The year 2000 opened its doors to the birth of the Acura MDX with MDX standing for “Multi-Dimensional Luxury.” It came in the scene when most luxury SUVs still had a body-on-frame construction. Introduced as a 2001 model, Acura MDX was the first mid-size luxury crossover SUV to have third-row seating, which made it more appealing than other SUVs. But this automobile actually has more to offer than that. With its versatility and enhancements, Acura MDX is one of the most recommended vehicles since it entered the market. Proving its worth are the awards it garnered such as North American Truck of the Year, Car and Driver magazine’s Best Luxury SUV, and Motor Trend’s Sport/Utility of the Year—all won in 2001.
2001 – 2006: first generation (an early favorite)
Acura MDX became popular among families with its seven-passenger capacity and comfortable riding experience. It came out with 17-inch wheels and tires in its first-ever launch, and its exterior was styled with sloping rear roof pillars and creases in the hood. The first ever MDX was also equipped with remoteless key entry, a power moonroof, and a seven-speaker audio system with CD player. This all-wheel drive utilized a 5-speed automatic transmission and a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can generate 240 horsepower.
By 2003, the 5-speed automatic transmission was revised due to transmission problems in the earlier models. Suspension modifications were made firm to improve ride and handling. The 2003 model was also tagged as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle, which estimates 23 mpg (highway) and 17 mpg (city). This rate is generally better than what other SUVs and crossovers offer at that time.
Acura MDX also received an engine upgrade in 2004 with its V6, which became capable of producing 265 horsepower. Its front wheels were powered by a VTM-4 variable-torque management all-wheel-drive system. A new front fascia, protective-type headlights, dual exhaust, and acoustic windshield glass were also among the enhancements integrated in the 2004 MDX. 2006 brought in minor changes in the Acura MDX, which were limited to the vehicle’s interior look.
2007 – 2013: second generation (bigger and better)
October 17, 2006 marked the release of the second-generation Acura MDX. Completely redesigned from inside out, the 2007 model sported a more integrated look with a wider track, longer wheelbase, and larger grille. The wheels were already 18 inches in diameter, and its low-beam headlights had HID (high intensity discharge) bulbs in them.
Second-generation Acura MDX also got a better-performing 3.7-liter V6 engine, which can produce 300 horsepower and 275 pounds-feet of torque. The all-wheel-drive system and the 5-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting were also a standard among the new Acura MDX.
From 2007 to 2009, the MDX was available in three option packages: Technology, Sport, and Entertainment. In 2010, its grille, tail lights, tailpipes, gauges, and steering wheel were updated. The Advance Package replaced the Sport Package of the previous models, and the 5-speed automatic transmission was turned into a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Acura MDX still proved to be a top choice, bagging the top spot for the Luxury Midsize SUV by US News and World Report in 2010.