2001 Acura MDX Review

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2017
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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

It’s a fact that Acura is a latecomer in the luxury SUV crowd — never mind the Acura SLX, a rebadged Isuzu Trooper that was just too trucklike to compete with other luxury SUV offerings.

Three years after the arrival of the Lexus RX 300 and Mercedes-Benz ML 320 and more than a year after the BMW’s introduction of its X5, Acura is finally introducing a new luxury SUV of its own. Acura officials said that Honda/Acura R&D has wanted for years to design the MDX in- house, in North America, but the group has been tied up for the last several years doing the Honda CR-V and Odyssey, and the Acura RL and TL.

Although the MDX shares only 12 percent of its parts with the Honda Odyssey minivan, both vehicles are produced on the same Alliston, Ontario, assembly line. The two vehicles have approximately the same outward dimensions, but most else is different, including the hoodline, roofline, and undercarriage. Odysseys are currently selling as fast as Honda can produce them, so Acura is likely wishing it had more production space for the MDX.

A no-compromise SUV, but…

When Acura’s Dan Bonawitz introduced the MDX to the press, he termed the MDX a "no compromise SUV." Minutes later Art St. Cyr, principal engineer for the MDX, said "This is not a hardcore off-road vehicle." Although that sounds a bit contradictory at first, this is exactly the intention of the MDX — to keep the carlike ride, handling, and comfort that people opt to forego on some trucklike SUVs, and keep them on an SUV that’s able to go off-road but not optimized for it.

Acura did very well with the MDX, and without a doubt they have a sales hit on their hands. The MDX has an engine that’s torquey and tough, but also smooth and happy to rev, a four-wheel drive system that does have a center locking differential, a capable chassis, and a comfortable interior.

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May 20, 2017
2001 Acura MDX 4-Door SUV Touring Pkg w/Navigation

Outstanding vehicle!

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Best car I ever owned. coming up on 200k and am looking forward to another 200k
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June 9, 2015
2001 Acura MDX 4-Door SUV Touring Pkg w/Navigation

A great workhorse with 3rd Row seating but noisy on the highway

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I have owned this since new (14 years) and have experienced all the good and bad. The good: Honda reliable motor and drivetrain. Seating comfort and interior layout are excellent. Repairs are not outrageously... + More »
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May 2, 2016
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OUTRAGEOUS!!!

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SIMPLY THE VERY BEST!! ONLY ACURA CAN DO...........
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April 19, 2016
2017 Acura MDX SH-AWD

Best MDX ever

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I have owned many Acura MDX's (03,06,10 & 12) and the SLX prior to them. This is by far the best one I've owned. My only disappointment is the lack of additional power since I tow my sports car to the track... + More »
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December 19, 2015
2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4-Door w/Tech

Regret buying it

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I purchased my MDX in September within a week I noticed a vibration between 55 to 75mph+, 1st service call they balanced the tires, 2nd service call told me nothing was wrong with it, 3rd service call they... + More »
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October 6, 2015
2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4-Door w/Advance

best MDX yet

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I have owned many Acura MDX's (03,06,10 & 12) and the SLX prior to them. This is by far the best one I've owned. My only disappointment is the lack of additional power since I tow my sports car to the track... + More »
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May 13, 2015
2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4-Door

Best car I have ever driven overall .

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Purchased at Nalley Acura Marietta.This dealership has made the purchace to delivery the best experience ever,no pressure ever.This all wheel dr MDX drives and rides better than any luxury car we ever owned... + More »
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March 6, 2016
2014 Acura MDX FWD 4-Door Advance/Entertainment Pkg

A great car with lots of gadgets that I use.

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This is my 5th MDX and the best yet. Super quite, and steers itself on the highways. Air cooled seats, nice GPS Navigation. I will buy another one in the future.
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May 12, 2015
2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4-Door Advance/Entertainment Pkg

This is an awesome SUV that is priced below it real value.

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Awesome SUV even after 20000 miles. It drives very. It is very quite and the advance package is a blessing on long highway drives.
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April 20, 2015
For 2014 Acura MDX

Not an excellent vehicle

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Reliability is fine but binds on a heavy maintenance schedule. The interior quality leaves much to be desired console leather fail and Mfg will not take care of it. There are better options for the market... + More »
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