake port shape, valve design and VTEC® tuning. The final 12 horsepower is credited to the new MDX's high-flow induction and exhaust systems. Although more powerful, the engine is actually 17.2 pounds or 3.7-percent lighter than the engine it replaced and offers six percent more displacement. Durability upgrades throughout the powertrain, including a high capacity radiator with twin cooling fans and a standard transmission fluid cooler accommodate the MDX's new 5000-pound tow rating.