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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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. FCW and AEB 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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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
  • 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

Electronic or air suspension

"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

"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)

"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)
Shocks or struts

"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)

"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)

"I should note that I have the MDX equipped with the electronic adjustable suspension. At around 160,000 miles (currently at 217,000), there has been a small clunk/thud noise from the front struts that has been progressively getting worse. Also, the performance of the suspension has noticeably degraded and has became a danger driving on snow or in rains. To replace all 4 struts/shocks with the factory adjustable ones would have ran literally $4000+ from Acura. I ended purchasing the nonadjustable factory ones second hand and replacing them myself. It saved me quite a bit of money but it was a moderately big job/task. Since I replaced the struts with the nonadjustable ones, I also had to wire some electronic resistors to the strut wiring so it would cancel the warning lite on my instrument cluster. Since replacement, the noises are completely gone and the car rides significantly better."

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

"Shocks wear out"

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

"Can't find section for excessive oil consumption so i'll put here. Additionally had to replace both rear dampers and control arms."

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

"Electronically adjustable front struts and rear shocks failed prematurely. Verified by multiple shops. No aftermarket options. Total repair cost about $3,000."

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

"Heard a clunking noise when going over bumps. Dealer replaced a rear strut"

Anonymous, SK (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)

"Springs broke and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

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

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

"Worn and leaking"

Anonymous, (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"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)
Tie rods

"needed replaced"

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

"Rutted Tires"

Anonymous, NJ (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)

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

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)

"would not read diax"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The display screen went completely blank so it was entirely inoperable and so was everything associated with it (like the radio.)"

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

"The computer in the car had to be entirely replaced."

Anonymous, (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"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)

"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)

"The navigation system in the Acura MDX is by far the worst navigation system I have ever used. There are three major issues with it: 1) Despite the fact that I update my navigation system regularly, when I moved from the city to a small town I discovered I could no longer use the navigation system. I live on a street that is 26 years old, and most of the town is over 120 years old. Yet hardly any of the streets in town are verified with the Acura navigation system, so even though I have a map of the town in my display which is accurate, it won't navigate me anywhere in town. And going to the next town over, 10X the size of my current one, navigation won't start until I hit the highway, and it still has only a small portion of the larger town verified as well. So if you live in Seattle, Great! But if you live just about anywhere else, the unverified roads issue is a loud problem rendering the navigation system practically useless!!! 2) The nested folder approach in the Acura navigation system makes it quite challenging to find the nearest local grocery store or any other chain store. For instance, say you want to go to Home Depot and so you type that into your nav system. You then get 5 folders subdividing all the home depots in the country. Some are categorized in Home Improvement some in tool rental and some in household goods and services. You must go into each folder and then sort again by distance to travel to see if they have anything close to you. Takes a ridiculous amount of time, so now I circumvent this frustrating problem by always having the address of the store I am going to. 3) It would be great if I could do the navigation system updates by a method other than ordering a hard copy off the website. It is super complicated, and you must make sure you have the right disc. Also, when you input the disc, you have to get into multi-nested folders to type in the codes, data that should easily be picked up from an information loaded disc. 2)"

Dinah B., FL (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"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)

"For a while, my iPhone would go in and out of connectivity with my Acura, making it difficult to use advanced features which were a big part of the tech package we purchased. After numerous complaints to my dealership, they replaced the onboard computer."

Dinah B., FL (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"The infotainment system will often not connect to a newer iPhone. You must stop the vehicle, shut it off, then restart. Within a few minutes the phone will pair."

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

"Bluetooth pairs but drops intermitently."

Anonymous, (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)

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

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)

"Fog lights inoperative Headlight lens fogged over"

Anonymous, NH (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)

"one headlight bulb failed. Replacement turned to be very expensive and only at dealer place"

Alex K., CT (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)

"Seat heater no longer works on driver side. The light comes on but never heats the seat. Estimate to repair from Acura dealer is approximately $550."

Anonymous, VA (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)

"Just works about half the time and actual keys are difficult to operate."

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

"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)

"needed new alternater"

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

"Warning lights that were cleared years ago come back on"

Anonymous, KY (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

Accessory belts or pulleys

"The clutch on the air conditioner needed to be replaced at less than 5 yrs"

Andrew L., NC (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"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)

"Premium Gas is requested, still engine pings and knocks despite "computer" programmed to correct time. Mechanic states that "never hear" pings ye they are present upon driving in a parking lot or changing speeds/accelerating from 10-45mph"

Anonymous, NC (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 oil pump was leaking oil and needed to be replaced."

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

"Consumes high amounts of oil. As much as 1 qt in 1k miles of driving."

Phil C., CT (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"oil pan gasket leaking and needs repair, about $500"

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

"Excessive oil consumption, 18 months ago, every 1k-2k miles. Acura refused to honor the recall."

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

"The car had a recall for excessive oil consumption but I had a hard time getting the dealer to honor the recall."

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

"Car burns oil but in a way that is hard to predict and therefore hard to manage."

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

"Oil pump had a broken gasket."

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

"The vehicle's self diagnostic system indicated excessive oil consumption that could be related to Service Bulletin 19-006 (covered under warranty). The dealer investigated the problem and said our vehicle required a solenoid replacement (paid out of pocket)."

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

"Dealer fixed all the oil leaks at no charge"

Samir H., CA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"Acura sent a recall notice regarding excess oil consumption. They required the consumer to pay for an oil change, then return 2 separate times to measure the oil consumption. But I understand it is very difficult to qualify for repairs related to the excess oil consumption. Very discouraging, so we constantly check the oil and add oil every few weeks."

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

"Rear main seal failed requiring oil to be added weekly until fixed. This happened with remarkably few miles on the vehicle."

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

"Oil pan plug was leaking and could not be repaired. Had to replace oil pan."

Anonymous, OH (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)
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)

"Center console “leather” separated from backing and wrinkled."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"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)

"Paint cracking and peeling on many edges all around the car"

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

"paint peeling off back hatch but no rust"

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

"White speckals"

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

"A few rust spots on body"

Anonymous, NH (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

A/C compressor

"The clutch in the AC compressor was making loud noises when it engaged. I replaced the compressor assembly and it is fine now. Cost approximately $600"

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

"heating during winter somewhat sluggish even when car is warmed up. Dealer could not find the problem or correct it. We have adapted"

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

"Heat is stuck on when ever the climate control system is turned on, even when I run the A/C."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Rear motor distributing air had to be replaced"

Scott Z., CA (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)
Refrigerant leaks

"Refrigerant leaked. AC stopped working. Had to have it refilled with dye to find the source. Took about a month to get it resolved."

Anonymous, CA (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

Normal routine brake wear

"rear brakes had to be replaced. Routine check up found that rear brakes were worn enough that they should be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Trailer stability assist warning message appeared on the dashboard. Mechanic diagnosed as sensor failure. Related to this problem, the rear brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced."

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

"Took car to Fisher Acura in Boulder, for timing belt change at 105,000 miles. I was told i needed brakes, even though i had them done 40,000 miles previous. Got the brake job, but they did not change brake fluid and wanted me to come back an pay more money. It was either excessive brake wear or a scam."

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

"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)

"Premature wear of the rotors."

Anonymous, (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

Air or water leaks

"Water leaking into front pass footwell from firewall area"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"gasket for power steering pump and oil pan leaked but were both fixed at no cost to me"

Samir H., CA (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)
Wind noise

"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)

"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)

"The noise is "road" noise but you didn't offer that as a choice. The road noise is very annoying. Had I driven it more before I purchased it, I would not have bought it."

Anonymous, (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

Cylinder head

"At 75000 miles the oil light came on, after all scheduled maintenance was completed at the dealer, the reason low oil by 2 quarts. This shocked me as the dealer had been completing all maintenance. The reason the oil was burning was not given by the dealer. An oil consumption test was completed and the vehicle was burning 1 quart per 1500 miles, at that point, this was not enough for a warranty repair or replacement. Then 2 yrs later I get a letter from Honda stating that the rings are bad and that I can apply for an extended warranty repair IF IF my vehicle meets certain failure/oil consumption marks. My vehicle did not meet these requirements so I continue to check the oil and monitor the situation as more oil is burned per mile. I am frustrated and disappointed that the problem occurred at less than 75000 miles and Honda, and the dealer, did not reveal why nor offer an explanation. You get what you get but I am very disappointed in the Honda MDX 2010 and in Honda's reasoning and handling of the engine (rings) failure to perform as expected"

Andrew L., NC (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"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)

"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 burned excessive amount of oil. Acura replaced pistons and rings per warranty extension."

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

"Class Action Suit against Honda USA as cylinder rings wear/worn at 70,000 causing excessive oil consumption/burn"

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

"Had issue with burning oil, higher than usual. Acura did tests on it and did determine that they agreed it was a higher than normal amount and was an engine issue that they fixed....basically rebuilt the engine around the pistons."

Gilbert L., GA (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

Gear selector or linkage

"The wiring insulation for the gear selector wore through causing a short. This short caused an intermittent error code. The wires were repaired and the problems ceased."

Philip G., NH (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)

"rough shifting from 3rd to 2nd gear. Ended up being a recall for this year. Piston sets and oil jets were replaced free."

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

"they reprogramed the transmission computer, problem solved!"

Robert S., CA (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
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)

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)
Windows

"The wiring from the body to the driver's door had a broken wire at the connector. I purchased a new fuse panel to door wiring connector from Acura for approximately $35 and replaced the short harness. In addition to the driver's power window not operating, this connector also prevented the driver's power mirror from operating as well."

Anonymous, FL (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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"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)
Battery cables

"Battery cable, needed replacing twice in one year."

Anonymous, CO (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The spark plugs had to be replaced early due to excessive oil consumption."

Anonymous, VA (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)

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)

"Rear universal joint went out, not a terribly uncommon thing, and usually simply fixed. This driveshaft has U-joints that are NON-REPLACEABLE. The driveshaft has to be replaced at over $1000. While I understand several companies have done this, it is akin to robbery!"

Robert K., IN (2010 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"Intermediate shaft bearing was wearing and was replaced."

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

"Two batteries went dead then I had to replace the alternator."

Anonymous, (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 cap

"The vehicle diagnostic system suggested to tighten fuel cap after each fill up. However, when tightening the cap with 3 clicks, the error message would still come up. The dealer replaced a part (forget which one) that required an out-of-pocket repair."

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

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)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmision failure"

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Warning light came stating check air bag. Dealer checked and found code 11-11 open circuit checked and found failure to cable reel. Paid to have that fixed but the warning light came back on two days later. Took back to dealer this time what ever was causing the warning light to come on about air bag Acura covered the expense."

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

Engine Cooling

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

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