For years, the upscale MDX has been a popular choice in  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 5 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.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC standard from 2003. Head protection air bags standard from 2004. FCW and AEB standard from 2017.
Road Test

For years, the upscale MDX has been a popular choice in  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 relatively good 21 mpg overall with the optional all-wheel-drive. (Front-wheel-drive is standard.) However, the nine-speed automatic isn't the smoothest or most responsive. A hybrid version is also available. 

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 9-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 hybrid (321 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 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

"Backup camera would remain in backup mode when driving forward until vehicle was stopped and turned off. This happens intermittently."

Anonymous, (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.5-L V6)

"Does not always work - occasionally when putting in reverse the screen remains blank"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Extremely slow responding to voice Chanda, linking up, and using navigational system"

Anonymous, (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.0-L V6 hybrid)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The head unit will only allow browsing on iPods of 4th generation or earlier. Later iPod models with 64 gb of storage do not work with the Acura system."

Walt O., CA (2018 Acura MDX Hybrid 3.0-L V6 hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"the voice prompt for hands free is horrible on both Acuras I had. My friends think I am kidding it is so far off I just use my phone which is crazy for a $50K car. My 1997 BMW was better!!"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Even with updates it doesn't link my iPhone up"

Anonymous, (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.0-L V6 hybrid)
Software update fixes

"routine recall item"

Anonymous, DE (2018 Acura MDX 3.5-L V6)

"Repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Although the car interior is very quiet, the voice commands do not always work, particularly if the car is moving at speed on noise inducing surfaces."

Walt O., CA (2018 Acura MDX Hybrid 3.0-L V6 hybrid)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water leak drivers door"

Mary G., IL (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Recall for leaky tail light seals"

David T., CO (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.5-L V6)

"The driver door seal allowed wind noise which was fixed by the dealer."

Mary B., SC (2018 Acura MDX 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Already described"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.5-L V6)

"front left area constantly making odd noises. Haven't had time to take to the dealer for review."

Anonymous, (2018 Acura MDX Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"My decision factors were noise and ride. One of the door seals was not tight so I had wind noise. The dealer fixed it."

Mary B., SC (2018 Acura MDX 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

Rough shifting

"Shifts are sometimes laboured and rough"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Acura MDX 3.5-L V6)

"Has been present from beginning.sortware was reloaded again in July and seems to have resolved it again"

Anonymous, (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

"The transmission has shifted poorly since day one. The car will not down shift when you are moving across an intersection and have slown to turn and try to accelerate to move across the intersection."

Wesley Y., TX (2018 Acura MDX 3.5-L V6)

"software and acceleration issues"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Acura MDX Unsure 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)

"Warranty recall re wiring"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.5-L V6)

"Rear tail light replaced due to moisture. Wiring had to be replaced with new seal."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Acura MDX Hybrid 3.0-L V6 hybrid)
Heated or cooled seats

"The rear seats did not heat. Dealer fixed problem."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Odd issues with the locks and rear tailgate not working"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Acura MDX Base 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

"Serious body panel alignment problems with passenger rear door, lift gate, hood, and fenders. There were also “fish eyes” in the paint on the hood. Dealer and Acura deemed the MDX unrepairable. Dealer replaced the MDX with another new 2018 MDX."

John L., NC (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The rattle was due to loose wires of the rear windshield wiper in the tailgate"

Anonymous, NC (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.5-L V6)

"The 2018 MDX had just moved production from Lincoln AL to East Liberty OH, and fit and finish Quality on the 2018 MDX from East Liberty was poor, very un-Acura like. The alignment on multiple body panels was poor and specifically the tailgate, and the tailgate lighting was involved in a recent NHTSA recall."

John L., NC (2018 Acura MDX Base 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Two issues 1) it is slow to react to speed changes in the car ahead, so you are constantly concerned if the Acura is actually going to slow down. The Subaru is much better at this. 2) The ACC becomes inoperative when there is snow buildup. I found out the sensor is behind the Acura shield on the front and that is too low to the ground."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Acura MDX Hybrid 3.0-L V6 hybrid)

"Auto gains too much speed when going down hills in Vermont. Not uncommon to gain 10-13 mph over set speed"

Tim T., NC (2018 Acura MDX 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)

"The vehicle would not start or drive"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Acura MDX Hybrid 3.0-L V6 hybrid)

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

"drive selection will not remain as selected"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Acura MDX Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"Engine mounts get excessive wear and fail early due to the Acura/Honda Engine auto idle start stop feature. Knocking persisted at 15k miles and mounts had to be replaced."

Wesley Y., TX (2018 Acura MDX 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)

"Not noticeable to the driver, alert on dash noticed and was driven to dealer. Repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2018 Acura MDX Base 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.

Paint/Trim

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

Engine Major

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

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

Climate System

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

Engine Cooling

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

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