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Who says you have to pay a luxury-car price for a luxury car? It's a question evoked by the 2020 Acura MDX crossover SUV, which is one of the best in its class even though it's also one of the least expensive. This three-row SUV is comfortable, quiet, smooth, spacious, and, when equipped with the available all-wheel-drive system, unusually fun to drive. We think it's an excellent choice for those shopping for something a little nicer than a standard SUV but without a budget-breaking price tag.

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Unlike many of its rivals, the Acura MDX is well-equipped in its base form and has a sufficiently powerful V6 engine. Of course, there are a number of packages to bolster the MDX's luxury credentials, culminating in a trim that features upgraded leather, a surround-view parking camera, and USB ports for all three rows. Even at its most expensive, the MDX tops out where many other European luxury SUVs begin. Of course, those rivals offer high-octane engines to beef up their performance game, but we think you'll be plenty satisfied with either the base MDX or the MDX Hybrid that boosts output and conserves fuel at the same time.

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The MDX is well-rounded, but it's not without its faults. First and foremost is its infotainment interface. Functions are split between an upper display screen (controlled via a dash-mounted knob) and a lower touchscreen display. Both are sluggish, and it's difficult to remember which screen the function you want to access is located. Additionally, the interior materials don't quite reach the quality of what's used in the MDX's more expensive rivals.

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But if you can live with the strange screen setup and nice — rather than exceptional — cabin materials, you'll find the MDX to be a smart pick for a luxury SUV that won't overly tax your bank account.

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Notably, we picked the 2020 Acura MDX as one of Edmunds' Best 3-Row SUVs for 2020, and also selected the 2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury Cars for this year.

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What's it like to live with the MDX?

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Want to know even more about the Acura MDX? Learn about day-to-day ownership from our editorial experts' long-term test of a 2014 SH-AWD with Technology and Entertainment Packages. How much did we like the MDX's quiet interior? How was the tech? Was the cargo room sufficient for everyday use? How was the fuel economy? Learn this and more from our test. Note that the 2020 MDX differs from the 2014 model we tested — in 2016, it added a new SH-AWD system, nine-speed automatic, smartphone integration and a hybrid trim — but our coverage is otherwise applicable.

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Paired with an electric motor up front, two additional electric motors driving the rear wheels. Total of 325 horsepower, which really isn't that much more than the regular V6 gives you, but with that electric power, front and rear, you get a lot of instant on torque whenever you squeeze a throttle. That's going to make a difference on your test drive. As with any hybrid, fuel economy takes center stage and in the case of the sport hybrid MDX, we're talking about 25 MPG in the city, which is way better than the regular all wheel drive MDX's 18 MPG in the city. So if you do a lot of low speed driving around town you're definitely going to notice you're buying less gas. If you get the sport hybrid version of the MDX you're also going to have a new active sport suspension, which Acura says improves handling in what's already a pretty sharp handling crossover. Another thing to mention for 2017 is the inclusion of a number of high tech safety features as standard, including forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking. Stepping inside to 2017 MDX there's not a whole lot new visually. Under the hood there is a new dual clutch transmission that's paired with the sport hybrid system so when you see the shift buttons go by. There's not a lever in this one, just buttons there you see on the center stack. That's what that'll go to in the hybrid's case. Same dual screen infotainment layout we're not big fans of, same gauges, as well. Those are nice and clear. Sporty steering wheel as is the norm in Acura products. Things are looking a little dated in that gauge cluster. You can see the trip computer in the middle. There's the dual screen set up we were talking about. Now there's a touch screen below and the screen above is controlled by that knob, which is below the touchscreen. It's not the most streamlined or user friendly system, but Honda is doing what they can to make it work. And there is the transmission gear selector. Again, dual clutch set up with the support hybrid conventional automatic with the regular engine. Descent storage under the armrest and got some wood grain you're sliding back to access some USB ports. Not the most convincing wood trim I've ever seen, but there it is. [MUSIC PLAYING] In the second row of the MDX you can see that leg room is at a bit of a premium. In a vehicle this size you might expect a little more, but again that depends in significant part on how tall the folks are sitting in front. [MUSIC PLAYING] Second row occupants do get their own automatic climate control functions in this model. Got some cup holders there, more wood grain. As for the third row, again in a vehicle this size you might expect a lot of space, even adult sized space, but in the MDX it turns out not to be the case. It's actually relatively cramped back there. And to be honest, if you're looking for extra room in the third row, the Honda Pilot, the MDX's cheaper sibling, is a better bet. Behind the third row seats the MDX actually doesn't give you that much room, about 15.8 cubic feet. That's not that much. The size of a typical mid-sized sedan's trunk. But when you fold down all the seats, things get considerably more generous. Fold down the second row seat backs, as well, and you're looking at about 91 cubic feet. That is quite generous for a mid-size, 3 row crossover. Competitors for the MDX really boil down to two right now that stand out. You've got the Audi Q7, fully redesigned, and you've got the Volvo XC 90, also fully redesigned. Both bringing a bit more style and flair to the table, but the MDX is going to bet them on value. 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2020 Acura MDX

MSRP range: $44,500 - $61,750
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MSRP
$50,525
Edmunds suggests you pay
$44,926

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2020 Acura MDX Review

  • Generous array of features and active driver aids for the money
  • Optional SH-AWD system enhances handling and all-season traction
  • Smooth and confident acceleration from the V6 engine
  • Quiet, comfortable and spacious cabin
  • Cabin looks and feels less luxurious than those of some rivals
  • Adaptive cruise control can be slow to respond and abrupt when it does
  • Two-screen infotainment system is nonintuitive and difficult to control
  • No significant changes for 2020
  • Part of the third MDX generation introduced for 2014
  • Who says you have to pay a luxury-car price for a luxury car? It's a question evoked by the 2020 Acura MDX crossover SUV, which is one of the best in its class even though it's also one of the least expensive. This three-row SUV is comfortable, quiet, smooth, spacious, and, when equipped with the available all-wheel-drive system, unusually fun to drive. We think it's an excellent choice for those shopping for something a little nicer than a standard SUV but without a budget-breaking price tag.

    Unlike many of its rivals, the Acura MDX is well-equipped in its base form and has a sufficiently powerful V6 engine. Of course, there are a number of packages to bolster the MDX's luxury credentials, culminating in a trim that features upgraded leather, a surround-view parking camera, and USB ports for all three rows. Even at its most expensive, the MDX tops out where many other European luxury SUVs begin. Of course, those rivals offer high-octane engines to beef up their performance game, but we think you'll be plenty satisfied with either the base MDX or the MDX Hybrid that boosts output and conserves fuel at the same time.

    The MDX is well-rounded, but it's not without its faults. First and foremost is its infotainment interface. Functions are split between an upper display screen (controlled via a dash-mounted knob) and a lower touchscreen display. Both are sluggish, and it's difficult to remember which screen the function you want to access is located. Additionally, the interior materials don't quite reach the quality of what's used in the MDX's more expensive rivals.

    But if you can live with the strange screen setup and nice — rather than exceptional — cabin materials, you'll find the MDX to be a smart pick for a luxury SUV that won't overly tax your bank account.

    Notably, we picked the 2020 Acura MDX as one of Edmunds' Best 3-Row SUVs for 2020, and also selected the 2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury Cars for this year.

    What's it like to live with the MDX?

    Want to know even more about the Acura MDX? Learn about day-to-day ownership from our editorial experts' long-term test of a 2014 SH-AWD with Technology and Entertainment Packages. How much did we like the MDX's quiet interior? How was the tech? Was the cargo room sufficient for everyday use? How was the fuel economy? Learn this and more from our test. Note that the 2020 MDX differs from the 2014 model we tested — in 2016, it added a new SH-AWD system, nine-speed automatic, smartphone integration and a hybrid trim — but our coverage is otherwise applicable.

    EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
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    The versatile, well-made and feature-packed Acura MDX is arguably the most sensible choice in the midsize luxury SUV segment, especially given its impressive handling. For what you get compared to what you have to pay, it's a great value.
    The Acura MDX is one of the most confident luxury midsize SUVs to drive. Its torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system allows this big SUV to carve corners like a smaller crossover, and the Sport mode's heftier steering wheel weight makes it feel appropriately stable at higher speeds.

    The 290-horsepower V6 provides adequate acceleration, making for a 0-60 mph time of a respectable 6.8 seconds. This is quicker than most rivals fitted with a base four-cylinder or V6 engine, but it can't hold a candle to uprated competitors with turbocharged six-cylinders or V8s.
    Big SUVs that seat seven have to be comfortable, and the MDX delivers. Even with large 20-inch wheels, the MDX rides smoothly and controls its body motions well. The seats are similarly cushy and offer all-day comfort. The A-Spec's unique faux suede upholstery is thick and pliable, and it keeps cool on hot days. The minimal amount of wind and road noise contributes to its cocoon-like atmosphere.

    The climate control system, however, drags down the Acura's comfort scores. The seat ventilation isn't very strong, and there are no vents in the third row. The climate controls are a little difficult to use since they are split awkwardly between hard keys and digital buttons.
    The Acura MDX is a spacious and versatile SUV. While the third row is best for children or shorter adults, it's more accommodating than the back seat of many rivals. Getting into the third row is relatively simple thanks to single-press buttons that slide the second-row seats forward.

    A highly adjustable driver's seat and power tilt-and-telescoping wheel help drivers find a good position. It's easy to see out the front and sides, but the second-row seat blocks the view out of the three-quarter window. Glaring flaws include the nonintuitive shifter and an infotainment system that divides functions between the upper display (with a dash-mounted knob controller) and the lower touchscreen.
    The dual-screen setup looks high-tech but isn't terribly intuitive, even after you've used it for a while. It's difficult to remember which screen contains which settings, and the lower touchscreen has a confusing menu structure and layout. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are present, but they are displayed on the upper screen, and the knob controller is suboptimal.

    Many advanced driving aids are standard, but their operation can seem half-baked. For instance, our test vehicle's adaptive cruise system accelerated and braked the vehicle suddenly in heavy traffic, and in several instances it accelerated after coming to a complete stop, even though the car in front hadn't moved.
    Convenience and efficiency play a big part in vehicle utility, and the Acura MDX capitalizes on these aspects. The MDX slightly edges out others in the class in total storage volume, and the easy fold-flat seats make loading long cargo items a breeze. Interior storage space is another bright spot thanks to large cupholders and bins, plus a deep center bin.

    If you want to pull your gear with you, the all-wheel-drive MDX can tow up to 5,000 pounds (front-wheel-drive models are limited to 3,500 pounds), but you'll have to buy a separate hitch. This is better than some rivals, but some European competitors can tow more than 7,000 pounds.
    The EPA rates the MDX between 21 and 23 mpg in combined driving, depending on which configuration and version you pick. In general, this is a bit better than average for a midsize three-row SUV.
    The MDX represents a good value for the luxury segment. However, it doesn't offer the inspiring, jaw-dropping interiors provided by its European competition. It also faces an in-house threat: The Honda Pilot provides more versatility with modest trade-offs in performance, features and refinement.

    The Acura's basic warranty is for four years/50,000 miles, and powertrain coverage is six years/70,000 miles. That's roughly the same as what Japanese rivals offer but better than what some European competitors do. The MDX also comes with free roadside assistance for four years/50,000 miles. Unlike some other brands, there's no complimentary maintenance plan.
    In a world full of mundane crossovers, the MDX stands out as a driver's choice. The handling is almost shockingly good and the performance is hard to fault. Yet despite its dynamic talents, the MDX doesn't possess the verve of a BMW X5 or Mercedes-Benz GLE. Of course, it costs a boatload less money. It's refined and competent, and the A-Spec version has a few neat styling additions. But at the end of the day, it's a competent rather than a truly exciting SUV.

    Which MDX does Edmunds recommend?

    While many vehicles offer the best value in their middle trims, we think the ideal MDX models are the bookends. The base model is well-equipped and attractively priced by luxury SUV standards. While blind-spot monitoring is nice to have, the next-level Technology package doesn't have many other must-have features, and it costs quite a lot more. The A-Spec looks cool, but it requires all-wheel drive. And once you factor those two costs in, you're almost at the top Advance level — a trim package that adds a substantial amount of luxury content.

    Acura MDX models

    The 2020 Acura MDX is a three-row luxury SUV that seats up to seven. It's offered in four trim levels (also referred to as packages): an unnamed base model, Technology, A-Spec and Advance. The base MDX is well-equipped, and the Technology package includes a few desirable additions. The A-Spec is more of an appearance package but has some unique upgrades. The range-topping Advance has all the features you'll likely want in this class of vehicle.

    The MDX is driven by a 3.5-liter V6 engine (290 horsepower, 267 lb-ft) paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission with either front- or all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive-only Sport Hybrid uses a smaller 3.0-liter V6 in conjunction with three electric motors (combined 321 hp, 289 lb-ft) and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It delivers an estimated 27 mpg in combined city/highway driving, which is 5 mpg better than the standard AWD MDX.

    Highlights of the base trim include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, heated mirrors, a power liftgate, a sunroof, and keyless entry and ignition. Inside, you'll find power-adjustable front seats with heating, driver-seat memory settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

    Tech features include a dual-screen infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen and an eight-speaker sound system with five USB ports, satellite radio, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane and road departure warning and mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.

    The Technology trim adds niceties such as 20-inch wheels, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, upgraded interior trim, a navigation system, a color driver information display, and a 10-speaker premium audio system with HD radio.

    The A-Spec trim level (AWD only) is similar to the Technology but has blacked-out exterior trim, wider wheels and tires, a thicker-rimmed steering wheel, faux suede seat inserts, front-seat ventilation, and unique cabin cosmetics.

    The Advance requires the Technology package and further adds adaptive suspension dampers, wider wheels and tires, roof rails, auto-dimming mirrors, a 360-degree parking camera, a heated steering wheel, premium leather, front-seat ventilation, heated second-row captain's chairs, second-row sunshades, and two additional USB ports for the third row.

    Technology or Advance models with AWD can add an Entertainment package, which consists of a rear entertainment system and a household-style 110-volt outlet. If you add it to the Technology package, it also comes with a 9-inch screen and 11 audio speakers. Pair it to the Advance package, and you'll instead get a 16.2-inch screen (with an HDMI input) and 12 audio speakers. Note that selecting the Entertainment package with the Technology trim also adds second-row sunshades and replaces the standard second-row bench seating for heated captain's chairs.

    Finally, there's the all-wheel-drive MDX Sport Hybrid, which comes standard in the Technology trim, with adaptive suspension dampers and an additional Sport+ driving mode. The Advance package is optional, but it is not available with the Entertainment package.

    reliable fun to drive comfortable SUV far better then any other SUVs I can’t understand what’s so difficult about having two screens one upper screen for apple car play and driving info And bottom screen for radio cd etc its very well planned and nothing confusing about it . I am driving MDX since 2010 now I upgraded to 2020 MDX I got excellent deal and a decent trade in price for my old MDX . Plus no extra charge for awesome HONDA SENSING features a must have which other charge thousands of dollars for these features Will recommend AWD, drive and handling is cool AND less drag on your body when you drive long distance in AWD
    5/5 stars, Best Value & Performance with a Side of Utility!
    VINNYNY,
    SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
    My last three SUVs were a Mercedes Benz, a BMW, and a Honda Pilot EX-L. I bought the Pilot because I wanted a vehicle that could haul my family of four, a couple of my kids' friends and all of our gear to the beach, amusement park, or on weekend getaways. The Pilot had the "Utility" part of SUV wired, but it totally lacked in the "Sport" department. My MB and BMW had the opposite problem. The MDX SH-AWD delivers on both counts. Although it handles much better than the Pilot, it hauls almost as much. Acura should call it an "FUV" for Fun Utility Vehicle. The reviews here bash the dual screens as archaic, but I love them. I can see my navigation and entertainment on separate screens without scrolling through the pages of a single large display. I never have to switch away from the nav screen to find a new radio station, change the source, or dial a call. Speaking of navigation, I purposely bought a base model because I'm not a fan of Honda/Acura's navigation systems. We have owned eight Honda/Acuras with navigation systems in the last 20 years and the nav system has always been the worst part of the car. With the MDX, I use Android Auto running Google Maps or Waze--much better than the OEM Garmin units! Maybe the "V" should stand for value. I paid less than $35K for my MDX (plus TTL)--that's $20K less than I paid for my MB, $10K less than my BMW, and $5K less than the Pilot! The MDX is so inexpensive right now, that I'm thinking about buying a second one for my wife. Love it! UPDATE: I've owned my '20 MDX SH-AWD for six months now and still loving it! Value: I thought it was a great value when I bought it, but a hot used car market has made the MDX an absolute bargain. I checked the outright sales values with two major buyers (whose names start with "Car") and both offered more than I paid for it six months ago (TTL excluded). I could literally sell the car for more than I paid! However, we don't buy cars just because they're a good deal. Despite Covid, my MDX has hauled the crew and our gear to the mountains, amusement park and Christmas light shows. Performance: the SH-AWD makes the MDX sure-footed in the snow and rain. I actually think it's a better system than those in my Audis, BMWs and Mercedes. I'm a lead foot, but I find that the acceleration is more than adequate and the car handles very well for its size. It is light years better than my previous Honda Pilot. Utility: the MDX has been great for home improvement store runs and weekly visits to our big box grocery stores. However, I recommend getting a tow hitch installed because furniture and larger items won't fit in the cargo hold. I added an aftermarket hitch for $265 from the big trailer rental place and spend $25 each time I have a big load to haul (much better than damaging the interior or stinking it up when I make a run to the recycling center or dump). Bottom line: I love my MDX!
    5/5 stars, MDX Sport Hybrid Advanced
    John,
    Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM)
    Spent months looking around at different cars (Mercedes, Audi, Subaru, Toyota) and ultimately decided I wanted the Sport Hybrid with Advance package. I found a new 2019 with the Canyon Bronze that I wanted about 100 miles from my house so got a great deal on a new car. With Acura's incredible warranty on certified I would have been just as happy with a certified used with low miles.. I had some reticence based on what I had read about the infotainment and the quality of the materials on the interior. My wife has a 2017 Honda Pilot Elite with the 9 speed transmission and will admit that I don't love it. But the Sport Hybrid doesn't share the same transmission. So far I am very pleased with my purchase. The car has great acceleration, very smooth, the infotainment system is perfectly fine and it is nice to have Apple Car Play/Nav/Camera in one screen and the Stereo on another. The safety features (lane keep, brake hold, adaptive cruise, etc.) are a great feature and are standard on all MDXs. You pay a lot extra on other vehicles for those features and once you have them you realize how great they are. Very pleased with the quality of the interior, too. Things I don't love are that that the controls for the seat heater/cooler aren't terribly easy to use, but if you put it on auto I have found it is not an issue and I don't have to use the controls very often. I wish it had a digital speedometer like our Pilot and our Mercedes. You get used to having one so it is a bit of an adjustment when you switch to pure analog. I don't love the push button gear shifter. I think with time I will get used to it and it will not be an issue at all. The Pilot has it and my wife said she got used to it. Overall, exceptionally happy with the vehicle and highly recommend. I have only had it for a few weeks so if my feelings change I will repost.

    2020 Acura MDX video

    This is Josh Sadler for Edmunds and if you know crossovers you probably know the Acura MDX, but you might not know that it now comes as a hybrid. [MUSIC PLAYING] The 2017 Acura MDX is Acura's three row crossover. Big news for this year starts with the styling. You've got new headlights, got slightly restyled rear end, but really, the action is more up front. There's a new pentagon grill, those headlights are kind of crazy. Acura clearly is going for a lot more visual impact on the front end in particular. Under the hood, there's also some big news in the form of a new sport hybrid model, making it the third Acura model to adopt sport hybrid technology, but interestingly, this is not the power train from the RLX full size luxury sedan. This actually has a 3 liter V6 instead of a 3.5 for the gasoline part of the deal. Paired with an electric motor up front, two additional electric motors driving the rear wheels. Total of 325 horsepower, which really isn't that much more than the regular V6 gives you, but with that electric power, front and rear, you get a lot of instant on torque whenever you squeeze a throttle. That's going to make a difference on your test drive. As with any hybrid, fuel economy takes center stage and in the case of the sport hybrid MDX, we're talking about 25 MPG in the city, which is way better than the regular all wheel drive MDX's 18 MPG in the city. So if you do a lot of low speed driving around town you're definitely going to notice you're buying less gas. If you get the sport hybrid version of the MDX you're also going to have a new active sport suspension, which Acura says improves handling in what's already a pretty sharp handling crossover. Another thing to mention for 2017 is the inclusion of a number of high tech safety features as standard, including forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking. Stepping inside to 2017 MDX there's not a whole lot new visually. Under the hood there is a new dual clutch transmission that's paired with the sport hybrid system so when you see the shift buttons go by. There's not a lever in this one, just buttons there you see on the center stack. That's what that'll go to in the hybrid's case. Same dual screen infotainment layout we're not big fans of, same gauges, as well. Those are nice and clear. Sporty steering wheel as is the norm in Acura products. Things are looking a little dated in that gauge cluster. You can see the trip computer in the middle. There's the dual screen set up we were talking about. Now there's a touch screen below and the screen above is controlled by that knob, which is below the touchscreen. It's not the most streamlined or user friendly system, but Honda is doing what they can to make it work. And there is the transmission gear selector. Again, dual clutch set up with the support hybrid conventional automatic with the regular engine. Descent storage under the armrest and got some wood grain you're sliding back to access some USB ports. Not the most convincing wood trim I've ever seen, but there it is. [MUSIC PLAYING] In the second row of the MDX you can see that leg room is at a bit of a premium. In a vehicle this size you might expect a little more, but again that depends in significant part on how tall the folks are sitting in front. [MUSIC PLAYING] Second row occupants do get their own automatic climate control functions in this model. Got some cup holders there, more wood grain. As for the third row, again in a vehicle this size you might expect a lot of space, even adult sized space, but in the MDX it turns out not to be the case. It's actually relatively cramped back there. And to be honest, if you're looking for extra room in the third row, the Honda Pilot, the MDX's cheaper sibling, is a better bet. Behind the third row seats the MDX actually doesn't give you that much room, about 15.8 cubic feet. That's not that much. The size of a typical mid-sized sedan's trunk. But when you fold down all the seats, things get considerably more generous. Fold down the second row seat backs, as well, and you're looking at about 91 cubic feet. That is quite generous for a mid-size, 3 row crossover. Competitors for the MDX really boil down to two right now that stand out. You've got the Audi Q7, fully redesigned, and you've got the Volvo XC 90, also fully redesigned. Both bringing a bit more style and flair to the table, but the MDX is going to bet them on value. For more on those and the new MDX go to edmunds.com.

    2017 Acura MDX Review

    NOTE: This video is about the 2017 Acura MDX, but since the 2020 Acura MDX is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

    Edmunds' Josh Sadlier takes you on a walk around Acura's midsize SUV, the 2017 MDX. He goes over specs, design, the interior and more.

    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $49,500
    MPG & Fuel
    20 City / 27 Hwy / 23 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.5 gal. capacity
    Seating
    7 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: front wheel drive
    Transmission: 9-speed shiftable automatic
    Engine
    V6 cylinder
    Horsepower: 290 hp @ 6200 rpm
    Torque: 267 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    4 yr./ 50000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 196.2 in. / Height: 67.4 in. / Width: 77.7 in.
    Curb Weight: 4054 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 15.0 cu.ft.

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite MDX safety features:

    Lane Keeping Assist
    Identifies lane markings and works to keep the vehicle within its detected lane if it starts to drift due to driver inattention.
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Allows you to set a speed and maintain a desired distance from the car ahead. Will bring you to a stop if needed.
    Surround-View Camera System
    Four exterior cameras create a 360-degree view of the MDX's immediate surroundings.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall
    5 / 5
    Driver
    5 / 5
    Passenger
    5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall
    5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall
    5 / 5
    Driver
    5 / 5
    Passenger
    5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat
    5 / 5
    Back Seat
    5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover
    4 / 5
    Dynamic Test Result
    No Tip
    Risk Of Rollover
    16.4%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good



    Acura MDX vs. the competition

    2020 Acura MDX

    2020 Acura MDX

    2020 Acura RDX

    2020 Acura RDX

    Acura MDX vs. Acura RDX

    Redesigned just last year, the Acura RDX — a crossover in the next size class down from the MDX — has a new interior layout that makes the cabin look quite different from the aging MDX. That's not to say it's better, however. Our editors are split on whether its touchpad interface and single display screen are an improvement over the MDX's dual-screen setup. In any case, we think the RDX is a good choice in its class. It costs quite a bit less than the MDX, but it also only has two rows of seating.

    Compare Acura MDX & Acura RDX features 

    Acura MDX vs. Honda Pilot

    The MDX and the Honda Pilot share a common platform, so think of the Pilot as an MDX without the luxury badge and leather-and-wood-soaked interior. That said, the Pilot is a great car in the three-row SUV class and looks quite nice in its upper trim levels. It also offers most of the features the MDX has, along with a more intuitive infotainment system and a more traditional SUV profile that gives it slightly more cargo room. Shoppers looking to save some money would do well to consider the Pilot.

    Compare Acura MDX & Honda Pilot features 

    Acura MDX vs. Audi Q7

    The MDX is considerably less expensive than the Audi Q7, to the extent that a fully loaded MDX costs just a few thousand dollars more than a base Q7. On the other hand, the Q7 feels more refined, with a smooth and powerful turbocharged V6 engine, agile handling, and a greater range of available features. Its cabin is also more upscale, and its infotainment system is infinitely easier to use than the MDX's. We think the Q7 is worth the extra money, but you're not giving up too much by going with the MDX.

    Compare Acura MDX & Audi Q7 features 

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    To determine whether the Acura MDX is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the MDX. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the MDX's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2020 Acura MDX a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Acura MDX is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 MDX and gave it a 8.0 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 MDX is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 Acura MDX?

    The least-expensive 2020 Acura MDX is the 2020 Acura MDX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $44,500.

    Other versions include:

  • SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $51,500
  • SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $46,500
  • 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $49,500
  • 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $44,500
  • SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $55,000
  • SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $58,250
  • Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $59,750
  • Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM) which starts at $53,000
  • 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $56,250
  • SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology and Entertainment Packages (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $53,500
  • SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance and Entertainment Packages (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $60,250
  • SH-AWD PMC Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $61,750
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    What are the different models of Acura MDX?

    If you're interested in the Acura MDX, the next question is, which MDX model is right for you? MDX variants include SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A), and 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A). For a full list of MDX models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Acura MDX

    2020 Acura MDX Overview

    The 2020 Acura MDX is offered in the following submodels: MDX SUV, MDX Hybrid. Available styles include SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A), 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM), Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM), 4dr SUV w/Advance Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology and Entertainment Packages (3.5L 6cyl 9A), SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance and Entertainment Packages (3.5L 6cyl 9A), and SH-AWD PMC Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A). Acura MDX models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 290 hp, depending on engine type. The 2020 Acura MDX comes with all wheel drive, and front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed shiftable automatic. The 2020 Acura MDX comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.

    What do people think of the 2020 Acura MDX?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Acura MDX and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 MDX 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 MDX.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Acura MDX and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 MDX featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Acura MDX?

    2020 Acura MDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

    The 2020 Acura MDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,525. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura MDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $5,599 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $5,599 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $44,926.

    The average savings for the 2020 Acura MDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is 11.1% below the MSRP.

    2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

    The 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,525. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $5,507 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $5,507 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $47,018.

    The average savings for the 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is 10.5% below the MSRP.

    2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

    The 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $56,025. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $5,958 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $5,958 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $50,067.

    The average savings for the 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is 10.6% below the MSRP.

    2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM)

    The 2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $60,775. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is trending $6,638 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $6,638 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $54,137.

    The average savings for the 2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (3.0L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7AM) is 10.9% below the MSRP.

    2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD PMC Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

    The 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD PMC Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $63,745. The average price paid for a new 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD PMC Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is trending $6,115 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $6,115 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $57,630.

    The average savings for the 2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD PMC Edition 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) is 9.6% below the MSRP.

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    What is the MPG of a 2020 Acura MDX?

    2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
    22 compined MPG,
    19 city MPG/26 highway MPG

    2020 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
    22 compined MPG,
    19 city MPG/26 highway MPG

    2020 Acura MDX 4dr SUV w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A), 9-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
    23 compined MPG,
    20 city MPG/27 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG
    22
    Transmission
    9-speed shiftable automatic
    Drive Train
    all wheel drive
    Displacement
    3.5 L
    Passenger Volume
    147.7 cu.ft.
    Wheelbase
    111.0 in.
    Length
    196.2 in.
    Width
    77.7 in.
    Height
    67.4 in.
    Curb Weight
    4264 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Acura MDX?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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