The towing capacity of the 2016 Acura MDX is 3,500 pounds with 350 pounds of tongue weight. The tongue weight is how much force the trailer tongue exerts on the hitch.
The towing capacity of the MDX is contingent upon what mode the car is in. The towing capacity is 3,500 pounds when driving in front-wheel drive mode, but it can be increased to 5,000 pounds when put into super handling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD) mode. The car also needs a dealer-installed hitch accessory to handle the heavier load. The extra equipment needed to increase the towing capacity adds over 200 pounds to the overall weight of the vehicle.