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J.D. Power
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March 30, 2019
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I love the MDX for its look, performance, handling, space, and value. It does everything very well, and is great in snow. I often hear in reviews the dual screen and the button shifter inconvenient or unintuitive. I totally disagree. The dual screen is very useful since you can see two streams of information at the same time without having to switch back and forth. The button shifter is nifty and nimble. It isn't confusing after a week or so. I have no regret selecting this vehicle over the others I considered. The only thing if any that MDX could have added is a front camera system and a back-up collision mitigation mechanism. I wouldn't mind some bucks for those safety features.
Rene
J.D. Power
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March 22, 2019
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I am very pleased with my 2018 Acura DX. Not only was the buying process easy and fast, but the lasting support from maintenance has been very helpful. The many safety features are so important that it has become difficult driving vehicles without them.I definitely will consider Acura for all future vehicle purchases. I highly recommend test driving one to see how great it really is. The dealership I went to never pressured or rushed me into making a decision.
Jyoti
J.D. Power
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March 16, 2019
6,000 miles
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Owned 8 months
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Drive it feel it enjoy it . Appreciate the technology put in for safety, elegance, dealership program for service.
Barb
J.D. Power
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March 06, 2019
5,000 miles
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Owned 9 months
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Love my MDX. It is a reliable, smooth, quiet ride. The camera for backing up has a wide view which is great. Tons of leg room for me and my passengers. Also lots of cargo space. Only thing I would change is to get the heated steering wheel next time.
JESSE
J.D. Power
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February 28, 2019
8,500 miles
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Owned 8 months
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SMOOTH QUIET RIDE. EASY HANDLING AND GREAT POWER. THE LOOK IS THAT OF AN EXPENSIVE SUV AT HALF THE PRICE.
Anuj
J.D. Power
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February 26, 2019
9,500 miles
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Owned 8 months
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My Acura MDX - 2018 has Powerful engine, comfort driving, great safety features & good space to seat 7
rob
J.D. Power
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February 19, 2019
8,000 miles
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Owned 6 months
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This is my 4th Acura MDX. It is extremely reliable and safe. There is a lot of room inside for both the driver and passenger. The heat, a/c, sound system and nav system are easy to use. The connectivity with your phone and its gps is good. It has excellent trunk storage. MPG is average. Negatives are that it takes premium gas and the inside aesthetics are boring. The Cadillac XT5 has a much prettier interior.
Jim
J.D. Power
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February 15, 2019
21,000 miles
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Owned 8 months
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I drive a lot for work and leisure, approx 30,000 + miles annually. This is my 4th Acura MDX because it offers the comfort, space, performance and reliability I am looking for in a work/personal vehicle. Acura build a solid, quiet, quality vehicles. I will have a difficult time switching brands due to the overall quality, options and reasonable cost of the Acura luxury brands.
DINO
J.D. Power
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February 14, 2019
5,000 miles
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AS MUCH AS I LOVE MY VEHICLE MDX I RATED IT 4 STARS IN MY HUMBLE OPINION IS TOO NOISY INSIDE THE CAR. SOUNDS LIKE LOOSE MOLDINGS OR TIRED SUSPENSION ARE CHEAP I DO NOT KNOW BUT FOR THE PRICE OF THE VEHICLE I WAS EXPECTING A SMOOTHER DRIVING AND LESS NOISY INTERIOR. OTHER THAN THAT LOVE MY CAR.
David
J.D. Power
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February 13, 2019
7,000 miles
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Owned 7 months
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Fun, comfortable secure driving experience. Lane departure and attentive cruise control are comforting. Awd works well on slippery roads. Feels much lighter on challenging roads. Nice acceleration. Front seats are second to none.
Nora
J.D. Power
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February 12, 2019
15,000 miles
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Owned 9 months
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I love my 2018 Acura MDX. It has a third row and large trunk area. It rides extremely well and has many safety features such as post-collision safety system and tire pressure monitoring. It is comfortable and roomy.
Young
J.D. Power
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February 12, 2019
13,000 miles
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Owned 10 months
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Good standard option. Apple Car Play (Google car play) is easy and comfortable. 1st & 2nd seat are comfortable but 3rd row seat is little narrow.
Anonymous
October 24, 2018
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Ruby
December 05, 2017
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Really really awesome car couldn''t enjoy it anymore
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Introduction

Acura MDX is a roomy, midsize near-luxury crossover, enjoyable to drive, with sharp handling. MDX offers three rows to seat up to seven. It comes with a strong V6 or an even quicker hybrid powertrain. Opting for Super Handling All Wheel Drive improves stability and handling in dry and slippery conditions.

For 2018, Acura MDX gets a new 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with a faster response time and simpler menus and commands on the dual-screen interface. There are also two new colors for 2018: Basque Red and San Marino Red. The current, third generation model was introduced for the 2014 model year. It was revised for 2017 with fresh styling, better ride and handling, and more safety features.

The standard engine is a strong and smooth 3.5-liter V6 with direct injection making 290 horsepower and comes with a paddle-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. MDX comes standard with front-wheel drive.

Super Handling All Wheel Drive transfers power front-to-back and side-to-side as needed, sending more power to the outside wheels in a curve, called torque vectoring. SH-AWD has been in Acura vehicles for more than a decade, and is still one of the few mechanical torque vectoring systems on the market. It works very well, stabilizing the car while making best use of available grip.

The MDX Sport Hybrid model uses a 3.0-liter V6 and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission mated to a three-motor system with one motor at the transmission and two for the rear wheels; the hybrid system was largely borrowed from the Acura NSX supercar and RLX sedan. It makes a total of 321 horsepower, and rates 25 miles per gallon EPA Combined. The Sport Hybrid includes SH-AWD, although the system is mechanically different from that in the non hybrid.

The standard 3.5-liter engine is EPA-rated at 21 mpg Combined, with SH-AWD, on Premium fuel. With the optional Stop/Start feature, which comes in a package, it gets 1 mpg more, though that feature can be annoying. It also uses two-stage Variable Cylinder Management that stops the fuel to three cylinders when the car is cruising. Despite all this technology, it still only gets 21 mpg Combined with all-wheel drive.

MDX is rated to tow up to 3500 pounds.

The MDX earns Top Safety Pick Plus from IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), as well as five stars overall from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), including five stars in front and side crash test, four stars in rollover.

Safety equipment includes the AcuraWatch suite with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, road departure mitigation, and an adaptive cruise-control system with low-speed follow. A multi-view rear camera is also standard, while blind-spot monitors, surround-view cameras, and front and rear parking sensors are optional.

Model Lineup

Acura MDX ($44,200) is equipped with leather, eight-speaker audio system with satellite radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, four fast-charging USB ports, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, automatic headlamps, multi-view rearview camera, heated front seats, folding second-row seats, power tilt/telescope steering, steering-wheel audio and phone controls, and 12-volt power outlets in the center console and front armrest. Front-wheel drive is standard.

SH-AWD is extra ($2000).

The Technology Package ($4,400) adds navigation, blind-spot monitors, front and rear parking sensors, remote start and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Advance Package ($6,050) adds Stop/Start, roof rails, and Milano premium perforated leather upholstery with ventilated front seats. The Entertainment Package ($2,000) adds a DVD player, a 150-watt AC inverter, heated second-row seats, and second-row window shades. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

The Sport Hybrid adds $2,000 to an MDX SH-AWD.

Walkaround

The diamond pentagon grille comes from the Precision concept car that got a positive reaction at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The facelift for 2017 included sculpted front fenders, a new hood, and jewel-like headlamps, with available LED foglamps.

We find the chrome rocker panels and body trim tarnish the styling.

The profile seems less upright than some SUV rivals, with its chiseled front end, tapered roofline, and the smooth rear end. Ironically, while the smaller Acura RDX crossover looks larger than it is, the Acura MDX looks smaller than it is.

Interior

The sloping and tiered dashboard sort of mimics the grille, as it leads into a V-shaped centerstack that doesn’t try to be opulent, but again the chrome trim gets in the way of things, sometimes reflecting into the driver’s eyes.

The center console offers a whole lot of function, with a deep bin, tray for cellphone, another larger tray with sliding woodgrain top, traction strips so things don’t slide around, conveniently located cupholders, and another small bin for keys, with power outlet.

The front seats are plush and supportive, with low side bolsters that make sliding in and out easy. The driver’s seat slides back automatically when the door is opened.

The MDX is roomy for its class. The second row slides six inches fore and aft, giving either second- or third-row passengers more legroom (but not both). It’s split 60/40 and folds almost flat, although there are a lot of gaps and holes, not good for dogs. A small illuminated button at each side of the second row moves the seat to enable reaching the third row.

The optional captain’s chairs are the best way to reach the third row. Without them, getting back there is for kids. And once back there, the high floor level puts your knees at your chin, if you’re an adult or tall kid.

The third row folds perfectly flat by pulling a lever; the headrests flip forward, and can stay with the seats rather than having to be removed, a good safety feature because they won’t be missing when needed.

With both seats folded, the cargo space reveals an underfloor storage area with room for a laptop, camera bag, or more shoes. It has a lid that can be moved out of the way.

The cabin is very quiet and vibration-free, thanks to an active noise-cancellation system, an active engine mount system, acoustic glass in the windshield and windows, and heaps of insulation elsewhere.

Driving Impressions

The direct-injection V6 with Honda’s i-VTEC variable valvetrain is single overhead cam with four valves per cylinder rated 290 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 4500 rpm. It’s a smooth, refined engine, with acceleration whenever you need it, and it stays smooth to redline 6700 rpm.

The nine-speed automatic transmission is smooth most of the time, but sometimes it seems to get confused by so many choices, and hesitates. That’s in Drive mode, when the transmission does all the shifting automatically. But there’s a selector on the center console that switches the shift mapping between Drive and Sport. In Sport mode, and using the paddles to shift, you get quick upshifts or throttle-blip downshifts. The Sport mode works like a true manual mode because the transmission will actually let you hold onto gears all the way to redline, or all the way down to where you’re starting to lug the engine.

However the push-button shifter on the console is brilliant; it frees up space on the console, and is easy to use with its distinct buttons. One nice feature is that the transmission automatically shifts into Park when you turn off the engine.

The MDX also uses what Acura calls IDS, for Integrated Dynamics System, with Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus modes. The Sport mode quickens steering response, while the Comfort setting brings a lighter steering feel. The steering doesn’t send a lot of feedback to the driver, but the MDX feels capable and coordinated when driven near the limit. Actually, its handling is admirable for a vehicle this size; it’s as close to nimble and responsive as you can get in a seven-seat vehicle. It’s a very easy car to drive.

Special shock absorbers smooth the ride over rough pavement, even with the 20-inch wheels on the Technology and Advance packages. There’s just a bit of body lean in the corners.

The Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system not only provides excellent all-weather traction, it makes a difference on dry roads. The system can vary front-wheel torque distribution from 90 percent down to 30 percent (that’s 70 percent to the rear), or up to 100 percent to either the left or right wheels. That greatly improves stability when driving in winter, especially when patches of snow and ice are mixed with patches of wet pavement, or when the left wheels are on ice and the right wheels are on dry pavement.

Summary

The Acura MDX brings great handling, a smooth ride, and a fine engine. It isn’t the cheapest SUV, it’s not great on fuel mileage, and it needs premium gas. Nine-speed automatic sometimes hesitates. With optional captain’s chairs, it seats six.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

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