|Also called||Honda MDX|
|Assembly||Alliston, Ontario, Canada|
|Class||Mid-size crossover SUV|
|Layout||Front engine, four-wheel drive|
The Acura MDX belongs to a class of SUVs called ‘’crossovers’’ because the characteristics of this vehicle leans more toward the car than a truck. What this means is that the chassis of this vehicle is unibody, thus giving to more durability and safety. Although, the interior of the car does not have the look and feel of higher end luxury SUVs, it does in fact have all the functionality. Also, this line of Acura SUV is a step up from Acura's lower end Pilot SUV, in that it's interior is more refined. The MDX's engine is also unique in that it is V6 as opposed to V8, therefore the fuel consumption is minimized and owners of this vehicle can benefit from a higher mpg figure (17mpg for the city and 23 mpg for the highway). Even though the engine is smaller than others, the MDX has a suprising horsepower ability of 253. Another perk that Acura MDX owners will enjoy is that the cabin space can be seen to be extremely spacious, which can be very useful in times of driving your kids to and from school.
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- 1 Recent Changes
- 2 Styles and Major Options
- 3 Pricing
- 4 Gas Mileage
- 5 Engine and Transmission
- 6 Performance
- 7 Reliability
- 8 Safety
- 9 Photos
- 10 Colors
- 11 Main Competitors
- 12 Hybrid Models
- 13 Unique Attributes
- 14 Interior
- 15 Resale Values
- 16 Criticisms
- 17 Generations
- 18 Current Generation: (2007–present)
- 19 Worldwide
- 20 Design quirks and oddities
- 21 Awards
- 22 Sales
- 23 See Also
- 24 External Links
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Styles and Major Options
The Acura MDX is available in two trims, both Base and Touring. The Base models boasts a high level of accoutrements such as an dash-mounted, 6-disc CD player, a moonroof, front and rear automatic climate control, a power driver seat, leather heated seats in the front, keyless entry, heated mirrors, XM Satellite Radio, and 17 inch wheels.
The Touring models have the added bells and whistles of a DVD entertainment system for rear passengers, DVD-based voice-recognition navigation system, a Bluetooth hands free cell phone system, and driver seat memory feature.
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Engine and Transmission
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Current Generation: (2007–present)
|Body style||5-door SUV|
3.7L (3664 cc) 24 valve SOHC V6 VTEC|
300 bhp @ 6000 rpm
275 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
5-speed automatic (2007-09)|
6-speed automatic (2010-)
|Wheelbase||108.3 in (2,751 mm)|
2007-09: 190.7 in (4,844 mm)|
2010-: 191.6 in (4,867 mm)
2007-09: 78.7 in (1,999 mm)|
2010-: 78.5 in (1,994 mm)
2007-09: 68.1 in (1,730 mm)|
2010-: 68.2 in (1,732 mm)
|Curb weight||4541 lb-4551 lb|
|Designer||Frank Paluch (engineering), Ricky Hsu (styling)|
On April 11, 2006 during the New York International Auto Show, Acura unveiled the 2007 Acura MD-X Concept, showing to the public an indication about the exterior styling of the upcoming completely redesigned MDX. The second-generation MDX was released on October 17, 2006 in the U.S.
The second generation model's body has a wider track and longer wheelbase than the previous MDX, but visibility to the rear has worsened from the prior generation. The redesigned Acura MDX's unit-body was engineered with Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure designed to absorb energy from a collision. The suspension was tuned at Germany's Nürburgring race track. The engine was upgraded to a 3.7 liter V6 tuned for 300 hp (220 kW) and 275 lb·ft (373 N·m) of torque. It accelerates from 0-60 MPH in 6 seconds and is estimated by the EPA to have 15 miles per US gallon (16 L/100 km; 18 mpg-imp) in the city and 20 miles per US gallon (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg-imp) on the highway. It is the most powerful engine Honda has produced to date. The VTM-4 all-wheel drive system on the previous generation was replaced by the new SH-AWD "Super Handling All-Wheel Drive" previously debuted on the 2005 Acura RL. This AWD system is one of the most advanced in its class, featuring an active rear differential often found on high performance cars. It is able to tow 5,000 Lbs.
Like all Acuras, the MDX comes with a high level of standard equipment, including a power moonroof, leather interior, and high intensity discharge (Xenon) low beam headlights. From 2007 - 2009 model years, three option packages were available: Sport, Technology and Entertainment.
- The Technology Package includes the Acura/Alpine DVD-based satellite GPS navigation system with AcuraLink satellite communications with real-time traffic reporting (XM NavTraffic), a 410-watt Acura/ELS DTS Surround audio system with XM Satellite Radio, rearview camera, and a remote powered liftgate, operated either from the key's remote, inside the car or directly from the lift gate.
- The Sport Package featured active suspension dampers (co-developed by Honda and Delphi) that dynamically improves handling according to road conditions with a button in the center stack to switch to Sport/Comfort modes. This Comfort/Sport mode uses magneto rheological dampers, which change their characteristics when a magnetic field is introduced (usually in milliseconds). The Sport package also includes unique 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, perforated leather seats and the items in the Technology package.
- The Entertainment Package offers a flip-down 9-inch (230 mm) LCD screen with 2 wireless Dolby Digital headphones, second-row heated outboard seats, and a unique center-stack silver trim. The Entertainment Package is only available on Sport or Technology Package models as compared to the 1st Generation MDX where the Entertainment Package was available as a standalone package on Touring Models.
All Canadian Acura MDX models, aside from the heated front seats, also get the second-row heated outboard seats as standard equipment as well. A feature unique to Canadian MDX models are headlight washers. In terms of packages, Canadian MDX models get only two: Technology and Elite. The Technology package corresponds essentially to the US model's Technology package while the Elite package is an amalgamation of the US model's Sport and Entertainment packages. However, AcuraLink real-time traffic reporting through XM NavTraffic is unavailable for Canadian MDX models.
Like the 1st generation model, the new generation is manufactured by Honda of Canada Manufacturing Ltd. in Alliston, Ontario, Canada. But along with the 2007 RDX, the new MDX was the first Acura model to pass the Acura Quality Line, a special quality control and verification process separate from the other Honda vehicles.
In May 2007, the MDX was tested by the Car and Driver magazine against the Volkswagen Touareg, Volvo XC90 Sport, Lexus GX470, Mercedes-Benz ML350, Cadillac SRX AWD V-8, BMW X5, and Land Rover LR3. The MDX won the comparison.
For 2008 the MDX received a new auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The 2009 MDX had added more upgrades to the navigation system and there are two new colors added. The power tailgate, previously available only with the Entertainment package, is now included with Technology and Sport packages.......
The 2010 MDX gets a facelift, adopting Acura's new "Power Plenum" grille that debuted on its 2009 model year sedans. The most important upgrades to the 2010 model are a new 6-speed SportShift automatic transmission. An Advance package is now available that includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Damper Suspension, 19 inch wheels and tires, Ventilated seats and paddle shifters. Non-navigation equipped MDX models now have a rear view camera monitor located in the rear view mirror.
First Generation/Origins (2001–2006)
|Body style||5-door SUV|
3.5 L V6|
240 hp, 245 lb-ft (2001-2002)
265 hp, 253 lb-ft (2003-2006)
|Wheelbase||106.3 in (2700 mm)|
|Length||188.5 in (4,788 mm)|
|Width||77 in (1955 mm)|
Base: 68.7 in (1,745 mm)|
Touring: 71.3 in (1811 mm)
|Curb weight||4451 lb (2023 kg)|
|Designer||Frank Paluch (engineering), Ricky Hsu (styling)|
Derived from Honda's Global mid-size platform which underpins cars like the Honda Accord, Acura TL, Acura TSX and Honda Odyssey, it is powered by a J35A3 3.5 L SOHC 24 valve V6 with VTEC. 2001-2002 3.5 V6 models produce 240 hp (180 kW) and 245 lb·ft (332 N·m) of torque from 3000 to 5000 rpm. 2003-2006 3471 cc (3.5 in x 3.6 in) model engine produces 265 hp (198 kW) and 253 lb·ft (343 N·m) . Curb weight is 4,451 lb (2,019 kg) , with a 106.3 in (2,700 mm) wheelbase and 8 in (200 mm) of ground clearance. The cargo floor can flip up to provide two additional seats. The vehicle is designed to hold 7 passengers, but the third row seats are small.
The vehicle features an automatic four wheel drive system (named VTM-4) that engages during off the line acceleration as well as when wheel slippage is detected. Additionally, the system offers a lock mode which can be activated and operated at low speeds and provides permanent 4wd and the equivalent of a locked rear differential; designed for climbing steep hills and getting out of stuck situations. To reduce drivetrain noise and increase fuel efficiency, the system runs as front wheel drive during normal cruising. The VTM-4 AWD system in the MDX is identical to the VTM-4 systems in the Honda Pilot and Honda Ridgeline. It is different than the real time AWD system in the Honda CR-V in that it can lock and it attempts to predict when traction will be lost and apply power to all four wheels before slippage occurs (by monitoring throttle inputs). The Honda CR-V system waits for slippage to occur and then sends power back.
2003 and later models use a revised 5-speed automatic transmission. The 2001 and 2002 models use a 5 speed automatic transmission which suffered a significant numbers of transmission problems that were similar to the problems with the Acura CL and TL. However, they did not get the benefit of the free extended warranty that the Acura CL and TL received, though the company often paid for the required parts. As of the Summer 2010 edition, Consumer Reports shows a drastic increase in reliability in the "Transmission, Major" category, going from far below average reliability on 01-03 models to above and well above average reliability on 04+ models. The 2003 and later models also received a number of structural and suspension modifications to help improve ride and handling.
The navigation system and DVD entertainment system options were mutually exclusive in the 2002 model. Both could be ordered at the same time since the 2003 model. The navigation option comes with a rear view video camera since the 2003 model. Since 2005 the navigation system featured information from Zagat about restaurants and other points of interest. The 2003 model was rated as Ultra Low Emission Vehicle. The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates 23 mpg-US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg-imp) highway and 17 mpg-US (14 L/100 km; 20 mpg-imp) city.
The 2001-2006 MDXs generally offered better gas mileage than competing SUVs and crossovers of similar size, interior volume, and weight (Ford Explorer and BMW X5 for example).
In the 2003 model, the engine was improved to produce 20 hp (15 kW) more power than the 2002 model and wheel designs were updated. The 2004 model received an additional 5 hp (4 kW). The 2004 model features dual tail pipes instead of the single pipe in earlier models, side curtain airbags, new head lights and tail lights, and new wheels. Some chrome trimmings on the 2004 model use matte finish to distinguish from the polished shiny finish on earlier models. Little changed for the MDX during the 2006 model year with a few minor revisions to the vehicle's chrome and faux wood interior trim which could now be had with a dark grey wood (as opposed to reddish wood on earlier models), and also a black dash and steering wheel in tan interiors.
The MDX is sold as badged as a Honda in Japan and Australia.
Design quirks and oddities
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- The MDX won the North American Truck of the Year award for 2001.
- The MDX was also Car and Driver magazine's Best Luxury SUV in 2001.
- Motor Trend magazine's Sport/Utility of the Year in 2001.
- The MDX also won the Top Safety Pick award for the 2007 model year.
- The 2010 Acura MDX ranked #1 Luxury Midsize SUV by US News and World Report as of 2010
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