2020 Acura MDX SUV Reliability

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2020 Acura MDX SUV Reliability, JD Power Report, Recalls and Warranty

Updated on: September 24, 2020

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The Acura MDX was an SUV that made fortunes for the Japanese auto-marquee. Earlier, Acura launched a slew of SUVs that were not accepted in the US market. The problem was the rollover risk of SUV and transmission failure. So, to remove the image of irresponsible manufacturing, Honda has to produce a flagship SUV.

In 2001, they took a homegrown product, the mid-size Honda Pilot, and gave it nicer seating and interior appointments, threw in a sporty looking grille and then they showed the world the Acura MDX. This changed the fortune of Acura and sales shot up by nearly four times.

Acura is an American name for Honda. So, reliability won't be much of an issue. They have worked hugely upon the infamous transmission issue which was actually a pain to Honda as it tarnished the brand's reliability. However, since the year 2018, not even a single transmission issue was reported to the agencies and this was worked upon rigorously to build a niggle-free SUV.

J D Power Report

J D Power Reports are based on feedback from customers on different parameters like quality, durability, dealership experiences and so on. JD Power takes consumer feedback into consideration to give each vehicle a score based on the response received from customers. The parameters are rated out of 100 and then an overall score is provided to the car.

2020 Acura MDX SUV third quarter view

The 2020 Acura MDX has been provided an overall score of 76 out of 100 based on the previous year's review data since the vehicle is mostly unchanged. This score has further been divided into various segments. The MDX scored 79 out of 100 for overall quality and reliability, 69 out of 100 for the driving experience, 78 out of 100 for resale value and 80 out of 100 for dealership experience. Apart from providing relatively better aftersales service, Acura needs to work upon other parameters to get things rolling.

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Recalls

On the reliability charts, the Asian giants are the ones, who surely know how to make reliable cars. The Acura, from the house of Honda, hasn’t been recalled for any issue till now in 2020. In 2019, there were 3 recalls, for an engine issue where the timing belt teeth may separate causing the engine to stall and result in a potential crash, possible tail lights failure due to moisture reducing the vehicle's visibility, and the coating on the rear brake caliper pistons may not be sufficient enough, thus causing air pockets to form reducing braking performance.

Looking at the history of the Acuras, the major issue which the company faced was the transmission. But since 2018, there hasn’t been a single recall for the infamous transmission issue, but Acura needs to work upon the quality of the car to re-gain its brand equity.

Warranty

Acura's warranty on the MDX is not something Acura could brag about. Its new-car warranty is largely a common package for luxury brands, but it's missing the complimentary scheduled maintenance that other major players such as Lexus and Volvo offer as part of the purchase.

  • Basic warranty: 4 years /50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 6 years /70,000 miles
  • Outer-Body Rust-through: 5 years /unlimited miles
  • Acura Total Luxury Care with Roadside Assistance: 4 years /50,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Is Acura MDX reliable?

While the Acura MDX isn’t a crossover that can set the roads on fire, it does strengthen its case with some of its USPs. If you want a car that can stand the test of time and can happily munch miles without being too heavy on your pocket, then MDX is the car you are looking for. Yes, the car has had recalls against its name, however, the way Acura has worked in limiting the issues on their vehicles speaks volumes about their commitment to build durable and reliable cars. 

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2020 Acura MDX Reliability Reviews


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Dennis V. Williams

2020 Acura MDX SUV

4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

refinement redifined

Pros - Enhanced digital screen, trunk space, comfortable seats

Cons - Nothing

Reliability Review

9 /10 Reliability Rating

I have no complaint. it comes with four years/50,000 miles warranty for complete peace of mind.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

DB

David N. Bruton

2020 Acura MDX SUV

4dr SUV w/Advance Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

So much fun on the drive!!

Pros - Smartphone connectivity, comfortable and spacious interior.

Cons - Transmission Still Has Room for Improvement

Reliability Review

7 /10 Reliability Rating

50k miles warranty is enough to drive this suv tention free for many years to come.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
7/10
Design
10/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

PM

Peter J. McLaren

2020 Acura MDX SUV

SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD w/Advance Package (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Best looking performance SUV.

Pros - Handling, driver seat adjusted to multi-level, pricing

Cons - Confusion two infotainment screens.

Reliability Review

6 /10 Reliability Rating

Reliability wise everything is working fine but I'm a little worried about the touchscreen which distracts me while driving and I? uncertain that it may lead to danger but i am slowly getting used to it.

7/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
6/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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Top User Reviews

9

User Overall Rating

refinement redifined

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

7

User Overall Rating

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

7

User Overall Rating

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

7

User Overall Rating

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

9

User Overall Rating

Premium SUV.

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.

by James H. Fry

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