Most significant changes: New transmission with push-button gear selector, revised all-wheel drive and new optional safety features
Price change: $100-$250 increase
On sale: Today
Which should you buy, 2015 or 2016? 2015. The nine-speed automatic transmission and push-button gear selector weren't two of our favorite features in the new Acura TLX; maybe they're better executed in the MDX.
Acura is giving the MDX a tweak not long after the popular luxury three-row SUV was redesigned for 2014. The 2016 Acura MDX receives an updated powertrain with a revised all-wheel-drive system and a new nine-speed automatic transmission featuring a push-button gear selector. The mechanical changes don't help fuel economy, however, which is actually down 1 mpg on some models compared to the 2015's ratings.
Related: 2015 Acura MDX Review
New for 2016, safety features are bundled into an available AcuraWatch package that Acura adds to its family of trim levels: MDX with Technology Package, MDX with Rear Entertainment System, etc. AcuraWatch separates advanced safety features available for 2015 into a package and adds a few new ones such as Road Departure Mitigation and rear cross-traffic alert.