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Acura MDX Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 240 hp @ 5300 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2002 Acura MDX

  • A bland but otherwise utterly capable and perfectly useful SUV.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful V6 engine, roomy interior, fold-flat third-row seat, sophisticated 4WD system.

  • Cons

    Limited off-road capability, below-average tow rating, lacks personality.

  • What's New for 2002

    Introduced last year, Acura's capable SUV receives only minor changes for 2002. There are four new exterior colors, and enhancements have been made to reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) for a quieter, more comfortable ride.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Lemon from the factory

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Vehicle: 2002 Acura MDX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Navigation (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Bought the vehicle brand new off the lot and from day 01 the vehicle had issues, i.e. bubbles in the paint, EGR valve recalls (numerous), etc. The latest is the transmission. This is the second one in 160K miles. The first one was under warranty & the second was while still under warranty as well, however the Sunnyvale Acura dealership did not identify it and has now changed ownership & they're not taking responsibility. The repair will be between $5K~$7K. This is the 1st and last Acura which I will ever buy. They use the term "Luxury Vehicle" - don't be fooled. My prior Lexus was a true Luxury Vehicle, over 250K miles on the trannie w/ no issues.




Beware: bad transmissions

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Vehicle: 2002 Acura MDX 4WD 4dr SUV w/Navigation (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Nice vehicle but not withstanding of the reputation of Honda's reliability. Transmissions have known issue under NHTSA recall 04V176000 of gear failure that could result in transmission lockup. This happened to me at 113k miles after Acura said they fixed the issue. While driving 35 mph the front end of the vehicle seized and skidded 5-7 feet. Luckily there wasn't a car behind me. They tried to charge $7k to fix the transmission. It appears there are 100's of similar cases reported online and Acura is using plausible deniability to avoid litigation issues. I logged a complaint w/ NHTSA & sold vehicle due to safety concerns.



Full 2002 Acura MDX Review

What's New for 2002

Introduced last year, Acura's capable SUV receives only minor changes for 2002. There are four new exterior colors, and enhancements have been made to reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) for a quieter, more comfortable ride.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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