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The MDX is a very well-rounded vehicle that consistently outscored competitors costing much more. Updates for this model, including a six-speed automatic transmission, further improved it. The Acura rides and handles well, while its refined powertrain provides smooth and quick acceleration as well as good fuel economy. Fit and finish are impressive and the five main seats are comfortable.
Alerts
There is 1 recall 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?
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 is a very well-rounded vehicle that consistently outscored competitors costing much more. Updates for this model, including a six-speed automatic transmission, further improved it. The Acura rides and handles well, while its refined powertrain provides smooth and quick acceleration as well as good fuel economy. Fit and finish are impressive and the five main seats are comfortable. The small third-row seat is OK only for kids and controls can be frustrating.

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.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.7-liter V6 (300 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Acura MDX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Both rear magnetic/adaptive struts used in the Advance trim leaked hydraulic fluid. This was similar to a problem we had two years ago with the front struts. We paid out of pocket initially but Acura/Honda will reimburse us. We submitted the claim in November 2016 and are still awaiting their check”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“The steering became very hard to turn when driving at lower speeds. The problem was resolved at an Acura dealership, it was repaired under a service management. All covered by manufacturer”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Simply the PS pump failed and had to be replaced at about 80 miles. Not a huge deal for a vehicle with that many miles”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“power steering made loud sounds and I had to replace at a cost of $900”

William F., CO (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Difficulty in steering or turning at slow speeds, was told it would cost over $2000 to correct. Don't really want to spend that kind of money, right???”

Gene H., AR (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Required new power steering pump”

Anonymous, SC (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“After driving at continuously at high highway speed when slowing to a stop and then accelerating as tranamission shifted there was a squeezing noise that I thought may have been a problem there. Diagnosis revealed the problem was the power steering p”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Power steering box was replaces due to leaks and other unexplained problems. This was done at about 84000 k for no cost as it was a safety issue”

Rod D., AB (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Required full suspension replacement. Twice”

Kevin B., CT (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Had to replace, later Acura extended the warranty and reimbursed me for the repair”

Ryan M., AB (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“I have had struts replaced twice and Acura is now supposedly recalling the suspension joints. $3000 worth of work for a car with less than 50000 miles. I am fighting with them now for reimbursement and they are trying everything to get out of paying”

Joseph B., AK (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Front struts need to be replaced”

Anonymous, CO (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Damper system had to be replaced. Covered by recall. No cost to me”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Front shock failed costing $900 to replace Shock was $750 Labor $150”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“5 Struts had to be replaced by the time I had 85,000 k These were covered by Acura even though the warranty for these parts was 80,000, but the cost was about $4,500. I believe they covered them so as to not get a bad name for their product. T”

Rod D., AB (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Had to replace the adjustable shocks. They are very expensive to replace. Final bill was almost $5000. check with three places and had similar quotes”

S Y., AB (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Shocks have failed. Warranty is over. Extremely costly to replace. Dealer suggested we contact Acura customer service which we have not done yet”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Front R strut seized up. ridiculously expensive part”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Ride was rough uneven. Every time you hit a small imperfection in road it sounded like the bottom was falling out. Took it to the dealer they replaced a lot of parts that were under extended warranty & some that were not. Not happy with it since then”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Constantly taking it in ( since new) to have front balanced / calibrated. After a few months always vibration at highway speeds come back”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“needed replaced”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“One front wheel bearing needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“torsion bars bent, ball joint housing needed replacement”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“fixed under warranty but it took three visits to the dealership to fix”

Anonymous, NL (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

“Rutted Tires”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-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

Tire pressure monitor

“always shows tire is low on air, will briefly go off but comes back on shortly”

Courtney W., TX (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Monitor reports low tire pressure even though it is fine”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Warning lights

“needed new alternater”

Anonymous, OK (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Battery charging system. Excessive battery drain”

Anonymous, KY (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Oil level sensor needed replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Headlights

“Headlight quite working $700 repair had extended warranty but seems a lot to repair a head light”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“leak in headlight unit caused failure of xenon headlight it. Cost to replace unit was over $2000. Acura paid for it even though it was out of warranty”

John A., PA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Backup camera is useless at night as the backup light does not illuminate the area behind the car. Unless there's other (non-car) lighting, there's no way to see behind me when I'm backing up at night. Even told Acura about it and was told that bac”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“Driver's seat heater kept turning off after 1 minute. Dealer had to replace the heating element, wanted $1200(!). Had to negotiate and get them to call Acura to get a discount. Acura covered all but $250 in the end”

Robert E., WA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Doesn't work consistently”

Anonymous, LA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Automatic door locks, side mirror motors, and steering wheel motor stop working even after multiple repairs. Both wireless key remotes currently working only occasionally I believe due to faulty actuator in driver door-not a problem with key fob batt”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Tried to install gps update that caused computer to go bad and needed to be replaced. Acura finally fixed under warranty. Estimate to fix was $2700”

Anonymous, NV (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The navigation system usually gives the wrong direction or the long way”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Problems upgrading nav maps with latest version”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The worst, hardest to use, least intuitive software EVER”

Ryan M., AB (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Short circuit drained battery”

Anonymous, NB (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Our phones keep "un"paring somehow. Compared to our Honda link, this system sucks”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
CD player

“Quit working. Replaced under warrantee just before the warrantee expired”

Craig V., CA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Often does not recognize that there is a disk in the player”

Anonymous, DE (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“CD player is jammed on a car that's only 5 yrs old. replacement cost is $600 which is unacceptable”

Michael S., ON (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

“Stopped working”

Craig V., CO (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Voice control commands

“Same as other answer for the bluetooth”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Wind noise

“We have a wind leak in the passenger side front seat window. It causes extra wind noise. If driving in a strong crosswind it will actually whistle”

Anonymous, MN (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Noisy car, especially on highway. Combination of road noise and wind noise I believe. 2015 MDX is much quieter”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Air or water leaks

“Water leaking into front pass footwell from firewall area”

Anonymous, BC (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Rear lift hatch rattles and have taken in multiple times and dealer cannot reproduce rattle”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Entire plastic undercasement/underside protection fell off/ripped off when I was on uneven terrain. Perhaps too close to ground, not securely attached?”

Courtney W., TX (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint cracking and peeling on many edges all around the car”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“One very small section which appears to be a separate piece of metal blistered . Water got under the clear coat. Rick at the dealership insisted that I had had it repainted in the past which I had not”

Mike A., TX (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Dealer considers cup holder trim. Rear seat cup holder is spring loaded to open and close. It keeps breaking and gets stuck either in or out”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-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

Mirrors

“Mirrors have a mind of their own . Sometimes they stay in the down position due to putting car in reverse . This is very hard to duplicate. Clicking noise also”

Mike A., TX (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

“Handles for putting down back seats keep breaking. We consider it a mechanical piece as putting seats down is an integral part of the function of the car, dealer calls it trim and we had to argue for repair under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Sunroof

“Shortly after the warranty period expired, I started having problems with closing my sunroof from the tilting position. The sliding of the sunroof still works, but I no longer use the tilting function of the sunroof”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Electronic control of seats (driver position) and sunroof are causing problems. Inconsistent performance”

Ryan M., AB (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Lights were constantly coming on and had to go dealer for service”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Rough shifting

“A faulty sensor caused rough shifting. It two visits and some harsh language to get them to fix under warranty”

Anonymous, NM (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Was not shifting smoothly, and at times would make the can lurch”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“I have always used premium gas from any retailer in my MDX. My engine began to knock and Acura service people say it is because the engine fuel system is getting plugged up by poor grades of premium gas. They flushed the injection system with carb cleaner and recommended the only fuel to use is from Shell, Esso and Petro-Canada retailers. The engine knock has gone down quite a bit at the expense of more costly premium gas”

Anonymous, AB (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Oil leaks

“Have to top off oil regularly. Dealer tells us this is normal for a 7 year old car but I don't agreer”

Anonymous, OR (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

“Approaching 100,000 total miles on the car, it started to burn an excessive amount of oil (over 1qt/1000mi). Under warranty, Acura replaced the engine's pistons and rings and also found two other small leaks which were also fixed”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Engine burns excessive oil, dealer and Acura corp state the engine needs to be torn down and short block rebuilt. Warranty company refuses to make good on the certified pre owned warranty, Acura corp will only pay for half the $6,500 repair”

Kevin B., CT (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-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

“Constantly receive messages on the computer message system that the batter is in need of replacement, even after new batter installed. Happens when the temperatures are below freezing”

Kevin B., CT (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Starter

“On three occasions the car would not start. It started readily with a jump all three times. The battery has been tested three times and check out OK. Dealer saw vehicle after two failures and found no problem. Experienced mechanic suspects starter problem after three failures. I plan to replace the starter today”

Jack S., FL (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“The driver side climate control stoped working while the passenger side was working properly”

Eisa A., TX (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Electrical failure

“One mechanic told me it would cost over $600 for the AC to work, second opinion put in a $50 switch and it works perfect”

Gene H., AR (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

“Have had the front rotors turned twice due to brake surge under hard stop”

Ken D., FL (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“I felt the brakes pulsing when I hit the brakes. The vehicle had about 25,000 miles on it. The dealership siad I needed the rotors turned and it was under warranty. Later on just past 50,000 miles I had the same problem but this time I got stuck payi”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-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

“Driveshaft made whining sound - repaired under warranty”

Gene H., AZ (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“Acura replaced this under a recall, but we had issues with rough shifting after the repair”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-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

Fuel pump

“Fuel Pump failure. Car won't start. Replaced for $940. At the same time, the cv joints on both sides were making noise and both were replaced for over $1000”

Eisa A., TX (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

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