2018 Acura MDX Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Lunar Silver Metallic
MSRP
$36,958 - $50,892
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MPG (up to)
26 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
290-321
Seats
6-7

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.7 Overall Score
Performance 4.6Comfort 4.5Styling 4.2Value 4.7

What's New

Last year, the Acura MDX received a significant redesign, inside and out. This year the 2018 MDX gets an improved infotainment system with more intuitive menus and a redesigned dual-screen interface with faster response. The new system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Acura has also added two new reds to the MDX’s color palette.

Acura MDX Models & Trims

chevronDown icon Base $36,958 - $40,245
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 20 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon w/Technology Pkg $42,038 - $45,751
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon w/Technology/Entertainment Pkg $43,790 - $47,581
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon w/Advance Pkg $45,509 - $49,352
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon w/Advance/Entertainment Pkg $47,015 - $50,892
Horsepower: 290 hp
Engine Type: Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Sport Hybrid w/Technology Pkg $42,560 - $46,331
Horsepower: 321 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Sport Hybrid w/Advance Pkg $46,066 - $49,929
Horsepower: 321 hp
Engine Type: Gas/Electric V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 X 8 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.75
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The upsides to Acura mdx 2018 model.

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The car is spacious, durable, and reliable. There has never been any mechanical issues with the car even after multiple minor accidents (like minor rear-end collisions or side scratches from adjacent cars). Definitely great for long distance and short distance trips. The inside of the vehicle is flexible so you can either bring up a third row of seats or fold down the third row of seats for more trunk space.

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It is very comfortable to ride in also has a very great stereo system.

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It has no problems and is a very roomy and comfortable vehicle. Is great on gas and is very reliable. I have taken it in trips and haven't spent near as much on gas as I did with my old vehicle. I had to change tires but that is about it besides the basic treatment of a car like oil, antifreeze etc.. But the 2018 Acura mdx is a great car and does what is expected. Well recommended!!

Daniel C
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Love my acura-#5 in a row cannot imagine going w\different make -safe & confident.

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I love my mdx! I love acura in general. . . I am on my 5 acura. It feels and drives like a luxury car and not being too flashy to others. Love the service I also get from acura in general. I honestly haven't had any issues or real concerns with any of my acura’s. . . Knock on wood! I cannot think of purchasing any other make for my next car.

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$36,958 - $40,245
$42,038 - $45,751

Horsepower

Horsepower
290 (hp)
290 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L 24V SOHC i
3.5L 24V SOHC i
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Standard
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Alarm

Alarm
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Standard
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Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Not Available
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Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Optional
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Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
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Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.4 (in.)
41.4 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.1 (in.)
38.1 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
38.5 (in.)
38.5 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.3 (in.)
38.3 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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AC

AC
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Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Not Available
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Leather
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
7
7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
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Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
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Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
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Not Available
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Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
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Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/50HR20
P245/50HR20

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
111 (in.)
111 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38.7 (ft.)
38.7 (ft.)

Length

Width

Width
77.7 (in.)
77.7 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4001 (.lbs)
4028 - 4244 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
290 (hp)
290 (hp)

Torque

Torque
267 (ft. lbs.)
267 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
3500 (.lbs)
3500 (.lbs)

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
350 (.lbs)
350 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Standard
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Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
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Not Available
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Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
19.5 (gal.)
19.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
23 (mpg)
23 (mpg)

City

City
19 (mpg)
19 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
27 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
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Standard
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Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Not Available
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Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
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Standard
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Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
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Standard
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Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
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Not Available
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Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Roof Strength
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Driver-side Overlap Front
G
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Forward Collision Mitigation
  • Lane Keeping Assist *
  • Lane Departure Warning *
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Blind Spot Sensor
  • Forward Collision Mitigation and Rear Collision Warning
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Front Camera
  • Left Side Camera
  • Right Side Camera
  • Blind Spot Information System Blind Spot Sensor
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Road Departure Mitigation System Lane Keeping Assist *
  • Road Departure Mitigation System Lane Departure Warning *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (2)

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Service Brakes, Hydraulic > Foundation Components > Disc > Caliper Oct 31, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 31, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V777000
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Acura MDX, 2017-2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, 2018-2019 Honda HR-V and Honda Odyssey, and 2016 Honda HR-V vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons may have an insufficient coating, causing gas pockets to form, reducing brake performance. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems."
Consequence:
A reduction of braking performance increases the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Owners will be notified, and Honda or Acura dealers will bleed the brakes, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 17, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall are C31 and L30.
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Seats Apr 4, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Apr 4, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V221000
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2018 Honda Pilot and Ridgeline vehicles and 2018 Acura MDX vehicles. The front driver and passenger powered seats in the Honda vehicles and the driver powered seats in the Acura vehicles may have been assembled with improperly manufactured rivets. In the event of a crash, the rivets can break causing the seats not to be secured to the floor. As such, these vehicles may fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems," and 210, "Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages."
Consequence:
In the event of a crash, if the seat does not remain secured to the floor, the seat occupant has an increased risk of injury.
Remedy:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver seat frame assembly in Acura MDX vehicles, and replace the driver and front passenger seat slide rail frames in Honda Pilot and Ridgeline vehicles, free of charge. The recall began May 30, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall is D0S, and T0T.

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