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2021 Acura MDX Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 30, 2020

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One of the more popular midsize SUVs in the market, the MDX from Acura is back for 2021. It continues to flaunt a fine balance of luxury and exploitable performance that is rare to come by in this segment and price point. A total of 6 trims are to be made available for 2021 Acura MDX, with a new Type S trim making its way in the lineup. It will also ride on a platform the same as the new 2021 Acura TLX.

2021 Acura MDX  Review
2021 Acura MDX: The most premium and performance-focused SUV ever!

Prices for the 2021 Acura MDX are expected to begin from $46,000 and could go past the $60k mark for the top trim. Mechanically, the 2021 MDX could get a new 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 making 272 hp. It will also get numerous technology and safety features added for 2021. But can it help mask its aging design language and stand firm to the evolving competition? Read on to find out.

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Pros

Unmatched reliability

Superior interior space

Feature loaded cabin

Good towing capacity

Cons

Compromised cargo space

Infotainment system lacks intuitiveness

What's New?

The Acura MDX SUV will get redesigned for the 2021 model year.

All-new exterior and interior design

New sports based "Type S" trim to be added to the lineup


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Acura MDX Exterior video
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Styles

2021 Acura MDX in Lunar Silver Metallic color 2021 Acura MDX in Majestic Black Pearl color 2021 Acura MDX in Modern Steel Metallic color 2021 Acura MDX in Performance Red Pearl color
Lunar Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.3

Engine And Performance

8.4

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.8

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.8

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

7.3

8.1

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Acura MDX Base

Base

power
290 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$44,500 - $46,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $44,500 MSRP (19/22/26) 290 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed Automatic front wheel drive 7
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $46,500 MSRP (19/22/26) 290 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed Automatic all wheel drive 7

2021 Acura MDX Technology Package

Technology Package

power
290 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$49,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV w/Technology Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $49,500 MSRP (19/22/26) 290 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed Automatic front wheel drive 7

2021 Acura MDX Technology and Entertainment Packages

Technology and Entertainment Packages

power
290 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$53,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Technology and Entertainment Packages (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $53,500 MSRP (19/22/26) 290 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed Automatic all wheel drive 6

2021 Acura MDX A-Spec

A-Spec

power
290 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$55,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SH-AWD A-Spec 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $55,000 MSRP (19/22/26) 290 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed Automatic all wheel drive 7

2021 Acura MDX Advance Package

Advance Package

power
290 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$56,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV w/Advance Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $56,250 MSRP (19/22/26) 290 hp @ 6200 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, Premium unleaded (recommended)
9-speed Automatic front wheel drive 6

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Acura is yet to reveal the entire spec-sheet for the 2021 MDX Type S but there are rumors that the Type S trim will get a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine making 355 hp. SUVs like the Cadillac XT5, Buick Enclave, and Jaguar F-Pace already are pretty popular in this segment, but the 2021 MDX is being brought to the market to give these cars a tough time.

2021 Acura MDX will arrive at dealers in early 2021!

Moreover, Acura has flexible backing from Honda which is known for its extremely reliable nature and practicality. Couple that to the luxury on offer in the 2021 MDX, the formula is stern, and thus, puts in a tough stand. In this review, we shall explore the 2021 MDX inside-out, compare the trim-wise prices and features against its rivals, and see if it is any better than its predecessor.

All-time bestselling three-row luxury SUV
2021 MDX is upmarket in every way

8.3/10
Features

8.4/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

7.8/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.8/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

7.3/10
Final Verdict


2021 Acura MDX Features

8.3/10

The completely redesigned 2021 MDX goes for sale in early 2021, with the radical new exterior design, a new interior that is rich in quality, features, and technologies along with performance-oriented specs like MDX's first-ever double-wishbone front suspension. This fourth-generation Acura MDX is available in 6 trim levels including the new Type S model. Acura hasn't released the pricing of the 2021 MDX's trim levels, but getting a minor bump in the prices over the 2020 model is almost certain. The 2021 MDX is available with two powertrains- a standard 290 hp 3.5L V6 and 355 hp turbocharged V6 with Type S. The outgoing 2020 MDX's hybrid powertrain is not released officially yet, will it be a carryover model or a revamp? Only Acura knows.

2021 Acura MDX comes loaded with premium features and modern technology!

The 2021 update of MDX is the most intriguing in the lineup's history. Some highlights include Acura’s all-digital Precision Cockpit, the latest generation of Acura’s intuitive True Touchpad Interface running on a 12.3-inch center display, “Signature Edition” ELS STUDIO 3D premium audio system with 25 speakers. The 2021 Acura MDX has also enhanced safety technologies, most of which were first seen on the new 2021 TLX. The expanded suite of AcuraWatch safety and driver-assistive technologies include enhanced Road Departure Mitigation, new Traffic Jam Assist, and new Low-Speed Braking Control.

Trim

Standard 

Technology Package

A-Spec Package

Advance Package

Entertainment Package 

Type S

MSRP (FWD) (est.)

$46,000 $51,000

-

$57,750

-

-

MSRP (SH-AWD) (est.)

$48,000

$53,000

$56,500

$59,750

$55,000/$61,750 (with Technology Package/with Advance Package)

$66,000

Key Features

Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control

Add/Upgrades to Standard 

Add/Upgrades to Technology Package

Add/Upgrades to A-Spec Package

Add/Upgrades to Advance Package

Add/Upgrades to Entertainment Package
 

Power Moonroof

Rain-sensing Wipers

Dark-chrome Lighting Details

Auto-dimming Side Mirrors

11-speaker w/Technology Package/12-speaker w/Advance Package; ELS Premium Audio System

New 3.0L turbocharged engine (355 hp and 354 lb-ft)
 

Power Tailgate

LED Puddle Lights

LED Fog Lights

Body-color Lower Trim

9-inch LCD Overhead Rear Entertainment Console w/Technology Package 

Sporty design cues with tweaked front and rear bumpers
 

Jewel Eye LED Headlights

Power-folding Mirrors

A-Spec Exclusive Dual-exhaust Outlets

Sport Seats w/Perforated Milano Premium Leather-trimmed Interior w/Contrast Stitching and Piping

16.2-inch Extra-wide LCD Overhead Rear Entertainment Console w/Advance Package

Type S specific interior features including upholstery and badging
 

Auto On/Off Headlights

Sports Seats w/Perforated Premium Leather-trimmed Interior w/Contrast Stitching

Sport A-Spec Seats w/Perforated Milano Premium Leather and Alcantara-trimmed Interior w/Contrast Stitching and Piping

2nd-row Captain's Chairs

2nd-row Sunshades

 
   

Heated Mirrors

GPS-linked Climate Control

Heated/Ventilated Front Seats

 

 
    Road Departure Mitigation & Forward-collision Warning Front/Rear Parking Sensors

 

 

 

As for the 2021 Acura MDX's price, the Standard trim with a front-wheel-drive configuration starts at $46,000, and prices climbing all the way up to $66,000 for the top-of-the-line Type S, much like the 2021 Acura TLX Type S.

The Standard trim's prices start around  $46,000 for which you get features like Jewel Eye LED headlights, heated leather seats with 12-way power adjustability, tri-zone automatic climate control, 8 speaker Acura audio system, leather interior trim, dual exhaust outlets, and the list goes on. It gets front-wheel drive as standard but you can always pay extra and avail Acura Super Handling-AWD system.

The Technology Package trim will start above $51,000 for the base 290 hp 3.5L V6 and FWD configuration. This trim builds upon the Standard trim and gets additional features like a 10-speaker premium ELS audio system, navigation system with a 3D view, natural wood trim, LED puddle lights, and much more.

2021 Acura MDX SUV's prices start at over $46,000

The next trim in line is the A-Spec Package and is only available as an all-wheel-drive only. This trim gets features like sport A-Spec seats with perforated Milano premium leather and Alcantara-trimmed interior, heated and ventilated front seats, A-Spec exclusive dual exhaust outlets.

The Advance Package again comes standard with front-wheel drive and is priced at $56,250. Features offered with this trim include 2nd-row sunshades, heated steering wheel, surround-view camera, head-up warning, and 2nd-row captain’s chairs among others.

The Entertainment Package trim further adds either a 9-inch LCD overhead rear entertainment console with Technology Package or a 16.2-inch extra-wide LCD overhead rear entertainment console with the Advance Package, depending upon what you choose. Prices for the Entertainment Package start at around $53,500. The Type S trim level is speculated to come with a 3.0 liter, turbo V6 engine that will make 355 horses, and get all the features that the Advance Package gets. Acura hasn’t yet declared the prices and the complete feature list of the Type S trim level.

See full 2021 Acura MDX Specs and Features >>


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2021 Acura MDX Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Acura is Honda's luxury division, and thus, both their cars share a lot of technology with each other. Honda has always had the reputation of building the most reliable cars, and Acura is no different. Like most Japanese automakers, the MDX offers great value and service and is extremely reliable.

Is the Acura MDX Reliable, and how much is its Ownership costs?

The Acura MDX, by trusted reliability sources, has been awarded a rating of 4.6 on a scale of 5 which is impressive and talks a lot about the reliability index of the car. The MDX is also rated very well by J.D. Power and gets a rating of 79 on a scale of 100 for quality and reliability. It also scores 78/100 in terms of resale. The Acura MDX gets an overall consumer verified score of 76/100 in the J.D. Power Report, which is quite decent.

Rating Category

Score (out of 100)

Overall Score

76

Quality and Reliability

79

Driving Experience

69

Resale

78

Dealership Experience

80

Moreover, the MDX hasn’t had any recalls issued for its 2020 model year from the NHTSA which clearly tells about the quality and reliability standards of the car. That said, the current MDX will roughly cost you around $44,500. Prices may vary depending on the state but the difference isn’t much. Prices of the MDX in some states has been shown below:

Models

Acura MDX

Cadillac XT5 Buick Enclave Jaguar F-Pace

Washington

$44,550

$50,415 $44,780 $49,800

Florida

$44,500

$45,355 $34,780 $44,449

New Jersey

$44,555

$41,559 $40,978 $52,065

California

$45,055

$45,090 $39,485 $49,335

Arizona

$44,850

$35,370 $38,252 $52,270

In terms of ownership costs, the Acura MDX will cost you nearly $5,116 for five years based on the estimate that the car will be driven for 15000 miles every year. The cost of ownership is very reasonable and pretty low compared to other cars in the segment.

What is the warranty coverage with the 2021 Acura MDX?

The MDX is offered with a pretty basic warranty package and there’s nothing really outstanding about it. Some of the warranty specs of the MDX are listed below.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

4 Year/50,000 Mile; whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

6 Year/70,000 MIle; whichever is earlier

Outer Body Rust-Through Warranty 

5 Year/Unlimited Mile

In comparison, the Jaguar F-Pace gets a more robust safety net in the form of a better service package. Jaguar covers the SUV with up to five years or 60,000 miles of free complimentary maintenance.

What are the Miles Per Dollar costs of the Acura MDX?

For every mile you’ll drive in your MDX, you’ll be roughly shelling out $5. Buyers often tend to ignore this aspect of the car while buying but it is extremely essential to know and understand how much money you’ll be spending for every mile that you’ll be driving.

2021 Acura MDX Buying Advice

If you’re in the market looking for a functional and practical luxury family SUV, then the Standard trim of the MDX should be good enough. It comes with a plethora of features at a reasonable price tag and offers all the things in the world that you would expect from a luxury family SUV. So, our pick here is the Standard trim level of the MDX with front-wheel drive.

Is buying a used Acura MDX a good idea? 

There are a lot of previous-generation used MDXs out there in the market available for sale. While you can get an MDX from 2013-14 for as cheap as $8,000, there are a few well-maintained examples of fully-loaded MDXs from 2018-19 that have an asking price tag of around $38,000. A well-maintained used MDX can offer you great reliability, fuel economy, and practicality, and we think that it will certainly be a good idea to buy a used MDX from 2018 or 2019.


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2021 Acura MDX Engine and Performance

8.4/10

Pop the hood and you’ll find a chunky 3.5 liter, naturally aspirated V6 engine in the outgoing Acura MDX that puts out 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The power plant is mated to a 9-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, and as standard, the power is sent to the front wheels (FWD) but you also pick the Acura’s Super Handling-All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system for extra money.

2021 Acura MDX's V6 or turbo V6 comes paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission!

The engine delivers power smoothly and in a linear fashion and feels super refined. The 9-speed gearbox is not the quickest around but is not a deal-breaker. However, as the 2021 MDX will be based on the same platform as that TLX, it could come with the same 272 hp 2.0-liter turbo-four. Accordingly, the transmission could also be swapped with a 10-speed automatic unit.

Models

Acura MDX

Cadillac XT5

Buick Enclave

Jaguar F-Pace

MSRP

$46,000

$55,095

$44,000

$47,800

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

9-Speed automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

290 hp @ 6,200 RPM

310hp@ 6,700 RPM

310hp@ 6,800 RPM

247hp@ 5,500 RPM

Torque

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

271lb-ft@ 5,000 RPM

266lb-ft@ 2,800 RPM

269lb-ft@ 1,300 RPM

The MDX Hybrid could continue unchanged, for all we know. The Cadillac XT5 and the Buick Enclave use the same powertrain, and hence, both deliver the best power figures of the competition. On the other hand, the Jaguar F-Pace uses a small 2-liter engine and ends up making the lowest power figures in the competition at 247 horses.

How impressive will the Acceleration and Braking Performance of the 2021 Acura MDX be?

This is a family SUV and not a dragster. With that being said, the MDX happens to be the quickest SUV of the lot. Its 0-60 MPH sprint comes in about 6.5 seconds and the SUV covers the quarter-mile in just about 14.6 seconds. The acceleration figures are really impressive for a 7-passenger family SUV. That, however, could remain unchanged even with the new turbocharged four-banger. 

More Performance focussed than before- improved 0-60 mph time!

Not many people realize that a strong set of brakes come in handy in avoiding any untoward incident, and most buyers easily tend to ignore the braking performance of a car. The Acura MDX gets 12.6 inches discs at the front and 13.0-inch discs at the rear. The SUV comes to a complete halt within a distance of 116 feet when stopping from 60 MPH, which is pretty decent for an over 4000 pounds vehicle.

Models

Acura MDX

Cadillac XT5

Buick Enclave

Jaguar F-Pace

0-60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.9 sec

6.9 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.1 sec

15.2 sec

15.0 sec

Top Speed

130 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

176 MPH

60-0 MPH

116 ft

111 ft

122 ft

116 ft

The Cadillac XT5 and the Buick Enclave have the best power figures but they somehow end being the slowest cars off the chart. The Jaguar F-Pace takes just 6.6 seconds to complete the acceleration run in spite of using a small engine and making low power. But the Cadillac XT5 gets the largest set of brakes, and hence, has the lowest stopping distance in the competition of 111 feet.

How much will the 2021 Acura MDX be able to Tow?

With a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, Acura has ensured that you won't have much trouble ferrying around heavy stuff with your MDX SUV. Its engine doesn't feel stressed while towing, and the Super Handling-AWD setup makes up for required traction when having a trailer hitched at the back.

Models

Acura MDX 

Cadillac XT5

Buick Enclave

Jaguar F-Pace

Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs

3,500 lbs

5,000 lbs

5,291 lbs

Only the Jaguar F-Pace can surpass the MDX with a maximum towing capacity of 5,291 pounds. This despite its least powerful engine of the lot, just like the XT5, which despite having the most powerful engine is not the least capable. The Enclave can tow just as much as the MDX, but even it has a more powerful engine.

How well balanced will the Ride and Handling of the 2021 Acura MDX be?

Handling is something that the Acura vehicles are known to be great at. Accordingly, the MDX's steering wheel is quite responsive and offers a very firm grip. It responds even to the minutest shift in driver’s input. Its accurately machined and tested steering rack helps to add to the dynamics, thereby, enhancing its character.

2021 MDX’s first-ever double-wishbone front suspension engineered for Type S-levels of performance!

Now, the 2021 Acura MDX will share the same platform as the 2021 TLX. Judging by that, it can be made out that the SUV will further transform as having the driving dynamics of a powerful sedan coupled with the practicality and luxury of a premium SUV. If you want to power through your journeys in comfort, the MDX definitely checks the right boxes.

Read more about the 2021 Acura MDX Performance >>

2021 Acura MDX Fuel Economy

7.1/10

MDX delivers big when it comes to all-round efficiency. In the city, the car goes for about 20 miles on a gallon of fuel, while on the highway it returns 27 miles to the gallon. The 2021 MDX gets a combined EPA rating of 23 MPG, which is pretty impressive for an SUV of this size and performance.

2021 Acura MDX's new digital instrument cluster features different driving modes!

Sure efficiency is affected with the SH-AWD setup but not a by a lot. One can also opt for an Acura MDX with a Hybrid engine if efficiency stands high on your priority list. Acura sure knows to keep everyone happy. The 19.5-gallon fuel tank returns a satisfactory driving range of 429 miles which helps it stay clear of the last spot in the segment.

Models

Acura MDX

Cadillac XT5

Buick Enclave

Jaguar F-Pace

MPG (City)

19

18

17

22

MPG (Highway)

26

25

25

27

MPG (Combined)

22

20

20

24

Fuel Capacity

19.5 gallons

21.7 gallons

21.7 gallons

21.7 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

371/507/429 miles

391/543/434 miles

369/543/434 miles

477/586/520 miles

With the smaller 2.0L engine, chances are this three-row SUV might just turn up to be even more economical. The Jaguar F-Pace has the best fuel economy figures, thanks to its all-aluminum construction which keeps the weight in check. The XT5 and the Enclave, on the other hand, deliver the lowest fuel economy numbers despite having fuel tanks of size the same as the F-Pace.


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2021 Acura MDX Interior

7.8/10

The MDX is beautifully crafted on the inside and the materials used feel simply premium. The dashboard and the center console is nicely laid out and you have natural wood and leather trim all around. Leather seats come as standard and so does the heating feature on the front seats. The front seats also can be power adjusted in 12 different ways. 

2021 MDX's redesigned dashboard borrows cues from the 2021 ILX!

The amount of head, shoulder, and legroom is great on both the rows of seats and even tall passengers shall comfortably accommodate themselves in. The third row of seats is one of the better ones and offers room for small adults. With that said, there’s not much room for your cargo. The MDX offers just 15 cubic-feet of cargo volume behind the 3rd row of seats, which is a bit scant for carrying luggage of seven passengers.

Models

Acura MDX

Cadillac XT5

Buick Enclave

Jaguar F-Pace

Seating Capacity

7

5

7

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.1/61.1/41.4

37.9/58.3/41.2

41.0/62.4/41.2

37.8/57.7/40.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.8/59.1/38.6

36.6/56.3/39.0

39.9/61.7/38.9

37.5/55.8/37.2

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.6/54.7/28.1

N/A

37.6/57.3/33.5

N/A

Trunk Capacity

15.0 cu-ft

30.2 cu-ft

23.6 cu-ft

33.5 cu-ft

In comparison, the large exterior dimensions of the Buick Enclave help it offer better space on the inside. The Enclave has the most spacious interior in the competition and also offers a decent trunk capacity of 23.6 cubic-feet in spite of having three rows of seats.

Acura MDX SUV has a commanding and comfortable seating position!

Notable creature comfort features of the Acura MDX are:

  • Heated/Ventilated Front Seats
  • 60/40 Split-folding Second-row Seats
  • Keyless Access w/Push Button Start
  • Auto-dimming Frameless Rearview Mirror
  • Ambient Cabin Lighting and Active Sound Control
  • Leather-Trimmed Interiors
  • Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control w/Humidity Control
  • Front 12-way Power-adjust Seats w/Power Lumbar Support
  • Heated and Leather Wrapped Electronic Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Wireless Charging

How’s the 2021 Acura MDX’s infotainment system?

The standard infotainment system offered with the current MDX makes do with an 8 speaker audio system combined with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Features like Siri Eyes Free, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Pandora compatibility, and a CD player all come as standard. Acura offers a premium ELS audio system as an option and we totally recommend you to get that as it takes the in-car audio experience to the very next level.

Acura’s intuitive and driver-focused True Touchpad Interface, featuring an ultra-wide, 12.3-inch, full-HD center display

The dedicated Entertainment package trim comes with a 16.2-inch widescreen overhead console for the rear passengers. Additionally, you can connect your gaming console or a laptop to the widescreen and play games or stream any other stuff via your laptop while traveling. While these features could be retained, the 2021 Acura MDX could get a 10.2-inch infotainment unit. Various infotainment features on offer in the 2021 Acura MDX are:

  • Voice Recognition
  • Siri w/Bluetooth Hands-free
  • USB Charging Ports and Media Connectivity Ports
  • SiriusXM/HD Radio w/Bluetooth and AUX Connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Audio USB w/iPod Integration
  • 10/12 speaker ELS Audio System
Contrasting red stitching on leather wrapped steering wheel
2021 Acura MDX SUV Perforated leather upholstery
2021 Acura MDX SUV PMC limited edition badging
2021 Acura MDX seating layout
2021 acura mdx steering wheel
2021 Acura MDX SUV center console
2021 Acura MDX SUV front seats

2021 Acura MDX Exterior

8.0/10

The MDX is a handsome-looking brute. It has the giant signature Acura chrome-clad diamond pentagon grille at the front and is accompanied by those Jewel LED headlights. The front facia has enough drama to attract attention and turn heads as it drives past.

2021 Acura MDX SUV comes from a line of performance vehicles

Dimensions of the 2021 Acura MDX are proportionately laid out. That gives it a big, boxy, and rugged SUV stance. Further, the car gets a ground clearance of 7.3 inches which is good enough to take for some light weekend off-roading. Now, from the spy shots of the 2021 MDX, it could be made out that the new model will look a lot similar to the 2021 TLX. But we know only so much as of now.

Models

Acura MDX

Cadillac XT5

Buick Enclave

Jaguar F-Pace

Curb Weight

4,264 lbs

N/A

4,568 lbs

3,870 lbs

Length

196.2"

189.6"

204.3"

186.0"

Width

77.7"

74.9"

78.8"

81.5"

Height

67.4"

66.1"

69.9"

65.0"

Ground Clearance

7.3"

7.8"

7.7"

8.4"

Wheelbase

111.0"

112.5"

120.9"

113.1"

The Buick Enclave is the longest and tallest SUV in the competition. The F-Pace, on the other hand, gets the highest ground clearance in the competition, which makes it most suitable for off-roading. The MDX has the lowest ground clearance in the competition, and there are chances that you may scrape the floor if you happen to take it off-roading. Notable Exterior features of the Acura MDX are:

  • LED Headlights w/Auto On/Off Function
  • 20" Redesigned Alloy Wheels
  • Powered Moonroof
  • Remote Linked Power Operated Tail Gate
  • Rain-sensing Windshield Wipers
  • LED Puddle Lights and Fog Lights
  • Auto-Dimming, Heated and Powered ORVMs w/Integrated LED Turn Signals

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2021 Acura MDX Safety

9.8/10

Acura does care about the safety of its passengers, and hence, equips the MDX with plenty of safety features as standard. The MDX gets full 5 stars and a ‘Good’ overall rating in almost all the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and the IIHS, and that speaks a lot about the safety quotient of the car.

2021 MDX's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure enhance safety!

For 2021, Acura has also laden the MDX with more standard safety as well as assistance features. Many of the previously optional features have made way into the standard listing, and thus, have improved safety further. The Acura's safety features are listed below:

  • Driver, Passenger, Front and Rear Head, Front Side Airbags
  • 360-degree Surround-view Camera
  • Automatic Emergency Collision Mitigation Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control w/Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist w/Lane Departure Warning

2021 Acura MDX Competition

8.0/10

2021 Acura MDX vs Cadillac XT5

The XT5 is the American rival of the MDX. This Cadillac can only accommodate 5 passengers, while the MDX can haul 7. But on the other hand, the Cadillac XT5 offers a better cargo area and more passenger space.

2021 Cadillac XT5

The XT5’s V6 puts out slightly more power but in the real world, the MDX feels more athletic. The MDX is also cheaper by almost about $6000. Clearly, the Acura makes sense over the Cadillac, and with the kind of features that it has got on board, the MDX is the winner of this competition.

2021 Acura MDX vs Buick Enclave

The Buick Enclave shares platform with Cadillac and has the same powertrain. However, the 2021 MDX offers the better snob value credit to the Acura badge as opposed to Buick. The 2021 Buick Enclave, on the other hand, offers more passenger room and trunk volume, and at the same time is cheaper than the MDX.

2021 Buick Enclave  ​

If you want a functional SUV and don’t really care about luxury, then the Buick makes more sense than the Acura. But otherwise, for a few extra dollars, the MDX offers more features and a lot more value in all considerable aspects.

2021 Acura MDX vs Jaguar F-Pace

The Jaguar F-Pace grabs more attention than the Acura, hands down. It looks like a sports car transformed into an SUV and offers some of the best driving dynamics in the segment. But the Jag F-Pace can accommodate only 5 passengers and is down on power when compared to the 2021 Acura MDX.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

On the flip side, the 2021 F-Pace has better fuel economy figures. The comparison here is a little bit tight but the Acura gets a slight upper hand since it can accommodate 7 passengers and offers a larger number of tech features onboard at a significantly lower price.

2021 Acura MDX Final Verdict

7.3/10

The Acura MDX performs really well on almost all the fronts and there’s nothing one can complain about. It hauls 7 passengers, has a powerful engine, is luxurious, and has got tonnes of features and options on offer.

The Acura lineup for 2021 has a lot to look forward to

The 2021 Acura MDX offers much more than what you would expect from a car in this segment and indeed is a great proposition. If you happen to be in the market hunting for a midsize, luxury family SUV, then you should highly consider buying the MDX as it offers very good value for your money.

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2021 Acura MDX Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Acura MDX reliable?

Reliability is never a reason to worry about the Acura MDX due to its deep-rooted Honda connection. The J.D. Power Report has rated the hybrid model a commendable 76 out of 100 and as the standard model is no different it will share the same score. Acura has also compiled a wholesome warranty package for the 2021 MDX that includes:

  • Basic Warranty of 4 years/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain Warranty of 6 years/70,000 miles
  • Free Roadside Assistance for 4 years/50,000 miles

Which cars does Acura MDX compete against?

Acura MDX is a midsize luxury SUV that competes against the likes of Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and Lexus RX350.

Is Acura MDX AWD or FWD?

Acura MDX is available in both FWD and AWD configurations. The 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 motor is available with both FWD and AWD options but the 3.0L Hybrid V6 comes only in AWD.

How much will it cost to lease an Acura MDX?

Acura MDX can be leased from your nearest dealership for a minimum amount of $409 with $2,999 to be paid upfront. This is the lease value for the base MDX and will cost you $419 per month for the SH-AWD trims.

Does Acura MDX come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

Yes, all the trims of the 2021 Acura MDX come equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Used Acura MDX for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2020 Acura MDX 3 Great Deals Out of 6528 $35,241 6528 Listings
2019 Acura MDX 2 Great Deals Out of 404 $27,827 404 Listings
2018 Acura MDX 5 Great Deals Out of 528 $23,450 528 Listings
2017 Acura MDX 65 Great Deals Out of 2020 $18,912 2020 Listings
2016 Acura MDX 7 Great Deals Out of 215 $14,900 215 Listings
2015 Acura MDX 9 Great Deals Out of 164 $12,900 164 Listings
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