What's Wrong with the Acura MDX?

Owners of this SUV have sent in 301 complaints with an overall PainRank™ of 7.03. That ranks 19th in reliability out of 21 Acura models.

Problems to Expect with the MDX

MDX owners generally have the most trouble with transmission problems, followed by the engine and electrical.

  1. HandsFreeLink Drains Battery

    While most cars nowadays come with some sort of hands-free calling system, it wasn't that long ago that it was considered to be a luxury feature. Certain 2004 Acura vehicles were among the first to get a Bluetooth-enabled system for connect... 

    Published in #electrical on

  2. Excessive Oil Consumption

    Changed your oil recently? I'm guessing you think you’re good to go for another 3,000 to 5,000 miles depending on the oil you’re using. V6 owners better think again. 

    Published in #engine on

  3. Acura's Very Uncomfortable Seats

    Let's not sugar coat this, the headrest design in certain Acura vehicles is crippling. Seriously, Acura must have hired a spine specialist for advice on seat design ... and then gone with the exact opposite. 

    Published in #interior on

  4. Takata Airbag Inflator Recall

    A large number of Acura vehicles have been recalled because they contain dangerous airbag inflators made by Takata. The shrapnel-hurling inflators have been recalled in over 37 million vehicles (and counting). 

    Published in #airbags-seat-belts on

MDX Generations

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, using similar engineering and shared features. Generation data isn't always cut-and-dry and is often different for different countries. When in doubt, we use North American generation data.

  1. 3rd Generation MDX (2014—2020)

    This generation ranks 30th in reliability out of 35 generations.

  2. 2nd Generation MDX (2007—2013)

    This generation ranks 28th in reliability out of 35 generations.

  3. 1st Generation MDX (2001—2006)

    This generation ranks 33rd in reliability out of 35 generations.

Most Common Complaints

Transmission
11 owners have complained about "transmission failure." This problem is filed under Transmission issues and can cost an average of $4000.00 to fix.
Transmission
9 owners have complained about "transmission failure." This problem is filed under Transmission issues and can cost an average of $4260.00 to fix.
Engine
9 owners have complained about "excessive oil consumption." This problem is filed under Engine issues.
Transmission
8 owners have complained about "transmission failure." This problem is filed under Transmission issues and can cost an average of $4800.00 to fix.
Engine
8 owners have complained about "either stalls or lurches on light acceleration." This problem is filed under Engine issues.
Engine
8 owners have complained about "excessive oil consumption." This problem is filed under Engine issues.
View All MDX Complaints

MDX in the News

2019

  • MDX and RDX Lawsuit Says SUVs Can Suddenly Lose Power

    A lawsuit alleges that the 2016-2020 MDX and RDX continue to randomly lose engine power, nearly a year after a possibly related fuel pump recall. And proving it to a mechanic is nearly impossible as the power almost always comes back on and the vehicle acts like nothing ever happened. The plaintiffs believe Acura should expand the scope of previous fuel injection engine control unit software updates.

    Published in #lawsuit on

  • Acura Recalls 360,000 Leaky Tail Lights in the MDX and MDX Sport Hybrid

    Water is leaking past a faulty seal and straight into the tail lights of roughly 360,000 Acura SUVs. From there it meets up with some electrical components and that never tends to go well. In this case, it’s shorting out internal and exterior lights in the 2014-2019 MDX and 2017-2019 MDX Sport Hybrid. Dealerships will replace the light assembly gaskets when the recall begins on April 29, 2019.

    Published in #recall on

  • Cheap Gas and Cheaper Fuel Pumps, An Acura Recall Story

    Acura is part of a recall for over 437,000 vehicles to prevent the engine from suddenly shutting down due to a clogged fuel pump. Sodium particulates, often found in cheap gas, can cling to the inside of the pump and increase resistance as they heat up.

    Published in #fuel-system on

2018

  • HansFreeLink Lawsuit Survives Dismissal of Claims

    Despite a judge ruling that certain warranty and consumer protection claims aren't applicable, the HandsFreeLink battery drain lawsuit will be allowed to continue on the claim that the automaer concealed possible defects.

    Published in #lawsuit on

2017

2015

  • Some Acuras are Detecting Collisions That Aren't There

    The 2014–15 Acura MDX and RLX have a 'collision mitigation braking system' that watches the road and hits the brakes if you’re about to crash. And that’s great when you’re about to slam into somebody’s bumper, less so when the system gets confused by a shiny guardrail that’s 100 feet away.

    Published in #recall on

2014

  • Acura's Frozen Seatbelts

    I'll admit it, the first time I see frost on my windshield I get a bit cranky. But it's nothing compared to the tantrum some Acura seat belts are throwing. They simply refuse to move when the temperature gets frosty. They are freezing in place and prompting a safety recall.

    Published in #recall on

Recalls, Investigations, and Technical Service Bulletins

MDX Recalls

There are 27 MDX recalls and the following years are involved in the most campaigns.

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Complaints
2005 9
2003 9
2006 7
2004 6
2014 5
2015 4
2002 3
2018 3
2017 2
2016 2
2001 2
2012 1
2010 1
2007 1
2019 1
2008 1

MDX Investigations

There are 6 MDX investigations and the following years are involved in the most.

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Complaints
2003 4
2005 4
2006 4
2004 3
2001 1
2002 1

MDX TSBs

There are 835 MDX TSBs and the following years are involved in the most.

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Complaints
2016 214
2014 199
2003 184
2001 182
2015 172
2002 162
2004 133
2017 98
2005 91
2013 78
2012 77
2010 66
2006 53
2011 48
2018 36
2007 33
2008 33
2009 30
2019 2