The 2023 Acura MDX is a good-looking SUV with three rows of seats, making it perfect for family trips. Plus, the handling is much better than other SUVs its size—especially the performance-oriented Type S. Even with the base 290hp V-6 engine, this SUV can pick up speed quickly.
Acura’s Type S goes above and beyond the regular options by adding a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 355 horsepower, as well as standard all-wheel drive. Though it doesn’t quite compare to the luxurious interiors of its rivals, like the Genesis GV80, the Mercedes-Benz GLE-class, or even the Volvo XC90–the MDX is still cheaper than them while driving more rewarding.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The standard MDX model features a 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. You have the option of upgrading to all-wheel drive, which is included in the sporty Type S trim level that also comes with a 355 turbocharged 3.0
We field-tested the Type S and found that, while it handles just as nimbly as the standard model on the road, packing an extra punch power-wise. We questioned if that was really enough to justify its “Type S” designation. It is faster than the base model–clocking in at 5.5 seconds to reach 60 mph compared to 6.4 seconds for the weaker variant–but is it fast enough?
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
If you’re looking for an economical car, the base MDX might not be the best option. It boasts EPA fuel-economy ratings of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. All-wheel drive models have a 1 mpg decreased on highways. Our A-Spec all=wheel drive test vehicle got 22mpg on our 75 mph fuel-economy route – which is quite disappointing. The Type S model did slightly better with 23 mpg . If you want more detailed information about the MDX’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
On high-end trims, the MDX’s cabin boasts French-stitched leather on the dashboard and open-pore wood intermingled with metal and piano-black accents for a premium look and feel. In addition, Acura has outfitted the MDX with plenty of creature comforts, such as dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and leather upholstery.
The supportive and comfortable front seats come with 16-way power adjustability and massage as options. The first and second rows have plenty of space for passengers, but the MDX’s third row is only meant for children. Although the interior is nicely designed and offers many convenience features, it doesn’t match the luxurious feel of competitor cabins such as those in the Genesis GV80 or Volvo XC90.
Will the 2023 Acura MDX be redesigned?
No, the 2023 Acura MDX will not receive a redesign. The lack of redesign is for a good reason, as the 2022 model year Acura MDX saw a complete redesign that transformed the three-row luxury SUV.
Is the Acura MDX reliable?
The Acura MDX Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 2nd out of 14 for luxury midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $571 which means it has average ownership costs.
Which is better MDX or RDX?
Neither the Acura RDX vs. MDX size will disappoint. A smaller crossover, the RDX holds its own with seating for five and a 79.8 cubic feet max cargo volume from behind the first row of seats. The larger MDX can seat seven and has a larger 95.0 cubic feet max cargo space from behind the first row of seats.