Yep.Including the new 2018 TLX A-Spec the A-Spec package is usually just a visual appearance enhancement, they haven't historically offered any bump in power/performance outside of subtle suspension/chassis tweaks for better cornering/handling.
Perhaps it’s good that you have moved on.Looks great, but I now have a major issue with Acura and it's seemingly constant struggle with MDX's identity.
- First gen was based on a minivan platform and offered a great alternative to families not willing to settle on Odyssey
- Second gen was more SUV based cross-utility vehicle that perfectly merged both worlds - both families and cost-conscious light sport utility enthusiasts
- Third gen, with less aggressive styling and more focus on luxury and comfort instead of performance and handling, to me is no longer a leader in any of the categories it tries to compete in
Acura is trying to woo all sorts of crowds (soccer moms and dads, Honda veterans, V-Tec diehards with expanded families, and now it seems those with The Avengers S.H.I.E.L.D. Acuras still fresh on their minds) -- all in one super-handling, but unfocused, MDX.
The large-wheel silliness rolls on... To be fair, the lower-profile tires should provide a small improvement in handling, but (marketing claims notwithstanding) the MDX still won't keep up with a decent sports sedan. The main problem with large wheels is an increased failure rate of both wheels and tires due to pot holes/rough roads. Also the maximum load ratings are usually reduced - not a good thing for anyone wishing to tow, or simply use the MDX as a heavy hauler. And of course comfort suffers as well, although whether that is acceptable is a personal judgment.does this mean an even harsher ride? My teeth already hurt from the pounding that happens when hitting the pavement patches on the blvd.