The Acura MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV on the market. It has sold more than 1,000,000 units and is Acura’s top performer. The luxury division of Honda is holding a commanding lead in the crossover segment. The 2020 Acura MDX receives accolades from auto reviewers across the country. But, there is one glaring weakness that, according to Consumer Reports, shouldn’t be overlooked.
Overview of the 2020 Acura MDX
Suburban soccer moms love the 2020 Acura MDX. The spacious cabin accommodates up to seven passengers, with user-friendly third-row access that is as simple as pressing a button. The comfortable space provides a luxury ride that is both quiet and refined.
Consumer Reports did note that the well-finished cabin is lacking in its infotainment system that is not only distracting but frustrating to use as well. Also, the push-button shifter is hard to use and could prove cumbersome for some drivers.
Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and optional blind-spot warning. The Technology Package provides additional navigation, and the Entertainment Package includes rear-seat video screens. The top-of-the-line Advance Package offers an upgraded interior trim, an option for second-row captain’s chairs, a heated steering wheel, and a surround-view camera.
The Acura MDX has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers efficient 31 mpg fuel economy on the highway. Putting out 290 hp, the performance is in line with competitors in its class. A hybrid version with a seven-speed dual-clutch that puts out 321 hp overall is also available.
What Consumer Reports had to say
Despite the 2020 Acura MDX being one of the hottest SUVs on the market, Consumer Reports had a differing opinion about the vehicle’s performance. In the Luxury Midsize Sport Utility Vehicle segment, it ranked the MDX at No. 15 out of 30 for an overall score
After the road test, Consumer Reports stated that the 2020 Acura MDX is a “well-rounded, functional, and competitively-priced vehicle that does most things well.”
Where the upscale MDX fell short was in predicted reliability, receiving a mere one-out-of-five score. Compared to other new models, only the Tesla Model X and Audi Q8 ranked lower. The vehicle that came out on top of the list was the Lexus GX that scored a whopping 91 percent when it comes to reliability.
Consumer Reports calculates their predicted reliability score by looking at a model’s past performance, which allows them to predict how well the vehicle will hold up in the coming years. An annual subscriber survey is sent to consumers to assess their experiences on models from 2000 to 2020. This year, more than 420,000 consumers responded, addressing 17 potential trouble spots.
The areas included issues with the engine, transmission, brakes, power equipment, and electrical system. Consumers reported any problems they experienced over the past 12 months, taking into consideration cost, safety, and downtime.
The predicted reliability score reflects the percentage of respondents that reported any problems they were having in the designated areas. The manufacturer’s track record, expert knowledge, and reliability history also play a role when determining the score.
What’s in store for the Acura MDX
Acura is teasing the release of an all-new MDX SUV, scheduled to debut on October 14, 2020. The automaker claims it will be the “most ambitious redesign ever.”
According to The Drive, the all-new family-friendly SUV appears to have a large moonroof and taillights similar to the Acura TLX. According to Acura, “the next-gen crossover will be lower, wider, and longer than the outgoing version.”
There aren’t many details about the incoming 2021 model, but if it’s anything like this year’s Acura MDX, it will definitely be worth checking out.