1. What’s New?
The Acura MDX was redesigned for the 2020 model year. In terms of changes, it basically features updates to the exterior styling, including new headlights, taillights, and grille. There are also some updates to the interior, including redesigned seats and a new touchscreen infotainment system.
When first unveiled at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the newest Acura MDX received many positive reviews. Some people were impressed with its sleek design while others criticized the vehicle for being too similar to its predecessor, the MDX. Overall, critics thought the new design was pretty good. The front fascia includes round headlamps, a wide-opening grille, and a large intake under the bumper. These elements combine to create a sporty look while also highlighting the SUV’s bold stance. A slim LED signature lamp lights up the daytime running lamps. On the sides, the sloping roofline creates a smooth transition between the bodywork and wheel arches. The rear end of the car is dominated by a long trunk lid and a set of tall tailpipes. The backside sports a single exhaust outlet and two small vents.
There are several new features included with the latest Acura MDX, including an upgraded navigation and entertainment system. The standard 8-inch touch screen now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both systems allow drivers to make calls, listen to music, and access their favorite apps within the vehicle. An optional 12-speaker Bose surrounds sound system further enhances the driving experience. Additionally, the cabin is outfitted with heated seats, a power driver seat, and a wireless phone charger.
4. Performance & MPG
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine powers the MDX. It produces 290 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. According to Acura, the MDX is capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in just 6.9 seconds. Its EPA mileage rating is 18 mpg city/27 highway. The previous generation of the MDX had a base price of $44,850 and came with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
On the road safety side, the MDX scored well according to NHTSA crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the vehicle a Top Safety Pick+ designation. The MDX earned five stars for side and rear impacts and four stars in the rollover test. Other safety features include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision prediction, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.
The Acura MDXi comes equipped with an eight-inch display and navigation map information. Drivers can use the touchscreen to select destinations and adjust audio settings. All models receive a suite of advanced technologies, including adaptive cruise control, active noise cancellation, pre-collision assist, and a reverse camera. The MDX is not compatible with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
7. Price & Release Date
The Acura MD Xi starts at $43,895 for the Premium trim level. It goes up to $55,495 if you want to add the Technology package. The release date for the new MDX is November 1st, 2018.