For 2010, Acura's MDX crossover receives a mild facelift and some extra content -- and, of course, a slightly higher price tag. The 2010 MDX starts at $43,040 (including a $810 destination charge), about $2100 more than the 2009 model.
That price premium does include some extra goodies. Standard equipment on all MDX trim levels now includes power tailgates, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, a rearview camera integrated into the rearview mirror, and a new hill start function. 2010 MDXs continue to use the same 3.7-liter V-6 as last year, but it's now bolted to a new six-speed automatic transmission, allowing it to achieve 16/21 mpg (city/highway).
Buyers who opt for the Technology package, which brings the price tag to $46,715, will also receive improved leather seating surfaces, navigation, an upgraded sound system, and iPod integration. The next step is the Technology and Entertainment package at $48,615, which adds a rear-seat DVD entertainment package, heated second-row outboard seats, and a 115-volt power outlet in the front console.
At $52,695, the Advance package tops off the MDX lineup, and adds active cruise control, 19-inch, seven-spoke wheels, blind spot detection, and a collision mitigating brake system. If you want to add the DVD entertainment system, the sticker price grows to $54,565.
Look for the 2010 MDX to arrive at Acura dealerships nationwide this week.