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Ride in luxury and comfort.

2020 Acura MDX Review | CarMax

Luxury doesn't have to mean bling. In fact, you're probably more interested in an SUV's comfort and practicality, along with some great tech features. If that's the case, the 2020 Acura MDX is a great choice, as it exudes quiet confidence. From the wonders of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD®) to timeless design and a swath of interior technology features, the MDX ticks all the boxes for a luxury crossover.

While we currently do not have many 2020 Acura MDXs on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Acura MDX with similar features.

Below are average prices of prior model year Acura MDXs.

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $24,5001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $29,0001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $32,5001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $37,5001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $42,0001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Acura MDX review:

Key Specs & Features

MPG:

  • The 2020 Acura MDX FWD with the 3.5L engine and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • Behind front row: 90 cubic feet
  • Behind second row: 45.1 cubic feet
  • Behind third row: 15 cubic feet
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Towing Capacity:

  • Towing capacity for the 2020 Acura MDX is an estimated 3,500 lbs. with FWD and the 3.5L engine, when properly equipped.3
  • Towing capacity for the 2020 Acura MDX with SH-AWD® is an estimated 5,000 lbs. with the 3.5L engine, when properly equipped.3

Seating Capacity:

  • Up to seven passengers

Engine Options:

  • 3.5L V6 engine making 290 hp and 267 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission
  • 3.0L V6 engine with three electric motors for a combined 321 hp and 289 lb.-ft. of torque (Sport Hybrid)

Tech Features:

  • Standard dual-screen infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen
  • Five USB ports, satellite radio, and Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay™ capability
  • Available surround-view parking camera
  • Forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • Lane/road departure warning and adaptive cruise control
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Rankings

The 2020 Acura MDX has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

Do you appreciate the grip of all four wheels on the road—particularly in unpredictable weather? The 2020 Acura MDX offers Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) as an optional system to give you more confidence on the road. SH-AWD works by balancing power to the wheels with weight distribution, available traction, and other variables. It's designed to provide enhanced handling in optimal driving conditions and assistance in poor conditions.

2. Room to Stretch Out and Get Comfortable

2020 Acura MDX Review:Front Seats | CarMax

With room for up to seven passengers, the 2020 Acura MDX is a comfortable family luxury hauler. In fact, front-row passengers in the base model will delight in sport-seat comfort that features 12-way power adjustments, with power lumbar support. Both front seats are also heated as standard. Plus, second-row bench-seat passengers can slide the seat back and recline slightly for added comfort.

2020 Acura MDX Review:Third Row | CarMax

3. Seats Up to Six or Seven

2020 Acura MDX Review:Back Seats | CarMax

Hauling an SUV full of people? The 2020 Acura MDX offers room for seven with three rows of seating. If you only need room for six, you can opt for captain's chairs in the second row and score some extra leg and shoulder room. Note that if you select the Entertainment package on the Technology trim, the MDX adds sunshades and replaces the standard second-row bench seat with heated captain's chairs.

4. Towing Capacity

2020 Acura MDX Review:Engine | CarMax

If you have a small boat, camper, or trailer to tow, the MDX has you covered. Towing capacity is an estimated 3,500 lbs. with FWD and the 3.5L engine, when properly equipped.3 That's the equivalent of a tent trailer or a small boat. Switch to SH-AWD and towing capacity is an estimated 5,000 lbs. with the 3.5L engine, when properly equipped.3 This is great news for your next camping trip or house move.

5. Style and Substance

The last major change to the Acura MDX was in 2015, yet the SUV shines with a timeless design. The look of the vehicle is decidedly modern, with sweeping lines and an aggressive grille. And behind those good looks lies a machine of substance, with a long list of driver-assistance technology, including forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.


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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • Base: Includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, power liftgate, sunroof, and keyless entry and ignition.
  • Technology: Adds 20-inch wheels, automatic wipers, front/rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and more.
  • A-Spec: Adds a blacked-out exterior trim, wide wheels and tires, faux-suede seat inserts, and front-seat ventilation. (AWD only)
  • Advance: Adds roof rails, auto-dimming mirrors, 360-degree parking camera, and heated second-row captain's chairs.
  • Sport Hybrid: Standard with the Technology trim, adaptive suspension dampers, and additional Sport+ driving mode.

Available Colors

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

Interior

  • Total cargo capacity measures 90 cubic feet, with 15 cubic feet available behind the third row.
  • Seats up to seven passengers with a bench seat in the second row, or six passengers when fitted with captain's chairs.
  • Standard infotainment system includes a dual-screen system with a seven-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability.
  • The Technology trim adds a navigation system, color driver-information display, and 10-speaker audio system.
  • Available Acura Entertainment Package for extra speakers and a larger touchscreen.

Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 Acura MDX is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Acura MDX.

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $24,5001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $29,0001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $32,5001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $37,5001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $42,0001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 Acura MDX, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

  • 2016 Acura MDX
  • 2017 Acura MDX
  • 2018 Acura MDX
  • 2019 Acura MDX
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Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 Acura MDX4

The 2020 Acura MDX is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Acura MDXs with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Acura MDX.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 4.0/5.0
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $571.00

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010-2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The 2020 Acura MDX received an overall five-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

Acura RDX

Composed, nimble, and stylish, the third generation (2019-present) Acura RDX is poised for adventure. It's a good thing, then, that cargo volume includes 29.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 58.9 cubic feet total. The room-for-five SUV includes optional AWD and driver-assistance features such as automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and more. Standard 2019 equipment includes:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • 12-way heated front seats

Toyota Highlander

The Highlander's unwavering focus on usability and convenience makes it an ideal family SUV or rugged adventuring partner. It has three rows that fit up to eight passengers, and cargo room that measures 14 cubic feet behind the third row and 42 cubic feet with the third row folded. With the second row folded, you can fit 83 cubic feet of stuff inside. Powered by a 2.7L four-cylinder engine or a 3.5L V6 engine, the 2019 Highlander also boasts ample power. Tech features include Toyota's Entune® audio system, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and Bluetooth® connectivity. Standard driver-assistance features include a rearview camera, hill-start assist, and more. Standard features for 2017-2019 models also include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED taillights
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Five USB ports
  • Six-way manually adjustable driver seat and four-way passenger seat

Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot seats eight, boasting 18.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row and 55.9 cubic feet behind the second row, with 109.2 cubic feet in total. Standard driver-assistance equipment includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. Inside the cabin, you can expect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity (standard from 2019) with a navigation system. The 2017-2019 base model comes with:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Cloth seats
  • Seven-speaker 200-watt sound system
  • Five-inch color touchscreen with USB port
  • Bluetooth capability

The Bottom Line

Capable, comfortable, and well-equipped, the 2020 Acura MDX is an ideal three-row luxury crossover if you'd like the option of AWD as well as a choice between room for seven or six. The Acura MDX remains an attractive and luxurious midsize SUV, thanks to its tech features and timeless style.

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1Based on CarMax average prices in December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle 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.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
4RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of December 1, 2019. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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