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...
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.
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.
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.
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).
3rd Generation MDX (2014—2020)
This generation ranks 30th in reliability out of 35 generations.
2nd Generation MDX (2007—2013)
This generation ranks 28th in reliability out of 35 generations.
1st Generation MDX (2001—2006)
This generation ranks 33rd in reliability out of 35 generations.
- 11 owners have complained about "transmission failure." This problem is filed under Transmission issues and can cost an average of $4000.00 to fix.
- 9 owners have complained about "transmission failure." This problem is filed under Transmission issues and can cost an average of $4260.00 to fix.
- 9 owners have complained about "excessive oil consumption." This problem is filed under Engine issues.
- 8 owners have complained about "transmission failure." This problem is filed under Transmission issues and can cost an average of $4800.00 to fix.
- 8 owners have complained about "either stalls or lurches on light acceleration." This problem is filed under Engine issues.
- 8 owners have complained about "excessive oil consumption." This problem is filed under Engine issues.
Complaints by Topic
|accessories - interior||24|
|body / paint||13|
|AC / heater||7|
|seat belts / air bags||5|
|wheels / hubs||4|
|windows / windshield||2|
|accessories - exterior||2|
MDX in the News
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.
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.
When Honda and Acura recalled 1.1 million Takata airbag inflators for exploding into pieces, they replaced the defective part with a slightly different version from the same company. Now those are exploding too.
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.
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.
Defects in Acura's hands-free calling system can slowly drain power from the battery, according to a lawsuit filed in California.
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.
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.
There are 27 MDX recalls and the following years are involved in the most campaigns.Skip this section
There are 6 MDX investigations and the following years are involved in the most.Skip this section