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2020 Acura MDX Overview

The Acura MDX, a premium 3-row crossover, is similar to the Buick Enclave, Infiniti QX60 and Lexus RX L. The MDX is among the oldest vehicles in that class, having arrived for 2014. It has received gradual updates, but with a redesign due next year, the RDX carries over for 2020.

The MDX offers 6- or 7-passenger seating, depending on which version you get. A second-row bench seat comes standard, while a pair of second-row captain’s chairs with a center armrest is optional. No matter which option you get, the second-row seats automatically slide and recline to allow access to and from the third row. All rear seats fold to create a maximum of 90.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

As always, there’s just one engine for the MDX: a 3.5-liter V6 capable of 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. A 9-speed automatic routes power to the front wheels by default, but you can add Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) for greater levels of traction and control. When properly equipped, the MDX can tow up to 5,000 lbs. Fuel economy ranges as high as 20 mpg city, 27 highway and 23 combined for the front-wheel-drive (FWD) version, and 19/26/22 with SH-AWD.

The most basic MDX includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, a moonroof, 12-way power front seats, 3-zone automatic climate control, keyless access and start, an electronic gear selector, ambient cabin lighting, remote start, satellite radio, USB connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Premium leather upholstery, 20-inch wheels, power-folding side mirrors, navigation, heated and cooled seats, a heated steering wheel, a rear entertainment system, and second-row sunshades are optional.

For visual enhancements, Acura offers an aggressive A-Spec package. It features exclusive exterior colors, special 20-inch wheels, special bumpers, black and dark chrome exterior trim, a black grille, metallic interior trim, unique leather-and-Alcantara upholstery, and A-Spec badging.

Acura gives the MDX its AcuraWatch system as standard equipment, which includes a reversing camera, forward-collision warning, automatic-emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and road-departure mitigation. Options include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors, a head-up display (HUD) and a surround-view camera. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the MDX a Top Safety Pick rating.

Even as it enters its final year in current form, the MDX represents an impressive blend of features, styling, luxury, and performance.


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