What's Wrong with the 2nd Generation MDX?

Owners of the 2007–2013 MDX have made 93 complaints mostly about the electrical, for an overall PainRank of 4.24. That score ranks 27th in reliability out of 34 Acura generations.

2 Common Problems

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'

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.


Model Years


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