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Avg. Price Paid: $31,915 - $40,042
Original MSRP: $43,280 - $54,805
MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Acura MDX Review

Review Last Updated: 10/28/14

The 2013 Acura MDX has lots of cargo space, and reviewers said its sharp steering and nimble handling make it fun to drive.

The 2013 Acura MDX has a V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Auto writers said the MDX is a little sluggish from a standstill but has plenty of power once you get moving. They praised the automatic transmission for its well-timed and effortless shifts. The 2013 MDX comes standard with all-wheel drive and gets an EPA-estimated 16/21 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. Reviewers said the Acura MDX has crisp steering and great body control through turns. Some critics found that models with the adjustable suspension have an unnecessarily stiff ride when in Sport mode.

According to test drivers, the seven-seat 2013 Acura MDX’s cabin is furnished with high-end materials and has excellent fit and finish. Reviewers said the front seats are very comfortable and that there’s ample legroom in the second row. Critics pointed out that the third row is a bit cramped and likely won't be comfortable for adults for long periods of time. The MDX has a total of 83.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear rows folded, which is very good for the class. The 2013 Acura MDX comes standard with satellite radio, an auxiliary input, leather seats, heated front seats, a rearview camera and Bluetooth. Available features include a multi-view rearview camera, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, navigation, a USB port, a rear-seat entertainment system, blind spot monitoring and ventilated front seats. Critics said that while there are a lot of buttons on the center stack, they're logically arranged and don't take long to figure out. Others were impressed with the sound quality of the ELS audio system and said the navigation system works very well.

When it was new, the 2013 Acura MDX was named our 2013 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money. 

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Other SUVs to Consider

According to reviewers, the 2013 Infiniti JX has one of the most spacious third-row seats in the class. Additionally, the JX gets better fuel economy than the MDX, even when equipped with available all-wheel drive.

The diesel-powered 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTec has one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class, and reviewers said it has ample power in all situations. Although it only seats five, the M-Class has nearly as much cargo capacity as the MDX, and reviewers were pleased with its handsome cabin.

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