2019 is was an exciting year for the MDX model: the beloved Japanese brand has boosted the lineup by adding a brand new impressive trim – the A-Spec. Launched last year at the New York auto show the A-Speck has managed to inject sportiness, aggression and sleek styling into the 3-row luxury crossover. Add with exceptionally remarkable handling, a very admirable price, MDXs reputation for reliability, and outstanding tech and you might just find yourself behind the wheel of a perfect SUV. Furthermore, we don’t have the sales figures for 2019 yet, but it’s common knowledge that Acura has already sold almost 900 000 MDXs in the US. So, let’s see what the brand has for us in 2019.
- Outstanding driver aids features
- Exceptional insulation
- Smooth acceleration
- Great price within its class
- New sportier trim
- Super-Handling All-Wheel is optional
- Subpar interior for a luxury vehicle
- Unimpressive off-roading
- Rivals offer better ride quality and acceleration
- Unimpressive towing power
Acura MDX Overview
The MDX model has been around for two decades now, two very successful decades. This particular vehicle is part of the third MDX generation introduced almost 6 years ago in 2014. Furthermore, we’ve already seen the 2020 model and Acura has kept it unchanged, thus, one must conclude that the brand isn’t ready to improve on perfection just yet.
Overall, it’s a handsome popular crossover for seven. The MDX has already managed to land on the 2019 finalists list for the Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money. Acura MDX checks most of the boxes for the customer-centric vehicle, it is designed with a wow factor in mind, and even though the interior doesn’t offer Lexus or BMW sort of luxury it is surely comfortable, with plush seating and a great tech lineup, great safety, and driver aids. The MDX 2019 is widely praised for the great fuel economy, awesome optional features like the SH-AWD or the completely new sleek sports trim. Though it is not all smooth sailing for the MDX, there are a few drawbacks that take away from the general appeal. And, if you are shopping specifically for a luxury SUV with exceptional craftsmanship, quality of materials, cutting-edge design and top drivability scores – you might want to look towards the European choices.
2019 Acura MDX comes in 4 trim levels and a hybrid option: the Standard trim, that is actually Edmunds professional team recommended one, then there are the Technology and the upper-level Advance trims and the newly added A-Spec – a better looking, aggressively sleek seven-seater.
MDX is a very handsome vehicle taken to a new level of on-the-road style with the expanded chic color pallet, new wheel patterns and general feel of elegance and luxury supported by the attractive diamond-pentagon black mesh and jewel-cut shaped Acura-distinct LED headlights. The utility is represented in much-needed rails on the roof. The newest trim is more focused on boosting the style with the bigger wheels, new glossy accents, and a brand new front fascia design.
Moving on in you’ll be able to find a lot of things to love about the MDX, the only thing to keep in mind: stop comparing it to other luxury segment vehicles, if you have the extra 12 to 18 thousand to spend on the next level of luxury vehicles – go for it, but this is an awesome car for the money. The cabin feels current and very well-made; you can see mostly quality materials used throughout. It is comfortable, convenient and definitely customer-centric.
Powering the MDX is a 3.0-liter V6 gasoline-electric engine with 321 combined horsepower, all of the non-hybrid options run on the 3.5-liter V6 generating 290 horsepower with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Absolutely all models can boost the performance with Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive that transforms the handling to a more smooth sophisticated level. There are three available steering modes and most drivers find the torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive outstanding.
Honestly, technology could be better in a luxury auto, though, mostly this concerns the Infotainment system (see below). Other than that, you will find all of the staples even on the base trim, so Bluetooth, Push-Button Engine Start, Cruise Control, USB, Voice Recognition, Remote Keyless Entry or the Text Free Phone feature will surely come standard. Moreover, there’s the Audible Text Messaging, Proximity Sensing Keyless Entry, and the Smartphone Interface. There’s also an abundance of entertainment tech represented by iPod Connector, MP3 Player, Premium and the Satellite Radio, as well as a CD player and a Bluetooth Streaming Audio.
Be prepared to spend the MSRP of around 45K for the base model and you can add the AWD with just an additional 2K. A fully-loaded top trim level will set you back well over 60K.
MDX is a seven-seater, but if you opt for more comfortable seating in a second row that has captain chairs instead the seating will drop to six. Leather seat upholstery is standard, as are the twelve-way power-adjustable seats in the front row. The fully loaded MDX will offer you sublime Milano leather upholstery, heating, and ventilation for the front two rows of seats. LATCH connectors are available in the second row.
You can control the climate with the infotainment system and easily accessible buttons and switches. There are no air vents in the back, though the third row isn’t less comfortable because of it.
MDX offers a unique dual-screen infotainment system that has earned much praise for its futuristic look and feel, though you have to take some time to get used to it, it’s not that intuitive to navigate. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are standard.
Storage and Space
The MDX offers a generous amount of cargo space: with both rows in the back folded the maximum cargo capacity goes up to 90.9 cubic feet. There is plenty of space throughout the cabin for personal items with the available door pockets, shelves, cup holders with a large center storage bin. AWD towing capacity is 5000, if you go for the FWD it’ll go down to 3500.
It’s hard to find big drawbacks comfort-wise. The MDX offers plush seating, smooth ride, it is fun to drive and scores high on safety.
The seating is very comfortable and supportive, though, as always, the comfort level dwindles toward the back along with the seat craftsmanship and available space. You can significantly boost the second-row comfort by opting for captain’s chairs. The third row is better suited for children.
The ride is comfortable and smooth even with the biggest available wheels. The boosted suspension can easily handle most of the rough roading.
It’s a very quiet and overall refined ride, the MDX is well isolated and there is no driver fatigue on long rides.
Safety & Reliability
The NHTSA gave the MDX an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
Should I Buy the Acura MDX?
It is a solid luxury choice for the money.
How Much Does it cost?
45 295 UDS – 60 000 USD