The Acura MDX
The Acura MDX is one of Acura’s first and most popular SUV/crossover vehicles that it has ever produced. Acura has been known to make a variety of different vehicles over the years including the Integra, Legend, and in 2001 brought an exciting new SUV to the market to SUV fans and drivers. But is wasn’t a true SUV in the definition of one, as it was a crossover SUV and featured a third-row seating option, the first of its kind. The MDX or multi-dimensional luxury vehicle, came onto the market with great fanfare and has continued to evolve through the years as one of the leading crossover SUV’s on the market today.
The Acura MDX debuted in 2001 and featured a 3.5L V6 engine that produced 240hp. The Acura MDX was built to hold up to 7 passengers and featured a ton of revolutionary equipment that was included in the interior and exterior. The Acura MDX featured a automatic four wheel drive system that applied various pressures to the car in various weather conditions, to maintain performance and keep the driver safe. Initial sales of the 2001 Acura MDX were modest and did feature transmission problems that both the Acura CL and TL models faced during these years.
In 2003, the Acura MDX were updated with a 5-speed automatic transmission versus the earlier 5-speed transmissions that were present in earlier model years. Inside, the 2003 Acura MDX had a navigation system and DVD entertainment system which were available as optional equipment. The 2003 Acura MDX was noted for its Ultra Low Emmissions and had 23 mpg highway and 17 mpg in the city. The 2003 Acura MDX also had improved engine performance over prior years to give the Acura MDX an additional 15-20hp.
From 2004-2005, the Acura MDX was modestly updated with additional horsepower, airbags, wheels, and lights for the headlights and taillights. Exterior changes were also made for the trim and interior packages.
From 2007, the Acura MDX was redesigned and rebranded the MD-X and was offered in three different packages that included a technology package, a sports package, and an entertainment package. The new redesigned units featured a wider body, a longer wheelbase, better structural design, increased suspension, an increased 3.7 L V6 300hp engine, faster acceleration and better mileage. Mileage on the newer Acura MD-X models ranged from 16mph city and 21 mpg highway. This and the updates made in the DVD navigation system, moonroof, GPS systems, stereo systems, suspension systems, and handling updates made the Acura MD-X an increasingly better selling vehicle for Acura.
In 2008, the Acura MDX was updated even further with a brand new auto-dimming mirror which to the drivers was a feature wanted by many. The 2009 Acura MDX brought major updates to the DVD based navigation system, additional color options to the buyer, and a power tailgate. The power tailgate according to various reports was only available in one of the other packages, but was then available to all Acura MDX models. The 2010 Acura MDX saw a brand new look to the Acura MDX and brought a 6-speed automatic transmission system added. Additions to the 2010 Acura MDX also included better cruise control functions, a blind spot monitor, better suspension, 19 inch wheels, and better tires for the Acura MDX.
Throughout the years the Acura MDX has won many awards from car journalists, magazines, and automotive associations. The Acura MDX has sold well in the US with an average of 50-60,000 units nationwide sold according to sales figures. MSRP of the Acura MDX has ranged in the mid $50k range and has maintained that way through the years with modest depreciation values reported by Kelley Blue Book and other online sites. The Acura MDX has seen a wide range of upgrades and changes to the model since the debut in 2001. Buyers and car lovers have praised the Acura MDX as a true crossover SUV and a great mix of luxury and style. Acura has continued to evolve the Acura MDX and bring it continued new styling and excitement. Last ratings for the Acura MDX put it slightly behind the Audi Q7 and BMW X5 which are also crossover SUV’s in the US auto marketplace.