Old Acura MDX Is An Impossible Hero To Overcome Hell’s Revenge In Moab

When building a vehicle to challenge off-road trails in Moab, Utah, the 2002 Acura MDX may not be the first choice for most people. However, this video shows that the brand’s luxury crossover can handle rough environments.

MDX is apparently not available. The ride height is noticeably higher, and uses protruding tires for better off-road traction. There is a skid plate under the front end. The roof rack is useful but will not affect off-road capability. At the end of the video, the owner says the SUV is now lighter because it no longer lives in it. A glance inside the open hood reveals no powertrain updates.

This MDX era has a 3.5-liter V6 engine. For the 2022 model year, it produces 240 horsepower (179 kilowatts) and 245 pound-feet (332 Newton-meters) of torque. Power is channeled through a five-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive.

MDX driver off-roading with friends in a first-generation Porsche Cayenne on the Hell’s Revenge track in Moab. It is about 6.5 miles long and has a rating of six of 10 of the Red-Rock Four-Wheelers.

Things start easy for MDX. The terrain is rocky but not too challenging. Difficulty increases a few minutes into the video. There are times when SUVs have one wheel in the air, and the all-wheel-drive system has to sort out where to put power.

Things get more difficult in the second half of the clip. Acura climbed some rocks that required engine power and chose the right path. This is a challenge for both humans and machines.

There were several times Acura threw its exhaust into the rock. Apart from that, there are no serious problems.

The owner freely admits that this kind of driving is not what the Acura MDX should be doing. He considers Hell’s Revenge to be the most challenging path a vehicle can take. Even with that, it can obviously handle a lot of things.

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