2002 Acura MDX

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of the 2002 Acura MDX. Base trim shown.

2002 Acura MDX Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Introduced as a 2001 model, the midsize sport utility vehicle from Honda’s luxury division has tallied impressive sales totals and competes against such rivals as the BMW X5, Lexus RX 300 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Interested buyers have faced waiting lists for the car-based MDX, which is loaded with luxury features.

For its second year in the lineup, Acura’s SUV sees no significant changes. A DVD-based navigation system is the only major option, along with a Touring Package that includes a roof rack and an eight-speaker Acura/Bose stereo with a six-CD changer.

Exterior
Styled in California, the MDX features sloping rear roof pillars like those on the Lexus RX 300. Bold creases highlight the hood and bodysides. The MDX grille is similar to the one used on Acura’s sedans. Tires are 17-inchers, and the MDX has a four-wheel-independent suspension.

Interior
Seven passengers occupy three rows of seats in the MDX, which offers two front buckets, a three-place split middle bench and a two-place split rear seat. The center and rear seats fold flat into the floor to create additional cargo space that can accommodate a pair of mountain bikes or even a 6-foot ladder. Standard features include leather upholstery, remote keyless entry, a power moonroof and a seven-speaker Acura CD/cassette stereo system. Cargo volume is 81.5 cubic feet when the seats are folded flat.

Under the Hood
Borrowed from Honda’s Odyssey minivan, a 240-horsepower, 3.5-liter aluminum V-...
Vehicle Overview
Introduced as a 2001 model, the midsize sport utility vehicle from Honda’s luxury division has tallied impressive sales totals and competes against such rivals as the BMW X5, Lexus RX 300 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Interested buyers have faced waiting lists for the car-based MDX, which is loaded with luxury features.

For its second year in the lineup, Acura’s SUV sees no significant changes. A DVD-based navigation system is the only major option, along with a Touring Package that includes a roof rack and an eight-speaker Acura/Bose stereo with a six-CD changer.

Exterior
Styled in California, the MDX features sloping rear roof pillars like those on the Lexus RX 300. Bold creases highlight the hood and bodysides. The MDX grille is similar to the one used on Acura’s sedans. Tires are 17-inchers, and the MDX has a four-wheel-independent suspension.

Interior
Seven passengers occupy three rows of seats in the MDX, which offers two front buckets, a three-place split middle bench and a two-place split rear seat. The center and rear seats fold flat into the floor to create additional cargo space that can accommodate a pair of mountain bikes or even a 6-foot ladder. Standard features include leather upholstery, remote keyless entry, a power moonroof and a seven-speaker Acura CD/cassette stereo system. Cargo volume is 81.5 cubic feet when the seats are folded flat.

Under the Hood
Borrowed from Honda’s Odyssey minivan, a 240-horsepower, 3.5-liter aluminum V-6 engine teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission. A VTM-4 variable-torque management all-wheel-drive system powers the front wheels on smooth, dry roads. On slippery surfaces, it automatically transfers power to the rear wheels as needed to maintain traction. A dashboard button can be used to lock the system, which allows it to deliver maximum traction. Acura claims the MDX can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 9 seconds. Dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags for the front seats and antilock brakes are standard.

Driving Impressions
The MDX’s acceleration is energetic, if not a tad sluggish in the first moments. Handling with somewhat of a tight feel, the MDX comes across more like a performance model than a gentle highway cruiser — especially when it’s equipped with the Touring Package. Steering is extra-sharp, which makes it easy to keep the MDX on course. With or without the Touring Package, it grips tenaciously in curves.

Because the suspension is quite firm, the ride is close to luxurious on smooth pavement but less genteel when the surface becomes even moderately rough. Seats are exceptionally supportive, and occupants have plenty of space. Except for a hearty roar during acceleration, the MDX operates quietly.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 4/15/02

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Nice looking and great when it?s not malfunctionin

by Rydess from Dartmouth, Ma on August 28, 2018

I bought two used high mileage and fixed anything it needed. I was chasing codes on this suv and spent so much money I just sold it for a loss bc it was not worthy my time or risking my family safety. ... Read full review

(5.0)

MDX is the best

by B&B on August 26, 2018

The MDX is a great vehicle; very reliable and inexpensive to maintain, even at nearly 17 years old. The AWD handles heavy rain so well, almost no hydroplaning. We only sold it because we were ready ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2002 Acura MDX currently has 3 recalls

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MDX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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