2017 Acura MDX Release Date, Specs and Review

Offering familiar performance, value and comfort is the new Acura MDX 2017. It should rank atop your priority list in case you are shopping in the three-row luxury crossovers segment. Some of the pros include excellent crash-test scores, good fuel economy ratings, adept handling, plenty of features for the money, and a confident acceleration. Its release date should be expected January next year.

For 2017, buyers should expect a slew of new features including an updated all-wheel-drive system, standard nine-speed auto transmission system, an easy-entry driver seat, auto stop-start, lightweight body, better handling, an optional suite of safety technologies, and Siri Eyes Free voice.

With a reputation for reliability, a strong resale value, and a reasonable price tag, the new 2017 Acura MDX has attracted a significant chunk of buyers looking for a three-row luxury crossover. It offers numerous updates over the previous model spread in all facets of its design language.

2017 Acura MDX back
2017 Acura MDX back

Its driving dynamics remain top-notch. You’ll find it surprisingly athletic particularly when driving around turns. Also, at top speeds the cabin is serene as it comes with effective sound-deadening materials.

In a nutshell, this well-made, versatile and feature-rich equipped 2017 Acura MDX is undeniably the most sensible choice for anyone shopping in the mid-size luxury crossover segment. However, it comes with a slew of depressing features which might work against it. They include a modest cargo space, less luxurious feel, and subpar tech interface graphics.

2017 Acura MDX dashboard

Other popular choices available in the same segment include 2017 Volvo XC90, 2017 Audi Q7, 2017 BMW X5, 2017 Honda Pilot, and the spacious and well-equipped 2017 Infiniti QX60.

Acura MDX – Available Trims

The seven-passenger 2017 Acura MDX SUV comes in a single trim available with a variety of upgrades grouped in terms of optional packages. The 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid is reviewed separately.

2017 Acura MDX Exterior Pictures & Interior Spy Photos

2017 Acura MDX Spy Shots

Standard accessories available for the Acura MDX 2017 include driver memory settings, automatic climate control (tri-zone), heated eight-way power front seats, 18” wheels, LED automatic headlights, a sunroof, a power liftgate, rear privacy glass, keyless ignition and entry, a power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, and power exterior mirrors. Technology highlights include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, twin dashboard displays, a multi-angle rearview camera, an iPod/USB interface, Siri Eyes Free voice controls, a CD player, satellite and HD radio, Pandora and Aha compatibility, and an eight-speaker sound system.

The AcuraWatch Plus package adds cruise control, automatic braking, forward collision alert, road departure mitigation, and lane-keeping assist.

The MDX Technology package adds a 10-speaker sound system, 19” alloy wheels, automatic mitigation braking, a color driver information center, a navigation system, HD and satellite radio, lane-departure warning system, rear-door keyless entry, solar-sensing climate control, rear-door keyless entry, and voice controls.

The Entertainment trim level which builds upon what the Technology package offers comes with AcuraWatch Plus, a 110V power outlet, 9” touchscreen display, a rear seat DVD entertainment system, rear heated seats, and aft door window sunshades.

2017 Acura MDX front
2017 Acura MDX front

The Advance trim level bundles everything both the AcuraWatch Plus and Technology packages come with plus an auto-dimming sideview mirrors, second-row heated seats, front passenger power lumbar, automatic engine stop-start, roof rails, upgraded leather upholstery, remote engine start, and perforated front seats.

2017 Acura MDX interior
2017 Acura MDX interior

Combining the respective features of both the Entertainment and Advance trim are the two lower trim’s packages and add an HDMI input, 12-speaker sound system, unique exterior colors, an upgraded rear-seat entertainment system, and a 16.2” infotainment screen.

Engine Specs – 2017 Acura MDX

The new Acura MDX for 2017 comes with a 3.5L V6 engine rated at 290 hp and 267 pounds of torque under its hood. The front wheel drive is standard, as is the nine-speed automatic transmission system, while the SH-all-wheel-drive system is optionally available.

2017 Acura MDX engine

Fuel economy ratings as per the EPA ratings stand at 19/27/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the front-wheel-drive system, and 20/27/23 mpg with the stop-start feature present on the Advance package.

The all-wheel-drive configured 2017 Acura MDX return 19/26/22 mpg with the Advance package, and 18/26/21 mpg in standard form. During our test drive, the SH-AWD MDX went from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

Price & 2017 Acura MDX Release Date

The base 2017 Acura MDX will cost an MSRP starting from $42,865, the AcuraWatch Plus package – $44,365, SH-AWD – $44,865, the SH-AWD w/AcuraWatch Plus package – $46,365, and the range-topping 2017 Acura MDX with Technology package – an MSRP of $47,290.

2017 Acura MDX release date
2017 Acura MDX release date

Release date wise, the vehicle should debut sometime early next year, according to rumors.

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2017 Subaru BRZ Release Date, Specs and Review

Exceptionally sharp handling and affordable price tag make this rear-wheel-drive one of the most attainable and appealing performance cars available today. Some of its strengths include lots of standard features, a high-fuel economy rating, comfortable front seats, excellent steering and handling, and a light and well-balanced chassis. Its release date should be expected before this fall.

2017 Subaru BRZ
2017 Subaru BRZ

New add-ons available for 2016 include a limited edition HyperBlue version, an updated touchscreen infotainment system, and distinctive interior and exterior styling flourishes.

For shoppers looking for a peppy performance, and nimble handling, the BRZ should be atop their list of priorities. It is affordable and lightweight, yet delivers an outstanding performance of a sports car. The performance is taken a notch higher by the BRZ’s boxer engine that provides an impressive 200 hp and propels its 2,800 pounds effortlessly.

Also, the ideal front and rear weight balance, lowered center of gravity, and responsive handling lake it an all-rounded highway athlete. There are very few vehicles in the market today that can compete directly with the Subaru BRZ. However, you could still walk around to sample what other vehicles in the same price range have to offer. Its alternatives include 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, 2016 Ford Focus, 2017 Scion FR-S, 2017 VW Golf GTI, 2017 Ford Mustang, and 2017 Subaru WRX.

Subaru BRZ – Available Trims

The compact coupe is available in two distinct trims: base Premium and top-of-the-line Limited trim. Also, there is a limited edition HyperBlue version available for 2016. The high-performance STI convertible is reviewed separately.

Exterior Changes & Interior Review – 2017 Subaru BRZ

As already mentioned, the four-seat compact 2017 Subaru BRZ coupe is available in two primary trims and one limited edition trim. The 2017 Subaru BRZ Premium should be expected to come equipped with LED running lights, a rearview camera, cruise control, summer performance tires, 17” wheels, air conditioning, a limited-slip rear differential, automatic bi-xenon headlights, a fold-down rear seatback, a 6.2” touchscreen display, smartphone app integration, voice controls, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, full power accessories, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless entry and ignition, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.

Others include the Subaru’s StarLink infotainment system which comes bundled with voice controls, Pandora and Aha radio, a CD player, Stitcher and iHeartRadio, calendar and weather features, and an 8-speaker sound system.

2017 Subaru BRZ back
2017 Subaru BRZ back

Picking the Limited trim gets you heated mirrors, front heated seats, keyless entry and ignition, upgraded interior trim, leather upholstery, a rear spoiler, foglamps, and automatic climate control.

Stepping up to the HyperBlue edition gets you blue-and-black interior scheme, a frameless rearview mirror, a special light blue color paint, blue interior stitching, and exterior badges and black wheels. Only 500 models will be produced.

2017 Subaru BRZ front
2017 Subaru BRZ front

The exterior colors to expect include Pure Red, Crystal Black Silica, Dark Grey Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Ice Silver Metallic, and WR Blue Pearl.

Exterior options include a rear bumper diffuser, spoiler Ice Silver Metallic, chrome fuel door cover, spoiler WR Blue, chrome fender trim, and fog lamp kit. Interior wise, expect interior illuminating blue, cargo tray, sunshade, subwoofer kit, auto-dimming mirror, and interior illuminating red.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Subaru BRZ

An MSRP starting from $25,395 is what the Premium trim will cost you in U.S dealerships. The Limited goes for sale for $27,395, and the limited edition HyperBlue Series an MSRP of $27,690.
As for the release date, we should expect the vehicle sometime later this year.

2017 Subaru BRZ release date
2017 Subaru BRZ release date

Engine Specs – 2017 Subaru BRZ

Motivating the fresh 2017 Subaru BRZ is a horizontally opposed four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged engine good for 200 hp and 151 pounds of torque. Available as standard is the six-speed manual transmission system, while optionally provided is a rev-matched downshift and a six-speed automatic with shift paddles.

A manual-equipped BRZ, during our test drive, went from 0-60 mph in just 6.8 seconds. Its automatic-equipped counterpart did the same in 7.9 seconds.

As per the available EPA ratings, expect the manual-equipped BRZ to return fuel consumption ratings of 22/30/25 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 25/34/28 mpg with an automatic.

Standard safety equipment available includes emergency braking assist, 4-wheel ABS, front and rear head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, daytime running lights, dusk sensing headlights, engine immobilizer, tire pressure monitoring, xenon high-intensity discharge headlamp, 2 front headrests, and stability and traction control.

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2017 Ford Taurus Release Date and Specs

Although the new 2017 Ford Taurus is an appealing rendition of the classic full-size American sedan, there are better alternatives the market that can give you a better capability. Some of its strengths include an available all-wheel-drive system, a humongous trunk, excellent crash scores, fuel-sipping four cylinder engine, and comfortable and serene ride. Its release according to our mule should be expected in May 2017 at least for the U.S.A market.

2017 Ford Taurus silver color, front view, alloy wheels, headlights and grille

The Taurus now enters its eighth year of production in 2017, and some areas are starting to show their age. And with the cut-throat competition known in the segment, it is likely to face an uphill task trying to remain relevant in the segment. However, Ford says the new vehicle comes with added luxury, better driving dynamics, and is feature laden.

2017 Ford Taurus side view, blue color, alloy wheels

The outgoing model’s MyFord Touch system has been phased out and in its place comes the updated Sync 3 infotainment system. According to Ford, the new systems is intuitive and more responsive. And just like the model before it, the redesigned 2017 Taurus benefits from a powerful SHO model, a massive trunk, a spacious cabin, and an available AWD option.

2017 Ford Taurus limited, black color, taillights, tailpipe, rear view

When it comes to its liabilities, though, it comes short in terms of high price tag particularly for the SHO model; may of its rivals outdone it; and the cabin is confining. That in mind, it would be vital to consider other options within its price range. They include the 2017 Kia Cadenza, 2017 Chrysler 300, 2017 Toyota Avalon, and the 2017 Chevrolet Impala. Those penchant on performance can consider the 2017 Chevrolet SS model.

Available Trims – Ford Taurus

2017 Ford Taurus SE front view, headlights and grille

The five-passenger 2017 Ford Taurus sedan is offered in four trims: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO trims. The RS is reviewed separately, as is the Ford police Interceptor Utility.

Interior Colors & Exterior Pictures – 2017 Ford Taurus

The SE’s list of standard features includes LED taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, an exterior-access keypad, automatic headlights, a six-speaker premium sound system, a 4.2-inch display, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, cloth upholstery, integrated blind-spot monitoring system, a rearview camera, a CD player, two USB ports, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, cruise control, integrated blind-spot mirrors, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a  CD player, Sync voice controls, and manually reclining and lumbar six-way power front seats.

2017 Ford Taurus steering wheel, lcd screen, dashboard, gear shift knob

Upgrading to the SEL trim gets you automatic climate control (dual-zone), satellite and HD radio, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded cloth upholstery, front lower fascia, puddle lamps, auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, satellite radio, and upgraded interior trim.

2017 Ford Taurus interior, leather seats, steering wheel

The SEL adds a Sync 3 infotainment system, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, leather upholstery, an additional center speaker, power adjustable pedals, and an 8-inch touchscreen display.

The Limited trim further includes ventilated and heated power front seats (10-way), ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, 19-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering wheel, driver memory settings, and a universal garage opener.

2017 Ford Taurus side view, auto show, alloy wheels, headlights

Both the Limited and SEL trims are qualified for high beams and automatic wipers, auto-dimming driver-side mirrors, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD radio, a power rear sunshade, heated rear seats, a blind-spot monitor, a navigation system, a rear spoiler, and 20-inch wheels.

2017 Ford Taurus side view, exterior, alloy wheels, red color, taillights

The sport-themed SHO trim gets most of the lower trim’s features plus a sport-tuned suspension system, black exterior trim, unique leather upholstery, the auto-dimming driver-side mirror, a more powerful turbocharged engine, 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

2017 Ford Taurus Engine Specifications

Three engines come under the hood of the 2017 Ford Taurus. The power – 288 hp and 254 lbs. ft. of torque produced by the 3.5L V6 engine gets sent to the front wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system.

Next up is the 240 hp and 270 lbs. ft. of torque rated four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine. Front wheel drive is also standard, as is the six-speed auto. Ford puts its EPA fuel consumption stats at 22/32/26 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

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Finally, the performance-and sport-themed SHO employs a 3.5L V6 engine good for 365 horsepower and 350 lbs. ft. of torque. Here, the power is sent to all the wheels via the shift manual control paddles.

A time of 5.8 seconds is what you require to zoom from 0-60 mph with the SHO trim model.

Price & 2017 Ford Taurus SHO Release Date

The U.S market should expect the brand new 2017 Ford Taurus in MAY 2017. The Sedan will cost you a base MSRP of $27,110, and up to $40,275 for the Taurus SHO model.

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