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Engine
3.5L V6

Power
290 hp
EPA - est City/Hwy
19/27
Seats
7

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2016 Acura MDX Overview

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The 2016 Acura MDX hits the market with a new nine-speed automatic transmission, an enhanced SH-AWD system and an AcuraWatch Plus safety package. The 2016 MDX luxury crossover continues to offer three-row seating and a generous list of standard features. The 2016 Acura MDX is one of the best midsize luxury crossovers thanks to its appealing price range and strong resale value.

Shoppers have flocked to the reasonably priced Acura MDX for years due to its strong resale value and reputation for reliability. The 2016 MDX boasts numerous updates, including a standard nine-speed automatic transmission and a widely available AcuraWatch Plus bundle that provides cutting-edge safety technologies. Add the MDX's rewarding driving dynamics to the mix and you're looking at one of the best picks for a three-row luxury crossover SUV this year. The popular 2016 Acura MDX receives a few changes this year, including a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Notably, the AcuraWatch Plus package isn't completely new, although it does mark the debut of both rear cross-traffic alerts and a camera-based lane-keeping assist system that Acura calls "Road Departure Mitigation." Many of its features were offered on the 2015 MDX, too, including lane-departure and blind-spot warning systems, adaptive cruise control and a collision mitigation system with automatic braking. In order to get them, however, you had to specify the top-of-the-line Advance package, whereas AcuraWatch Plus is available across the lineup. That means safety-minded consumers can save a hefty chunk of change for 2016 by specifying AcuraWatch Plus on lower-priced MDX models. On the road, the 2016 Acura MDX remains one of the more satisfying three-row crossovers to drive, with a quiet interior at highway speeds and surprising athleticism when driving around turns (especially with all-wheel drive). The standard 3.5-liter V6 engine lacks the strong low-rpm torque of some turbocharged rivals, but wind it out a bit and you'll find that the MDX is still one of the quicker vehicles out there. Add it all up and this versatile, well-made and feature-packed Acura is arguably the most sensible choice in the midsize luxury SUV segment. As such, we gave it an "A" rating, but know that there are other options out there that can be more desirable, if not more sensible. The 2016 Volvo XC90, redesigned at long last, has wowed us with its slick styling, exquisite interior and strong yet fuel-efficient power plants. When similarly equipped, it also offers similar value to the MDX. The overhauled 2016 Audi Q7, meanwhile, has a more restrained design, but it offers a sumptuous cabin, an advanced infotainment interface and an available turbodiesel V6. Other popular picks include the BMW X5, which serves up the most engaging performance of the bunch but has less third-row space and a substantially higher price. The Infiniti QX60 is well-equipped and spacious, but is comparatively slow and unexciting to drive. We would also be remiss if we didn't mention the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot, which gives up little to its pricier Acura corporate cousin, while being less expensive and offering even more utility. All are worth a look, but the well-rounded MDX may represent the best balance of value, utility and luxury of them all.

Offering familiar comfort, value and performance plus a slew of updates, the 2016 Acura MDX is a top pick among three-row luxury crossovers.

The 2016 MDX gets a standard nine-speed automatic transmission with push-button gear selection, an optional suite of safety technologies called AcuraWatch Plus and a revised all-wheel-drive system that Acura says is lighter and more responsive. Other changes include a standard frameless rearview mirror, Siri Eyes Free voice controls for compatible Apple devices, an easy-entry driver seat and (via the Advance package) auto stop-start.



2016 Acura MDX Problems




2016 Acura MDX Reviews From Owners (50 Reviews)

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By Simon Chu

on Sep/24/16 08:59 AM (UTC)

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Great family car, not very fast, little noisy

Overall not a bad car for a US manufactured vehicle, lots of gadgets that are fairly standard with other luxuries. My first time owning an MDX, the jewel lights are great. I am a little annoyed by the dull hum when you turn the steering wheel. The service guy says that is how it is made. I did not hear it in the other vehicles. The controls screen HAVE to be UPDATED to include a single button to change air circulation, when you see some exhaust and dusts you have to scramble to find the control and press TWO BUTTONS to change to recycle. I am able to get by just putting the car in AUTO for AC. You have to press TWO BUTTONS to turn on and off AC!

By Judith Sousa

on Jun/25/16 05:34 PM (UTC)

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By Weilin Chou

on Jun/05/16 10:23 AM (UTC)

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By Tanya Simpson

on Apr/16/16 01:19 PM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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Loving the mdx a liitle less

Even though I still love the overall design of the car, I don't like that certain features does not come standard. The navigation system should be standard in all MDX because I have seen SUV of lesser value come equipped with a navigation system. Also the Accurawatch package should have been standard on the 2016 MDX, is now standard in the 2017. Overall a stylish ride that is easy on the eyes.

By Dan Anelli

on Apr/10/16 09:59 AM (UTC)

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By Arien DeGuzman

on Apr/07/16 07:20 PM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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Great value midsize SUV

It drives comfortably and smoothly.

By Prtrnr

on Mar/15/16 01:16 PM (UTC)

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Love my MDX but not the service department

Still loving my MDX. Just had my first service at the dealer. Ride was great before they balanced and rotated my tires. Now it rides like I'm driving on a pothole filled dirt road. I will be taking it back. Really? They can't even get this right.

By Rajesh Marath

on Jan/21/16 07:58 PM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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By Jeff

on Jan/19/16 08:12 AM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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By Chuck

on Nov/15/15 10:43 AM (UTC)

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By KGL

on Mar/12/17 11:40 AM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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VA MDX SUV for momma

Great SUV, lots of safety & comfort features and rides nices. Don't like the 9 speed transmission; it shifts hard & unexpected in lower speeds. My wife loves it, and that's all that matters.

By VJ

on Mar/03/17 05:47 AM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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Transmission issue on brand new MDX

Purchased a brand new 2016 MDX and within 10 months started having problem with the transmission - jerking with sharp squeaking sound whenever gears shifted (lower gear). Had driven only around 9500 miles when this problem started. Dealership replaced the transmission, but then also changed the radiator and the starter (since those also apparently had issues !) - all this took almost a month. In short, major components were bad/poor quality (?) in a brand new car - only major remaining part to replace is the engine !!! After the repairs, car still gives slight jerk during gear shifts. Dealership and Corporate customer service response was - slight jerk is normal for MDX. So buyers beware - from personal experience it seems Honda quality is not transferred to its luxury brand !!! Consider alternatives & do your research before spending your dollars....

By Brianc

on Jan/24/17 10:29 AM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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I can't believe this is an Acura...

After owning 5 Accords, 2 Odysseys, 1 CRV and a Pilot without any issues, I figured the next logical step was Acura. We test drove and almost bought a Ford Explorer Sport, but the Honda loyalist inside of me said the Acura would be a better overall purchase. From the moment we leased this MDX 6 months ago it has been a HUGE let down. The transmission is horrible and shifts almost violently (dealer said this is normal), the suspension pops and clunks on every bump (3 attempts by dealer to fix), the touch screen is cool in theory, but when you just want to turn on the seat heater or adjust the fan it takes far too much effort. The cargo area is poorly designed (in my opinion) because the roof slopes in the rear and limits capacity. The seats seem to be okay; they are a little small for my 6'3" frame but my wife finds the car comfortable. On the plus side, the ride on the freeway is compliant and gas mileage is phenomenal (although, keep in mind you have to use premium fuel which offsets some of the MPG savings). I love the LED headlamps, but more and more cars are adding this feature, which makes is less special on the Acura. Remote starter was standard on my Accord, but we had to pay $400 extra for it on the Acura. Overall, the car looks much better than it performs. I never thought I would say this about a Honda product, but if you are in the market for a midsize SUV, do yourself a favor and drive several other vehicles...this Acura just doesn't live up to it's name.

By Ron

on Dec/23/16 04:43 AM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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Best Vehicle I've Ever Owned

I've driven the Acura MDX model since it arrived in 2001 and been an Acura owner since 1995. This being my 4th MDX the 2016 is the best driving experience I've ever had. I was a little nervous with the move to a crossover design, happy with the feel of the RL I've missed. The slight one inch lowering to the ground was a concern but still keeps me high enough on the road to see ahead in traffic. The new safety innovations are incredible and give me a new sense of road safety beyond what I've ever experienced. The gas mileage is through the roof beyond what I expected which was my main motivation for buying in May of 2016. I don't get all the transmission complaints, but I must say, I don't drive the car fast, I drive it economically for safety and good gas mileage. For this reason, the car is a dream. If you want a sports car, then go buy one. I love having the option of the engine stopping if you press the brake a tad harder at a stop. At first this was strange, but now a natural part of driving the car. All the technology took a small learning curve but once you learn, it's part of you. My Acura dealership has been completely responsive with any questions I have. The MDX handles beautifully with new smart technology helping to keep me in my lane when driving the freeway. I love the distance setting of three choices when using cruise. I'm not trying to out drive anyone, just selecting my space on the freeway to drive most economically. Hitting 28 miles to the gallon on a long trip is the best MPG I've ever received from any Acura. The sound system and tech package is delivers all I need and then some. This new 2016 MDX delivers the most enjoyable driving experience I've ever had!

By Peter

on Nov/15/16 01:19 PM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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2016 Acura MDX ... NO Spare tire ... no tools

The base model has no spare tire and no tools to change one. I was stuck with a flat tire and had to go through an ordeal to get the flat fixed.

By Krang

on Nov/06/16 07:51 AM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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Transmission went after 15k

I have had my SUV in for repairs several times. Window would go up and down. In the fourth try they almost fixed it. It doesn't just go down on its own any longer. It just doesn't stay up if you roll it down. It takes about 4-5 tries. The USB ports don't work. They said it's my phone, I have had 6 chargers and a new phone since my purchase. The computer/transmission has been in 3 times. They claimed it was a computer issue with shifting. However when my car failed to go over 30 MPH. I called, their response was there is no engine light on, there is no problem. However after my car being there for a week, they called to let me know the transmission is faulty and needs to be replaced. I called my sales rep (who we've used for 5 cars) to see if he could swap my car out for a similar one. He didn't help and told me to call Acura and file a complaint. He also said they will not do anything to help you. Extremely disappointed after spending 50k on a lemon. I did plan on purchasing this car at the end of the lease.

By David

on Oct/12/16 08:54 AM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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Jerky low speed transmission shifts

Rough shifting from idle into first and second. Jerky shifting at low speed if you do not accelerate uniformly. Not worth the $50K+ price.

By Carmen

on Sep/13/16 07:27 AM (UTC)

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Unreliable Navigation System

The navigation map system in not reliable. When an update becomes available, be prepared to pay $145 or more plus tax & shipping for the software. My concern is traveling outside of my hometown to places that have updated their roads. Unfortunately for the amount of money spend for this vehicle, you CANNOT rely on the navigation map system. I purchased my vehicle in June 2015 and today (9/13/16) I contacted Honda Navigation System and was told there is no information about a forth coming update to the navigation map system. I have to use Google Maps from my mobile phone which is much more reliable.

By Mike S

on Mar/13/17 08:09 AM (UTC)

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Second MDX is disappointing

I traded my 2013 Acura MDM in for a 2016 and am very disappointed in the new car's transmission. It is very clunky and shifts in and out of gears unnecessarily. Based on the transmission alone, I would not recommend this vehicle. The old transmission was a 6 speed and was much smoother than the current 9 speed. At highway speeds it is fine, but in ordinary city stop/go traffic it is not. I do like the lane change warnings and the warnings that you get when you are backing up that another car is approaching from the sides. This is very helpful when pulling out of a parking space when another truck or SUV is next to you. The car informs you someone is coming before you can actually see the oncoming car. Very nice feature! I wish Acura would offer a HUD, I have one on a BMW and it is another feature that once you have, you don't ever want to give up. The navigation system display is not very well done and the software it uses is not very efficient, also much better on my BMW. All-in-all, I would rather have my old MDX back.

By K-Meister

on Aug/15/16 09:41 AM (UTC)

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Our New MDX

Great ride, love the lane assist. Took it on a very long trip and it performed great. Surprisingly great mileage.Back seats do not recline which is a bummer for our kids. Navigation system is a bit clunky with the two screens.

By Jerold

on May/28/16 01:39 PM (UTC)

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Rattle Rattle Bang Bang

The tech package was better in our 2004 MDX, Impossible for a six foot man to get in and out of drivers seat, and lastly the car has dash rattles and not only that the rear of the suv it sounds like it is bottoming out when it crosses tar stips.

By Michael

on Apr/28/16 09:00 AM (UTC)

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Can't hear the music

Loved the RDX and followed with the MDX. Mistake. From cold start the car takes a few seconds to download (or open) its software and the initial start is "jerky". The transmission/pick-up is initially slow. But the one awful feature is the radio- It has been to the dealer to check all connections-claims to have found none which I believe since the radio still cannot hold a station. Every station wanders/gets static. Think this is the worst car radio I've had since I was a kid in my father's 1958 Dodge.

By Timesh Amtha

on Apr/08/16 12:10 PM (UTC)

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Best bang for your buck!

Great vehicle for the price. We compared it to the lexus rx 350 and the mdx was the best bang for your buck! More space with the same technology and quality as lexus and cheaper price.

By Raghu

on Mar/21/16 02:08 PM (UTC)

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Awsome car!!

2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD with Technology and Entertainment package has been very good so far:
My overall experience with Autonation, Stevens Creek has also been very good, very friendly staff.
The salesman Mr Allen Kim was very helpful so does the finance person Mr Christian.
If you happen to decide to buy Acura buy it from Autonation, Stevens Creek and ask for Allen Kim.

The car itself is very spacious, nice / plush interiors and I like the push-button gear shift once I got used to this.
+Good Performance
+Overall comfort
+Excellent safety
+120V AC supply in the rear console is very good and handy on the go.
Cons:
-Cruise control is not as smooth and speed is not constant when the roads have elevation.
-Navigation is slow/un-intuitive.
-Glove box illumination works only when the engine is ON
-Third row leg space is okay for kids and bit jammed for adults but for the price/size, I guess this is okay.

I was also considering Audi Q7 but I think I made a good decision to stick with Acura MDX due to its looks and features.
Few things Acura could improve further, given that this is the "Entertainment package" trim:
1. USB port could also have supported the rear video playback (ex: AVI/MP4)
2. Similarly, instead of decade old audio/video jack ports in the rear video in/out, they could have included the HDMI port or maybe another USB port.
3. Could have included the BluRay disk drive instead of the previous/old generation DVD optical drive for the rear video playback
4. I hope / expect to see if Acura could fix or improve any of these and also consider adding "Car Play" integration in forthcoming firmware upgrade.

By Bonofca

on Aug/27/15 10:00 PM (UTC)

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A sensible choice for a luxury crossover

Purchased my MDX'16 (SH-AWD Adv/ Ent.) 3 months ago. So far so good. Great handling, smooth riding SUV. Quiet and comfortable on the road. Very responsive in sports mode. The infotainment system was not simple to use at first, but when I learned how to use it, I really like it because of its cool advance tech. features. Great sound system. Excellent Rear entertainment system with wide screen that produces a surround sound quality similar to a high end home theater system. Safety features are probably one of the best in it's class. The adaptive cruise control/ lane keep assist are great feature on long drives.

Follow up review: after 9 months. So far so good, still an excellent vehicle. no major issues. I really like the push button shifter. Contrary to some reviewers complaint, doing a three point turn is an easy step for me: put the hand over the gear selectors, pull the reverse button to back up with the index and middle finger, push the drive button with the thumb to forward, no arm travel is needed. One minor issue is the back up camera was slow to respond.
Just like some of the reviewers here in the site, I also noticed that ocassionally, the drive in lower gear is not smooth particularly in sports mode, but it's not a big deal, for me it has similar feel when driving a manual trabsmission car at 1st gear.
Highway mpg is spot on, 26-28 in long drives at 60-70 mph on a flat road. City is around 19-20.
The lane keep assist can keep up at 45-65 mph when there is a clear lane marking, at >75mph, I noticed that the car gets too close to the next lane when going on a curvy free way. Adaptive cruise works well in my car but can slam on brakes a bit hard in some occasions particularly when there is a slowing down of traffic in front of you. Not quite as smooth as a human driver braking.
To me, the dual infotainment system is cool and high tech looking especially now that I'm used to it, but could still be improved to a nicer, faster, HD graphics. I wish Acura could come up with software upgrades in the future.

By Ellen

on Nov/18/16 08:34 PM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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Comfortable ride, absolutely horrible GPS system

Overall, the car rides comfortably and reliably, handles well in all weather conditions. My only two complaints: the transmission is a bit sluggish (took it in and they did an update, but don't really notice a difference) and the GPS is absolutely horrible. I am very disappointed that, after spending $50k on a brand new car - a car where, btw, the GPS is not standard (included in the technology package, which I have) - the GPS is utterly substandard. Not only is it slow, it takes 5 minutes to enter in an address, and half the time it is just plain WRONG. Very frustrating. I have to use my Garmin because it is so worthless. Acura owes better to its customers.

By Jeff Axup

on Sep/30/16 10:46 AM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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Terrible customer service and tech problems

Acura customer care refused to return my calls for 8 months when the backup camera was intermittently not functioning. Even after I send videos of it occurring they refused to accept responsibility or communicate. Acura clearly doesn't care about customers after they make the purchase. The navigation system and voice recognition system is really a joke as well. I replaced it with a dash-mounted iPhone. The car does handle well and the all-wheel drive is great.

By Shawn Ayers

on May/25/16 11:09 AM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


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First MDX

The MDX overall comfort with all the gadets is top notch. If I had to write any negatives about the vehicle would be the lack of fog lights for a near $60K luxury SUV. The other, is merely personal with regards to settling for the MDX as it wasn't our first choice because "everyone" seems to have one. On the flip side, after driving the MDX and the overall comfort I see why every seems to be driving an MDX everywhere I look.

My wife absolutely loves driving it as our family vehicle. It is spacious and very comfortable. I would purchase again!

By Jeffrey Jauer

on May/24/16 08:18 AM (UTC)

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Interior design

My wife did not like the tricolor interior - the dash drab gray, the seats are whatever the trim color is supposed to be and then there are simulated wood appointments in the middle. I could have lived with it but it sure was not attractive. We're going to wait to see what 2017 or 2018 brings for Acura and Lexus.

By Mike B

on Apr/30/16 07:47 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


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Not what I was expecting from Acura

Chose the MDX for a few reasons - reliability, versatility, build quality, value. Been very surprised that car does not deliver well on at least two of those traits. Had a transmission issue the first day I drive the car. Transmission got stuck in low gear. Was solved with a software upgrade and been ok so far. I did a lot of research on the transmission issues and was under the impression that the ills of 2015 were fixed in 2016. Not sure of that. Next issue was a rattle from the rear of the car since day 1. Turns out that a bolt was dropped into the chassis during assembly which required taking out part of the interior to find. How did that ever pass the quality check before delivery I don't know. On a positive note, I am actually getting great mileage - averaging 25 mpg on the freeways, far better than my last Lexus. But the car feels cheap and as if corners were cut. Lots of plastic and poor damping on the different cubbies in the car. My Lexus was far superior for only about $3k more. Still 2 1/2 years on my lease but this is my last Acura. I grew up on Hondas and Acuras but feel Acura, at least, has lost its way. Back to Lexus for me.

By Heather

on Apr/26/16 09:49 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Mostly OK with the SUV - terrible transmission!

Mostly this car is OK for the price. But the transmission is terrible and has an odd shift that makes it uncomfortable to drive and for passengers. No matter what "mode" you're in. It's been in the shop twice now for this problem and we just keep hearing - it is what it is. Which is frustrating given how much we are paying for it. The Acura service department we also have been going to is less than stellar at communication and makes us even more frustrated with the car. I loved, loved, loved my first Acura many years ago - but I do not think I will be purchasing / leasing another one anytime soon.

By Mark Miller

on Jan/23/16 08:08 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Amazing suv

absolutely love this vehicle.

By Al

on Dec/31/15 02:20 PM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Beware of useless nav system

Navigation system is mostly useless..better off not paying for it and using Wavz

By Srihari Padmanabhan

on Dec/24/15 11:06 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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By CaryRaleigh

on Nov/02/16 08:26 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Reliability
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Fun-to-Drive
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Comfort
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MDX has major problem, Please read before buying

I have bought a brand new Acura MDX in February, 2016. My experience with my new Acura MDX is pretty bad so far.
On June 20th, I had the first experience of the problem with dashboard showing that there is Transmission, Emission, and all other system problem. The car stopped on the road. Later it started but continue to flash the warnings.
This same problem occurred second time on September 6th and at the time, I was starting the car and it won't even start. Later it started but continue to flash the warnings. I took the car to Acura dealership on these both occasions and it shows up later.
Again, Third time it happened on October 30th. Checkout the https://community.cartalk.com/t/dashboard-showing-that-there-is-transmission-emission-and-all-other-system-problem/96331 for multiple people reporting the issue. Please think hard before you sink in 50K for this car.

By SideStepping

on Oct/10/16 06:24 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Fun-to-Drive
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Could have been a Homerun

Owners should know, and DEMAND, that early 2016 models built in 2015 have a software update to the transmission, technical service builletin 15-054, which changes the shifting dynamic of the car, and SHOULD resolve most of the transmission jerkiness issues. Unfortunately, my dealership didn't apply the update, BUT next time my car is in for service, I will DEMAND they fix it, because I too, experience rough shifting, surges while braking and going downhill, and poor overall transmission performance. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL TO UPDATE THE SOFTWARE ON THE TRANSMISSION. ACURA, ARE YOU LISTENING TO YOUR CUSTOMERS? Acura should be embarrassed to turn away customers. No wonder they are LAST in customer satisfaction. Now...onto the car. Two major issues with this car: the transmission, and the infotainment system. The interior is nice size and comfortable, even though it doesn't feel so luxurious. Handling is great, ride is smooth when the transmission isn't jerking you all over the place. The overall infotainment system, navigation included, is SO slow and my 2008 Infiniti G35 had a better nav system. It's pretty pathetic. This is my first (and probably last) Acura until they get their act together, stop trying to fool customers into thinking their product is the "best in it's class," and until they produce a real transmission and a real infotainment system. What a shame. BTW, my dad had 3 MDXs...a 2009, a 2013, and a 2016. He loved (and so did I) the 2009 and 2013. He had the 2016 for 5 months and got rid of it. That's how embarrassing of a vehicle it is. But, I'm sure Acura is laughing all the way to the bank...what a joke of a 50K car.

By Wei Li

on Sep/04/16 08:18 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Reliability
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Fun-to-Drive
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Comfort
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Performance
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Value
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Strong smell from leather seat

I bought a 2016 MDX at Apr 2015. The car has unusual new car smell. At the beginning, I thought it will disappear soon .I am wrong. I can't stay in the car without the window open for more than one year. But unfortunately after two summers, the smell of new car just reduced a little bit and the leather seat still gives off strong chemical odor. I can confirm because if I smell closely to the leather it's just too strong chemical odor. I have owned multiple cars with leather seats before. This is the first time I hit the issue. I very understand that leather products usually has "leather smell" and I actually like that. But this smell from ACURA 2016 MDX seats is not typical genuine leather smell. It's just unpleasant chemical smell. At the time I bought the 2016 MDX, I noticed it smells more strong than 2015 MDX. And it seems to be issue with all 2016 MDX at least the first batches. I was told by many people that baking the car in summer could reduced the new car smell. Now I have done it twice in the summer. Almost every sunny day I leave the car outside and open the window just a little. I have verified it doesn't work for this car. Because this time, issue is from seat. I am pretty issue besides the seat, the smell is OK. Just the leather chemical smell is too bad. One detail I noticed is there is no smell from back piece of seat. I am guessing that the back piece of the seat has different leather.

By Nagaraja Kini

on Aug/31/16 02:36 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX



Transmission Problem

2016 Model, only 8200 miles has transmission problem. Dealer told me transmission to needs to be replaced. For a brand new vehicle we had small minor issues from the beginning. This one is big. Dealer has been very courteous.

By Ram

on Aug/29/16 01:37 PM (UTC)

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2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Great hype but no substance

The folks at dealership are great in service and sales but they cannot solve the issues which are congenital to Acura important one being Jerky transmission , the movement is jerky at low speeds, during accelration and marked in low gear (S). The climate control fans make loud noise . A software update made it worse. Even the seat memory fails !! Bluetooth cannot recognize my wife's Iphoe 6+!!!. Audio is good.

By Jerry M

on Jul/10/16 08:20 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Not what I had expected.

After owning Hondas for over 30 years and a 2004 Honda Pilot for the past 13; I decided I was going to get myself a luxury SUV. Given my happiness with Honda vehicles, I always assumed it would be an Acura MDX. After taking it for a test drive I have nothing really bad to say about the vehicle, only that it looked and drove like a very, very nice Honda, but not what anyone would consider a luxury vehicle. It lacked the plusher interior as well as the driving enjoyment that one would expect from a luxury car (at what what still a luxury price). As a matter of fact, I also test drove a completely decked out 2016 Honda Pilot Elite and found that other than being even bigger tan the Acura offered similar features at a lower price.

By Dustin

on Jun/24/16 07:32 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Reliability
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Comfort
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Performance
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Interior
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Value
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A unhappy new owner!!!

The 9 speed transmission is terrible. Worst I have ever had. I will check out the Lemon Law in our state.

By Raju Joshi

on Feb/25/16 08:15 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Fun-to-Drive
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Value
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Rattling noisy cabin.

I got 2016 MDX in last June. It was ok for about six month then from passenger side middle row some kind of noise (like two plastic or rubbing two seat together) start coming. I try real hard to pin point but can not pin point. Now is about more then eight month I have vehicle and sound is coming everywhere, I don't know what is solution, is that my vehicle only or most mdx? Very very poor acceleration and uneasy shifting. I plan to change with other brand SUV, but before that I am going to take to dealership and/or body shop just for that noise.

By Acumom

on Feb/16/16 05:59 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Fun-to-Drive
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Value
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LOVE my MDX

Driving is fun again. Once you go Acura, you won't go Back-ura!

By Richard Ades

on Feb/10/16 08:10 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Hits the sweet spot between minivan and crossover

Smaller and nimbler than a minivan but with third row has more flexibility than most crossovers. And some nice luxury and safety extras.
A little sluggish in first gear but other than that a great car.

By Damodar Patel

on Jan/31/16 04:18 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Reliability
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Comfort
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Value
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Great Vehicle

We love the vehicle, getting use to all features. Salesman was very professional, courteous and made feel like coming back for next vehicle. Lots of things too early to rate since we have driven only 300+ miles, time will tell. Overall we are happy. Too early to fuel economy rating.

Draw back is no spare tire with the pricey and luxurious vehicle. Road free road side assistance in case of flat tire how long it will take in town and when I am on roads 100 or more miles away from nearest facility ? It would not have cost Honda more than $ 50 dollar more per car which consumer pays. In my judgment it is poor decision on Honda's part.

By Bluehvn

on Dec/05/16 06:32 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Reliability
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Fun-to-Drive
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Comfort
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Exterior Design
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Performance
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Interior
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Lipstick on a pig

This car has all of the creature comforts. Good handling, comfortable interior, quiet on the inside, great gas mileage for an SUV. None of those things matter, because these vehicles have BAD TRANSMISSIONS! Have you ever been in a car with someone who is learning to drive a stick shift? That's the way this car shifts in low gears. It bucks, snorts, hesitates, and can't decide what gear to be in. If you are coasting down a hill, it surges and accelerates. Driving in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic was like wrestling a bear. More than once I thought I had been rear-ended in slow moving traffic.....nope, just the car shifting. I had the car back to the dealership 4 times. They couldn't get their stories straight. The Salesman told me it could not possibly be doing what I described and dismissed me. The Service Manager said "yeah, I've had 14 of those in here doing the same thing this week. That's' just the way they drive". The District Manager told me that the car was hunting for the right gear to save me money on gasoline. After 20 years of driving Acuras, I will never again be a customer. I traded the car with 10,000 miles on it and took a huge financial loss.

By Vincent Cerbo

on Sep/20/16 10:03 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Fun-to-Drive
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Shifting issues.

I've only owned it for three weeks. The nine speed transmission has issues when shifting into second and third. Rough shifting from idle into first and second. Engine revs up then will often jump from first to third. Very pronounced action.

By Amit Shakya

on Sep/13/16 06:22 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Reliability
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Fun-to-Drive
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Comfort
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Exterior Design
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Performance
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Value
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JERKY RIDE!!!!

I decided to lease a 2016 MDX. It currently has about 700 miles and Oh man!!! what a dissapointment. The car jerks going from gear 1 to gear 2 and also to gear 3. It is something that you are not supposed to feel on a $50k vehicle.....I have also checked with few of my buddies that own mdx. They have the same feeling about the gear shifting......What a bummer!!!

By Karen

on Aug/05/16 05:40 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Reliability
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Comfort
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Performance
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Value
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The Money Trap

I looked for a new car for months and decided on this nice MDX, only to be left on the side of the road when the transmission broke. We waited 3 hours for a tow truck to come. My 2016 MDX had just 3800 miles on it. I asked for a new transmission, but they said all it needed was a gasket. I ghad a BMW which I loved, but it had 190,000 miles on it and I wanted dependable transportation for traveling now this is what I am stuck with. I will say the people at the Acura dealer were very nice, but I did not get great end results. When you spend that kind of money and this happens they should make it right.

By Darrin Mangiacarne DO

on Jun/28/16 06:53 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Acura MDX


Build Quality
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Reliability
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Fun-to-Drive
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Comfort
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Performance
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Value
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Transmission Gone at 7400 miles

My car was making a loud squeak sound while shifting gears. I was told that there is a leak of coolant into the transmission. They need to replace the transmission already. What a piece of junk. Can't believe that I bought this car. Going to go after the Lemon Law for assistance.


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2016 Acura MDX Problems Report:


  • 2016 Acura MDX Top 10 Complaints
  • 2016 Acura MDX Top 10 Issues
  • 2016 Acura MDX Top 10 Problems
  • 2016 Acura MDX Reviews
  • 2016 Acura MDX Defects

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Is the 2016 Acura MDX Reliable?



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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    111.0 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    193.6 Inches
  • WIDTH, MAX W/O MIRRORS
    77.2 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    67.6 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    7.3 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    3960 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    7
  • Front Leg Room
    41.4 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    61.1 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    36.6 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    59.1 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    15.0 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    4.33 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    front wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Four-wheel
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    245
  • Rear Tire Profile
    60
  • Rear Tire Speed Rating
    H



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front, Rear And Third Row
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front
  • Knee Airbags
    Driver Only


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    8
  • Cd Player
    Single CD Player
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Cd Mp3 Playback
    Yes
  • Radio
    AM/FM
  • Watts
    432
  • Subwoofer
    1


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes
  • Turn Signal Side Mirrors
    Turn Signal In Mirrors
  • Side Mirror Memory
    Includes Exterior Mirrors


Interior

Interior Features

  • Climate Control Memory
    Includes Climate Control
  • Rear Heat
    Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Dual
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Automatic Climate Control
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    3.5L V6 24 Valve Gas Premium Unleaded (required)
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    19.5 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

SH-AWD Advance & Entertainment Package / AWD / 9A

  • 0-60 Mph
    6.4 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    14.9 sec @ 92.5 mph
  • Source
    Motor Trend

SH-AWD Advance & Entertainment Package / AWD / 9A

  • 0-60 Mph
    5.9 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    14.6 sec @ 95 mph
  • Source
    Car and Driver

True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $31,024
  • Private Seller Price
    $33,652
  • Dealer Price
    $35,633
  • Original MSRP
    $43,015


2016 Acura MDX Problems Report:


  • 2016 Acura MDX Top 10 Complaints
  • 2016 Acura MDX Top 10 Issues
  • 2016 Acura MDX Top 10 Problems
  • 2016 Acura MDX Reviews
  • 2016 Acura MDX Defects

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2016 Acura MDX JD Power

  • Among the best

  • Better than most

  • About average

  • The rest

INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • OVERALL QUALITY - DESIGN
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - DESIGN
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - DESIGN
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - DESIGN

2016 Acura MDX Problems





2016 Acura MDX Features


Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    19 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    27 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 5
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    5
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2016 Acura MDX Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    4 years / 50,000 miles
    3 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    6 years / 70,000 miles
    5 years
  • CORROSION
    5 years / Unlimited miles
    4 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    4 years / 50,000 miles
    3 years

2016 Acura MDX Key Factors

Data provided by Edmunds

Pros

  • Generous number of features for the money
  • Adept handling
  • Quiet cabin
  • Excellent crash-test scores.
  • Confident acceleration
  • Good fuel economy

Cons

  • Modest cargo space behind the third row
  • Distracting tech interface with subpar graphics
  • Dim-witted adaptive cruise control.
  • Cabin looks and feels less luxurious than rivals


2016 Acura MDX True Cost Of Ownership

Data provided by Edmunds

The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,236$1,279 $1,324$1,370 $1,418$6,627
Maintenance$76$420 $682$610 $3,269$5,057
Repairs$0$0 $0$414 $634$1,048
Taxes & Fees$3,461$285 $259$236 $216$4,457
Financing$1,131$896 $654$402 $144$3,227
Depreciation$5,717$4,011 $3,530$3,129 $2,809$19,196
Fuel$2,005$2,065 $2,127$2,191 $2,257$10,645
True Cost To Own ®$13,626$8,956 $8,576$8,352 $10,747$50,257

*Warranty’s Cover 75% Of Anticipated Maintenance And Repairs.

**Prices provided by Edmunds True Cost to Own® (TCO®)



2016 Acura MDX NHTSA Service Bulletins

Data provided by Edmunds

Date Complaint Filed: 07/12/2015

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The 9 speed zf transmission has unpredictable behavior including: delayed shifting leading to pauses in power, delayed down shift during attempts at highway speed acceleration, jerky shifts, car remains in neutral when shifting from drive to reverse. very unsafe condition due to unpredictable effects on speed and car control. this is now a widespread problem affecting the same transmission in jeep, chrysler, and acura models. the acura tlx has previously been described with this problem. now the same transmission has been included in the 2016 mdx with the same out come......updated 10/20/15 *bf the consumer stated the transmission was replaced. updated 12/17/15.*jb


Date Complaint Filed: 08/02/2015

Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE | POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

While driving, the mdx shifts into neutral and cannot be shifted out of neutral. this has occurred on the highway multiple times. the information display shows first emissions problem, then transmission problem. acura has a tsb out for this b15-034, but won't apply it until the problem appears. having your vehicle shift into neutral in a high speed environment is extremely dangerous. tsb b15-034 needs to be a recall before their mdx shifts into neutral driving on the highway and they become immobilized and people are killed as a result....updated 09/22/15 *bf


Date Complaint Filed: 08/31/2015

Component(s): EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The acura lane keep assist system (lkas) mis-reads some intersections and jerks the wheel toward a side street only to quickly try to compensate by jerking back. there is one intersection in particular that this happens consistently. the deal says the system is working properly. i believe this is a software "defect". it is quite starting the first time this happens and at speed it represents an unsafe condition. another case of a safety system creating an unsafe condition.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/08/2015

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE | STEERING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

On 9/3/15, i was pulling into my garage when all the warning lights on the dashboard went off - transmission, check engine, lane detection light etc. since i was going out of town the next morning, i put it in reverse and drove directly to the dealer. the car was in "limp mode" and i could only drive 35-40 mph. i showed the tech in the service dept. all the warning lights going off, and he said he had never seen anything like this before. he wrote up a work order with the following info: inspect for check engine light on, check engine light flashing and every warning light in the vehicle is on, would not accelerate over 35 mph. the following day i was contacted by the service dept. and was told they could not find a problem; there were no lights on, they even drove it for 40 miles. the service dept. said they are only allowed to hold the car for five days. today, 9/8/25 i picked up the car. the dealer's invoice reads: cause: light on – 123505 diagnostic trouble codes/programmed fuel injection (pgm-fi) – retrieve codes with the hds, read data, 74 – wa3. inspected for check engine light on, found dtc p0303 (cylinder # 3 misfire) recorded freeze data and cleared codes, at time of inspection vehicle was running perfectly, test drove vehicle twice on extended test drives and engine ran perfectly, no dtcs are reset no problem is present at this time. since the service dept. could not find the problem and fix it, this means the car has not been repaired and i am driving a defective car. the next time the warning lights go on, i could be travelling on a crowded freeway at a high rate of speed (with my family inside), the car goes in to "limp mode - 35 mph and an accident occurs. this is a safety issue. how can acura manufacture a $50,000.00 car and their dealership not be able to find the problem and repair it?


Date Complaint Filed: 09/08/2015

Component(s): EQUIPMENT ADAPTIVE | SERVICE BRAKES | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Forward/front collision mitigation braking system didn't engage enough to reduce or avoid impact of the collision. my vehicle took a right turn at about 20-25 mph and travelled less than 2-2.5 car length before getting onto the curb and hitting an iron pillar about 2 feet high on side walk. it was a side frontal collision and the passenger side front wheel directly hit the iron pillar. the vehicle speed wasn't reduced to mitigate impact/damage from the collision and vehicle took full impact of the collision. the forward/front collision mitigation braking system must be evaluated to assess suitability to avoid collision with objects of low height.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/09/2015

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE | UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Very similar to nhtsa id number: 10762375. after 3-4 days of driving the check engine light came on along with transmission system u0401, vsa problem, hill start assist problem etc etc etc. the suv would not speed above 35-40 miles and shake. dealership replaced cracked spark plug, ignition coil - cause - possible moisture in spark plug. they were nice enough to take the car back and currently waiting for it to be replaced.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/14/2015

Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

When driving at night on country roads,up and down hills, a dark line appears across the top half of the windshield. leaving a view of 40 -50 ft. you can only see threw the bottom half of windshield. very dangerous!! i purchased this vehicle for all the safety features it has on it but now i can't drive it at night. went to dealer and they tested headlights on a wall with a black line and the lights hit 2-3 inches below that line. was told it was fine. i wanted it raised a bit but was told the lights were just fine and can't be adjusted. i have read some complaints on this very subject. i would like someone to test drive this car on dark, hilly, country roads that have no street lights. i also fine that on highways, like the turnpike, low beams just don't go reach out far enough. i just wonder if these jewel eye headlights are lined up correctly? thank you for taking the time to read this and i hope there is a solution to this problem.


Date Complaint Filed: 12/05/2015

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Vehicle speeds up when tapping brakes while going downhill and on flat ground. feels like it goes into neutral. this is a safety issue that acura will not address. they claim it is normal behavior.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/25/2015

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I got my 2016 acura mdx in july. since then, i am having transmission problems. off-the-line shifts are erratic, depending on how much throttle i give the engine. give it 3/4 throttle and acceleration is great, but mileage suffers badly. give it any less throttle and acceleration is meager, plus the engine revs very high between shifts. one time, i was pulling away from a stoplight after slowing to nearly a full stop (the light just changed as i approached), i pressed 1/2 way on the accelerator and the engine bogged to nearly zero rpms. i thought it died. i let up and pressed down again and it returned to normal. merging on the highway is also very dangerous and scary. as i hit the gas to accelerate on the on-ramp, the engine hesitates so badly, i nearly run out of ramp. passing on the highway is the same, unless i press the throttle to the floorboard. another time, i floored the throttle on the highway while going 50 mph, to pass a car. the transmission down shifted then revved up to 5,000 rpm and stayed there, even after i took my foot off the gas pedal! i had to floor the pedal again to coax the trans to up-shift. i complained to acura hq. they told me to talk to my dealer. i spoke to my dealer, and they said that's just how the transmission is. so disappointed with car. i suspect bad programming in the transmission on acura's part. they need to fix this problem before someone dies in a highway traffic accident.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/24/2015

Component(s): STEERING | UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

While traveling on city and highway roadways, the vehicle wants to drastically veer to the left on sections of roads sloped to the left. you need to constantly apply pressure to the wheel to keep the vehicle from veering to the left. the vehicle is aligned correctly for roads sloped to the right. while vehicle was in the dealership to investigate the problem 3 times with no fix, other mdx's driven as loaners acted the same. the dealer stated on third repair summary that road tested vehicle and stated vehicle tracking and steering normally compared to other mdx's. the vehicle is still veering to the left as before. driving long distances is not enjoyable with the constant steering compensation required.


Date Complaint Filed: 12/09/2015

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I purchased the vehicle on 10/29/15. the car is not driven on a daily basis so there was only a little over 200 miles when my husband noticed a leak while the car was parked on the driveway. when it was taken to the dealer, the technician has confirmed that it was a transmission leak. gasket and cover will be replaced. the service advisor mentioned to me that there was service bulletin for that problem dated back august. don't know why the problem wasn't addressed before the car was sold.


Date Complaint Filed: 12/17/2015

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The vehicle was in motion on a city street. while approaching braking and stopping traffic, the vehicle was coasting at about 20-25 mph when the brakes were applied. the brake pedal would not depress and the car continued to approach stopped traffic with no change in speed. the vehicle was maneuvered into snow along the side of the road to slow to avoid a collision, when the speed dropped down to <10 mph, it was maneuvered back onto the drive pavement and braking was effective. there were no obstructions on or near the brake pedal. the pavement was dry and clear. there was no skidding. the weather was cold (approx. 22 deg f) and the car had been sitting out overnight. the car had been running for approximately 10 minutes and driven for 5 miles before the incident occurred. the brake pedal felt occasionally "stiff" for the next couple of miles. it was then taken to a dealer for inspection, resulting in no visible or discoverable findings or defects. there were no warning lights or indications and no faults indicated in the computer.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/14/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL | UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

This is almost brand new 2016 acura mdx awd (with tech and entertainment packages). when accelerating on a freeway/road, suddenly lots of the warning lights turn on and then the vehicle does not accelerate any more. the speed suddenly drops. this is definitely a hazard - especially because i am trying to accelerate. this happened 4 times so far - roughly 500 miles between each incidents. the problem condition goes away after we completely stop the vehicle and turn it off and on multiple times (and also put the vehicle in neutral in between). last time when the problem happened, i cleared the condition and then drove and showed the vehicle to the dealer. the dealer said that there were persistent codes about communication failure and he cleared them. and asked us to call back when the problem happened again. dealer does not seem to know any systematic problems with such types of vehicle. i have a video of the previous problem condition at https://youtu.be/ljslicwj7-8


Date Complaint Filed: 01/14/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

With 1000ish miles on car, while we were driving it shifted into neutral then into park by itself. we were unable to shift the car at all. fortunately we were at an intersection and not on a freeway. the dealership working with acura were unable to diagnose the problem. then it magically worked but they didn't feel we should drive it. because cause not determined.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/25/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Two days after getting our first oil change. the car wouldn't start in our garage. the system flashed on and off rapidly. a tech came out and jump started the engine manually because the computer wouldn't start it. i drove it to a second acura dealership and they stated that the onboard computer randomly sought out a system update so it impacted the engine. i asked what caused this on a new 2016 mdx and they couldn't explain it nor could they promise it wouldn't happen again. if they couldn't predict when the computer does this, then what's to stop it from doing this while the car is in motion? this is a safety issue that needs to be investigated. thank you. *tr


Date Complaint Filed: 01/28/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Transmission slips from between shift 1-2 and 2-3. car also at times lunges forward while coming to a stop


Date Complaint Filed: 02/01/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Rough gear shift and cars seems to be rev-up at low gears . this can create a dangerous condition while accelerating from stops .


Date Complaint Filed: 02/14/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I bought my 2016 mdx on 02/01/2016 and was quite happy with the initial purchase. after driving for two days i started setting up the car's options, i realized that the cars drive system was set to start in sport mode. i changed the option to allow the car to start in 'normal' mode permanently and that's when i started to feel the problem. there is a noticeable 2 - 3 second lag at take off or when attempted to accelerate from a reduced speed in lower gears. a very uncomfortable feeling when attempting to make a left turn when you have oncoming traffic and the car falls to engage after you make the commitment to drive. i waited a few days to see if this was just a kink that would go away since the car was new. no such luck. i took the car to the dealer and they said everything was fine. i asked about the lag and they said it is normal operational part of the car. apparently this is a known issue with the car for which they don't think it is worth looking into. the salesman actually told me he has the same model and it's just something you have to get used to. i guess this will only be addressed when someone gets killed making a turn and don't get the power they expect. i had this issue in a new 2007 camry i bought a few years ago and they were able to get it fixed with an update to the computer system on board. i don't know why acura has taken this stance and hope you guys can get them to address this issue.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/15/2016

Component(s): ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Car has less than 3000 miles on it. for the last month, there has been 3 times that the car will not start. first time it was jumped off and driven into the acura dealership..."wire to battery loose". second time the dealership sent a technician out and the replaced the battery with a new one. third time car was towed to dealerships as it could not to be started at all. the dealership kept it for almost two weeks and retuned it to me with the explanation "could not find anything wrong with the car". clearly there is something wrong with the electrical system. the car is driven 5-6 days a week, no accessories left on. now i am scared it will quit going down the highway and i will lose power brakes and power steering.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/19/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I've 2016 mdx taken (delivery date)10/12/2015, on 2/16/2016 while i was driving at 5:15 pm suddenly shut off and would not restart. all warning lights were displayed on the dash board like brake problem, emission problem. vsa problem etc. so vehicle was towed to dealer on same day at 8 pm. it was determined that floors were soaked with water driver and passenger side but there was some few rain water drops that noticed in the car due to the sunroof/moon roof issue that also reported to them. i don't think this issue is because of the water there would be some issue that might have effected so just want to report this. dealer reported that allowed vehicle to 2 sit for 2 days and cleared codes. performed multiple test drives and noted that no issues have reoccurred on vehicle.






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The 2016 Acura MDX hits the market with a new nine-speed automatic transmission, an enhanced SH-AWD system and an AcuraWatch Plus safety package. The 2016 MDX luxury crossover continues to offer three-row seating and a generous list of standard features. The 2016 Acura MDX is one of the best midsize luxury crossovers thanks to its appealing price range and strong resale value.

Shoppers have flocked to the reasonably priced Acura MDX for years due to its strong resale value and reputation for reliability. The 2016 MDX boasts numerous updates, including a standard nine-speed automatic transmission and a widely available AcuraWatch Plus bundle that provides cutting-edge safety technologies. Add the MDX's rewarding driving dynamics to the mix and you're looking at one of the best picks for a three-row luxury crossover SUV this year.

The popular 2016 Acura MDX receives a few changes this year, including a new nine-speed automatic transmission.

Notably, the AcuraWatch Plus package isn't completely new, although it does mark the debut of both rear cross-traffic alerts and a camera-based lane-keeping assist system that Acura calls "Road Departure Mitigation." Many of its features were offered on the 2015 MDX, too, including lane-departure and blind-spot warning systems, adaptive cruise control and a collision mitigation system with automatic braking. In order to get them, however, you had to specify the top-of-the-line Advance package, whereas AcuraWatch Plus is available across the lineup. That means safety-minded consumers can save a hefty chunk of change for 2016 by specifying AcuraWatch Plus on lower-priced MDX models.

On the road, the 2016 Acura MDX remains one of the more satisfying three-row crossovers to drive, with a quiet interior at highway speeds and surprising athleticism when driving around turns (especially with all-wheel drive). The standard 3.5-liter V6 engine lacks the strong low-rpm torque of some turbocharged rivals, but wind it out a bit and you'll find that the MDX is still one of the quicker vehicles out there.

Add it all up and this versatile, well-made and feature-packed Acura is arguably the most sensible choice in the midsize luxury SUV segment. As such, we gave it an "A" rating, but know that there are other options out there that can be more desirable, if not more sensible. The 2016 Volvo XC90, redesigned at long last, has wowed us with its slick styling, exquisite interior and strong yet fuel-efficient power plants. When similarly equipped, it also offers similar value to the MDX. The overhauled 2016 Audi Q7, meanwhile, has a more restrained design, but it offers a sumptuous cabin, an advanced infotainment interface and an available turbodiesel V6.

Other popular picks include the BMW X5, which serves up the most engaging performance of the bunch but has less third-row space and a substantially higher price. The Infiniti QX60 is well-equipped and spacious, but is comparatively slow and unexciting to drive. We would also be remiss if we didn't mention the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot, which gives up little to its pricier Acura corporate cousin, while being less expensive and offering even more utility. All are worth a look, but the well-rounded MDX may represent the best balance of value, utility and luxury of them all.

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