A refined but practical three-row SUV.

2019 Acura MDX Review | CarMax

Do you need the space and practicality of an SUV but want comfort during your drive, too? If yes, consider the Acura MDX. This three-row SUV comes with standard luxury features like leather-trimmed seats and a moonroof, as well as a cabin that is sleek and upscale. However, the MDX also has room for six to seven passengers and all their cargo. It's the best of both worlds—an SUV that is practical enough for your family without feeling like you're compromising on style. Learn more in this 2019 Acura MDX review, including:

Key Specs and Features

  • 290-horsepower V6 engine
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
  • Seating for six to seven people (depending on middle-row configuration)
  • Standard leather-trimmed seats with premium leather as an available option
  • Standard moonroof
  • Standard Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Siri® Eyes Free

5 Reasons to Buy


2019 Acura MDX Review: Front Seats | CarMax

Some SUVs are all about practicality, but the 2019 Acura MDX focuses on comfort and style as well. The cabin comes standard with leather-trimmed seats and a moonroof, which sets a luxurious tone. That's enhanced by the four color options available for the interior: ebony, espresso, graystone, and parchment. As standard, the driver's seat is 14-way power adjustable, while the passenger seat is 12-way power adjustable, making sure you'll always have the right fit. Heated front seats also come standard and ventilated seats are available in the Advance package. The option for captain's chairs in the second row (Advance and Entertainment packages) allows you to choose a cabin that is right for you.


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Today, technology can make driving a bit easier. The 2019 Acura MDX comes with a host of standard driver-assist features to help you navigate the roads. Standard on the 2019 model is a forward collision warning system and forward collision mitigation braking system, which are designed to help you avoid hitting anything with your car. Lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and road departure mitigation systems will also help you keep the vehicle where it belongs. Adaptive cruise control and a rearview camera also come standard. Enhanced driver-assist features including a surround-view camera system and rear cross-traffic monitor are available as part of the Technology package.


Whether you want to jam to music, listen to podcasts, or stay connected to friends and family while you're driving, the Acura MDX's audio and technology system makes it easy. The 2019 Acura MDX comes standard with an eight-speaker premium audio system. It's simple to connect your smartphone to the car with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or Siri Eyes Free. In addition, the Acura MDX comes with Pandora ® compatibility, Bluetooth® streaming, SiriusXM ® satellite radio, and high-definition radio. Upgraded audio systems with up to twelve speakers are available as part of select packages.


2019 Acura MDX Review: Engine | CarMax

The 2019 Acura MDX comes standard with front-wheel drive but all-wheel drive can be added and combined with any package combination. The Acura MDX's all-wheel-drive system is called Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and it's designed to distribute torque to give you the most stable grip of the road. For example, when you're turning a corner, the system sends up to 70 percent of the power to the outside rear wheel in order to increase control. If you're on snowy or otherwise slippery roads, the system automatically sends increased power to the wheel with the most traction. All of this technology means that you don't need to worry about slipping or sliding, even in tough road conditions.


2019 Acura MDX Review: Backseats | CarMax

The 2019 Acura MDX comes standard with seating for seven people, with three seats in the middle row and two in the third row. It's also available with middle-row captain's chairs (Advance and Entertainment packages), which reduce the seating to six. The third row has up to 30.9 inches of legroom (depending on the seat slide positions), which is enough for children and adults on short journeys. In addition, the 2019 MDX has 15 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and 38.4 cubic feet of cargo space when the third row is folded down. Whether you're hoping to maximize room for your passengers or space for your cargo, the Acura MDX has enough options to give you what you need.

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What You Need To Know

2019 Acura MDX Trims

The 2019 Acura MDX is available in one trim. It comes standard with leather-trimmed seats, a moonroof, and an eight-speaker audio system with many connectivity options. It comes with front-wheel drive, although all-wheel drive is also available, and to enhance this standard offering, there's the option of different packages.

  • Technology Package: Adds navigation, GPS-linked climate control, remote engine start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and more.
  • A-Spec Package: Adds 20-inch wheels, Alcantara®-trimmed interior, sport seats, paddle shifters, and more.
  • Advance Package: Adds a surround-view camera, heated second-row captain's chairs, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, natural wood accents, and more.
  • Entertainment Package: Adds rear surround sound, a second-row command center, two wireless headphones, a bench or captain's chairs in the second row, and more.

2019 Acura MDX Colors

The 2019 Acura MDX is available in the following exterior colors:

  • Apex Blue Pearl
  • Canyon Bronze Metallic
  • Fathom Blue Pearl
  • Gunmetal Metallic
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Majestic Black Pearl
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Performance Red Pearl
  • White Diamond Pearl

2019 Acura MDX Interior

The 2019 Acura MDX comes with an upscale and luxurious interior. Leather-trimmed seats are standard. The seats are designed for comfort, with 14-point and 12-point adjustable seats in the driver's and passenger's side respectfully. A moonroof, which also comes standard, adds to the upscale feel in the cabin.

Similar Vehicles

If you're shopping for an Acura MDX you should also consider these similar vehicles:

Acura RDX

Acura RDX is a good luxury SUV choice for people who only need five seats. The RDX was redesigned for 2019, with a 272-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined in front-wheel drive.1 The 2019 Acura RDX comes standard with synthetic leather-trimmed seats and a panoramic moonroof. Optional all-wheel drive makes it appealing to drivers who seek more confidence driving in cold climates or off the beaten path.

Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is great for drivers who want to maximize their passenger space. The 2019 Honda Pilot comes with seating for seven to eight people (depending on the configuration of the middle row). The third row has 31.9 inches of legroom, more than many competitors. The 2019 Pilot comes with a 280-horsepower V6 engine that can be paired with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The 2019 model also comes standard with a host of driver-assist features, including lane-keeping assist, forward collision braking, and adaptive cruise control. The Pilot is available in six trims, and you'll need to opt for the midrange EX-L to get leather seats.


The 2019 BMW X5 comes standard with all-wheel drive and an engine that is more powerful than those found in most other mid-sized SUVs. 2019 X5 models come standard with a 335-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg combined.1 It's also available with a 456-horsepower turbo V8 that gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg combined.1 The X5 has seating for five people and the 2019 model comes standard with leather seats and a panoramic moonroof. The 2019 BMW X5 also comes standard with driver-assist features including automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Acura MDX is a luxurious SUV that comes standard with leather-trimmed seats and a moonroof. Integrated technology in the entertainment and driver-assist systems make it an excellent choice. Looking to learn more about the Acura MDX? Check out these related resources:

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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