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MSRP: $42,765 - $56,980
Invoice: $39,621 - $52,630
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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Acura MDX Review

The 2015 Acura MDX ranks 4 out of 17 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Acura MDX, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Acura MDX is ranked:

Among the reasons critics give for describing the 2015 Acura MDX as a superior three-row luxury SUV are its outstanding fuel economy for the class, powerful performance and roomy, high-end cabin. 

With the best combination of positive reviews and long-term ownership costs in its class, the Acura MDX is our 2015 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money.

A V6 engine and automatic transmission power the 2015 Acura MDX. Reviewers say the V6 delivers lots of power. When more punch is required for highway passing, they report that the transmission downshifts rapidly. Still, some test drivers find that when the MDX is powering through a curve, the transmission could shift a tad more quickly. For the class, the MDX earns exceptional fuel-economy estimates from the EPA, with the front-wheel drive MDX getting 20/28 mpg city/highway, and the all-wheel drive MDX getting 18/27 mpg. Reviewers think the MDX’s ride is the ideal balance of firm and soft. They compliment the MDX’s athletic handling, particularly in all-wheel drive models, which are also praised for their grip in inclement weather. The Acura MDX’s brakes are a shortcoming, with critics saying they could be stronger and the pedal feels mushy.

Automotive writers report that the seven-seat 2015 Acura MDX's cabin is a nice place to ride because it is quiet, roomy, comfortable and lavish. They appreciate the second row both for its ample legroom and its ability to slide forward and back, thus creating more space for either the second or third row. The third row is easily accessible, critics say. As is the case with most three-row SUVs, they add, the third row is better suited for children than adults. The MDX’s maximum cargo space is good for a three-row SUV, and test drivers like that the space is practical and that the load floor becomes flat when you fold the seats down. Although many critics think the arrangement of the MDX’s controls is simple, some point out that certain infotainment settings are hidden in the system’s menus, making them difficult to find. The 2015 MDX comes standard with USB and auxiliary inputs, satellite radio, a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, proximity key, push-button start, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and a power liftgate. Optional features include blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, front and rear parking sensors, remote start, a widescreen DVD system, GPS-linked climate control, navigation, a 10- or 12-speaker ELS premium audio system, ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats.

  • "The 2015 Acura MDX is a top pick for a three-row luxury crossover, offering abundant refinement, luxury and comfort at a relatively reasonable price." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Acura MDX is a luxury SUV envied across the globe for its superior quality, excellent value and family-friendly cabin. Of course, what separates the MDX from lesser 7-passenger SUVs is the Acura pedigree, which offers luxury amenities galore. The MDX may have many rivals in the luxury and near-luxury fields, but few can match the MDX's combination of luxury, power, price, and most importantly, owner loyalty." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Acura MDX has earned a reputation as one of the best loved, most reliable luxury crossover SUV's on the market. True to its roots, the 2015 Acura MDX continues to offer luxury and convenience, not to mention handling on par with much sportier rivals - especially when equipped with Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “‘Don't mess with success’ - that's the mantra to which Acura adhered while redesigning its best-selling model, the midsized, seven-passenger MDX luxury crossover. At first glance, nothing about the latest model will offend or surprise current MDX owners, but the familiar exterior hides a number of useful new tech features, a more versatile cabin and a significantly more efficient powertrain." -- Left Lane News

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If you enjoy driving off the pavement, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport has tremendous off-road capabilities, according to critics. They also praise its potent engine and lavish cabin.  

Test drivers like the BMW X5’s deft handling, strong brakes and powerful engines. The X5 is also available as a diesel model that gets outstanding fuel economy for the class.

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Details: 2015 Acura MDX

The 2015 Acura MDX seats seven and has a V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The MDX is available with front- or all-wheel drive, and several different packages are available that add technology, entertainment and assistance features. The MDX was fully redesigned for the 2014 model year, and since it sees no major changes for 2015, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 4/10/15

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