Product Reviews

Welcome to Consumer Reports.

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.
For years, the upscale MDX has been a popular choice among Consumer Reports readers and one of our higher-rated SUVs. Thankfully, the redesigned, third-generation model continues that tradition. Overall, it's a well-rounded SUV that does most things well. The hushed cabin and supple ride are a step up over the previous version. The 3.5-liter V6 engine is quick, responsive and refined.
Alerts
There are 6 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

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.
2000
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
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.
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
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

For years, the upscale MDX has been a popular choice among Consumer Reports readers and one of our higher-rated SUVs. Thankfully, the redesigned, third-generation model continues that tradition. Overall, it's a well-rounded SUV that does most things well.

The hushed cabin and supple ride are a step up over the previous version. The 3.5-liter V6 engine is quick, responsive and refined. And it delivers an impressive 20 mpg overall.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
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
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 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

“Camera turns from Colour view to Black and White”

Vince G., ON (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Backup camera bracket broke. Had to replace whole camera and recalibrate. It still worked, but flopped around”

William S., OH (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Front collision alert randomally comes on”

Larry H., AB (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Improper beeping on backing up”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

“The 2014 Navigation and traffic is impossible to use while in motion. It does not respond and creates a MAJOR safety issue to use”

Michael C., IL (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Resolution appears low do everything including backup camera is muddy”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

“The total screen system and control unit went on and off sporadically, and needed to be completely replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The back-up camera screen will occasionally become frozen in the camera view even while going forward or go blank all together”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“An issue when using the GPS, phone and other items at the same time - GPS would hang and the car would need to be turned off and restarted to unfreeze the system”

Colin D., ON (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Navigation screen will not respond to commands for a full two minutes after engine start”

Carl R., VA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“The touch buttons on the display screen at times flash on and off. When this happens heat turns off and nothing can be done until the touch buttons reappear”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Related to previous problem”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“We have continuing problems with the navigation/control system. It works most of the time, but it seems to simply stop working at random times. I wish Acura would go back to buttons on the dashboard for functions, rather than use the touchscreen for everything”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“The entire HMI system is awful. Too many screen "button" pushes to execute simple commands, RR camera super slow to activate, music from plugged in iPhone phone stops playing when bluetooth pairs; have to turn radio power off then on to resume music”

Derek G., OH (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Does not consistently play when USB device is selected”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Unable to connect usb hub consistently. Often system says not connected to iPod”

Carl R., VA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“I did better with my Garmin. This one doesn't have all the features that my Garmin GPS does. Also the voice controls are worthless”

Margo P., PA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“system not upgraded”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Not intuitive. Horrible GPS. Takes forever. Cant use voice while driving. Takes forever. Stupid”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“It is extremely difficult to enter addresses. The system does not allow a front seat passenger to assist the driver with the navigation system. I have found Google maps to be more accurate and reliable and I use my smartphone instead of the Acura sy”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The software is terrible. It can't find places two blocks from my house, doesn't know about streets, and is incredibly difficult to program. I no longer use it. Thank goodness for WAZE”

Len G., CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Old data base. In Dallas - Routed off of route, did a lop and back onto the original route. Is Kansas City and Des Moines, routed off of I-35 and I-80 incorrectly. South of Burlington on US 61 data base doesn't rcognize divided highway constructed m”

Jeffery R., KS (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The system came out of date and functions inaccurately to point that we do not trust it, but instead use a hand held Garmin”

Paul M., GA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Very confusing”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Maps are were 2 years old when car was purchased still no updates”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Module failed. Acura replaced very quickly and successfully”

Robert C., ON (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Poor system design. Verbal commands almost impossible to use. Dealer not helpful”

Anonymous, MN (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Like the larger easy to read screen. System input is logically and easy with when parked but with Acura's inferior voice rec it next to impossible to input changes when the vehicle is moving. And Acura does not support having the passenger input the changes. Once the system is programed it works well 90% of the time but we have to keep paper maps as it occasionally sends us in the wrong direction in areas where the roads have not changed for many years. It also appeared to be out of date wh”

Calvin N., AB (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Bluetooth occasionally does not engage with iPhone 6. Need to initiate pairing. Additionally text messaging feature works only one way and only intermittently”

John V., CT (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“pairing does not take place on ocassion”

Michael G., NJ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“not compatible with IOS 5”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The blue tooth will occasionally fail to pair. However, it regularly will call the last person in my calls list when the car starts up”

Anonymous, OR (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Difficulty getting the car to connect via Bluetooth to iPhones reliably”

Cole-Christy C., GA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“difficult to take off screen after use”

Anonymous, MI (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Radio

“The radio controls sometimes do not come on with car. Need to turn off car and restart to activate radio”

John V., CT (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“XM Radio can no longer be programmed”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Only when using the spare key, the XM radio would change between the station the primary key last listened to and the station being listened to by the current driver. This did not happen with FM, only XM and only with the secondary key”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Rear entertainment system (e.g., DVD player, rear screen)

“Often does not work”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Wireless headphones on rear passenger side would cut out after 20 minutes”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“cruise controls were not fully functional auto window wiper needed to be fixed”

Sarber K., TX (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“It takes 4 to 5 commands to use voice command. Sometimes it will work and sometimes it doesn't work at all. Very frustrating. Dealer refused to listen insists it is user error”

Dennis C., OH (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The voice control system is totally frustrating. For example, I tell it to "go to" and it gives me a choice of phone numbers. It must have been designed by not too bright third graders. I have given up trying to use it”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Heated seat functions do not work in first generation system. They are acknowledged by the system, but cannot work with the system. It required a two week repair to swap out the whole navigation system. Another missed quality concern by Honda”

Don W., CT (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Completely wrong responses. "Call Joe Doe" increases the air conditioning”

Jeffery R., KS (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The system works correctly about 10% of the time. Therefor, we do not use it”

Paul M., GA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Software does not recognize voice commands”

Anonymous, SD (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The voice command for navigation and telephone are AWFUL. It never understands me or my husband and we do not have strong accents. I've taken it in to the dealership several times and they can't find a problem. It is currently unuseable to me”

SUSn B., VA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Voice control has never worked properly so stopped trying”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“voice commands inaccurate and hard to use. Update released for 2015 model but didn't include 2014 model”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Infotainment System is extremely frustrating to use. An incorrect voice command sends the system to LA-LA land. Can't even adjust the radio with having to use a stupid display screen. Hate the damned thing!”

Richard K., CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Some issues with the voice recognition”

Colin D., ON (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“I often have to repeat commands a number of times before they are understood”

Anonymous, NC (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Doesn't work very well. Confusing and you get a lot of wrong actions”

William S., OH (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Voice rec works well if car is parked and there is no back ground noise. But if car is moving (background noise present) voice rec drops to 40 to 65% which is very frustrating and distracting (major safety issue). And unfortunately the system is not set up to allow the passenger to interact with voice rec. Dealer attempted to improve voice rec but with very limited improvement. Will not buy a new Acura or any other brand without testing voice rec during test drive. If test fails, vehicle”

Calvin N., AB (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“System does not always recognize my voice commands”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“They do not work as told. even the salesman said he uses his cell phone to call out and then it comes through the Bluetooth. Would not buy another MDX unless they improve they system. General Motors has a good system”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
CD player

“inoperative”

Steve L., ID (2014 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

“Sun roof misaligned. Leaked water during car wash”

Anonymous, AB (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Wind noise around window and a loose trim panel”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“At each window, front and rear, while driving at hwy speeds you can hear what sounds like faint radio static or crumpling up a piece of paper at each window that can only be remedied by inserting a piece of cardboard or a business card between the window and weatherstripping. Dealer replaced one of the weatherstripping pieces to no avail. Also, squeaks and rattled emanating from loose exterior trim parts”

Dean H., MD (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“water leaks around passingr side front door”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Loud wind noise”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“I took the car to the oil change and when I got it back, noticed a strange sound. I took it back to the dealer who replaced some seals and repaired under warranty. I was very pleased of the outcome”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“The side window or door produces a weild kind of scratchy noice. The Acura techs do not hear it. Then the 4 wheel drive grinds from time to time. These noises are very annoying but do not create functioning problems with the performance of the car”

G S., CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“wind deflector was lose on the engine and making a noise. Dealer fixed it under warranty”

Abraham L., IN (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Noise in steering column. Steering wheel replaced”

Don D., TN (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“front suspension noise on passenger side”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Driver front left are hums and vibrates, drives me crazy. Dealer said it is fuel injector?”

Dennis C., OH (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“MDX has more squeaks, rattles, and buzzing sounds not sure if I would buy again. Dealer wants to solve the problems but Acura seems not to be listening has not been providing help. Youtube has numerous videos showing problems with noise”

Thomas W., NJ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“wind noise at uppper part of fornt doors”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“loose mount on cooling fan, fastener had to be replaced”

Stephen A., AZ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Rattle in roof caused by design defect”

Anonymous, IL (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Clunks coming from rear - fixed Clunks coming from rear - not isolated or fixed”

Jim S., NE (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Rattles- One in head airbag, one in A Pillar speaker”

Anonymous, NE (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“rattle from passenger side of car. rattle/vibration from under hood as engine transitions from direct injection fuel pump and/or transitioning from running on 6 cylinders to 3 cylinders and back”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Air blower was rattling”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“rattles in the rear roof area and in the front passenger side windshield colum”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Rattles in the center console, columns, window trim air noise, and most serious was a loud vibratory noise which ultimately I think was related to a vibrating heat shield”

Anonymous, WI (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Steering column intermittent squeals”

James J., OK (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Strange, vibrating noises coming from under hood at 1500 and 2000 rpm. See MDX Tech Notice 14-003. Had in shop multiple times and they couldn't fix it. Finally traced to cosmetic engine covers which were not properly affixed. I fixed them!”

Richard K., CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Rattles and squeaks are loud and all over the place in the dash and door areas. It sounds like a 10 years old when going over bumpers, much worse than my 8 years old Honda pilot that I traded in. Not able to fix due to fundamental design and assembly”

Gary Y., CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Rattle, grinding noise have had in shop 6 times. Couldn't identify, finally have said it is a transmission shifting noise, but says they can't stop it, just part of the car. Happens at different speeds, on smooth roads,. Started at about 5000 miles”

Anonymous, OK (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Rattles behind dash board. Dealer added different screws and soundproofing. Rattles returned. Dealer's collision department discovered right side of A-frame had not been welded during manufacture. Vehicle repaired”

Michael L., GA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“rear seat rattled”

Edward N., CO (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“On bumpy roads the car has interior rattles that the dealer can't find and the service department doesn't acknowledge. My previous MDX was considerably quieter. This MDX year is the first series to be produced in the US. Perhaps this may be the issue”

Anonymous, AB (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Vibration at ~1600 rpm and coasting driving conditions. Was fixed by dealership on the 3rd attempt by reattaching the engine plastic cover with improved fittings/screws”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The car does not seem "tight." We have had the car back to the dealer (two hour drive) for separate issues. One turned out to be a stripped screw that would rattle. Another issue was the A Pillar molding would rattle. The driver seat still rattle”

Anonymous, IA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Steering wheel scraping noise when turning at slow speed. Local dealer said it was the heated steering wheel being installed incorrectly at selling dealer. Problem was fixed”

Anonymous, VT (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Currently being investigated by dealer”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“headliner rattles because glue used does not securely fasten the headliner to the top of the vehicle”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“When the steering wheel retracts when turning off the car, it makes an awful creeking sound”

Ken K., NV (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Left door squeaks where it meets the dash, has done that since it was new. We have had them look at this every service, FINALLY fixed recently by removing and reinstalling door interior. This should never have left the factory this way. It required 27 screws to be taken out and reinstalled after our repeated complaints”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Noise/rattles from my door windows and sunroof”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Squeak during steering column adjustment getting in & out the vehicle. Steering column was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“I have had squeaks but mostly rattles in the right rear (not third row) seat that resulted in at least 5 trips to the dealer. This has been going on since we took ownership in July of 2013 and has even resulted in leaving it with them for the service manager to drive to and from work. It is ok right now”

Norton C., NC (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Car had bad squeak all local dealers unable to fix pos this car”

Jim H., TX (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Some of the sounds might indicate a loose body or chassi part”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

“engine cover wind deflector had breaking clips”

Randy B., NC (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“engine mounts replaced, excessive ping engine no solution”

Linda G., MO (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Upper part of front doors. Near the ear level. Also back door on drivers side rattles with window is partially down”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Drivers side door has excessive wind noise while driving and the dealership has yet to be able to resolve the problem”

David K., AB (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Wheel well trim came loose and made a noise. Fixed at dealership”

Anonymous, OR (2014 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

12V power plug

“Power outlet inside the center console is only intermittently working. The dealership is not resolving”

Ruth G., WA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“It was not connected”

Anonymous, QC (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

“LED headlight unit leaked and accumulated moisture internally”

Mark W., SC (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Water leaking into headlight causes fog on lens”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Warranty wiring problem which caused one of rear tailgate lights not to work”

Anonymous, NH (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Tail lights stopped working due to short in lift assembly”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

“Heating & Air conditioning AUTO LED bulb burned out”

H W., MN (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“he lights stayed on some times and ran the battery down. The fuel tank cap warning light came on”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Steering wheel would not go to programmed position upon unlocking and starting the car”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“I have been repeatedly locked out of my car. The remote will intermittently stop working, then resume working after a random interval. The remote was finally replaced, but the issue has since recurred. The dealer has not been able to duplicate the is”

Anonymous, UT (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The steering wheel would not consistently adjust to its programmed position when starting the car. This problem was intermittent and frequently happened in extreme cold or hot temperatures”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Vehicle and key fob did not communicated. Repair was done under warranty”

Robert J., TX (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Remote engine starter

“The car would not start when the brake was pressed and the start button pushed. Then, the brake pedal locks in the pressed position and the car will not start at all. Car had to be towed to dealership”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

“Check Engine and Charging System warning lights came on”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Warning lights frequently signal false alarms”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Warning light indicating that the charging system may not be working”

Edward N., CO (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“HYPER SENSITIVE NOT EASILY ADJUSTED”

Anonymous, ON (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“Cold weather wipers don't work”

Anonymous, VA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The delay function on the wiper motor never worked from day one, but the wipers would work. A two hour drive to the dealer to diagnose. Some wires were never plugged in during installation at the factory”

Anonymous, IA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“hooked up incorrectly at the factory”

Anonymous, KS (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“USB ports would work randomly for charging”

Patrick K., CT (2014 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

Power steering pumps and hoses

“When turning rapidly & switching directions, power steering loses boost. Same problem as last-gen Odyssey/MDX. Unacceptable this problem still exists at a full model change”

Derek G., OH (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Occasional vibration and dead wheel when turning”

Anonymous, SD (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Noise started very mild then got louder. Took it in and was informed it was the front left strut”

Alejandro M., TX (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace struts - dealer said first time he's seen that”

Anonymous, OH (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Rubbing noise - struts replaced under service notice/warranty”

George K., CT (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Susp makes clunk noise when turning L&R. They know abt it but has NO fix!”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Failure of the power steering system multiple times”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Steering made a very loud noise when moving up and down. The steering was repaired. I told the service technician that it didn't feel right but I was assured that it was fine. About a year later, I was back to the dealership with the same problem. I was told the replacement put on a year earlier was defective. I have no problems with the steering since the last replacement parts. I”

Anonymous, SC (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“It was a recall and also making noise so they fixed it immediately free of charge”

Anonymous, UT (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

“Made loud noise when expanding and contracting. Dealership replacement entire steering column”

Judy T., IL (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Frequently vibrates on turning; not taken to the dealer”

Anonymous, PR (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Steering wheel shaft had to be rebuilt in the first few months after purchase”

Anonymous, LA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Wheel would vibrate on slow turn. Was a software update for the car that fixed it”

Doug M., IL (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Major wheel vibration at 60 mph Replaced tires did 2 days of calibration at the dealership They can't figure it out”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“On turning, the steering would vibrate rapidly and would make a buzzing sound”

Edward D., ID (2014 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

“The compressor has failed on two occasions immediately after routine service, fixed under warranty both time s”

Anonymous, KY (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“sometimes unit controls temperature and other times AC system starts to let warm air enter even when its 90 outside and AC is on max circulation no outside air”

Thomas W., NJ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Poor defogging/moisture removal (with 4 passengers in the vehicle) leads to very poor visibility/clouding of windows in temperatures below -20 Celsius. Also, experienced a complete electronic failure of the vehicle after a car wash in -15 Celsius”

Anonymous, SK (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The climate control blows hot air to the rear passengers even if the temperature is set as low as 69 degrees. To get cool air to the rear passengers you have to set it at 68 degrees or less. This is a known problem within Acura pertaining to a poorly place rear temperature sensor that currently has no known fix”

Dean H., MD (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Would get too hot. Not cut off when reach desired temp”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“It turns off unexpectedly”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The heater core went out. I was having problems with very high heat coming out of the back vents, even when the AC was on. They could not fix it, because they could not replicate the problem for a year. Ultimately they found it to be the heater core, which they replaced. It seems to have fixed the problem”

Anonymous, MD (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

“The rear auto auto climate control display stopped illuminating had to be replaced”

Art S., CT (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Climate control panel flashes on and off intermittently. I can not control the system or my heated seats during this time. The dealer does NOT have a fix for this yet. I have been waiting for 8 months for a fix”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

“Driver side floor heater is very weak in the Midwest when the temp goes in the teens. Had to bring it in the dealer 3 times. They said there is no problem. The problem is the vent for the driver side floor is to small. Manager said there are a lot o”

Michael A., IL (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Inadequate heat in driver's footwell, to the point that the driver's legs are frozen when outside temps are below 15 degrees”

James D., WI (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“When the vehicle is idling in traffic during winter, the heater doesn't work well. Actually it is cold air that circulates in the vehicle”

Anonymous, SK (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Rear seat climate control wasn't working. It was covered by warranty and the dealer fixed it”

Anonymous, FL (2014 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

“There is a piece of body trim that connects the chrome bar to the top of the car that has raised up, pulling apart from the roof”

SUSn B., VA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Mud flats were not screwed properly The 12v plug in the trunk was wired”

Anonymous, QC (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Low quality leather. fade and tears”

Carl Y., NY (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Panels in dash area squeaks like they were loose put together without clipping into one another”

Gary Y., CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Side molding where the side airbag is stored. It was loose”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“noise from loose trim under the hood”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Paint started to peel along edge of rear bumper where bumper meets rear body panel (driver's side)”

Anonymous, CO (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Paint chips off easily in normal driving on lower body. Bumper had a chip by its second week of ownership and I'd only loaded groceries in back. Really don't like this MDX. I loved my 2006 MDX that went 165,000 troublefree”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Accident front right side”

Anonymous, NB (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Paint spotted from sprinkler system. Had extended warranty but told it does not cover spots from sprinkler systems water. Great warranty”

Freeman B., SC (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Both of the back door handles began to rust”

Anonymous, MI (2014 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

“RPM's were fluctuating during shifts. Dealer changed fluid and reprogramed computer to fix. My local repair center is not able to access the transmission”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The rough shifting was associated with transmission programming”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

“I am experiencing intermittent slipping of the transmission, especially when on an incline. The dealer has not been able to duplicate this problem, but it is occurring more often (approximately every 2 weeks)”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Transmission slips at different times”

Patrick K., CT (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Bad shifting at low speed factory computer fix or update does not work”

Jim H., TX (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The transmission computer had to be reprogrammed twice due to rough / jerky shifting. This problem made the car undrivable when it happened”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Car hesitated Ike a miss when shifting gears, possibly computer reset. Changed coil. After months, flushed transmission oil 3 times and reset computer at my cost. After a month no further problems”

Anonymous, QC (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Warranty issue in which a effective or damaged gasket allowed a minor leak around drain plug”

Anonymous, NH (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“No one knows why”

Freeman B., SC (2014 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

Calipers

“brakes would lock and the car would sway to one side”

Ismael P., FL (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

“It looks that after 5000-6000 miles the brakes started wear & tear”

Khalid S., NJ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

“The car is prone to premature rotor warpage. The needed to be machined once and started pulsing again within 30 days”

Anonymous, PA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“This car does not have good brakes. when going on speed of 50-60 mph and apply brakes, the brake paddle shakes. Also the brake is not smoothly applied”

Khalid S., NJ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Warping 4 rotors”

Dan K., PA (2014 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

Doors or sliding doors

“Corrosion on passenger door handled”

Stephen C., MA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Seat belts

“seat belt recall”

Linda G., MO (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Seat belt recall”

Anonymous, NB (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Recall work (14V639000),”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“I was stuck open and needed to be fixed”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 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

Head gasket

“Leaked oil; need to replace”

Anonymous, PR (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“This was closest - it was something to do within the heads. Shop said they had never seen this error on the engine. Needed significant repair. Would have been $900 but since the powertrain warranty was still in effect AND I had always had them service it my cost was more like 120”

David O., CO (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

“timing belt was rubbing and creating noise and possibly premature wear”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Chirping caused by timing belt rubbing pulley. Had the same identical problem with same engine family (j35 3.5L) in my 2006 Honda Ridgeline. You would think Honda would have learned by now, it appears this was intentionally overlooked and is a direct”

Don W., CT (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Timing Belt went out”

Christina P., TX (2014 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

“The rear differential needed service as recommended by my service advisor”

Christopher B., CA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

“The entire electrical system will just turn off while driving this include the climate control, radio and navigation”

Anonymous, MA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“When it is cold outside below 35, the whole electronic system will freeze and you lose control of radio,A/C GPS, Bluetooth etc. In the middle of a drive the system will shut down an will reset after 1 minute”

Anonymous, PA (2014 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)

“O2 sensors had to be replaced. I gave me an error for the emissions and then also set off some other non-related warnings”

Anonymous, WA (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The car was still drivable, but warning light came on indicating the O2 sensor code. After taking gas cap off and filling up problem went away for now”

C S., CO (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“Car pulsates when accelerating”

Anonymous, OK (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Juddering acceleration; there's a TSB on it”

Mark W., SC (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Had an oil leak from the Transmission, acura replaced under warranty after having to wait 2 weeks”

Michael C., IL (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced under factory warranty with new unit-- transmission issues was noise, vibration, and Acura never told the dealer what the cause was- but we are sure it was a factory defect”

Jon E., WA (2014 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

“Clicking noise from the engine when idling”

Edward D., ID (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

“At last service inspection, a slow leak was found from the transfer case for the four wheel drive”

Anonymous, OR (2014 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)

“Car battery failed in less than 3.5 years. It was very cold (0 degrees over night) and parked outside this one time and car wouldn't start. Dealer said "yes, that year's battery wasn't holding up well."”

David O., CO (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“system would not download destinations from acuralink”

Randall M., BC (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

“Somehow radiator developed catastrophic leak during normal driving - wasn't covered under warranty”

Anonymous, RI (2014 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Change Vehicle