The Acura MDX drives eagerly and has an underlying sporty edge to it. It feels very un-SUV-like because for the amount of mass, it holds up pretty well when pushed hard around the corners. However, the exterior styling of the Acura MDX feels bland. But with a price tag under 50grand, it feels quite justified.
SUVs and Crossovers have taken the automotive market by a whirlwind. Customers now want their cars to have go-anywhere ability with AWD systems and butch looking workhorses even though they are less efficient and are plagued with below-average driving dynamics. Acura MDX is unlike other crossover SUVs on sale in one of the most crowded segments of the market for it does things a bit differently.
The Acura MDX is offered in a total of five trims and the range starts from $44,500 and goes all the way up to $60,250. There’s an option of FWD as well as an AWD configuration, powered by a 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 engine with a healthy power reserve. A nine-speed automatic gearbox comes as standard.
$60,250 (w/Advance Package)
$53,500 (w/Technology Package)
Remote Linked Power Operated Tailgate
Adds/Upgrades to Standard
Adds/Upgrades to Technology Package
Adds/Upgrades to A-Spec Package
Adds/Upgrades to Advance Package
Power Moon Roof
Rear Doors Smart Key Entry
Leather Wrapped A-Spec Steering Wheel
Surround View Camera System with Head-Up Warning
Heated Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
Auto On/Off Jewel Eye LED Headlights with Wipers
Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
Stainless Steel Sport Pedals
2 USB Charging Ports in 3rd Row
110V Power Outlet
LED Puddle Lights
LED Fog Lights
2 Wireless Headphones
Heated ORVM's with LED Turn Signals
16.2" Full VGA Screen with HDMI Compatibility for Rear Seats
Sport Seats with Leather-Trimmed Interiors
Perforated Premium Leather-Trimmed Interiors with Contrast Stitching
Perforated Milano Premium Leather and Alcantara Trimmed interiors
Perforated Milano Leather-Trimmed Interior with Contrast Stitching
Front 12 Way Power Adjust Seats
Heated Front Seats
Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
Heated Outboard Rear Seats
Tri-Zone Auto Climate Control
GPS Linked Climate Control
Metallic Pattern and Metal Trim on Center Console
Sliding Tray in the Rear Seats
Standard trim gets all the basic and most useful features. Mechanically, all of the trims are identical to each other. With features like all-LED headlamps, tri-zone climate control, leather interiors and Acurawatch package, the standard trim makes a lot of sense.
Over the years the prices for the Acura MDX have been more or less the same. It may be due to the fact that the MDX has been on sale for quite a while and due for a refresh. For the 2020 model, the Acura MDX has been carried over from the previous year without any major tweaks. The last 5 years pricing data of the Acura MDX is as follows:
From the above table you can observe that the price change is in the range of 200-2000USD while the list of standard features being offered increase year on year. Accounting for inflation and increase in the list of standard features, the pricing of the MDX is quite justifiable if not over generous.
Previous Year Sales of Acura MDX
Year wise sales figures of Acura MDX is as follows:
Acura MDX sales
The sales chart data of Acura MDX in comparison with its close competitors is as follows:
Acura MDX sales have been low but have managed to maintain the consistent sales figures over the period of these five years. That being said, Toyota Highlander is the king of its segment and absolutely rules the category with a huge margin over of its competition. The Highlander has been one of the top-selling models for Toyota and enjoys an absolute monopoly in this market segment. But in the last two years, the sales figures of the Highlander stopped increasing and it became steady. This indicates that the market is getting saturated thereby calling for something new innovative and design refresh. So whoever is going to come up with a vehicle that looks so good and feels so good, gets the first piece of pie and from the looks of the market trend, definitely a large one. If none of the budget friendly three row luxury SUV manufacturers come up with an innovative idea, then the market will probably sway away to the likes of Mercedes and Audi's entry level SUV offerings.
If you are looking for a pre-owned MDX that has great value proposition with long term reliability, then we recommend you to go for 2015 model which still has 67% of its life left and you can buy one at half the original price. You can drive this one around for more than 5 years before its reliability becomes a question and the need to sell it off arises.
How's the MDX been priced across different states?
All cars are priced differently in the different states of the US. These are influenced largely due to the state tax, dealer discounts and destination charge depending on the car model you buy. The state-wise prices of the 2020 Acura MDX are as follows:
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MDX is priced the lowest at Texas. It is followed by Michigan, the place known for some of the largest auto manufacturers in the US. Hence, it is natural that it has a lower sticker price compared to other states.
What are the other cars you should consider in lieu of MDX?
The budget friendly luxury crossover segment is being ruled by the Toyota Highlander. Acura MDX on the other hand has a sporty edge to it which makes it fun to drive and is super practical at the same time. On the premium side of the story, we have the Range Rover Sport. It costs more, looks better, can actually go offroad and has a premium badge on the hood. Acura feels bland and a generation older when compared to the Range Rover Sport. However, some of its close competitors that offers similar performance and added features in the same price bracket are Cadillac XT5, Buick Enclave and Lexus RX 350.
The Acura MDX is a superb amalgamation of sporty driving dynamics paired with practicality and usability. It is easy to live with, has third row seats and no compromises on the boot space as well. The engine is efficient and highly responsive at the same time. As long as it is covered under warranty, it is cheap to own and easy to live with.
One of the most comfortable car available in the market. it provides ride quality like no other, with a superb suspension and comfortable seats. the cabin is so quiet it doesnt let any engine or road noise penetrate insde.
by Dennis V. Williams
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So much fun on the drive!!
Took the 2020 Acura MDX up north for some end of winter season fun and driving was a breeze. The powerful 3.6l V6 engine is a charm to drive on high revs and has enough low end torque to get this big suv going. This is the Front wheel drive version but you barely notices the need of Rear wheel or all wheel drive system. I dont take it to any off road conditions so no need of AWD system.
by David N. Bruton
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Best looking performance SUV.
It drives smoothly and turns well. It? comfortable and sometimes I feel like I? gliding on the road instead of driving. The handling is also very good on curves and highways.
by Peter J. McLaren
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MDX is the best car for the snow, hands down.
Driving department and comfort is always taken care by Acura and same goes on for the MDX. The MPG figures are on the lower side all thanks to the beafy V6 engine. you will enjoy this car on the long drives with your group of friends, it is comfortable as well as equipped with a lot of gimmicks to keep everyone entertained on the go.
by Albert F. Poland
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With the A spec package which adds 20 inch wheels and tyre combo, the driving and handling improves a lot when compared to the 18 inch wheel option vehicle. The super handling AWD is a charm to drive with.