Acura MDX

Acura MDX

Infobox Automobile
name=Acura MDX

aka=Honda MDX
predecessor=Acura SLX
layout=Front engine, four-wheel drive
production=2001-present (Acura)
2003-2006 (Honda)
class=Mid-size crossover SUV
assembly=Alliston, Ontario, Canada
transmission=5-speed automatic

The Acura MDX (Honda MDX in Japan and Australia) is a mid-size crossover SUV produced by the Japanese automaker Acura since the 2001 model year. The MDX is the first crossover SUV to have third-row seating. It is related to the Honda Pilot. The Alphanumeric moniker stands for "Multi-Dimensional luXury". It is built by Honda of Canada Manufacturing Ltd. in Alliston, Ontario, Canada. It was introduced in late 2000 as a 2001 model, replacing the slow-selling U.S.-only SLX, based on the Isuzu Trooper. In Japan, it filled a gap when the Honda Horizon (also based on the Trooper) was discontinued in 1999. In 2003, the MDX went on sale in Japan and Australia as the Honda MDX. Australian MDXs were all equipped with the 2001-2003 Touring 'Kiwi' style wheels and were all equipped with the Rear-Seat DVD entertainment system. Acura is currently creating a crossover to slot above the MDX.


Infobox Automobile generation

name=First Generation
Acura MDX
weight=4451 lb (2023 kg)
wheelbase=106.3 in (2700 mm)
length=Auto in|188.5|0
width=77 in (1955 mm)
height=Base: Auto in|68.7|0
Touring: 71.3 in (1811 mm)
fuel_economy=17 mpg
23 mpg
related=Honda Pilot
Honda Odyssey
Honda Accord
Acura TL
body_style=5-door SUV
engine=3.5 L V6
253 hp (189 kW)
250 ft·lbf (339 N·m)
designer=Frank Paluch (engineering), Ricky Hsu (styling)

Derived from Honda's Global mid-size platform which underpins cars like the Honda Accord, Acura TL, Acura TSX and Honda Odyssey, it is powered by a "J35A3" 3.5 L SOHC 24 valve V6 with VTEC. 2001-2002 3.5 V6's models produce 240 hp and 245 of torque from 3000 to 5000 rpm. 2003-2006 3471 cc (3.5 in x 3.6 in) model engine produces 265 hp (198 kW) and 253 ft·lbf (343 Nm). Curb weight is 4451 lb (2019 kg), with a 106.3 in (2.7 m) wheelbase and 8 in (203 mm) of ground clearance. The cargo floor can flip up to provide two additional seats. The vehicle is designed to hold 7 passengers, but the third row seats are small.

The vehicle features an automatic four wheel drive system (named VTM-4) that engages during off the line acceleration as well as when wheel slippage is detected. Additionally, the system offers a lock mode which can be activated and operated at low speeds and provides permanent 4wd and the equivalent of a locked rear differential; designed for climbing steep hills and getting out of stuck situations. To reduce drivetrain noise and increase fuel efficiency, the system runs as front wheel drive during normal cruising. The VTM-4 AWD system in the MDX is identical to the VTM-4 systems in the Honda Pilot and Honda Ridgeline. It is different than the real time AWD system in the Honda CR-V in that it can lock and it attempts to predict when traction will be lost and apply power to all four wheels before slippage occurs (by monitoring throttle inputs). The Honda CR-V system waits for slippage to occur and then sends power back.

2003 and later models use a 5-speed automatic transmission. The 2001 and 2002 models use a 5 speed automatic transmission which suffered a significant numbers of transmission problems that were similar to the problems with the Acura CL and TL. However, they did not get the benefit of the free extended warranty that the Acura CL and TL received. The 2003 - 2006 models transmissions have so far shown normal failure rates. The 2003 and later models also received a number of structural and suspension modifications to help improve ride and handling.

The navigation system and DVD entertainment system options were mutually exclusive in the 2002 model. Both could be ordered at the same time since the 2003 model. The navigation option comes with a rear view video camera since the 2003 model. Since 2005 the navigation system featured information from Zagat about restaurants and other points of interest. The 2003 model was rated as Ultra Low Emission Vehicle. EPA estimates 23 mpg (10.23 L/100 km) highway and 17 mpg (13.84 L/100 km) city.

The 2001-2006 MDXs' generally offer better gas mileage than competing SUVs and crossovers of similar size, interior volume, and weight (Ford Explorer and BMW X5 for example).

In the 2003 model, the engine was improved to produce 20 hp (15 kW) more power than the 2002 model and wheel designs were updated. The 2004 model received an additional 5 hp (4 kW). The 2004 model features dual tail pipes instead of the single pipe in earlier models, side curtain airbags, new head lights and tail lights, and new wheels. Some chrome trimmings on the 2004 model use matte finish to distinguish from the polished shiny finish on earlier models. Little changed for the MDX during the 2006 model year with a few minor revisions to the vehicle's chrome and faux wood interior trim.

2007 (2G MDX)

Infobox Automobile generation
name=Second Generation
Acura MDX

weight= Auto lb|4541|0-Auto lb|4551|0
wheelbase= Auto in|108.3|0
ensamblishment: Windchester England ( Exterior), Modena Italy (Engine), London England (interior)
length= Auto in|190.7|0
width= Auto in|78.7|0
height= Auto in|68.1|0
fuel_economy=15 mpg City
20 mpg Highway, Premium Fuel Recommended
body_style=5-door SUV
engine=3.7L (3664 cc) 24 valve SOHC V6 VTEC
300 bhp @ 6000 rpm
275 ft·lbf @ 5000 rpm
designer=Frank Paluch (engineering), Ricky Hsu (styling)
related=Honda Pilot
Honda Odyssey
Honda Ridgeline

On April 11, 2006 during the New York International Auto Show, Acura unveiled the 2007 Acura MD-X Concept, showing to the public an indication about the exterior styling of the upcoming completely redesigned MDX. The second-generation MDX was released on October 17, 2006.

The second generation model's body has a wider track and longer wheelbase than the previous MDX, but visibility to the rear has worsened from the prior generation. The redesigned Acura MDX's unit-body was engineered with Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure designed to absorb energy from a collision. The suspension was tuned at Germany's Nürburgring race track. The engine was upgraded to a 3.7 liter V6 tuned for Convert|300|hp|kW|-1|abbr=on and Auto ft.lbf|275|0 of torque and is estimated by the EPA to have 15 miles per gallon in the city and 20 on the highway.

Three package options are available: Sport, Technology and Entertainment. The Sport package features active suspension dampers (co-developed by Honda and Delphi) that dynamically improves handling according to road conditions with a button in the center stack to switch to Sport/Comfort modes. This Comfort/Sport mode uses magneto rheological dampers, which change their characteristics when a magnetic field is introduced (usually in milliseconds). The Sport package also includes unique 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels, perforated leather seats and the items in the Tech package. The Technology package includes the Acura/Alpine DVD-based satellite GPS navigation system with AcuraLink satellite communications with real-time traffic reporting (XM NavTraffic), a 410-watt Acura/ELS DTS Surround audio system with XM Satellite Radio and rearview camera. The Entertainment package offers a flip-down convert|9|in|mm|sing=on LCD screen with 2 wireless Dolby Digital headphones, second-row heated outboard seats, a unique center-stack silver trim and a remote powered liftgate, operated either from the key's remote, inside the car or directly from the lift gate. The Entertainment Package is only available on Sport or Technology Package models as compared to the 1st Generation MDX where the Entertainment Package was available as a standalone package on Touring Models. All models are equipped with High Intensity Discharge (Xenon) low beam headlights.

All Canadian Acura MDX models, aside from the heated front seats, also get the second-row heated outboard seats as standard equipment as well. A feature unique to Canadian MDX models is headlight washers. In terms of packages, Canadian MDX models get only two: Technology and Elite. The Technology package corresponds essentially to the US model's Technology package while the Elite package is an amalgamation of the US model's Sport and Entertainment packages. However, AcuraLink real-time traffic reporting through XM NavTraffic is unavailable for Canadian MDX models.

Like the 1st generation model, the new generation is manufactured by Honda of Canada Manufacturing Ltd. in Alliston, Ontario, Canada. But along with the 2007 RDX, the new MDX was the first Acura model to pass the Acura Quality Line, a special quality control and verification process separate from the other Honda vehicles.

In February and May 2007, the MDX was tested by the Car and Driver magazine against the Audi Q7, BMW X-5, Land Rover LR3, Porsche Cayenne S; the MDX won the comparison. [ [ BMW X5 vs. Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX, M-B ML350, Lexus GX470, Volvo XC90, VW Touareg, Land Rover LR3 - Crossovers and SUVs/Comparison Test/Reviews/Car and Driver - Car And Drive... ] ]

The redesigned MDX overtook the TL as Acura's top seller in the United States. [cite web | url = | title = American Honda Reports Best-Ever January Sales | work = | accessdate = February 7 | accessyear = 2007]



The 2009 MDX had added more upgrades to the navigation system and there are two new colors added.


The MDX is ahead of the competition with regards to its construction in rear collisions: It will withstand a rear collision up to convert|50|mi|km|0 an hour, well above the basic convert|35|mi/h|km/h|0|abbr=on standard currently required by the NHTSA. Fact|date=February 2007 However, rear-window visibility is worse than in previous models.


* The MDX won the "North American Truck of the Year" award for 2001.
* The MDX was also "Car and Driver" magazine's Best Luxury SUV.
* "Motor Trend" magazine's Sport/Utility of the Year that year. []
* The MDX also won the Top Safety Pick award for the 2007 model year.



"'Jan 2008: (3,982) --- Dec 2007: (5,906) Nov 2007: (4,891) Oct 2007: (4,855) ... Jan 2007: (4,153) --- Dec 2006: (6,227) Nov 2006: (6,086) Oct 2006: (4,429)


External links

* [ MDX Official Site]
* [ Online Acura MDX Owners Community (Русскоязычный Клуб Акур)]
* [ (Russian)]

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