2003 Acura MDX Consumer Review: Disguised minivan
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2003 Acura MDX - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (3.5L V6 AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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Disguised minivan
By bmwguy on

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2003 Acura MDX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

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Bought a 1 year old used MDX with 14000k, drove about another 45k over 2.5 years. Roomy, mostly reliable, but NOT sporty. Closest to a minivan in ride and handling. Neither tough enough for offroad nor secure enough for sporty driving. Replaced starter under warranty, but scheduled dealer service pricey with frequent transfer case oil changes. Did I mention my dealer maintained creampuff did not hold value for a trade at an Acura dealer? Don't let Acura tell you this a a luxury car, just because it has leather seats. Mediocre stereo.

Best Features

Super comfy for 4 adults and golf clubs. Other seating positions for short trips and small kids only. Plenty of get up and go. Just don't follow closely.

Worst Features

Better brakes! Quick stops in traffic can be scary! You will never get the posted highway mileage unless you drive under 60 downhill with a tailwind. Standard Goodyear tires squeal in mild corners. Seat heaters anemic, with passenger seat only heated at the bottom! Roofrack need special adapters.
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