What's Wrong with the Acura MDX?

MDX owners have reported 301 complaints, mostly about the transmission, on CarComplaints.com. The vehicle's overall PainRank of 7.03 ranks 18th in reliability out of 20 models.

4 Common MDX Problems

HandsFreeLink Drains Battery

  • #electrical

Acura's parent company Honda was one of the first to offer a hands-free system called HandsFreeLink. In their rush to beat the competition, however, they missed a defect that allows the system to stay...

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The blue user interface of HandsFreeLink is shown making a call via a BlackBerry.

Excessive Oil Consumption

  • #engine

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. Acura owners with V6 J-Series engines better think again.

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A gauge cluster with an orange wrench warning light labeled 'Service Due Now'

Takata Airbag Inflator Recall

  • #airbags-seat-belts

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 c...

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Even crash test dummies don't want to be near a Takata airbag

Acura's Very Uncomfortable Seats

  • #interior

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 op...

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Most Complained About

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

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Model Years

MDX Generations

Generations are groups of model years where few, if any, changes were made to the vehicle. They tend to break in very similar ways because they use many of the same parts and manufacturing process.

MDX News

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

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.