Acura MDX Best Buy
Acura MDX
Acura MDX

2020 Acura MDX

Pros: Good fuel economy for the class; surprisingly sporty driving character; quiet cabin; available hybrid model

Cons: Unexceptional comfort and space in 2nd and 3rd rows; complicated control layout; steep sticker prices on high-end models

CG Says: The 2020 Acura MDX is essentially unchanged. Acura MDX is a premium midsize crossover SUV with three rows of seating. A 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 is the sole engine on non-hybrid models. Front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. The Sport Hybrid is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automated-manual transmission with an integrated electric motor powering the front wheels; a Twin Motor Unit with two electric motors powers the rear wheels. Total horsepower output is 321, an increase of 31 hp over the regular MDX. Available features include lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed-follow functionality, and a collision-mitigating automatic emergency braking system. The MDX is an exceptionally well-balanced premium midsize SUV. The cabin is quiet and refined, and the driving character is surprisingly sporty for a vehicle of this size. Rear-seat room and comfort are not outstanding. Still, this Acura deserves a top spot on your shopping list. Topline versions are quite pricey, but the Base and Technology models deliver lots of safety, convenience, and luxury features at reasonable-for-the-class prices. The Sport Hybrid model offers a real improvement in urban fuel economy.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 6 or 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Acura
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Base: $45,395
AWD Base: $47,395
Technology Pkg: $50,395
AWD Technology Pkg: $52,395
AWD Technology and Entertainment Pkg: $54,395
AWD A-Spec: $55,895
Advance Pkg: $57,145
AWD Advance Pkg: $59,145
AWD Advance and Entertainment Pkg: $61,145
AWD Sport Hybrid w/Technology Pkg: $53,895
AWD Sport Hybrid w/Advance Pkg: $60,645

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
290
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25-27

Optional Engine
3.0-liter V6/electric
Horsepower
321
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

Acura MDX
2020 Acura MDX
Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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