There isn’t much about the Acura’s feature set that really makes it stand out, with even its leather upholstery feeling adequate but nothing more. There is nothing particularly eye-catching about the MDX’s design, nor is anything an eyesore. Some standard features like an adaptive cruise control or a lane departure warning system warrant four figure option prices from competitors. The glove box and door panel bins are decently sized, too.
However, a somewhat sloppy 9 speed transmission paired with an annoying fuel saving start-stop system will agitate the more performance oriented driver. In this case, the answer is yes, the Acura MDX is more than just the sum of its parts. Using the MDX’s climate control system is a bit of a mixed bag. The nine speed ZF transmission is another story altogether. Rivals do it better, and simpler. To achieve the performance of MDX out of a hybrid, the closest competition is the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid which starts at $78,700. The fit, finish, and materials ooze luxury and justify the performance difference.

The design seems to reflect its prospective buyer: subtle and refined, practical yet elegant. Besides, it makes driving more fun. Generally, the psychographics of an Acura MDX owner align with a typical Premium Midsize SUV owner. Behind the third-row seat, the MDX offers 15 cu.-ft. of volume; fold that seat down for 38.4 cu.-ft. of room behind the second-row seat. The optional Blind Spot Information system indicates an unseen automobile’s presence with a light in the mirror. Broad-shouldered in all applications, the MDX produces a snarl when you put the pedal to the metal. Numbers don’t lie. Putting the ponies to the wheels, the MDX’s 9-speed transmission is newly calibrated for 2019. Otherwise, the MDX represents the best bang, or lack thereof, for your buck. So unless you plan on buying the base model, the Hybrid is a much better value.

Acura provides real-world measurements for cargo space, which means that its capacity figures sound less impressive than some competitors. Sure the Lexus RX Hybrid is competitively priced at $53,035, but the difference in performance is cavernous. American Honda Motor Co. supplied the vehicle used for this 2019 Acura MDX review. With slim windshield pillars, large side mirrors, and a sloping hood, the MDX provides impressive outward visibility. Both achieve roughly the same fuel economy ratings.

(31% vs. 26%). Acura MDX Expert Review Alex Leanse Since the Acura MDX first came to market in the year 2000, it's become the best-selling vehicle in the three-row luxury SUV segment. The MDX Hybrid is not really designed for speeds in excess of 80 mph, whereas the Porsche is engineered for lawbreaking speeds. In the 2019 MDX, Acura provides a safe, comfortable, practical, quality, and upscale vehicle that’s also pleasurable to drive. The top screen is used for the navigation system, reversing camera, and the Bluetooth phone connection, and is controlled using a knob and main menu buttons on the dashboard. With a sticker price that approaches $60,000, it’s hard to get excited about the Acura MDX Tech Plus. 2021 Acura MDX Review - Release Date, Prices, Trims , Features, Performance, Interior And Rivals . For this review, I evaluated an Acura MDX A-Spec, which includes a Technology Package and a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. Now it feels seamless, with crisp, timely shifts. Acura made the MDX Prototype lower, wider, and longer, a tried and true design technique for bringing forth a new version of a beloved model line.

The 2020 Acura MDX Tech Plus is rated by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) at 12.3 L/100 km city and 9.2 L/100 km highway, which is right in the middle of where the luxury SUV segment typically floats. This can creates irritation from time to time, but people who prefer to set it and forget it on automatic mode shouldn’t really notice. Imaginatively marketed as “Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive,” I was less impressed by its ability to improve cornering capability and more wowed by the ruthlessness with which it dispatched the blizzard that dumped calf-high snow during the week I drove the vehicle. Fewer MDX owners agree that they prefer to buy a vehicle from a domestic company (27% vs. 36% for the segment), despite the MDX’s production facility in Ohio. The gas only MDX with Super Handling All Wheel Drive and Technology package totals at just under a grand shy of the Hybrid, which includes the SH-AWD and Tech pkg. The MDX’s dual touchscreens and confusing software make even the simplest tasks dangerously distracting. My test vehicle was also equipped with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD), a torque vectoring setup that makes a big difference in terms of driving dynamics on paved or gravel roads. I was also happy to see that Google Maps can finally be used with CarPlay-compatible systems via the iOS 12 update. The inclusion of equipment like LED headlights, a power liftgate, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel is nice; but all that and more should be expected on a luxury SUV like this one. Styling: 7/10. Fuel economy is the factor cited as the least favorite MDX attribute among owners of this SUV. If you want to split hairs, that made the MDX the best-selling three-row luxury SUV in America. Acura estimates it will produce 355 hp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque, and notes that it's the most powerful engine ever offered in an Acura SUV. The MDX received the lowest possible reliability rating from JD Power with little explanation. J.D.

Is it 30,000 dollars better? He is also an avid musician and a friend to vinyl. © 2020 J.D. Owners report that their favorite things about the MDX are (in descending order) the driving dynamics, exterior styling, interior design, visibility and safety, and seats. Even on pothole-laden Montreal streets, which are maintained to the same standard as a camel track in the heart of the Khyber Pass, I rarely encountered any of the booming, body shake, or jarring suspension jolts that can result from potholes and other assorted asphalt insults. That’s right in line with the EPA’s official 19 city/25 highway ratings, with 21 mpg expected in combined driving. A comparably equipped rival can easily top $60,000. Try as I might, I was unable to find a slippery situation that the SUV couldn’t handle with grace, dignity, and – above all – safety. The 2019 MDX gets a “Top Safety Pick” designation from this Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, mirrored by a 5-Star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The MDX performs better than nearly all of the vehicles in the segment, making up for the relative lack of luxurious interior. Time spent using the system will likely improve this problem, but an intuitive infotainment system is an expectation in 2017.On a more positive note, the audio system is superb. The RX is a second slower to 60 mph and handles like a tank when compared with the MDX’s razor sharp steering. Comparatively, last year’s 9-speed was unrefined, often lurching and occasionally shifting harshly.

Premium fuel is recommended for the MDX’s engine, but is not necessary. The QX60’s 0-60mph time is 1.1 seconds slower at 7.1 seconds. Plus, with a big 19.5-gallon gas tank, trips to the gas station are less frequent.
The MDX fails to move the needle in a segment where high-end haulers are increasingly quick, plush, and laden with tech. With the 2019 MDX, Acura takes the practicality and user-friendliness of the Honda Pilot and gives it bolder styling, nicer cabin materials, and a more premium image, and then charges several extra thousands of dollars. I like having information right in front of me, instead of having to cycle through different menus. The 3.5L V6 that’s standard with the Acura MDX Tech Plus is a willing performer. Acura’s going all-in with rows of buttons that control the transmission, but drivers get used to this setup in a short time. However, the RX’s interior is leagues ahead of the MDX’s.

The transmission doesn’t know what gear to select but you do. The MDX is highly rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with a perfect score in every category except rollover. AcuraWatch is included in all models and uses a high tech system of cameras to mitigate the risk of collision. Two screens dominate the MDX’s dashboard.

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