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The sporty Acura MDX crossover is one of the oldest nameplates in the luxury and near-luxury utility vehicle category. Among U.S. large crossovers, the competition may include the big square Ford Flex, its more luxurious sibling, the Lincoln MKT, and perhaps the Buick Enclave. While it can seat up to seven passengers, it remains a driver's car with family-friendly features--distinguishing it from... Read More Below »
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The sporty Acura MDX crossover is one of the oldest nameplates in the luxury and near-luxury utility vehicle category.

Among U.S. large crossovers, the competition may include the big square Ford Flex, its more luxurious sibling, the Lincoln MKT, and perhaps the Buick Enclave.

While it can seat up to seven passengers, it remains a driver's car with family-friendly features--distinguishing it from a number of other Asian higher-end crossovers whose on-road behavior is closer to that of a minivan than a sport sedan.

MORE: Read our 2015 Acura MDX review and compare the MDX to its competitors

The MDX entered the market back in 2001, when it supplanted a slow-selling vehicle dubbed the SLX--simply, a rebadged version of the then-current Isuzu Trooper. Offered as a seven-passenger crossover, the MDX came with a single drivetrain, a 3.5-liter V-6 with 240 horsepower, mated to a five-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Over the years, this first MDX would see its power boosted to 265 hp, while it added features such as Bluetooth connectivity, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Bose audio and satellite radio, and a voice-activated navigation system. Side-curtain airbags were another addition to the MDX's safety package, which performed well in crash tests.

While it never reached the prestigious ubiquity of the Lexus RX, the Acura MDX became a reliable sight in upscale mall parking lots and commuter lanes thanks to its luxe equipment, its airy interior and its relatively good ride and handling.

The second-generation MDX that arrived in the 2007 model year with a substantial look and feel, both inside and out. It featured a 3.7-liter V-6 engine with a power output of 300 hp--and a new all-wheel-drive system, "Super Handling All-Wheel Drive," that was related to the one that would bow in the new Acura RL large sedan. Standard equipment included a sunroof and leather trim, while options included a high-quality premium audio package; voice-activated navigation; and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Handling remained tried and true to its crossover positioning, but the MDX's interior grew more spacious and useful, giving it one of the most adult-friendly interiors of any crossover vehicle. Fuel economy, though, was not a strong point, at 14/20 mpg (it's improved to 16/21 in more recent years).

In 2010, the MDX got a mid-cycle refresh, which included Acura's new and controversial corporate grille, which some likened to a bottle opener, though we found the MDX version of that design to be the best-integrated one found on any Acura. The MDX also received new electric power steering that year, but it missed the mark completely for responsiveness (it's too fast) and heft (it's too light). Safety remained a strong point, with the MDX named an IIHS Top Safety Pick. In 2010, the two-door Acura ZDX was introduced, with the model sharing some mechanicals with the MDX. Its severe lack of interior space led to very low sales, however; it was withdrawn after 2012. The Acura MDX changed very little for 2013, the last year before the entirely redesigned 2014 model.

The new Acura MDX

The Acura MDX now shares some of its running gear with a number of other Acura and Honda models, including the Pilot crossover and earlier versions of the Odyssey minivan. Today, it competes with the Infiniti QX60 (nee JX), the equally long-running Lexus RX, and the Volvo XC90, which will be entirely new next year.

The current generation began with a 2014 redesign that brought with it a sleeker, more aerodynamic body. The MDX remains a seven-seater with a single powertrain—a new direct-injection V-6 with more power and improved fuel economy. The look is more aggressive, appearing wider than before and less blocky overall. The MDX also added some advanced safety features, such as radar-based cruise control and a collision-warning system.

Used Acura MDX Models

The Acura MDX was pretty much exactly what the market wanted at the time of its original 2001 introduction—a vehicle with carlike ride, handling, and comfort, combined with just a bit of off-road ability. Second-generation (2007-2013) models did gain more of an emphasis on on-road performance, and driving enthusiasts will appreciate that. With these versions, plush, upgraded interior appointments swaddled and impressed, although frazzled parents might find the somewhat busy ride and firm steering to be a bit much. 
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2014-2015 Acura MDX, 2014 Acura RLX Recalled For Seatbelt Flaw

Honda has issued a recall for the 2014-2015 Acura MDX and 2014 Acura RLX. According to Detroit News, the recall stems from a problem with the driver's and front passenger's... read more October 13, 2014 by 


 
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Honda Adds 1,000,000 California Vehicles To Airbag Recall: Accord, Civic, CR-V, Acura MDX, More

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2014 Acura MDX Recalled For Loose Bolts

Honda is recalling certain 2014 Acura MDX sport-utility vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive, for a potential problem involving loose bolts. A notice on the National... read more December 16, 2013 by 


 
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2014 Acura MDX, Acura RDX Earn Five-Star Crash Test Rating

The 2014 Acura MDX three-row crossover and 2014 Acura RDX compact crossover have been awarded a five-star overall crash test rating—the top overall score—from the... read more October 26, 2013 by 


 
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2014 Acura MDX Video Road Test

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FWD 4-Door (4)
FWD 4-Door Specs $42,565 $39,473 20 28
Advance/Entertainment Pkg Specs $54,780 $50,616 20 28
Tech Pkg Specs $46,840 $43,349 20 28
Tech/Entertainment Pkg Specs $48,840 $45,180 20 28
SH-AWD 4-Door (4)
SH-AWD 4-Door Specs $44,565 $41,267 18 27
Advance/Entertainment Pkg Specs $56,780 $52,447 18 27
Tech Pkg Specs $48,840 $45,180 18 27
Tech/Entertainment Pkg Specs $50,840 $47,010 18 27
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