Since its introduction in the fall of 2000, the Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle has redefined the luxury SUV segment, combining performance and handling with a long list of standard luxury features, ultra-low emissions and a smooth, sedan-like ride. The 2002 MDX continues to set the standard, building on the combination of power, style and handling that resulted in its being named Motor Trend magazine's 2001 Sport/Utility of the Year and the 2001 North American Truck of the Year.
"In the year since its introduction, the MDX has quickly become the benchmark for the luxury SUV class," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president, sales. "It provides a unique combination of rugged SUV performance, sedan-like handling and a luxurious yet extremely functional interior."
The MDX's 3.5 liter, 24-valve, all-aluminum, SOHC engine produces 240 horsepower and 245 lb.-ft. of torque, for ample power both on-road and off. Standard features include an electronically-controlled, five-speed automatic transmission and an innovative VTM-4 four-wheel drive system that proactively apportions torque from the front to the rear wheels before wheel slippage can occur. The MDX meets California's stringent Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) standards and, with estimated city/highway ratings of 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway, it delivers better combined fuel economy than any of its luxury competitors.
In addition to ample power, the MDX also delivers sedan-like handling and a smooth, compliant ride. Power steering, 4-wheel fully independent suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-channel ABS, standard 17-inch alloy wheels and specially designed P235/65R-17 all-season tires provide stability and responsiveness. Front and rear stabilizer bars, a wide track and a low center of gravity give the MDX predictable cornering response and maximum cornering traction.
While the MDX is already one of the most refined SUVs, the 2002 model gets a host of enhancements that result in an even quieter ride. To further reduce interior noise, the MDX receives new diffuser side mirrors, a sound-absorbing roof lining, thicker windshield glass and a layer of Thinsulate' insulation in key areas throughout the interior.
Externally, the MDX strikes a balance between muscularity and elegance. Acura's signature family grille and bright, clean headlight treatment highlight the sharply chiseled front fascia while a wide stance communicates a message of strength and stability.
The MDX's interior emphasizes the vehicle's versatile yet refined character with standard-setting levels of luxury and functionality. A uniquely transformable interior with three rows of seats allows the MDX to comfortably seat up to seven passengers. Second and third row seats split and fold flat into the floor providing 82 cubic feet of cargo room. Even with all three rows in use, MDX still offers 14.8 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row seats.
The comprehensively equipped MDX comes standard with a host of luxury features including a seven-speaker AM/FM/Cassette stereo with in-dash CD player; a multi-function digital trip computer and the world's first synchronized climate control system. Standard safety features include a dual-stage passenger's front airbag that adjusts deployment force to one of two rates according to the severity of the impact and seatbelt use; driver's and front passenger's side airbags with exclusive occupant position sensors in the passenger's seat; and the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system on the second row of outboard seats.
An optional Touring Package adds additional features including a roof rack, exclusive alloy wheels; and an upgraded 200-watt, eight speaker Acura/Bose Music System with 6-disc, in-dash CD changer, front passenger's 8-way power seat, drivers seat and outside door mirror memory system and Michelin Cross Terrain tires.
The Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System is offered as a factory-installed option. One of the most sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, navigation systems on the market today, the Acura Satellite Linked Navigation System contains mapping of the continental United States and a nationwide directory of 3.7 million points of interest.
Like all Acura vehicles, the MDX comes equipped with a comprehensive 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty that includes Acura's TLC (Total Luxury Care) customer service package.
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