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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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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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.

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 camera is fuzzy. On a scale of 1-10 and ten being the clearest, this one is at 3 and the dealer said they cannot do anything with it since all of the models for this particular year have the same quality of camera."

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

"2013 Acura TL has beautiful, clear, colorful backup camera detail. 2016 MDX was so dark that at night, it was practically useless. The dealership fixed it, however, the sharpness is no where near as good as the older car. In addition, its design exposes it to the rain, distorting the images to an extent that the camera is not able to be used."

Anonymous, KY (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)
Display screen freezes up

"Slow Electronics. Takes forever to start up after starting the vehicle. Navigation screens lock up as well as display control screen. Acura has the worst and slowest tech in the industry. Replaced computers and problems still persist. Never by an Acura product again"

Randall M., BC (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"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)

"GPS system very difficult to use. Poor design."

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

"Almost always gives bad directions. Very hard to enter address that you want to go to. Must always enter the street address -- cannot say or enter nearest Target."

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

"Gps is not intuitive. Acura dealer has provided experts to assist in problems but their response has been that the 2016 navigation is new and not very good"

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

"The AcuraLink system would not receive traffic or direction info."

Greg A., ON (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Nav system is SLOW!! Does not even fire up until 30 - 35 seconds after the vehicle starts."

Randall M., BC (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The navigation system is terrible. We bought a garmin to use instead because it is so bad. It can't find common locations, doesn't take the shortest or most efficient, directs you into cities (Washington DC!) instead of around them, takes the wrong exits off highways, loses roads that have been around for 30 or 40 years etc, etc. The worst $3k plus money spent. And we can't use google maps!"

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

"Very cumbersome to input parameters. Passenger unable to input new addresses when car is moving. Doesn't always take the best route."

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

"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)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Every time that we change a phone, we must reenter the previous phone from the start. i.e. we have to delete that phone and re-pair."

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

"I have an iPhone XS plus. Acura is unable to pair properly with apple products and say it is an apple problem! I suggest it is an Acura problem as iPhone is the number one cell phone in North America. Overall, Acura's Tech is terrible and I will never by another."

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

"The entire infotainment system is SLOW and terrible. Will not accept voice commands and cannot pair my iPhone properly. Acura says it is an Apple problem. I'd never buy an Acura ever again. NO value!"

Randall M., BC (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Always says that "Unable to recall Caller history." Not even sure what that means. Typical bluetooth operation is satisfactory."

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

"It sometimes drops the connected phone as well as some of the programmed information."

Anonymous, ON (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)
Software update fixes

"On three occasions the car has flashed warnings that the ABS and traction control systems are not working and to proceed immediately to a dealer. Each time no cause was found and the system re-set. Dealers cite the need for software updates not yet available.."

Ron C., OR (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"2 main problems: 1. The advanced safety features suddenly don't work while driving. 2. Blank screen that needed software reloaded. Warnings came up on screen. The first occurs almost exclusively on the same highway. Stopping and restarting the car gets rid of the warning."

Anonymous, AB (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"Automatic Engine Stop has quit working and Acura mechanics don't seem to want to address the problem; giving several causes that the owner should check out. Forum information notes that this is a problem on the 2016 MDX for many owners."

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

"The existing system just does not work well for voice commands. Plus, you must pay a feed to maintain AcuraLink. No worth the money at all."

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

"The voice control rarely recognized my commands such that I gave up on it. Pretty much worthless."

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

"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 Minor

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

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

"Acura recall for a transmission cooler issue"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"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)
Rough shifting

"When the car is in a parking lot going slow, if you touch the accelerator even a little the car jerks. In normal driving it seems to shift slow at low speeds. The car had a firmware update but the problem still exists."

Shapiro I., IL (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"cold starts first 2 shifts rough"

James H., TX (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Rough shifting...not very smooth. Was told the computer needed updating and I had to pay for it (even though it was under warranted) and the problem stayed the same."

John O., IL (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"In a heavy traffic, moving from 15-20 mph to higher to keep up with the traffic, the new replaced transmission still hesitates."

Bharti P., PA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"I think the way that the car shifts at times is jumpy. Although not always, it does tend to happen more often than not. It also has 3 modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport. Sometimes they work well, other times I felt that it didn't put out the power to go with it's name. It just always felt at times a bit sluggish. When the car starts moving it makes a clickity-clack noise that the dealer was not able to fix even after 3 visits."

Luis M., FL (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"At slowing transmission sometimes shift roughly"

Al B., FL (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Acura has been unable to correct the rough shifting and gear hunting in this transmission. Drove a 2018 MDX loaner and experienced none of these problems. Wish there was some type of class action we could participate in. Local dealer admits similar complaints by other owners."

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

"Delayed shifts at speeds less than 25 mph."

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

"Had software updated but the transmission is still very rough shifting when cold"

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

"The transmission was replaced in this car at apx. 36000 miles, now it occasionally shifts hard at around 40 mph. The dealer says the can't replicate it."

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

"Lurching, jerking and hesitation when accelerating from a stop. This problem began soon after purchase. Dealer said it was operating "normal as designed. Eventually there was an upgrade for the transmission software. We had the upgrade performed, and the shifting is improved however still unacceptable for a luxury vehicle."

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

"The gears changing was rough and noisy. So was restart after auto start after stopping at a light."

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

"Very rough shifting and will slam when changing gears."

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

"car would not go over 35 miles on the freeway . Problem was a switch in the transmission"

Anonymous, CA (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)
Slipping transmission

"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

"Transmission has always seemed to shift awkwardly. It had to be rebuilt 2 years ago and more recently they had to do some computer updating. It still is not perfect--we get what feels to be slipping and hard shifting occasionally."

W B., AZ (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission always glitchy. Hesitation. While driving on the interstate multiple warning lights came on, engine began racing, steering became difficult. Drove to nearest Acura dealer. After diagosis, told it was a computer issue that just needed an update. 20 minutes later issue corrected. Has been fine since, no more hesitation or other glitches."

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

"Car was stuck in low gear, this situation was fixed twice, by dealership resetting or changing the computer system."

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

"From a stop the transmission would begin in a higher gear and then downshift to a lower gear causing a noticeable pause when trying to accelerate . It has taken 4 years and several visits to the dealers to get it corrected. It has finally been fixed with a software update."

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

"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)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Wouldn't shift at the appropriate time"

Jim D., IL (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

"Recall for contamination of transmission fluid with coolant."

George H., WA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission fluid and coolant mixed causing rebuild. Not certain of exact extent but Acura had it for close to 2 weeks. I had the feeling that I wasn't the first."

W B., AZ (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Car was recalled for faulty transmission & transmiison cooling system. It took months to get it repaired as they. Could not get the parts even though it could breakdown at any time. The service department in Charlotte N.C. did not/ would not follow up with Acura to get the parts. Acura said it wasn’t their problem call the dealer. I was stuck in the middle. This was my third Acura and. LAST. This is not the service I expected and had experienced with my previous Acura’s. Dealer and Acura did not seem to care. Finally I made weekly trips to the dealership and constant calls to service coordinator.. it is fixed now."

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

"The car failed to upshift a couple of times and was shifting up and down excessively at times."

Bruce W., NC (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"slipping gears warranty replaced"

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

"Probably never worked as advertised as the nine gear transmission was very jerky. Finally started having issues changing out of first and had a chirping sound in it. Being replaced as we speak"

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

"the transmission was hesitating from about 35 to 40 mph to higher spped"

Bharti P., PA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"recall issued"

George H., OR (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The transmission went out and needed to be replaced. It was slipping and missing gears."

Flynn A., CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"It was replaced about an year ago due to the radiator fluid getting mixed up with Transmission fluid, causing erratic performance"

Bharti P., PA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Trans made chirp noise between shifts. Honda sent a new converter along with the new trans. Thank goodness."

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

"Known TSB by Acura on chirp noise when transmission shifting from 3-4 gear. Complete transmission replacement."

Brian G., WI (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"ZF 9 speed replaced at 28,000 miles for a too common problem of radiator fluid mixing with the transmission fluid. There was a recall for the failed part. The transmission shifts became very abrupt and noisy. Now at 48,000 miles it’s exhibiting the same symptoms again. Have an appointment at the dealer next week for a diagnosis. Swing and a miss with Acura. We’ll probably never own another one."

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

"At 49000 miles the transmission was making chirping noises when shifting between 2nd & 3rd gears. Found that this indicated an internal part had malfunctioned. This part was involved in a recall notice having been issued. Transmission was replaced by dealer"

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

"Dealer and Manufacturer step up and took care of these repairs and provided a loaner car at no cost"

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

"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

Air or water leaks

"Drive side window has a air leak"

Richard J., MT (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Leak in the sunroof"

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

"$74,000 vehicle and there are persistent squeaks and and rattles that the dealer is unwilling to even give the time of day to. Brought the vehicle in several times and they road test it around the parking lot and tell me they heard no noises. Never buying another Acura"

Randall M., BC (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The suspension has noticeable squeaks which have became noticeable about one month after purchase. Three attempts to fix the issue couldn't get it solved."

Mark H., ON (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"For a vehicle in this price bracket the squeaks and rattles experienced are unacceptable. Acura has cheapened their entire offering and raised their prices. I will never buy another product from them."

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

"noises from front end steering mechanisms when turning wheel. Mechanical noises when driving in uneven road conditions. Noisy cabin at highway speeds as well as in city driving. Will NOT BUY this vehicle again."

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

"suspension noise"

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

"Rear seat rattle since delivery - dealer CND."

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

"Window rattles when hitting potholes"

Anonymous, AR (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)
Wind noise

"Seals caused wind noise. Addition of roof rack cause more wind noise"

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

"Road noise on city streets. noisy cabin when driving at highway speeds."

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

"Car is noisy and shifting is rough"

Anonymous, CA (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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Corner of roof molding fell off and was replaced at dealership within a week."

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

"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)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Some of the seat rail covers pop off intermittently. The rear washer nut cover also popped off once."

Ralph S., NY (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"trim on the rear doors puckered. Did not come loose, but is unattractive and may get worse."

Stephen G., WV (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The headliner became loose and was dropping down. Additionally, the plastic frame by the rearview has come loose and will not reattach. Dealership was unable to fix."

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

"Paint peeling on roof above windshield"

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

"The paint stripped off above the windscreen which was repaired under warranty by repainting the whole top of the vehicle."

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

"Manufacturer and dealer paid for all repairs with a free loaner car."

Anonymous, (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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"SEAT BELTS: Recurring problem. They will not retract completely under normal use. Factury have replaced 4 times with the same problem."

Anonymous, MO (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"rear brakes wore out caused rotors to be replaced. dealer check in last oil change said they were fine."

Jay B., OH (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"MDX began to experience pulsing of brakes during freeway speed stops. Brought the vehicle to the Acura dealer for inspection and issue was repaired under warranty."

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

"breaks failed in grocery parking lot while parking. The Car jumped a curb (at low speed), sideswiped a tree and continued until it hit a parked car on on other side of parking lot."

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

"Rotors overheat easily and begin to make the wheels chatter when braking. Acura denies there is a problem, BUt there is evidence that this is a known problem with MDX cars, from searching NHTSA records. Acura has refuse t fix, claims all I need to do is turn the rotors. I believe the rotors warp easily with heat because they are not properly engineered."

S P., CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The rotors heated up coming down a mountain and it caused a permanent vibration when braking. I had to replace the rotors."

Flynn A., CA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Previous to the MDX we owned a Honda Odyssey. The rotors warped, causing significant vibration when brakes were applied. Rotors and pads were replaced at 45,000 miles. The aftermarket replacements lasted till we sold it with 135,000 miles. MDX has the same problem at about the same mileage. No improvement from Honda Cars in 10 years. Both of these were my wife’s grocery getter/kid hauler. She’s not an aggressive driver."

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

"The squeaking or clicking sound normally happens when you are on full stop and when backing. You would hear a clacking or squaking sound and after a visit to the dealership they said that it is normal. Those were not heard when it was newer how can it be normal."

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

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

Anonymous, ON (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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Recall"

J S., IL (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"The right rear license plate light is not functional."

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

"Leak/water damage in taillight assembly. Note Acura issued a recall after I experienced the first failure"

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

"Left rear, driver side tail light had failed. Found that this problem was identified by Acura and a recall notice had been issued. The leaking rear hatch gasket was leaking water into the light assembly. The gasket and tail light were replaced by the dealer."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
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)
Warning lights

"Emergency Flashers stopped working, Button on Auto Climate control stopped working"

Anonymous, FL (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

Doors or sliding doors

"Rear hatch door would not open high enough to avoid hitting my head on it and automatic closing mechanism failed"

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

"Power mirror was adjusting on its own , appears to have been a bad motor on driver side mirror. The work and parts was covered by warranty."

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

"The seat does not hold the setting. It starts to recline over a week period."

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

"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)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgate does not open completely with result that I frequently bang my head on the tailgate"

Anonymous, AB (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

4WD/AWD components

"AWD module had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"CV joint made noise, dealer replaced under warrantee."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"The computer that controls the gears went into neutral and the transmission would no longer shift into drive."

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

"The electronics that controlled the HVAC failed, so you could not turn on or off or have any control over AC"

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

"Think it was connected to transmission problem"

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

"For the first three years of ownership when accelerating from a stop in slippery conditions the stability control system would give a warning that it was not operating correctly and the car should be serviced. After several visits to the dealers the flaw was corrected by a software update. No longer an issue."

Anonymous, OR (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Traction control

"Once the car encounters a slippery start, loss of traction, situation, rain, slush, etc. it goes into high gear start out mode so it will not cleanly accelerate. Apparently it is a transmission software issue that has not been addressed. They re-set the system and it is okay until it senses loss of traction."

Ron C., OR (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

Bushings

"Very noisy rear suspension. Bushings and shocks replaced under warranty. Fine now"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Left front strut was failing and making noise. Both front struts were replaced under warranty"

Bruce W., NC (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"started about 6 months ago. Both rear struts had be replaced they were continually making noise. The front shocks have recently failed making lots of noise but have not had them replaced yet. The struts are not a warranty item thus had to pay and will have to pay for the front. I have had other vehicle swhich I have driven for over 200K miles and have never had to replace the shocks or struts. Very disappointed in this vehicle."

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

"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)
Wheel bearings

"They had to replace front hub bearing. Car making lot of noise and rubbing sound when driving"

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

"noise noted warranty replaced"

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Quit working during car wash and when raining. Took a day or two to dry out and start working again."

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

"The car every now and then jumps forward when driving when the adaptive cruise control is on, but not being used."

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

"The electronics gives faulty indication of front breaking; the transmission also once in a while erratically slows down and gives silent beeps"

Bharti P., PA (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"Would stop working for a period of time then would restart later. Never found cause."

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

"Will stop working at times and will start again if stop for a time."

Mike G., OR (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

"2016-2018: Noticed car occasionally hesitant like not “getting” into gear but no stalling. Wife driving car and stalls while at a light. Simply restarts car with no issue. February 2019: Wife driving car and stalls but when restarted, all lights in dash are on and car will only move forward at idle speed and throttle completely not responsive (e.g., can press gas pedal to floor with no acceleration). Limped car into TiresPlus at Lake Miriam and they verify that battery/alternator are ok and recommend Acura dealership because they suspect a bigger issue. Regal Acura (2615 Lakeland Hills Blvd Bldg 2, Lakeland, FL 33805, (863) 262-4238)) Visit 1 (March 2019): Matthew in service. Regal Service does full check and reports “nothing wrong.” March 2019: Vehicle continues with hesitancy and stalls. Regal Acura Visit 2 (March 2019): Bring back to Matthew and they repeat check and finding nothing wrong. I insist on fuel line flush which I pay for. April 2019: Vehicle continues with hesitancy and stalls. I then perform Google search on this issue and find out about Acura recall P3W MDX. I call Matthew in Regal Acura service and let him know that there is a recall on this exact issue. Appears Regal Acura completely unaware of this issue. Matthew states we can arrange to bring the vehicle back for the recall resolution. Regal Acura performs software update. Vehicle continues to exhibit hesitancy while driving. April 2019: I then receive letter from Acura Automobile Division outlining the recall: 1. Safety Consequence per recall: “Reduced fuel flow to the engine combined with vehicle operation in high temperature conditions can restrict vehicle acceleration and/or cause an engine stall, which increases risk of crash.” 2. What will Acura do? “The dealer will update the software for the engine control unit…. If the diagnostic scan confirms a previous occurrence of engine stalling, the fuel pump will be replaced for free.” April 2019: I immediately call Regal Acura to inform them of this and arrange to bring vehicle back for fuel pump replacement. I am then informed that recall issue has been adequately addressed and I am not eligible for fuel pump replacement. April 9, 2019: Called American Honda’s Customer Support and Campaign Center (888-234-2138) to open Case # 09483906 to report inability to get this recall resolved by Regal Acura. April 30, 2019: Speak with Service Manager Kyle at Regal Acura about this issue and he recommends we bring vehicle in to do full check and make sure nothing else wrong. May 2, 2019: Drop Acura MDX off at Regal Acura and personally speak with Kyle (Service Manager) and Lead Service Tech about the issues. They inform me that there is a software “back door” that will allow them to see if there has been engine stalls despite car alerts being reset during the prior routine checks. I left message for GM Sonny Glover on his office voicemail to apprise him of the situation and my concerns."

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

"while driving I got error messages from every system on the vehicle all warning lights flashing difficult to accelerate. was able to drive it carefully to dealer. Fuel rails?? and fuel pump had to be replaced. Took a week. fortunately the extended warranty paid for most of it. Cost of repairs in the last 12 months would have been about $4000 without the warranty with another thousand soon to come. a very unreliable car!!"

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

"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)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Happened once each year. dealer installed new sensor"

Deborah S., NC (2016 Acura MDX None 3.5-L V6)

"emission control light would not go out until the o2 sensors and converter were replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2016 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

Automatic climate control

"Only blows cold air out of one passenger vent until I’ve been driving about 10 minutes"

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

"WHen the tempurature outside gets really cold, the heater doesn't heat very well. Works fine from 15F on up, but below 15F, my feet will get cold. At idle, the heater doesn't work well at all when less than 15F."

Anonymous, MN (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)

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)

Engine Cooling

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

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