The 2020 Acura MDX, which is one of the best in its class even though it’s also one of the least expensive, but this three-row crossover is surprisingly fleet-foot. The 2020 Acura MDX is more than capable of transporting families on any adventure they choose. While the third row is small for adults, and the dual-screen infotainment system can be frustrating to use, the Acura SUV has comfortable seats and desirable luxury features. It also comes with a compliant V-6 engine or optional high-tech hybrid powertrain on the Sport Hybrid model. Both versions complement the fun character of the MDX, but the Sport Hybrid is particularly refined and fast. Although not as stylish or as sophisticated as the best crossovers and SUVs in its class, the Acura MDX is a unique and attractive alternative.
By 2020, the MDX is transferred with no change in appearance, mechanical components, or available features. The line continues to offer a hybrid gasoline and gas-electric model, as well as a second-row bench that allows up to seven passengers or six person captain’s chairs. However, Acura increased the base price of the regular MDX and Sport Hybrid by $ 100.
> MDX: $ 45,395
> MDX Sport Hybrid: $ 53,895
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
The MDX has an impressive list of standard equipment, but Acura’s interior materials don’t feel as exclusive or as carefully designed as the Audi Q7 or Volvo XC90. Several competitors in this class offer more legroom in each row than the MDX. Second-row passengers will appreciate that the bench seat can slide back and recline slightly, but that’s cool comfort for passengers in the tight third row. There’s less room in the MDX’s cargo hold than in its two more compelling rivals, the XC90 and Q7, but the MDX accommodated our practical storage tests.
Infotainment and connectivity
Unfortunately, Acura’s infotainment system is clearly related to Honda’s, and the two-screen display is as ineffective here as ever. A host of power points and the available widescreen entertainment system compensate some with the pain of paying extra for a poorly disguised downmarket system.
Engines, Transmission and Performance
The 290 horsepower V-6 engine that powers the 2020 Acura MDX is typical of three-row crossover power plants, and is a strong workhorse in this situation. The nine-speed transmission is mostly smooth and foot-safe, but can be slow to lower when acceleration is desired. The hybrid MDX is surprisingly fast, and the transitions between the gasoline engine and electric motors are seamless. While the gasoline version can tow up to 5,000 pounds, Acura does not recommend towing with the hybrid version, which lessens some of our praise. The MDX is also a pleasure to drive. The Acura’s optional four-wheel drive system helps it be more nimble and attractive on the road than we expect a three-row crossover to be. Both versions give up part of their advantage in competition when it comes to braking. The hybrid stopped at 188 feet, exactly the same distance as the standard MDX, and we noticed some decreases in stopping power after successive hard stops.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
The MDX has EPA fuel economy ratings that are very similar to those of the competition, but it exceeded expectations – and its rivals – in our real-world highway fuel economy test. The all-wheel drive non-hybrid MDX gained 28 mpg, making it the most efficient of the group we tested. The 244-pound MDX hybrid, heavier and unable to take full advantage of its battery power at highway speeds, returned a somewhat disappointing 25 mpg in that test. However, the hybrid version offers a significant improvement in the city’s fuel economy, rated 26 mpg by the EPA versus the non-hybrid all-wheel drive rating of 19 mpg.
Driver Assistance and Safety Features
With excellent scores from both crash testing agencies and a standard driver assistance feature set that often costs thousands of dollars in competition, the MDX is a standout even in this safety-conscious class. Key safety features include: standard lane departure warning and lane keeping assistance. Standard automated emergency brake. Standard adaptive cruise control.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
The Acura New Car Guarantee is mostly a standard rate for luxury brands, but does not have free maintenance
scheduled like Lexus, Volvo, and others offer as part of the purchase. The limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles. The powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles. There is no courtesy scheduled maintenance.