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2015 Acura MDX Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.5

The Acura MDX has earned a reputation as one of the best loved, most reliable luxury crossover SUV's on the market. True to its roots, the 2015 Acura MDX continues to offer luxury and convenience, not to mention handling on par with much sportier rivals – especially when equipped with Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). The MDX's recent makeover saw marked improvements in 3rd-row-seat access, fuel economy and body structure, the latter greatly improving the MDX's strength and safety. Unlike some luxury SUVs, the MDX for 2015 remains reasonable in both size and weight, keeping it competitive with newer SUVs such as the Infiniti QX60 and Audi Q7, and making it a viable alternative to such luxury giants as the Cadillac Escalade and Lexus LX.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a luxury crossover SUV big enough to hold the entire family, luxurious enough to impress the neighbors, and reliable enough to keep well past the last payment date, the 2015 Acura MDX is an easy pick.

You May Not Like This Car If...

There are many well-equipped 7-passenger SUVs on the market that can do a lot of what the MDX can do, but for less money. If you're looking to save some green, the Toyota Highlander, GMC Acadia and Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid make excellent alternatives.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 8.5
  • 9.2
  • 8.2
  • 7.7
  • 8.2
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How It Ranks

#12

out of 44

Fuel Economy

#16

out of 44

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Consumer Rating

7.6 out of 10
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2015 Acura MDX Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

Fresh from its 2014 redo, the 2015 Acura MDX luxury crossover SUV cruises into the new year with no major changes.

Driving the MDX
2015 Acura MDX Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions When Acura remade its 7-passenger MDX, it didn't just pretty it up with a new face and a few extra features. The 2015 Acura MDX luxury SUV benefits from an...

... improved suspension, a stiffer structure and liberal use of high-strength yet lightweight steel. The changes result in a driving experience that's more sport sedan than tall SUV, with the MDX able to round corners and respond to steering inputs in a way few SUVs can. Acura's suspension setup strikes a perfect balance between the softly sprung Lexus RX and the abruptly harsh (and complex) BMW X5. The driver is allowed some input, however, in the form of Acura's Integrated Dynamics System that allows throttle and steering modulation, as well as three driver-selectable modes on models equipped with SH-AWD. As for power, the tried-and-true 3.5-liter V6 never disappoints and is barely noticeable thanks to the MDX's extremely quiet cabin.

JEWEL EYE LED HEADLIGHTS
Not only are they stunning in appearance, the 2015 Acura MDX's "Jewel Eye" headlights recreate the spectrum of daylight, delivering better visibility at night with less eyestrain.

PUSH-BUTTON 3RD-ROW ACCESS
Sometimes, the simplest designs are the most impressive. The MDX's one-touch walk-in feature allows quick and easy access to the 3rd-row seat without having to strain, lug or tug to move the 2nd-row seats.

2015 Acura MDX Details
2015 Acura MDX Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

As is the case with most Acuras, drivers will find a restrained show of luxury inside the 2015 MDX crossover SUV, with an emphasis placed upon comfort and ease-of-use. Interior materials are of a highest quality, on par with the Lexus RX and BMW X5. On the other hand, faux wood, dull textures and basic shapes fail to evoke the rich ambiance of the QX60 and Audi Q7. Instead of a sea of dash buttons, the 2015 MDX directs most vehicle functions through a pair of LCD displays. And, unlike some competitors, the MDX's 2nd-row seat slides and folds with minimal effort.

Exterior
2015 Acura MDX photo

Save for the multi-projector "Jewel Eye" headlights, you'd be hard-pressed to distinguish the 2015 Acura MDX from its predecessors. Nevertheless, the overall look is by no means dated. The spec sheet shows that the MDX measures about two inches longer, 1.3 inches narrower and 1.5 inches shorter than the last generation, which appears to be just the right size for most repeat buyers. Because of its leaner proportions, the 2015 MDX is easier to maneuver through narrow spaces than the Audi Q7, and you won't have to think twice about squeezing into tight parking spots.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2015 Acura MDX is offered in one trim level with four progressive options packages. In base form, the MDX offers the longest list of standard equipment in the segment. Highlights include energy-efficient LED headlights, keyless access and start, a backup camera, leather, 3-zone climate control, heated front seats, a power liftgate and an 8-speaker audio system with Aha Radio and Pandora connectivity. Safety features consist of seven airbags, Acura's reinforced ACE body structure, and trailer stability control for all-wheel-drive models. Moreover, Acura anticipates the 2015 MDX will again earn top crash-test scores.

Optional Equipment

The Technology Package includes goodies like Acura's next-generation navigation system with class-exclusive surface street traffic overlays, 19-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, and a forward-collision warning system that uses visual and aural alerts to warn you of a potential impact. The Advance Package adds such high-tech gems as a rear-seat entertainment center with a 16.2-inch split-screen display, a 12-speaker ELS premium audio system, full-range adaptive cruise control that employs millimeter wave radar to maintain a specified following distance behind the vehicle ahead, and Acura's Lane Keeping Assist System, which provides automatic steering assistance to gently nudge the MDX back into its lane.

Under the Hood
2015 Acura MDX Engine photo

The sole powertrain combination in every 2015 Acura MDX is a 3.5-liter V6 matched with an efficient 6-speed automatic transmission. The V6 mill features Variable Cylinder Management, which "shuts off" three of the engine's six cylinders during cruising and deceleration to improve fuel economy. And speaking of efficiency, the 2015 Acura MDX qualifies as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid SUV in the category. Lastly, to the delight of those living in Sunbelt states, Acura offers the MDX with front-wheel drive in addition to the automaker's sophisticated Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system for the snowbirds. Alas, to achieve maximum power and fuel efficiency, the MDX requires Premium fuel.

3.5-liter V6
290 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
267 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 mpg (front-wheel drive), 18/27 mpg (all-wheel drive)

At just over $43,000, including destination, the 2015 Acura MDX is priced just a few hundred dollars more than the 2014 model. Adding the Technology and Entertainment Package will set you back an extra $6,275, while a top-of-the-line model equipped with all-wheel drive and the Advance Package checks just under $58,000. The 2015 BMW X5 and Audi Q7 start closer to the $50,000 mark and flirt with the $80,000 figure when fully optioned. The Lexus RX starts just below the MDX's base price but can't match the MDX when it comes to standard features. Before signing on the dotted line, be sure to take a look KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price at the bottom of this page to see what others in your area are actually paying for the 2015 Acura MDX. As a long-term investment, the 2015 MDX is expected to maintain some of the highest residual values among luxury SUVs.

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2015 Acura MDX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.6
Out of 10

Based on 49 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.3/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

Beautiful car but watch out...

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Beautiful car - fun to drive"

Cons: "Quality is not good - already in the shop twice"

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

"I bought the Acura MDX AWD Tech 2015 new and after 10 months (a bit over 10,000 miles) of owning/driving it I have some reservations about the car. First of all, this is a beautiful car and the first luxury I've ever purchased. I especially love the jewel headlights - unbelievably awesome to look at and really bright at night. The drive is really comfortable and quiet, esp. on highway. The mileage is as stated. Compared to that of the Highlander I owned prior, I believe the mileage is excellent. Now, the issues I've experienced with this car are: 1. The doors are not properly aligned. I overlooked the car and had to bring it back to the dealer for an adjustment. Still they are not perfectly aligned. So if you're thinking of buying it don't be like me and look carefully. 2. About 2 months after I bought the car, I started to hear squeaking noise when backing up every morning. I brought it back to the dealer again for an inspection and was told that there was nothing wrong!? I think I'm not going to get many miles from the factory brake pads... 3. Last week, the FCW and LDW lights came on and stayed on. Again, I brought it back to the dealer on a Saturday. After waiting for 3 hours, they found the error but did not know what caused it and wanted to keep the car for further diagnosis?!?! At the same time, they suggested that I remove the E-Z/fastlane transponder as well as my workplace parking transponder. Their thinking was that those might have interfered with the camera even though the transponders were mounted well below the shaded area. The following Monday, I got a call from the dealer saying that they found the culprit - the camera but did not have it in stock so they needed another day to order and replace it. As of today, the car is still at the shop waiting to be fixed. The dealer claimed that they did not have the tool to calibrate the camera because this is the first time they do this on an MDX, and the same tool on other models doesn't work with MDX!?!? Unbelievable."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Once again, Acura provides a winner

By on Friday, January 08, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

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

"I recently purchased a 2016 MDX with tech package. I still own a 2003 MDX (180K miles) and a 2010 MDX(106K miles). This vehicle continues to improve and I love the 2016 model. I read the the negative reviews before buying the 2016 model specifically looking for the vibration at 55-75 and the poor shifting at low speeds. My vehicle has exhibited neither of these issues. To the contrary this has been a joy to drive and by far the best yet. More room in the cabin (I am 6'3"), quiet, beautiful interior, more leg room in the rear, fantastic sound system. I am not questioning the veracity of the poor reviews, I am simply stating that my vehicle has none of those issues."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

our second MDX - cant find a better value SUV

By on Monday, December 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "bang for your buck"

Cons: "driving personality is a little bland"

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

"We've looked at every decent size SUV on the market and cant find a better overall value out there. We'll continue to buy them until something else emerges."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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