Car and Driver: 2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD Instrumented Test

How does the 2016 Acura MDX’s new ZF nine-speed transmission improve over the old 6-speed automatic? Car and Driver‘s recently published Instrumented Test results show improved fuel economy and quicker launch times:

The MDX storms out of the hole from rest using a 20.4:1 overall ratio and sprints to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, half a second quicker than the 2014 model we tested with the six-speed automatic. It then continues on to a 95-mph quarter-mile trap speed in 14.6 seconds, three-tenths more rapid than the 2014.– Ron Sessions, Car and Driver

Car and Driver Test Results:
2016 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX
9-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
0-60 mph:
5.9 sec
6.4 sec
0-100 mph:
16.4 sec
17.1 sec
Standing ¼-mile:
14.6 sec @ 95 mph
14.9 sec @ 95 mph
Observed fuel economy:
21 mpg
19 mpg

See the full review and test results at – 2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD with 9-Speed Automatic.

[Source: Car and Driver]