2020 MDX New Car Test Drive
Aimed at family-minded buyers, the 2020 Acura MDX crossover has three rows of seats for up to seven adults. Related to Honda's Pilot, the luxury mid-size MDX performs its transport duties effectively, while conveying a premium feel.
Little has changed for the 2020 model year, except for the introduction of a handcrafted, limited-production PMC Edition, named for Acura's Performance Manufacturing Center. Only 300 will be available for U.S. sale.
In addition to a base trim, the MDX is available with a choice of option packages-Advance, Technology, and A-Spec. Each dresses up the cabin, but does not affect performance. Acura also offers a more powerful Sport Hybrid, whose foremost benefit is fuel efficiency.
Each regular MDX taps a 3.5-liter V-6 that develops 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, sent to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-drive is standard on most versions, while all-wheel drive costs $2,000 more.
In the MDX Sport Hybrid, a 257-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 couples with three electric motors, producing 321 combined horsepower. Sport Hybrid models use a dual-clutch 7-speed automatic.
All-wheel drive in the Sport Hybrid, with electric motors in the rear, is fundamentally different from the regular mechanically-based system. Both deliver seamless all-weather traction, though.
Federal and independent testers have given the MDX impressive crash-test scores. The NHTSA rated the 2020 MDX at five stars overall, with five stars for both frontal and side-impact collisions. Only rollover prevention (a calculated figure) warranted a four-star rating.
The IIHS has named MDX a Top Safety Pick, achieving “Good” scores in each crash-test performed. Standard automatic emergency braking helped it earn a 'Superior'? rating for crash prevention. Active-safety features also include lane control, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning. Standard adaptive LED headlights are deemed “Acceptable.”.
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
The seven-passenger MDX ($44,400 with front-drive, $46,400 with all-wheel drive) has a bench seat in the center row, with leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, a moonroof, 12-way power front seats, three-zone climate control, eight-speaker audio, and dual-screen infotainment. The
Technology Package ($49,400 with front-drive, $51,400 with AWD) adds 20-inch wheels, navigation, 10-speaker audio, blind-spot monitors, and parking sensors. The A-Spec package ($54,900 with AWD) adds exterior and interior accents.
A six-passenger MDX Advance ($56,150 with front-drive, $58,150 with AWD) substitutes captain's chairs for the second-row bench seat, and has perforated leather, wood accents, and a heated steering wheel.
Acura also offers an Entertainment Package ($60,150 with AWD) with multimedia features for rear passengers, including a 16.2-inch display-and it comes in six-seat form ($53,400 with AWD).
The MDX Sport Hybrid can be had in six- or seven-passenger versions, and in the Technology ($52,900 with AWD) and Advance packages ($59,650 with AWD) shared with the gas-only model.