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The MDX has been one of our higher-rated models. We like its strong, refined powertrain and pleasant ride. The comfortable interior offers good visibility, seating for seven passengers and a very decent amount of cargo room. The MDX also feels agile in routine driving, but does not inspire confidence in emergency handling, even with its stability-control system.
Alerts
There are 10 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC standard from 2003. Head protection air bags standard from 2004. Forward collision warning and blind spot monitoring optional from 2011. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard from 2017.
Road Test

The MDX has been one of our higher-rated models. We like its strong, refined powertrain and pleasant ride. The comfortable interior offers good visibility, seating for seven passengers and a very decent amount of cargo room. The MDX also feels agile in routine driving, but does not inspire confidence in emergency handling, even with its stability-control system.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (253 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Acura MDX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

“The navigation display screen went completely crazy showing weird patterns”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“Display failed. Taking it to the dealer and having the player sent off is the only remedy. Expensive and inconvenient”

Kelly R., TN (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The navigation and controls screen would either go blank or show strange patterns causing the system to be unUSble. Had to replace the entire navigation/controls unit”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“It won't load about half the time”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“system failed and was replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The Bluetooth device in the car stopped pairing with devices”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Bluetooth module failed. Radio stops working during wet weather - seems to be related to Bluetooth module failure”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Bluetooth developed a hort circuit, draining the battery if the car was idle for a few days, disconnected the device”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Stopped all bluetooth function”

Tina S., VA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Bluetooth phone module is completely non-operational. Quoted repair cost at the dealer is $600”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Bluetooth system for using my iPhone stopped working. cost was over $400 to repair”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

“The flexible cable to the rear screen cracked and shorted out the whole rear entertainment system”

Lars T., CA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The video ribbon cable was damaged and video was no longer streaming to the LCD screen”

William S., TN (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Completely went out”

Brian B., VA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

“It does not understand any commands”

Anonymous, AL (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Voice control has trouble understanding what I am saying”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“It wore out”

Philip M., TN (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“It stopped working and had to be replaced”

Patricia B., FL (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“A/C compressor leaking”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

“All major components of the A/C system failed and had to be replaced. Dealer quoted >$3000. Took to another mechanic who did the work for ~$1400”

Anonymous, HI (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“second time a/c has had to be recharged. can not find leak”

Anonymous, DE (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“There was a hole in the rad, we replaced the rad”

Anonymous, AB (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Air wasn't blowing cold. I had the freon filled and it blew cold again”

Martin H., FL (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“This is the fourth refrigerant leak for my MDX”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“freon was leaking. An independent service center replaced a hose and valve and it fixed the problem”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“RADIATOR LEAKS, EXPENSIVE REPLACEMENT AT ONLY 100K MILES?. NO ACCIDENTS. NO EXCESSIVE DRIVING”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“Something is stuck in it. The dealer said he fixed it but it has come back and it is loud. The higher the setting the louder the noise”

Patricia B., FL (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Mode door actuator failed and I replaced it myself”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“heater control valve”

John S., IL (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The car heated up so much we had to open windows in the middle of the frigid NY winter. it wasnt reading the temp we set it on”

SUSn H., NY (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

“cheaper to buy the whole control arm assembly than replace the bushings and ball joints”

Robert J., TX (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Front Sway bar links torn and worn out”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Made a grinding sound every time turned”

Tina S., VA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The power steering pump had a small leak, it was replaced”

E K., NC (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“there was a leak”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“power steering fluid began leaking around 104000 miles”

Anonymous, CO (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“PS pump replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering leaked fluid and made noises”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Steers hard to the right”

Dale B., UT (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Rack and pinion replaced for both front wheels”

Anonymous, LA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“CV boots/axles shot”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

“Dealer noted problem and recommended replacement”

Anonymous, MN (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“One of the metal Acura foot emblems has come off. I need to hotglue it back on!!”

Tom G., AZ (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Control knobs for A/C vents have all broken off”

Anonymous, CO (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“clear coat peeled off”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Rust

“Rust seems premature and excessive”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Although I live in a northern state (MI), there seems to be excessive rust at body panel seams, including hood front edge, front doors (both sides) bottom edge, and rear quarter panel where it meets the bumper”

Eric P., MI (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Salt from winter roads”

Ronald P., IL (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“rusting again in spots”

Paul M., NY (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“This car has never seen snow and the salt associated with it on the roads. Yet, the body of the car has multiple rust spots, most significantly above the rear hatch/tail door. It is really bad”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“a litttle rust on the hood near the latch, allitle rust on the rear right quarter panel”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“I live in a heavy snow area and the city uses road salt and sand for our long winters. I spent more than $1000 to repair under-carriage and body corrosion last year”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Rust has formed around the trim at both ends on the trim on the gate”

Chris F., ON (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Door molding coming loose”

Andrew E., CA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

“bad coil”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Check engine light kept coming on”

Anonymous, AZ (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“oil leak from loose bolt”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“old oil seals, transmission seals were also old and beginning to leak”

E K., NC (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“OIL PUMP LEAK DUE TO FAILED GASQUET. $1200 REPAIR ESTIMATE. TOO EARLY FOR A CAR LIKE THAT WITHOUT ACCIDENTS, USED FOR NORMAL DRIVING”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Engine mounts

“Engine mounts were worn and falling apart”

E K., NC (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“3 of the 4 mounts needed to be replaced”

Tyler L., CO (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“leak in roof, driver's side”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Radiator failed”

William S., MN (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Trim around sunroof rattles. Rear seatbelt buckles hit plastic trim beside seats and rattle. There are two other rattles I cannot identify- one in the passenger dash and one under the rear passenger floorboard”

Kelly R., TN (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“overall rattling sound when driving over uneven terrain. Creaking noises when braking and turning. It only happens (creaking) when the temperature outside is over 75 degrees”

Anonymous, NH (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“RATTLES WHEN HITTING IMPERFECTIONS IN ROADWAY”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“It turned out to be a wheel bearing in front right wheel. No damage; all fixed”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Rattles in air vents and dvd disc area since car year old. After 3 times they never repaired. Still irritating”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“needed to replace battery/ i keep having a drain”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Starter

“Starter kept hanging, that is it would engage and had problems disengaging”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Alternator

“Alternator failed at 132000 miles”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Car wouldn't start. Fixed with new alternator and having similar issues”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Alternator failed. Did not realize modern vehicles require functioning alternator after starting the car (except operating lights, radio, etc). Jump started vehicle and proceeded to repair shop only to have it die again dangerously while driving”

David C., OR (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“The Spark plug and coil for one of the cylinders were ejected out of the engine and through the radiator totally immobilizing the car and requiring major repairs ($4000)”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Dealer reported one caliper stuck, had to be replaced along with brake linings, turning rotor”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“They needed to be replaced with pads”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

“I am going to need a full brake job within the next few months. That might be the time to trade in the car”

Tom G., AZ (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes possibly overused due to more powerful engine than previous car”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes just needed to be done”

Anonymous, AB (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Wearing of the break pads”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Alarm drains my battery to the point I cannot drive car”

Ronald P., IL (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Gauges

“The lights that illuminate climate control have blown out, I repaired it once, but it has reoccurred”

Steven S., MD (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Had the TPMS replaced in 2010, it is not working again”

Anonymous, KS (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“warning light TPMS”

Bill R., IA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Check engine light would come on randomly and when taken in for service there would be no problems associated with the light”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

“Rear climate control system will not turn on”

Lars T., CA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

“High pitch whining sound, vibration at higher speeds. Transmission may need an overhaul”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Usual wear and tear resulting in replacement”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

“Windshield developed a large horizontal crack”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Power window actuator failed in rear door,. driver side. Very expensive to fix”

Larry F., FL (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

“The rear hatch lock has become inoperative. The dealer says this is not uncommon and is due to the wiring harness being routed through the hinge area and failing. The fix is a replacement of the harness, which is quite expensive”

Eric P., MI (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Windows

“Failed window regulator on all four automatic windows since ownership. 5 total repairs, only 1 under warranty, the other 4 came at a cost of $400 each time. The window regulator design seems flawed and should probably be a recall”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“engine light came on and it needed work1”

Anonymous, SK (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Scheduled timing belt replacement

“Acura dealer quoted outrageous price for scheduled timing belt replacement. Typical for the dealer. Had non-dealer repair for much less”

David C., OR (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

“the timing belt failed, fraying and breaking, and it ruined two cylinders, causing a complete rebuild”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“No problem. Recommended replacement by repair consultant”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“The check engine light came on, the catalytic converter needed to be replaced”

E K., NC (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Bank 1 catalytic converter needs replacement, dealer estimate is $950”

Jim D., WA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

“Miss firing in all points”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

“It locked up (or freeze or stop updating) in winter”

Anonymous, OK (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Needed replacement”

Keith C., NY (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“System has been checked out, no problems. Sensor keeps on going on and off”

Dale B., UT (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“Consistent problem with fuel injectors which required more than $4000 to fix”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

“Radiator had to be replaced because transmission line popped off”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“rough shifting between 2 and 3 gears on accelaration”

Bill R., IA (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“Rear engine seal between transmission and engine began leaking. Pulled transmission to get to the rear seal”

Anonymous, TN (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“There was a hole in the rad, we replaced the rad”

Anonymous, AB (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Radiator

“Had to replace radiator due to corrosion”

Anonymous, NH (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“"Stuttering" while driving. Car would vibrate at certain speeds”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
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