The 2001 Acura MDX serves as Acura's first sport utility vehicle. It provides a quiet ride, plenty of seating, and ample cargo space. The three rows of seats focus on comfort. The engine offers enough power for some off-road activity, but the 2001 Acura MDX suffers from transmission problems. Towing capacity is somewhat lacking, but fuel economy reaches exceptionally high for this class.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Acura MDX, Acura MDX Touring
Acura introduced its first SUV in 2001. This marks the first MDX model. It features seven-passenger seating, good fuel economy, and plenty of cargo space.
The Acura MDX sports a simple exterior design. Acura avoids the cliché of exaggerated wheel arches and overdone body design. The front of the vehicle has a bumper override, which keeps the MDX from driving on top of smaller cars during a frontal collision. Unfortunately, the back of the MDX does not have the bumper override. The front of the MDX might look a bit oversized, but overall this remains a no-gimmicks vehicle design.
The Acura MDX's high-quality production makes for a quiet ride. The interior design looks conservative, but it has a roomy feeling with large windows. Models use fake wood trim, but owners overlook this easily considering how comfortably the MDX holds seven passengers in three rows of seats. The front two rows of seats use leather and the third row of seats comes upholstered with vinyl for easy cleaning near the cargo area. All the seats provide several reclining positions, and the two back rows of seats fold down to provide 82 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2001 Acura MDX comes standard with a power moonroof, which helps it seem roomy. A center display features information such as temperature, direction, and mileage. The optional navigation system uses the same center display, and it features a ""breadcrumb"" system to help the driver find his way back when he travels in unmapped areas.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Acura MDX features Variable Torque Management, which automatically regulates between front drive and all-wheel drive depending on a number of conditions. This helps with fuel economy and handling without losing the benefits of all-wheel drive. The light design and 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 also allows for power without burning a lot of gasoline. The MDX has towing capabilities with a limit of 3500 pounds, which seems rather low for its class. The ride feels smooth, but the automatic five-speed transmission often needs replacement within the 100,000-mile mark.
The MDX comes standard with front airbags, override bumper protection, and a sturdy design to help reduce the risk of rear collisions causing parts of the chassis to meet with the third row of seats. The 2001 Acura MDX also features four-wheel anti-lock brakes, child seat anchors, and headrests for all seats. The Insurance Institute for High Safety (IIHS) gives it a ""good"" rating in frontal offset crash testing.
EPA Fuel Economy
Acura MDX: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Acura MDX Touring: 15/21 mpg city/highway
- Powerful V-6 engine
You Won't Like
- No four-wheel drive low range
- Low towing capacity
- Large front end
- Transmission issues
An SUV for the gentle tastes.
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