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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 287 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Fantastic automobile. Never has failed me.

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,178

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "It is not a fun car, it is a functional automobile"

Cons: "Steering is stiff = turn base large"

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

"I have loved this automobile. It has features I still have never used after 6 year; i.,e., the DVD feature for example. The major problem was with the radio, CD player which was replaced by the dealer. I love the hands free phone feature. It is a great car!"

Never been happier with a vehicle purchase.

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,800

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: "Gorgeous, fun to drive, pure luxury"

Cons: "Won't recognize my iPhone 6."

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

"This vehicle is stylish, reliable, drives and rides like a dream, and is simply beautiful. It is everything a luxury vehicle should be. And Acura has superb customer service!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

This has been the best SUV I've ever owned.

By on Saturday, May 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "$13,300"

Cons: "None"

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

"I just bought a used 2009 with very low miles and I love it too. My Acura has served me well with no problems. The vehicle has had regular maintenance. I put new brakes on it at 77,000 miles and they are still in good shape and new tires. Car drives great and stops on a dime."

7 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great if you have kids, safe and comfortable

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,500

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: "Fun, safe and comfortable."

Cons: "Fuel economy, 19 mpg+/-"

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

"I needed a car that would hold the whole family including any extras like Nana or friends. Living in Connecticut and having a steep driveway I wanted AWD or FWD. My mini van was shot and I was tired of "Mini Van Land". After test driving everything on the market, new and used, I fell in love with the Acura MDX. I was luck enough to find just the one as it came off a lease and grabbed it. It has been a great car. It goes through snow as well as our 4WD truck and is comfortable doing it. The car is tough too. When a deer jumped out in front of me on a foggy country road, the damage was minimal and I was able to drive it for the 3 weeks it took to get it in the shop. I know the truck would have been more damaged and not usable after the same hit. I love this car. I am thinking of down sizing soon since I don't need so much room and would like the better fuel economy of a smaller vehicle, but I just keep remembering the deer and know I will not be as safe in a smaller vehicle. It has been great for all my family needs."

4 people out of 13 found this review helpful

best suv ever

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

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
10/10

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

"fun to drive , smooth ride, seats 7, lots of cargo room, no mechanical problems ever, looks new The only problem I've had is with the Cd player. I have had it repaired 3 times and I wasn't charges but the warranty has expired and I haven't had it repaired because I would have to pay and it will break again. It has a flawed design. I LOVE MY CAR! I am only checking the value because I want to buy a Porsche Macan S 2015 SUV."

3 people out of 11 found this review helpful

reliable, no problems but rides rough

By on Wednesday, April 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "handles great in any conditions"

Cons: "rough ride"

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

"I love this vehicle and the way it handles on the road. It has been very reliable with no problems. It is comfortable for seating if you don't have to use the third seat which is a little small. When the third seat is engaged the cargo space is very small. I would have to rate the comfort of the ride as rough as you can feel every little bump. Also, the steering seems a little tight for power steering. The gas mileage ranges from 18 to 23 mpg on the highway and around 17 in town. All in all it is a very reliable, good looking vehicle."

3 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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