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2013 Acura MDX

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2013 Acura MDX Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.7

Acura's 2013 MDX continues to wow customers and confound the competition. The 7-passenger MDX doesn't offer a host of different trims or engine choices, nor is it the freshest face on the block. What the MDX does have going for it is a long and stellar history, one chock-full of positive accolades and repeat customers. In the 2013 MDX, Acura has achieved the perfect blend of size, power, fuel economy, ride, handling and luxury. And, despite its size, the MDX doesn't verge on looking like a dowdy minivan or bulky family SUV. Instead, the MDX retains a sporty, sharp look much like the compact RDX.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're shopping for a luxury SUV with seating for seven, an impeccable repair and resale record and a reasonable price, you needn't look any further than the 2013 Acura MDX.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2013 Acura MDX's fuel economy can't match that of the Audi Q7 diesel or Lincoln MKT with the EcoBoost V6. Those who require maximum cargo space in and behind the third-row seat might be happier in a Buick Enclave.

What's New for 2013

There are no major changes for Acura's MDX for 2013.

Driving the MDX

Driving Impressions The fact that Acura introduced the 2013 MDX 7-passenger SUV on a racetrack with other high-performance SUVS says quite a bit. The fact that the 2013 MDX put the biggest...

smiles on our faces says even more. When pushed hard, Acura's 300-horsepower V6 engine, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and optional active-damping system combine to deliver an SUV that's remarkably fun to push in the turns. We were also impressed by the MDX's off-road capability. Realistically, very few MDXs will ever see a racetrack or even a seriously muddy trail, but the athletic MDX is plenty pleasing around town and on the highway.

TECHNOLOGY PACKAGE
A navigation system that provides real-time traffic and weather info and an audio system that delivers amazing 6-channel Surround Sound via any medium you want make this option group a must-have.

SUPER HANDLING-ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
Apply some power in a hard corner and the 2013 Acura MDX's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system transfers extra torque to the rear outside wheel, delivering truer steering response and perceptibly higher cornering limits.

2013 Acura MDX Details
Interior

Although clearly focused on delivering exceptional performance, the 2013 Acura MDX does not compromise on practicality. A full 15 cubic feet of cargo capacity is available behind the third-row seats (only two cubic feet less than the full-size Chevrolet Tahoe). Both rear rows fold flat to accommodate larger loads. The reclining second-row seats offer plenty of legroom, even for 6-footers. The third row, of course, is best for smaller folks and shorter trips. The MDX even offers a minivan-like 10 cup holders. Highlights include perforated leather or premium Milano leather seats, simulated Koa wood and a collection of intuitive controls and LED lighting.

Exterior

Good proportions, clean lines, pronounced wheel arches and an aggressive stance give the 2013 Acura MDX a strong presence on the road. Details such as high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, turn signals integrated into the outside mirrors and LED taillights add to the high-tech flavor of the MDX. Opinion may split on the chrome "beak" grille treatment that is a corporate-Acura trademark, but at least it's recognizable. The 2013 Acura MDX is somewhat larger overall than the Lexus RX 350 and Volvo XC90.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even "standard" means "very well equipped" when it comes to the Acura MDX for 2013. The MDX features a powerful V6 engine and sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, power and heated front seats, power moonroof, HID headlamps, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, a 253-watt 8-speaker audio system with 6-disc CD/MP3/WMA changer, 3-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming mirror, rearview camera, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, six airbags and electronic traction and stability controls.

Optional Equipment

As is Honda/Acura practice, the 2013 Acura MDX's optional features are bundled into three distinct packages. The Technology Package includes a sophisticated navigation system with an 8-inch LCD screen, AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather reports, Zagat restaurant reviews, plus a DVD-Audio Surround Sound system and power rear liftgate. The Advance Package features active damping adjustment for the suspension, ventilated sport seats covered in rich perforated Milano leather, a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, Collision Mitigating Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, blind-spot information system, auto-leveling HID front headlamps and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Entertainment Package adds a DVD rear entertainment system.

Under the Hood

The V6 in Acura's 2013 MDX holds the distinction of being the most powerful engine Acura has ever offered. It works through a 6-speed automatic transmission and the clever Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system that manages the torque split not only between front and rear but also between the left and right rear wheels. In addition to cornering advantages, the system makes for a less-intrusive stability-control system. The available Active Damper System, in which the shock absorbers can change from soft to firm in milliseconds, helps mitigate the traditional trade-offs between a comfortable ride and spirited handling. The MDX features unibody construction and a fully independent suspension, and can tow up to 5,000 pounds with the added benefit of a Trailer Stability Assist feature.

3.7-liter V6
300 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/21 mpg

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2013 Acura MDX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 268 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Beautiful/ luxury, reliable in snow and highway

By on Saturday, September 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The Acura MDX is a great understated/ high end vehicle. The cock pit is space aged with beautiful finishing touches of leather and textured glossy paneling. The Sport and technology packages are great for family trips. The DVD in the back and back up cameras come in handy for extra convenience. The car is great on the highway but can easily maneuver off road and in snowy conditions. The interior is roomy for big and tall people and the cargo space adequate for large Costco runs or lots of gear. I've owned my car for 5 years and I still like it. I'm usually over a vehicle after about 2 1/2 years so that says a lot. I would suggest going no larger than 17 inch rims if you want to drive more aggressively off road. I have 19's and can't get an all terrain tire to fit that size rim; only street tires. I can still do most everything I want went driving except aggressive off roading. Besides that I have few to no complaints with the overall quality of this make and model vehicle."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

I love this car except for the gas mileage

By on Friday, August 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Very comfortable, adjustable suspension"

Cons: "Not enough power outlets (usb & electric)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car is very comfortable, great road handling, has adjustable suspension (sport & comfort settings), and plenty of power. The only trouble I have had a problem with the drivers seat being a little loose when coming to a stop. Acura fixed it right away. The other problem I have had is I needed the battery replaced after 2 years. This was replace at no charge also. The only complaint I have is with the gas mileage (of course it is AWD) and IT STATES UNLEADED PREMIUM FUEL ONLY (It does not say recommended)."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Great Car--174K miles

By on Sunday, August 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 173,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Style, handling"

Cons: "Front seats are a bit uncomfortable, gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great car--never had any problems--religiously performed required maintenance. Have no trouble or concerns to take on long trips. Hope to make it to 300k miles!"

Great highway car, comfortable and quiet

By on Thursday, August 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliability, comfort"

Cons: "rear visin while backing up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Great reliability, virtually no repairs in 80K miles. Powerful yet quiet. Gas mileage is better than expected for this size car and engine; I get 22- 24 mpg on the highway. The only issue is rear window visibility with no back-up camera, especially at night."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Finest car I've ever owned.

By on Thursday, August 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Drives like a dream. Reliable comfort."

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car used with only 15,800 miles on it. It has everything on it, from adaptive cruise control to cooled front seats. Nothing has failed and it drives like a dream with available sport or comfort ride."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Good Entry Level in Luxury for Families

By on Monday, July 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "smooth ride, nice interior, maintains value"

Cons: "gas mileage,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I enjoy this car. It rides very well and we have had no issues with the engine. However the 'plastic' like covers on the edge of the door between the front and back do have a tendency to warp leading to a vibration. Acura has since redesigned the car and have omitted this. The gas mileage is okay - nothing great. However it is a conservative number, and we seem to usually exceed what is expected."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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