The 2017 Best All-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Vehicles

  • 2017 Acura MDX

    Few things can compare to Chicago winters, and Chicagoland drivers know the importance of finding the best all-wheel drive sport utility vehicles. We think the best place for you to start is with some of the top luxury SUVs, the Acura RDX and MDX, each of which is available with all-wheel drive. The result is a family people mover that gives you confidence on wet, dry, and snowy pavement without compromising on features and performance.

2017 Acura RDX

Built with fuel efficiency, performance, and luxury refinement in mind, the 2017 Acura RDX features a 3.5L V6 engine rated at 279 hp. While the standard RDX earns an EPA-estimated 28 highway and 20 city mpg,* Acura’s remarkably efficient All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control barely impacts fuel economy, with RDX AWD models rated at an EPA-estimated 27 highway and 19 city mpg.* Competitors like the Infiniti QX50 and the Lexus RX 350 fall behind such an efficient engine.

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Acura’s Real Time All-Wheel Drive is an intelligent system, meaning it knows when your vehicle has lost traction and sends the additional torque to the wheels that need it most, stabilizing the SUV. When you’re driving on clean, dry pavement, the vehicle operates in front-wheel drive for convenience and efficiency.

Besting the Lexus and Infiniti on fuel economy specs is just one of the benefits of this all-wheel drive SUV; the RDX also includes standard features like these that those competitors would have you upgrade for:

  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Jewel Eye LED headlights
  • Noise/sound cancellation
  • Power liftgate
  • Paddle shifters

If you’re looking for the best all-wheel drive SUV for safety concerns, you should be sure to compare the RDX NHTSA scores to competitors. In comparison to the Lexus RX 350 and the Infiniti QX50, the key safety score is the Rollover Crash Test, which Acura received 5 stars on to Lexus’s and Infiniti’s 4 stars.

2017 Acura MDX

The 2017 Acura MDX has brought exciting changes to the SUV market, serving as one of the few three-row crossover vehicles available with all-wheel drive. Looking at the MDX’s few competitors, it’s clear which crossover comes out on top. Acura offers a superior selection of features, bringing improved safety, efficiency, power, and value. Add in the confidence of having Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) at your disposal, and it’s easy to see why there are so many MDX models in Chicago.

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When equipped with SH-AWD, the MDX uses advanced torque-vectoring to send engine power to the wheels that need it for both improved traction and increased performance. Power and torque can be sent to the rear outside wheel when cornering, giving the MDX the agility of a sport sedan for seamless and precise fore, aft, and side-to-side transitioning. It’s a continuously active system that keeps you in control while remaining fuel-efficient.

Comparing what the MDX has to offer to the latest Audi Q7 or Infiniti QX60 is almost unfair. Acura has a 3.5L V6 with 290 hp to the Infiniti’s 265 hp and the Audi’s 280 hp. And when it comes to efficiency, the 2017 MDX SH-AWD earns an EPA-estimated ­26 highway mpg,* besting the Audi’s 25 mpg and meeting the Infiniti’s 26 mpg.

As with the RDX, we should remember that the MDX is a luxury SUV and is outfitted with some of the latest technologies. In fact, it includes quite a few that you won’t find on the competing Infiniti and Audi models, such as:

  • Voice-activated controls
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Advanced telematics system
  • Third-row split bench seat
  • Jewel Eye LED headlights
  • Noise/sound cancellation

Visit a Chicagoland Acura Dealer

Drivers who want the peace of mind that comes with all-wheel drive need only look as far as a Chicagoland Acura Dealer. Both the 2017 Acura RDX and 2017 Acura MDX are available now, and we think you’ll enjoy the added control of all-wheel drive that makes us confident these are some of 2017’s best all-wheel drive sport utility vehicles.

*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.
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