2015 Acura MDX

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Acura MDX. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride quality
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Quietness
  • Sliding and reclining second-row seats
  • Gas mileage
  • Responsive automatic transmission

The Bad

  • Mushy brakes
  • Vague steering
  • Third-row space
  • Forgettable styling
  • Low second-row seats
  • Second-row captain's chairs not offered

Notable Features of the 2015 Acura MDX

  • Seven-seat SUV
  • Direct-injected V-6 standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Push-button third-row access standard

What Is the 2015 Acura MDX?

The 2015 Acura MDX is a seven-seat luxury SUV that competes with the Buick Enclave, BMW X5 and Lincoln MKT. It's offered in three trim levels: 3.5L, 3.5L Technology Package and 3.5L Advance Package with Entertainment Package. Front-wheel drive is standard on all trims but can be swapped for all-wheel drive.

What's New on the 2015 Acura MDX?

There are no significant changes for 2015.

How Does the 2015 Acura MDX Compare to Other Luxury SUVs?

The MDX was redesigned in 2014, and while it doesn't quite match the luxury and reputation of the five-seat Lexus RX, it offers more standard seats in a quiet, well-equipped cabin, plus good fuel economy. If you're considering the Buick Enclave - another three-row SUV - it's definitely worth comparing it with the Acura MDX.

What Features in the 2015 Acura MDX Are Most Important?

The MDX has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 290 horsepower. A six-speed transmission is standard, and drivers can choose between front- or all-wheel drive.

Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED accent lighting, one-touch third-row access, heated front seats and leather upholstery. Significant options include 19-inch alloy wheels, remote start and a rear entertainment system with a choice of screen sizes.

As is required in all new cars of this model year, the MDX comes with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Other standard safety features include side-impact airbags for the front seats, a driver's knee airbag and side curtain airbags for all three rows. Forward collision warning with autonomous braking, lane departure prevention and a blind spot warning system are all optional.

Should I Buy the 2015 Acura MDX?

The Acura MDX isn't the most powerful or memorably styled SUV in its class, but it appeals to families with its smooth ride quality, quiet cabin and economical gas mileage. Seating arrangements aren't unpleasant, but could be better: Though the second-row seats recline for more comfort, they feel a bit low, and third-row passengers don't get much breathing room.

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2015 Acura MDX Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Completely redesigned last year, Acura has left the 2015 MDX unchanged. The vehicle is available in front- or all-wheel-dri... Read More

2015 MDX Video

Editor's note: This review was done in March 2014 about the 2014 Acura MDX. Little of substance has changed with this year's model.

Latest 2015 MDX Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love my mdx

by Hunni80 on August 8, 2018

Very comfortable and reliable Only dissadvantage is low on towing capacity Otherwise, good size of cargo space and inside and very comfort and quiet Gas milege is about 11 l / 100km (mainly city) 8.0 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most comfortable power SUV I have driven

by sportsfan from bridgewater, nj on August 2, 2018

Great to Drive. Great power. No issues reported within 3 years. Wouldn't sell if there was no shortage of Cash. At the same time the SUV looks luxurious. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Acura MDX currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Acura MDX 3.5L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Acura

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services, emergency fuel delivery, emergency lockout service and Acura Concierge Service

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (4 years/50,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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.*

Third-row access

B

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

B

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

A
* 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker