Acura MDX, a luxury mid-size crossover SUV, is designed for buyers who desire utility and performance. Acura introduced the MDX in 2001 for its 2001 model year. The crossover has seen three generations of production since then, with the latest being the 2014 model year.
The Acura MDX is a comfortable, three-row SUV that feels smaller than it is. The Acura MDX is more like an SUV than a sedan thanks to its well-tuned suspension. The interior is spacious. The MDX is a great choice for those looking for vehicles in this class. Acura has a lot of technology.
Pricing and Trims
Acura’s MDX comes with three rows of standard seating, which can accommodate up to seven people. There are a few options available for the crossover, including a single trim.
The standard equipment includes a sunroof and rear privacy glass, power adjustable front seats, heated front seats, front-seat power lumbar adjustment and automatic xenon headlights. There are also 18-inch wheels, fog lights and power liftgate. Leather upholstery is available, as well as a rearview camera, auto-dimming mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-CD changer, eight speakers and an auxiliary input jack.
Optional Technology Packages include navigation. It is shown on an 8-inch screen with multiview parking camera, GPS-linked, solar-sensing climate control and voice controls. Acura/ELS surround sound system includes 10 speakers and an iPod/USB interface.
The A-Spec package gives your MDX a more sporty appearance. A-Spec exterior trim enhancements include A-Spec bumpers and special gray 20-inch wheels. Interior gets a similar treatment, with Alcantara upholstery.
The Advance package includes adaptive suspension dampers and blindspot warning, adaptive Cruise Control, 20-inch wheels and collision warning and brakes, sport steering wheel and auto-leveling headlights.
The Entertainment package can be added to either the Technology or Advance packages. It includes a household power plug, rear seat entertainment system, and heated second row seats.
An MDX includes a factory invoice base of approximately $41,000 and an MSRP starting at $44,000.
Performance and Engine
Acura’s MDX standard comes with a 3.7 liter V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower and 270 pound feet of torque. The hybrid version uses a 3.0-liter V6 that is mated with electric motors to produce 321 horsepower and 289 pounds-feet torque. The MDX is available with both front-wheel drive or all-wheel driving. However, the MDX Sport Hybrid model only has all-wheel-drive. MDX hybrid models are equipped with a 7 speed DCT automatic transmission. Conventional gasoline models have a 9-speed transmission.
According to the EPA, fuel economy is 16 mpg in cities, 21 mpg highway and 18 mpg together. Hybrid models have a 26 mpg city rating and 27 mpg on the highway. The combined rating is 27 mpg. The crossover can tow up 5,000 pounds if properly equipped.
Acura has updated the interior of the MDX with modern touches. The two-tone interior can be customized by buyers. They have the option of choosing between cream or dark gray seats. This will also affect other parts like the door panels, center console and doors. The gauge cluster includes two large, easily-read analog gauges and a configurable digital display in its center. This allows the driver to view a variety of information quickly. Thanks to the interface of the infotainment program, there are fewer buttons on this center stack. As one would expect from Acura, the interior is well-designed and finished. The interior is also luxuriously designed with no hard plastic surfaces.
Navigation is simple thanks to the intuitive knob controller. Some functions can also be controlled by voice commands. This allows the driver to keep their hands on the wheel. Even the most discerning audiophiles will be impressed by the sound system’s clarity. The secondary navigation screen, which sits above the infotainment display, is high enough to be easily referenced while still paying attention on the road.
The interior space of this midsize SUV crossover is excellent. The interior is spacious, with plenty of room for tall adults. The second row of seats can recline backwards, which makes them very accommodating for long-distance trips. However, the third row is difficult to reach and has limited legroom. This means that small children cannot comfortably use it. The average cargo space is 83.5 cubic feet with the third and second rows folded down.