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About the Acura MDX

Vehicle Summary

Finding a vehicle that strikes a balance between sporty and luxurious can be a challenge, but the Acura MDX does just that. It also offers three rows of seating to accommodate up to seven passengers, making it a great choice for growing families. The Acura MDX has also changed a bit over the years, despite still being in its third generation of production. The MDX has gone from being offered in just one trim level to being offered in up to three trims for the 2017 and 2018 model years.

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2014 - Present Acura MDX Trim Configurations

Acura began production of the third generation MDX starting with the 2014 model year. For this generation, the MDX saw some significant changes over its previous generation and model years. For example, the 2014 saw an upgraded 3.5-liter V6 engine that is available in the buyer’s choice of front- or all-wheel drive. This generation was also the first to see standard features such as a seven-inch touch screen and noise-reducing windshield glass for a quieter ride. Compared to previous model years, the third generation of MDX is also more aerodynamic than previous designs and rides lower to the ground to reduce its center of gravity. Compared to previous model years, the third generation of MDX is also more aerodynamic than previous designs and rides lower to the ground to reduce its center of gravity.

In terms of Acura MDX mpg, this vehicle has increased a bit from 2014 to 2018. For the 2014 model year, for example, fuel economy is an estimated 21 mpg1 combined in its base trim all-wheel drive configuration, compared to an estimated 22 mpg1 combined for the 2018 model year with base 3.5-cylinder V6 engine and all-wheel drive.

As for Acura MDX towing capacity, the Acura MDX 2017 and Acura MDX 2018 are both capable of hauling up to an estimated 3,500 pounds.2

2014-2016 Trims

For the 2014 through 2016 model years, the Acura MDX was available in just one trim, but with a few optional add-on packages. Some of the standard features in the 2014 - 2016 Acura MDX include 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, heated front seats, leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control and touch-screen interface.

2017-2018 Trims

For the 2017 and 2018 model years, there are three trim options to choose from. There is also a Sport Hybrid edition that is designed for improved fuel efficiency over the standard 3.5-liter V6 engine.

  • Standard - 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors, keyless entry/ignition, tri-zone climate control, 7-inch touch-screen interface and smartphone integration
  • Technology - larger 20-inch wheels, remote engine start, blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert, upgraded 10-speaker sound system and navigation system.
  • Advance - automatic engine start/stop, heated steering wheel and front/rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, unique surround view camera, and ventilated front seats for added comfort.

Aside from these trims, there are also some other options to further customize your 2017 or 2018 Acura MDX. For example, buyers can opt for a DVD-based entertainment system for the rear seats.

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Unless stated otherwise, fuel economy figures are for vehicles with automatic transmissions. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. See for details.

2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.

Reliability Research


RepairPal gave the Acura MDX an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Acura MDX 8th out of 25 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Acura MDX is $443, compared to an average of $586 for Luxury Midsize SUVs and $556 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Acura MDX owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.2 times per year, compared to an average of 1.5 times for Luxury Midsize SUVs and 1.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 7% for the Acura MDX, compared to an average of 10% for Luxury Midsize SUVs and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more.


Reviews for Acura MDX

Overall Rating

4.6 out of 5 (115 reviews)


I was disappointed at how tinny and underappointed the car turned out to be. Had read reviews for a year about how great it was. It doesn’t even have a spare tire. I find that having to push ten different screens to activate a/c or chamgevtadio station is more distracting than using my cell phone would be. You can literally push the sides of the car in with little pressure. Other than leather seats the interior is generiic. Not much of an upgrade from a Honda. Am not impressed. So sad to have paid cash for this vehicle. Would trade it in an instance if I would not lose money.


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  • Dashboard: Basically a Honda in terms of luxury
  • Cost to Maintain: No spare tire.
  • Technology and Entertainment: More distracting trying to push screen ten times trying to change station or twice to just turn on ac

- Twrry Dandoval, 2015 Acura MDX

Love the MDX

My wife and I owned a '15 Pilot and sold it because my wife felt it was "too big" for her to drive comfortably. Months later we missed the convenience of having a a multiple passenger vehicle, so we went shopping again. She saw an MDX and asked, "what is that?". I told her it was just like a Pilot, but she wanted to try it. We drove one and bought one from CarMax. I drive it more often than she does, but she is more comfortable with the MDX (I know, but that's what she claims). I personally love the MDX. We went on a very long road trip (11 states!) and I'm not a person that likes to drives long distances, but I enjoyed the trip immensely! We love the safety features, quiet ride, roomy interior and the little extras that they offer over the Pilot. It just suits us very well.


  • Seat Comfort: Our Advance seats 7 people. We've had no complaints from any of our passengers about comfort. On long trips, it's wonderful!
  • Cabin Noise: Very quiet. Almost too quiet. I didn't hear an ambulance coming until it was very close to me. Taught me to listen more carefully for now on.
  • Reliability: I buy products that have a greater chance of being reliable. That's why I bought an Acura.


  • Technology and Entertainment: The model year we have does not have a digital speedometer. For my wife (from a different country) the digital speedometer is much more convenient. Not a problem. I ordered a small display and placed it just left of the instrument cluster on the dash. Hid the wires. It gets the speed from satellites. Works great! Problem solved.
  • Power: I would not say this is a con. The MDX has 3 modes for driving. The normal mode is not aggressive and gets better fuel economy ( we get around 26.5 mpg with mixed city and highway driving). But when you want to let this thing go, pop it in sport mode and you can feel the difference. It's like the engine "wakes up". The steering is stiffer too. When I need to have that extra "punch" I pop it into sport mode and it delivers, then I put it back in normal mode and it does everything I need. I'm not a NASCAR driver. I just want a comfortable, secure and economical (as much as you can expect from a vehicle this size) ride, which the MDX is all of that and more. The 3rd mode is comfort. The steering is very "soft" in that mode and does not suit me well.

- Zach Durgan, 2018 Acura MDX

Top shelf SUV with all the bells but affordable

It's a Honda essentially so the build quality is very good. The reliability is top notch and it's super comfortable. Takes corners like a car but heavier and more robust and sure footed than a car. Comfortably holds 7 people with the rear jump seats. Comes with the tow package and great entertainment system. The Bluetooth is easy to setup and a clean and reliable functioning system without the need to restate things over and over. Heated seats (no cooling in mine) and a quick to get hot heater make it perfect for winter. AC is chilly and perfect. Split zones for climate control. Memory for seat positions. Large glove box and cubbies.


  • Cabin Noise: quiet - great soundproofing compared to say, Toyota 4Runner
  • Ride and Handling: Smooth, like sailing on a magic carpet but can still "feel" the road
  • Interior Space: roomy, adequate, comfy, memory seats.


  • Fuel Economy: Not that I don't like it - but you're using premium all day every day here. You can get real time usage reports in the dash so drive economically and you will be fine.

- Malcolm Palin, 2011 Acura MDX

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