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For years, the upscale MDX has been a popular choice in both America's suburbs and among Consumer Reports readers. It's easy to see why it is one of our higher-rated SUVs: this is a well-rounded, functional, and competitively-priced vehicle that does most things well. The hushed cabin and supple ride provide the refinement expected of a luxury SUV.
Alerts
There are 3 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.
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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

For years, the upscale MDX has been a popular choice in both America's suburbs and among Consumer Reports readers. It's easy to see why it is one of our higher-rated SUVs: this is a well-rounded, functional, and competitively-priced vehicle that does most things well.

The hushed cabin and supple ride provide the refinement expected of a luxury SUV. The 3.5-liter V6 engine is responsive and refined, plus delivers an impressive 21 mpg overall. While the move to a nine-speed automatic for 2016 slightly improved fuel economy and acceleration, the new transmission suffers in terms of shifting smoothness and uses an unintuitive push-button shifter.

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
  • 9-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 2016 Acura MDX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

“Occasionally the gear selector doesn't respond when I start my car and move the gear selector to reverse to get out of a parking spot”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“New 9 speed transmission shifts poorly. Often confused and shifts too much at low speeds. Dealer stated no solution to date”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The transmission lags on acceleration. This can be dangerous when acceleration speed is important like when changing lanes”

Kelly B., CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The 9-speed transmission is very unresponsive and sluggish, to the point of being dangerous at times. You have to practically floor the accelerator to merge on the highway. Same with passing cars. The transmission always wants to switch to a numerically higher gear, plus the engine computer turns off cylinders to save gas. This creats a long delay to reach full power and downshift, often on the order of several critical seconds”

Enrique H., IL (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Car jerks (rough shifting) when automatic gear shifting takes place - especially in lower gears. Dealership and Acura corporate customer service representative stated that this is standard in all MDX's”

Shiny J., TX (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The MDX had a newly used dual clutch transmission that shifted very abruptly at slow speeds, held on to a high gear too long on down hill roads, and overall was poorly matched to a family vehicle. The dealer tried to reprogram the transmission with updated software, which barely made a difference with the way the vehicle drives. I would not recommend this vehicle solely based on how poorly the vehicle drives with this transmission”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Sometimes goes into netueal. Trouble finding the correct gear. Sometimes very jerky, especially when the car has first been turned on”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Computer lags selecting which gear to shift into which is alarming when you are trying to accelerate into traffic”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Rough and/or missing downshifts. Transmission wiring harness replaced by Acura dealer under warranty. So far, problem is resolved”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“This is supposed to be a quality vehicle. At low speeds, however, it shifts very rough-- both up and down. I would advise against purchasing this vehicle. The dealer cannot help”

Anonymous, AL (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Traveling at 30 miles an hour, car suddenly wouldn't go, motor running but car wouldn't respond to throttle. Managed to get off road. Couldn't shift out of drive but car wouldn't go. Warning lights flashing. Finally, turned car off, waited a bit and restarted. Car ran normal”

Ed M., NC (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“This is my fourth new MDX in seven years. Therefore I have experience to compare. My transmission was replaced with a new one. Regardless the new transmission has difficulty finding the right gear. It makes driving unpleasant. I will not buy another MDX”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

“The transmission programming is wholly focused on gas savings at the expense of engine performance. Shift points are poorly chosen. The only way to summon any engine power is to fully depress the accelerator which uses up tremendous amounts of gas”

Enrique H., IL (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“After two very cold nights of vehicle setting outside, had several shifting errors and failures until temperature warmed up during the daytime. Took vehicle to dealer for error codes corrections and clearing (re flashed the computer); this resolved the issue, but never had the same cold temps again yet”

Dave W., OH (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Wouldn't shift at the appropriate time”

Jim D., IL (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Forward collision warning ("FCW") system is spotty at best. It simply does not seem to sense much of what's happening up ahead”

Anonymous, GA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The backup camera would not work if I signaled before parallel parking, reversed in to space, pulled forward, and then back into reverse. The second time in reverse the screen would be blank. After multiple attempts over a 1.5 yrs a software fix came out”

Stuart K., IL (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The backup camera doesn't not always show when car is in reverse. We also get alerts for the forward sensors and dealer always says they cleared and there is no problem”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Sometimes the camera does not display a view.....it's just blank”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Backup camera placement is sub par. It fogs up and distorts when raining. I have seen clearer pictures on a far less expensive vehicle's backup camera (Ford Flex!)”

Anonymous, WA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“About 5% of the time, the backup camera does not come on and display when you go into reverse. The car does reverse, but the screen is blank. It never happens when I take it to the dealership for service, so they do nothing except say they can't duplicate the problem”

Scott R., CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“hard to replicate, took photos using phone. Unit was replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Needs constant updating”

Felix K., ON (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Takes an Embarrassing long time to load. Moving around map slow then jumps. Does not search along route which 2009 TL did. Removed weather Satellite radar which 2009 TL had. Nav system terrible”

Thomas R., TN (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“It impossible for the owner to update the system”

Stone H., MO (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Iphone and Bluetooth system will not download the contacts”

Mike E., TX (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Had issues with pairing phone to acuralink. Took into dealer and was told would this happens as apple makes updates to iOS and will resolve over time. It did resolve after awhile”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Phone not always pairing. Garage:"Do you update your iPhone regularly?" Me:"Of course!" Garage:"well, there's your problem!" Do I have to change cars just to talk hands-free?!!! They claim no responsibility”

Anonymous, NC (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

“Virtually useless; does not respond correctly”

Felix K., ON (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Does not seem to understand Southern English. My android has no problem”

Thomas R., TN (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission cooler failed at about 12,000 miles, allowing transmission fluid to circulate in cooling sysgtem and coolant to circulate in transmission, destroying transmission. Dealer warrantied by replacing transmission, heat exchanger (not sure if this is integral with radiator), and cleaning cooling system with detergent. Problem fixed in 3 days and we were given a loaner. This seems to happen somewhat regularly with Acura's and Honda Pilots as there are internet postings of same failure. My”

George U., GA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“With in the first year of purchase (brand new) at around 9000 miles, car started making sharp squeaking sound and jerk when shifting from 2nd gear to higher gear. After testing, dealership stated the transmission had gone bad - they replaced it. But then they also replaced the radiator and the starter since they were also bad! Even though squeaking has stopped, car still makes slight jerk when gears shift- dealership and corporate customer service stated that it's standard for all MDX's !”

Shiny J., TX (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Started experiencing when driving 45 mph in higher gears. There was a clicking sound when shifting from second to third gear. Dealer couldn't fix it. Dealing gave us 2018 MDX for 2 weeks while they waited for new transmission”

John A., IN (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Transmission cooling line leaked and contaminated cooling system and transmission fluid. Warranty repair replaced transmission and radiator”

Anonymous, SC (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“At the 5K miles mark the transmission needed replacing, very disappointed at this problem with Acura, but it's a ZF sourced unit so I gave the benefit of the doubt”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Radiator cracked and leaked coolant into the transmission fluid. That circulated into the transmission and ruined the transmission. This was covered under warranty. But and Acura, really?? so disappointed”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Seal failure allowing coolant to leak into transmission fluid. Warranty covered full transmission replacement and cooling system flush”

Priscilla W., CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Dealership tech said I needed a new clutch”

Anonymous, MA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“It was a defect. The transmission was replaced at 7000 miles. Acura took care of it quickly and easily at no cost to me”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“The entire transmission was replaced because according to dealer coolant was getting into transmission. This is a known issue and they had experienced it before”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“I have had 2 new transmissions installed. At 25k and 50k miles”

Anonymous, MA (2016 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

Squeaks or rattles

“Loud rattle noise from rear suspension when driving over a bumpy road”

Robert S., NJ (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Rock became lodged between braking surface and brake pads. Dealer examined, located, and removed. Noise disappeared with no lasting affect”

Larry H., SD (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Noise”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Steering column area chirps when you accelerate after breaking”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“Leak in the sunroof”

Anonymous, MS (2016 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

Seat controls - movement

“setting automatic control”

Anonymous, MT (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“passenger seat control would not function. Unable to move seat forward or back”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

“Sunroof has rattled since day 1- we have taken it to the dealership 4 times over the course of the last year and they have been unable to fix it. We have never been offered a solution, no replacement sunroof or car and this is BRAND NEW”

Anonymous, WA (2016 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Scratch on right rear bumper that occurred during the delivery process”

Anonymous, NY (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“When installing the right tail light at the factory, the paint had been scraped off on the lower edge of the tail light opening, The factory rep just ok'ed taking the car into a body shop to repair the damage, In which they said it would take 5 days to repair”

William C., CO (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Molding around both back doors very cheap and crack. I keep car in the garage, so weather isn't an issue”

Mike E., TX (2016 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

Headlights

“Unable to turn headlights off”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“Pass seat heater stopped working”

Roby H., MD (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Passenger door keyless entry module had to be replaced”

Preston S., WI (2016 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

Electrical failure

“Think it was connected to transmission problem”

Ed M., NC (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

“AWD module had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2016 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

Fuel pump

“Fuel pump failed suddenly and unexpectedly at 70 mph which caused the vehicle to come to a complete stop”

Patrick M., OH (2016 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

Shocks or struts

“Road noise and very rough ride when hitting bumps at low speeds, sounds like a bad shock and the noise is projected in the back of the car. The dealer said that is the way will probably be. the factory told me to take it to another dealer, which I have not done”

William C., CO (2016 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)

“the battery dies very quickly when the vehicle is not in use for several days or if you are listining to radio or music with the enjin not running”

Anonymous, WA (2016 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

Squeaking

“odd noise (loud thump) when reversing, turned out rotors needed machining”

Anonymous, ON (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“the automatic engin stop fails very often and timing has to be reset by dealer. this is always when the car is at idle”

Anonymous, WA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Engine would periodically die. After a couple of attempts to fix the problem, the dealer replaced the engine & haven't had a problem since”

Anonymous, IL (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

Climate System

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

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