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Acura MDX Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 260 hp @ 5750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2003 Acura MDX

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

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Room for seven passengers or serious amounts of cargo, gutsy V6 engine, well-balanced suspension, top-rated crash test scores, low price.

  • Cons

    Limited off-road capability, below-average tow rating, ho-hum interior design and materials, might have to pay over sticker to get one.

  • What's New for 2003

    Further honing its already quite capable MDX, Acura has made a number of key improvements for 2003. First up is a 20-horsepower boost,…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (28 total reviews)


Buyer beware

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Bought this car brand new and have always maintained it properly, including the replacement of the timing belt at 105K. Since that time it has been a money guzzling machine. Left rear mirror fell out with motor assembly to the tune of $329. Driver's side seat moulding broken along with loose driver's seat. Now I've been told that the power steering is shot, a motor mount is broke, the seal around the left headlight needs to be replaced, among other things. Total anticipated cost $3-5,000. For all Acura says about quality, I don't know that I will buy another one.




Love it for 160,000 miles!!!

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

My MDX has been great! I have 160,000 miles and have only had to keep on maintenance schedule (although these can get a bit pricey). I would get this car again and am actually thinking of purchasing a new MDX or RDX. Only negative is that after 150K miles started to get a number of interior rattles - much to be expected after so much use. Speakers are excellent.




Cheap (really!) components

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

This is a great looking car IMHO. And I love driving it, It's got a ton of room and handles nicely. But... the quality of the internal parts... is just ridiculous. Cheap, cheap, cheap. Vents, seat heaters, switches, etc, etc. Parts that should last 5-6 years or longer (cuz they are just not used much) go out after 2-3 years. A slightly better component would cost pennies, add maybe 1/2% to the total price of the car to upgrade all the little things to be reliable. Going to think long and hard before I buy another Acura. It's sad, because other than ALL the little things breaking, it's a great vehicle.




Value,with honda reliability

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Anybody researching SUVs in this price range would be wise to consider the MDX. Great build quality, quiet and smooth with good acceleration. Entetainment system is a huge hit- a must for anyone with kids or who likes to travel. The BMW, VW, Lexus and Volvo are great SUVs, but with the expected Honda reliability, the MDX is the choice which provides the most value.




Acura mdx 2003

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I drive alot in rural areas. I feel safe with this vehichle. I did buy a grille guard to give more protection from unexpected deer strikes. I like the shorter turning radius compared to our Lexus RX 300. The wind noise is too high. It tows well. Very roomy with the seats down. Overall very pleased and plan to keep over 2 years.




Smokin

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Vehicle: 2003 Acura MDX Touring AWD 4dr SUV w/Entertainment System (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

The ratings that the website gave this vehicle is a travesty. This vehicle is a 10. It is quick, handles like a sports car, and is extremely reliable. The comfort not only matches the performance but exceeds it. It has a 265hp motor that is very quick and will not let you down when driving through the mountains. The MDX gets 21.5 miles to the gallon in city driving. Though this vehicle is not the most visually stimulating (looks real good with running boards and galvonized panels), I live in Colorado and know how well it does on ice and in the mountains. Word of warning to those that race against MDX's, its quick so watch out.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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Full 2003 Acura MDX Review

What's New for 2003

Further honing its already quite capable MDX, Acura has made a number of key improvements for 2003. First up is a 20-horsepower boost, giving the MDX a total of 260. To support the increased power, there's a revised five-speed automatic transmission, a new stability control system, a strengthened chassis, a retuned suspension and stronger brakes. Inside, the optional navigation system has gained voice recognition capability, enhanced graphics and expanded database coverage. There's also a tailgate-mounted rearview camera this year that transmits its view to the display screen when the vehicle is put in reverse. Lastly, Acura will be offering an optional DVD-based entertainment system as a factory option.

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