2023 Acura MDX Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2023 Acura MDX Model Overview - Joe Rizza Acura

Key Features

  • Starting at $49,050 MSRP*
  • Standard 3.5-liter V6 (290 HP / 267 lb-ft of torque) or available 3.0-liter turbocharged DOHC V6 (on Type S models) delivering 355 HP and 354 lb-ft of torque and 10-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Available 4th Generation Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
  • Multi-function Second-Row with Removable Middle Seat
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ integration and Qi-compatible Wireless Charging
  • 12.3-inch Precision Cockpit™ all-digital instrument display and 12.3-inch ultra-wide HD center display
  • Available 16-Speaker, 710-watt ELS STUDIO 3D® premium audio system
  • Standard Panoramic Moonroof

About the Acura MDX

Say hello to the most luxurious, performance-focused, and technologically advanced SUV in the history of the Acura brand. Now in its fourth generation, the MDX combines a sophisticated exterior look with groundbreaking tech features inside its premium cabin. Already a leader in the midsize luxury SUV segment, the MDX builds on two decades of success with innovations found inside and out.

Engineered using the ethos of the Precision Crafted Performance brand DNA from Acura, the MDX takes performance capabilities to astounding new heights. With styling led by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, California, the MDX will continue to be built exclusively at the company’s auto plant in East Liberty, Ohio. Two potent engine options provide drivers with the power and efficiency to enhance every drive.

What the Critics Say

“The latest incarnation of Acura’s flagship looks sharp and impresses with its smooth V-6 and slick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. Its steering is light and accurate, and it sharpens up even more in Sport mode. The MDX also grew in every dimension from its predecessor, opening up more space for passengers and cargo.” — MotorTrend

“Acura’s latest version of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive impressively enhances the MDX’s nimbleness and helps with wet-weather traction. The MDX has a comfortable ride but can still rail through turns like an SUV half its size. Accurate and natural-feeling steering complement whatever driving you’re doing, from corners to long hauls on the highway.” — Edmunds

What’s New for 2023

Following a successful launch last year, the fourth-generation Acura MDX is back for 2023 with no large changes to report. The MDX now comes standard with Acura Maintenance package which covers scheduled maintenance services for the first 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Also included are 3 years of AcuraLink services. Aside from those two additions, the Acura MDX continues to set the benchmark for its class.

Acura MDX Features

Acura MDX Styling

Sophisticated Styling

Engineered to provide the agile handling of a sports sedan with the versatility of an SUV, the Acura MDX is built on a new platform featuring multiple enhancements in rigidity and weight reduction. The result is a 2.8-inch longer wheelbase and a stance that’s 1.4 inches wider in the front and rear — the fourth-generation MDX offers a far more refined ride.

You’ll notice a multi-faceted Diamond Pentagon grille at the front and four-element JewelEye® LED headlights featuring an embedded Chicane™ daytime running light signature. More poised than ever before, a lengthened hood adds a “cab-rearward” stance accentuated by a variety of bold alloy wheel designs. A striking character line spans the entire length of the MDX, culminating at the rear with confidence.

Acura MDX Performance

Proven Performance

Standard power for the Acura MDX comes in the form of an advanced 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC™ V6 engine rated at 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) technology works to expand the powerband and maximize fuel efficiency in tandem with functional exterior design aerodynamics. It comes paired with an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift and standard paddle shifters.

If you are looking for more “Inspired Performance”, look no further than the Acura MDX Type S, which marks the brand’s first application of the Type S high-performance nameplate to an Acura SUV. Type S models are powered by a muscular 3.0-liter turbocharged DOHC V6 engine, producing 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. The optional rear-biased Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system of the MDX balances thrilling performance capabilities with all-weather confidence. When properly equipped, the MDX offers a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds (SH-AWD models only). Learn more about MDX Towing Capacity here.

Acura MDX Interior

Luxurious Cabin

A signature component of the Acura MDX since its introduction two decades ago, its luxurious cabin complemented by an enhanced third-row seat help set this SUV apart from the competition. Another segment-first introduced by the MDX is its multi-function removable middle seat, providing owners three distinctive seating options. Standard comfort amenities include next-generation Acura sport seats featuring 12-way adjustment, three-way seat heating, and three-position memory. Authentic materials such as open-pore wood, aluminum accents, and full-grain Milano leather available in all three rows provide the MDX with a first-class experience for every occupant.

Acura MDX Technology

Inspired Technology

Technology takes center stage inside the cabin of the fourth-generation Acura MDX. Prominently featured in the center of the dash is an innovative 12.3-inch True Touchpad Interface™ (TTI) ultra-HD display complemented by the Virtual Cockpit Digital Instrument Cluster that centralizes all your driving information. Amazon Alexa Integration, AcuraLink, wireless Android Auto, and wireless Apple CarPlay Integration keep your devices connected while on the go.

Select the available ELS STUDIO 3D premium audio system for an immersive experience unlike any other on the market today. An expanded suite of AcuraWatch™ advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies helps provide a helping hand when you need it the most behind the wheel of the Acura MDX.

2023 Acura MDX Pricing (MSRP)*

Trim Level

3.5L V6 + 10AT Front Wheel Drive (FWD)

3.5L V6 + 10AT Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™




MDX w/ Technology Package



MDX w/A-Spec® Package


MDX w/ Advance Package


MDX Type S


MDX Type S Advance


*MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $1,195 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on 2023 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.