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Is the Acura MDX Worth Its Luxury Price?

The 2020 Acura MDX claims to be a luxurious SUV, but is it worth its luxury cost? As an SUV that offers up to seven seats, it could be a bargain instead of overpriced. Let’s check out what is included with the Acura MDX to see if it’s a good buy. 

Is The Acura MDX Worth It? 

You can get started in the Acura MDX for around $44k. This price is fair compared to the Volvo XC90 that starts around $48k. The Lexus RX is another option with three rows that start around $44k, so we wouldn’t call the Acura MDX a bargain than its rivals. 

2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid parled on pavement
2019 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid

Also, the Acura MDX only has an average fuel economy. It gets up to 20 mpg in the city and up to 27 mpg on the highway. If you want a better fuel economy, then consider going with the hybrid option instead.

Acura MDX Performance 

The Acura MDX only comes with one engine option, which is a 3.5-liter V6. It offers 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. This powerful SUV can tow between 3,000 to 5,000 lb and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. So, along with being fast and sporty, the Acura MDX can fit your entire family and tow your boat. 

However, only the Acura MDX Sport trim is available with all-wheel-drive, and that model starts around $46. So, if you need the ability to drive through snow or mud, it will cost about an extra $2k. 

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Also, the Acura MDX has an available sound dampening package. Meaning if you want a quiet ride like luxurious vehicles offer, you’ll have to pay more. It also comes with a basic MacPherson front strut suspension and multi-link rear suspension. Aside from the stabilizer bars in the front and rear, the suspension doesn’t offer much for a smooth ride.

Acura MDX Features 

The 2020 Acura MDX promotes a spacious interior with a one-touch power button to slide the second-row seats forward. There is only 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear, but up to 90.9 cubic feet of cargo space total. While fitting everyone’s luggage for a trip might be difficult, there is plenty of space for hauling more substantial items. 

2019 Acura MDX driving down dusty road
2019 Acura MDX A-Spec

The infotainment center has navigation and can connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but that’s about it. It can’t connect to your smartphone and doesn’t have a heads up display. But for the kiddos, the optional entertainment package includes wireless headphones and split-screen entertainment in the back. 

Plus, there is no wireless charging or remote start. You also have to upgrade to one of the highest trim options to gain heated seats. At least the driver seat has lumbar support, but that’s about it. 

Acura MDX crossover being displayed at a motor show.
Acura MDX | STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

The Acura MDX also doesn’t include a lot of standard safety features. You will have to pay to add rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view camera, a blind-spot monitor, and front and rear parking sensors. It doesn’t seem like you get much with the base model, so no. The Acura MDX isn’t worth its luxury price.