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Acura MDX

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2015 Acura MDX – Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Auto Trans (Base Trim)

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Editors Overall Rating

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This rating is provided by our team of editors based on their extensive professional expertise on Trucks, SUVs, Vans, and Wagons.
We liked
  • Fun to drive for a luxurious family SUV
  • One of the segment’s bestsellers
  • Techno-chic styling
We disliked
  • Pricey compared to more powerful competition
  • In-cabin tech can be difficult to use
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MSRP
$42,765
MPG
20 / 28
City/Hwy
ENGINE
3.5L V6
HORSE POWER
290 hp
@ 6,200 rpm
TORQUE
267 ft lb
of torque @ 4,500 rpm
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The Acura MDX is a consistent bestseller in the luxury-SUV game, and it’s not hard to see why. Although it doesn’t boast great off-road or trailer-towing chops, its luxurious interior, sleek styling, and surprising agility make it a great road-trip companion and family vehicle. With standard LED headlights, newly available active safety and convenience features, and an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission, the refreshed 2016 MDX will be better than ever, offering better performance, efficiency, and overall value than much of its competition.
Weighing in at just less than 4,400 pounds, the MDX is one of the lighter vehicles in its competitive set. That relative lack of heft pays dividends everywhere, as the MDX is fun to drive and efficient. Indeed, its 290hp, 267lb-ft 3.5L V-6 is capable of achieving nearly 30 mpg, while still providing excellent acceleration and passing power. Optional torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) provides even greater agility and all-weather capability.
Acura’s traditional high-quality leather and technology-heavy interior leave little to be desired in terms of luxury features, although there is a slight learning curve to the infotainment system. However, after some familiarization, the MDX is a great daily driver for families, especially since it seats up to seven, two more than some of its competition.

REVIEW

2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Update 1

5 Months and 8508 Miles: Playing the Numbers Game

Scott Mortara
Apr 21, 2014
Photographers: Motor Trend Staff
Shortly after our MDX's arrival we took it to our test facility to run our standard instrumented testing, and the numbers were quite interesting, especially when compared to our recently returned long-term Acura RDX. Before I get into the numbers, let's look at the differences between the MDX and RDX. The MDX is longer, wider, and taller than the RDX, and weighs 470 pounds more. Both use a 3.5L V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic, but the MDX has 17 more horsepower and 16 more lb-ft of torque, a negligible advantage considering the extra weight it's carrying.
During our testing, the RDX made the sprint to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, while the MDX did the deed in 6.4 seconds. Quarter-mile times and speeds were almost identical, with the RDX running 14.9 seconds at 93.9 mph and the MDX stopping the timers at 14.9 seconds at 92.7 mph. Braking from 60 mph took 123 feet for the RDX, while the MDX needed a mere 116 feet. The biggest difference in performance was in our figure eight testing. The RDX ran the course in 27.8 seconds with a max lateral acceleration of 0.77 g (avg), while the bigger and heavier MDX ran the course in 26.5 seconds with a max lat of 0.85 g (avg). A difference of more than a second is a lifetime on a track, especially one as short as our figure eight course. It seems the SH-AWD system really does make a significant difference.
Photo 2/12   |   Audio Control I really like the new audio control button on the steering wheel; it lets you adjust volume, flip through your favorites and even seek.
Off the track the MDX feels livelier and sportier, rides more smoothly, and gets just 1 mpg lower EPA rating compared to the RDX. The SH-AWD system is one factor in the improved performance; the Integrated Dynamic System (IDS) also plays a role. The IDS system gives you three modes: Comfort, Normal, and Sport. Comfort reduces steering effort for low-effort maneuverability, especially in tight spaces, while Normal balances steering effort between comfortable and sporty. Sport mode provides the greatest changes, giving the MDX a firmer steering feel with higher effort. This mode also adjusts throttle response and SH-AWD torque proportioning, and makes the Active Noise Control system (more on that in future updates) provide a more aggressive engine note.
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Photo 3/12   |   Lane Keeping Button The Lake Keeping Assist feature is great, though the first time you let go of the wheel heading into a turn is a bit intimidating.

Our Car
Service life 5 mo/ 8508 mi
Average fuel economy 19.6 mpg
CO2 emissions 0.99 lb/mi
EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ 18/27/21 mpg
Energy consumption 172 kW-hr/100mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $0
Normal-wear cost $0
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2016 Acura MDX

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$42,865
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20 / 28
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2015 Acura MDX Gets Modest Price Bump
$275 Across-the-Board Price Hike On Flagship SUV
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2014 Acura MDX

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$42,290
20 / 28
3.5L V6
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2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD Long-Term Verdict
A Luxury Crossover That Left Us Nothing to Complain About After One Year
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2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD Long-Term Update 5
Checking out the Competition
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2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD Long-Term Update 4
On the Road Again and Again
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Commuting In Comfort
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2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD Long-Term Update 2
The MDX is surprisingly entertaining - putting on a good set of tires would make it even better
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2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Update 1
5 Months and 8508 Miles: Playing the Numbers Game
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Playing the Numbers Game
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2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD Long Term Arrival
Better exterior and interior styling, more interior room, and better fuel economy are just what the MDX needed.
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2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD Arrival
Better Styling, More Interior Room, and Better Fuel Economy - Just What the MDX Needed
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Acura MDX, RLX Get Groovy in New Retro Ads (W/Video)
If you've ever wondered how a modern car might be advertised if it were transported back in time to the 1960s, then check out these Acura MDX and RLX commercials.
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NHTSA Gives 2014 Acura MDX, RDX 5-Star Ratings
Brands SUVs Aimed at Safety
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2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD First Test
The 2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD is evidence we need to dispense with the notion that SUVs are inherently numb, dull-to-drive, wasteful, bloated beasts clogging the boulevards of suburbia.
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2014 Acura MDX "Made for Mankind" TV Spot
With the launch spot for the 2014 Acura MDX, Acura, and its ad agency Mullen, pull on our emotive, humanistic heartstrings to try to capture the essence of the brand's new flagship SUV.
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Acura Announces 2014 MDX Pricing
Starting MSRP is lower for 2014
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2014 Acura MDX First Drive
Details Make All the Difference
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A Better Bestseller: Acura rewrites a crowd-pleasing script
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Production Begins on 2014 Acura MDX
Acura just began production of the 2014 Acura MDX at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, the company's production facility in Lincoln, Alabama.
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2014 Acura MDX First Look
The new MDX looks like a larger version of the recently redesigned RDX, adding additional upscale touches such as Acura's Jewel Eye LED headlights first seen on the RLX.
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Official: 2014 Acura MDX To Debut in New York
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2013 Acura MDX

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$43,280
16 / 21
3.7L V6
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2012 Acura MDX

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$43,030
16 / 21
3.7L V6
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Sweet Home, MDX: Acura Will Build the MDX in Alabama, Shift CR-V Production to Ontario
The Acura MDX might be getting a southern drawl: we hear that Honda and Acura will move production of the MDX to Alabama and the CR-V to Canada as the dollar falls in value against the yen.
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2011 Acura MDX

SPECIFICATIONS
$42,930
16 / 21
3.7L V6
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2010 Acura MDX

SPECIFICATIONS
$42,230
16 / 21
3.7L V6
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August Sales: Honda Group Down 32.7 Percent, Acura SUVs Way Up
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Recalls: Chrysler Hit With Brake and Acura Missing an Interior Bolt
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Pricing on Refreshed 2010 Acura MDX SUV Starts at $43,040
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2010 Acura MDX Sports Sharp New Look and Revised Features
The 2010 Acura MDX has been fully revised for the upcoming year with a new look, new transmission, and numerous new features.
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2009 Acura MDX

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$40,990
15 / 20
3.7L V6
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The 2009 Acura MDX receives minimal changes for the third year of its second-generation run.
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New Pricing Announced for 2009 Acura MDX
New pricing was recently released for the 2009 Acura MDX, according to Automotive News.
Benson KongAug 4, 2008

2008 Acura MDX

SPECIFICATIONS
$40,195
15 / 20
3.7L V6
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2007 Acura MDX

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$39,995
N/A
3.7L V6
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At the RDX's heart is an all-new all-aluminum 3.7-liter V-6, producing 300 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 275 pound-feet of torque at 5000 rpm.
Mark WilliamsDec 1, 2006

2006 Acura MDX

SPECIFICATIONS
$37,125
N/A
3.5L V6
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2005 Acura MDX

SPECIFICATIONS
$36,900
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2004 Acura MDX

SPECIFICATIONS
$36,400
17 / 23
3.5L V6
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Acura Announces Pricing for New 2004 MDX Luxury SUV
The 2004 MDX luxury SUV, which goes on sale today at Acura dealers nationwide, will be priced at $36,400. The MDX with Touring Package, which adds a roof rack, premium Acura/Bose Music System and other additional features, will be priced at $39,000.
Sep 22, 2003

2003 Acura MDX

SPECIFICATIONS
$35,700
17 / 23
3.5L V6
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2002 Acura MDX

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$34,700
17 / 23
3.5L V6
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First Drive: 2002 1/2 Acura MDX
In its third year of production, the Acura MDX enjoys more power and chassis refinements.
David NewhardtJan 24, 2003

2001 Acura MDX

SPECIFICATIONS
$34,370
17 / 23
3.5L V6
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John KiewiczJan 16, 2003
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