2002 Acura MDX

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$34,700

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2002 Acura MDX

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2002 Acura MDX review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Incredible Performance and Comfort

Cannot believe it is so smooth a ride with such power and room Nothing like other SUVs and top of the line reliability Third row seating, all leather interior, sunroof, roof rack, new tires, steppe bars, Bose stereo and DVD player make it real luxury

1.9

I will not ever buy another honda

This car has let me down in every way imaginable. At 85000 mi. almost every component on the suspension has been replaced. At 109000 mi. the transmission went out. and the warranty won't cover it. It's a comfortable car but that's about it.

5.0

Sport and reliable three row SUV.

AWD, decent MPG ranging from 19-24, nice ground clearance and great for road trips or exploring the local area. Safety and reliable three row SUV that does NOT look like a minivan. I think it looks nicer than even some of the newer models.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Acura
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Six model years and less than 80,000 odometer miles
Basic warranty terms
Precision Certified: 24 months or up to 100,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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