2020 Acura MDX AWD A-Spec - Tech Laden?
So here we are, thirty years later, with tightened emissions and fuel economy standards and Acura has honed their V6 to new heights.
Which leads me to the MDX's 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 290 hp @ 6,200 rpm, and 267 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm. The only transmission available is a 9-speed automatic. Most of my driving was done in Sport mode and I have to say that the engine seemed more powerful than the stated numbers. And it made really sweet sounds, especially when the VTEC kicked in. Magazines say an MDX will do 0-60 mph in about 6.5 seconds. That's darn good for a vehicle that weighs just under 4,300 lbs.
I found the interior nice but nothing exceptional. The seats were comfortable, easy to get in and out of but there was nothing that wowed me.
There was much to confuse me though; as in controls. I am so over high-tech that demands my attention. Little buttons and switches all over the place, many that I had to get the owner's manual out to even know what they did. And then there was the touch screen.
At least my "zombie fingers" worked on the touch screen. But the functions that were only accessible on the touch screen were too many and hard to use when you're driving. Keeping my eyes on the road is darned important; that's what makes knobs - large knobs - so useful. I know I'm old but technology should be dead simple to use. Now maybe there are some out there who can fiddle with the touch screen while they drive but I can't. Does any designer out there understand how easy it is to just reach over to turn a dial as opposed to scrolling through screens to find the right place to change the darn radio?
I did go through some of the controls and basically turned on everything I could find even all the nanny stuff. It's nice that you can turn this stuff off if you want.
The base MDX starts at $44,500. The AWD A-Spec is $54,900. There are four paint colors that could add $400 to that and the delivery fee adds $995.