The MDX continues to be a little bit more of a better value than any other comparable luxury SUV. I will say that our 2015 & 2018 MDX are not near as sporty as the previous generation that "included Super Handling all Wheel Drive". For some reason Acura still does not have a panoramic sunroof or heads up display. All Acuras still do include the "old school" style sunroof when most other MFR's gouge you for about $2000. At one time all Acuras came one way - fully loaded. As time goes on Acura is starting to become like the other MFRs by being slick & greedy with all the confusing different packages. All cars of this class should also come standard with NAVI. Acura used to stand out much further than it does now because you did not have to "build the car"! At least they are now finally offering a nice looking black rim but it is about 10 years late and they try to bend you over for more than two grand! Overall the MDX does offer a very high end luxury experience with a ton of interior space. It would be even better if the second row seats could retract further back though.
There is a problem with the passenger front windshield. It's blurry along the edge and hard to look out especially to check for on coming traffic from the right side. Brought it in to the dealership, the district manager checked it, and noted all the other 2018's have the same issue, but said nothing could be done. It is a hazard to drive and see properly out that window. There service department took photos and agreed there is a problem. Now I am stuck driving this car for the next 3 years knowing that an accident could happen due to the defect that they won't correct.
After researching, haggling, test driving, and repeating this process, we ended up with the 2018 MdX Base with SH AWD. So here's the deal, after test driving all the trim levels, I decided on the base model. Reason being, it comes with all the options that you will ever need. The tech package is advantageous if you REALLY need the blind spot monitor. However this car is very easy to drive/switch lanes and is proportioned very well. And keep in mind, tech package adds a pretty penny to the purchase price. I had the new body X5 but was paying an arm and leg in lease payments so immediately got rid of it, meanwhile the MDX has more options and is half the price. But going back to the car, it drives well, size is relatively small thus making it easy to drive for smaller statured people, has great utility, and actually fun to drive so long as you have the SHAWD. The only drawback is the infotainment system. However, with the 2018's having apple carplay, it makes it bearable. The shifter is annoying in the beginning, but easy to get used to. The Infiniti QX60 is probably the only viable competitor but to get standard options with AWD that you get in the mdx , it will drive up the price significantly. Added bonus is you get a fleet of standard safety and driver aid options with the base. If youre in the market, just go with the base model with SHAWD. Youre welcome!
SH-AWD w/Advance Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
Love this car. Love the transmission. Love the gas mileage on the freeway. Love the night time visibility with the LED lights. I have owned this car now for a little over 2 months and put about 5.5k on it. The trans has 9 speeds. It has drive, sport and manual via paddle shifters. I like using the sport mode going down hill and when I really need to get up and go. Put it in sport at a stop light and it is a rocket ship taking off. O.K. not a Tesla, but for as big as it is it gets up and goes. I haven't driven up to Tahoe yet so I can't say how it performs climbing the hills. If it is anything like the previous 2004 MDX, I am sure it will do great. I am happy with the gas mileage on the freeway. I have achieved 25 mpg at 75 mph. That is on the flat. City mileage is around 16 to 18 mpg. I love the LED headlights. I don't like that the headlights do not self adjust when the car is loaded. For the price and that it is the Advanced Package, Acura should have installed load sensors and headlight adjustment motors. On coming traffic really does not like to be blinded by LED lights. That is a big letdown in my opinion for a '17 SUV. I am not real happy with the voice activation everything. It is very clunky, does not understand your voice and very slow. If you have not memorized the commands it will just frustrate the hell out of you. I also don't like the little upper screen and the very grainy picture for parking assist. My '04 MDX with the rear view camera had a more clear, crisp picture. I don't like that I couldn't get 18" or 19" wheels. They are 20" and are not low profile tires or run-flats. I wanted a smaller wheel so it won't bend so easily when you hit a pot hole. Aluminum wheels bend easy and are really, really expensive to replace. I am not real happy with the active cruise control. I was zooming along at 75 mph the other day with the car in front of me going the same speed. We were in the middle lane of a three line freeway. A car from the fast lane decided it want to be in the far right lane. With no blinker, they moved between me and the car in front and then to the far right lane. The active cruise freaked out, slammed on the brakes (collision avoidance) and sounded the alarm and the flashing orange light on the dash. It scared the $h_T out of me!!! When I bought the car I asked if the radar could be turned off and the cruise control be regular cruise. "Yes" they told me. No you actually can't. I tried. Today I was listening to a podcast on my i-phone (6) when I got a phone call. I answered the call and I could her the caller, but she could not hear me. This is the first time I have had a problem with an incoming call. My wife has an i-phone (8 plus) and the contacts will not completely load. Acura says it is and Apple software problem. I can not comment on the cost of maintenance yet as I have not had anything done on it yet. I have changed the oil because on a new engine I like to change the oil withing a few thousand miles to drain out the engine break-in byproducts. Over all I am very happy with this car. It is fun to drive and very comfortable.
SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
I own this SUV for over a year. I like the drivability and overall comfort and safety. The built in smarts are very good and easy to navigate. The only nagging problem is breaking, particularly when reversing from park, it makes clicking sound. Been to dealer couple of times- they acknowledged the issue but no solution. I am told it is a new feature of this model. The sound is very annoying to me and unfortunately Acura can?t fix it. Very sad! Contacted Acura USA- same answer.