Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Lakeville, Mass
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Acura MDX I bought the ‘15 because of reluctance to get a 16/17 due to transmission problems with the 9-speed, 15=6speed box.
Thoughts good package overall size is good except the cargo area is not very tall, it won’t hold my full size recycling bin behind the 2nd row. My 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe sport held it sideways
Interior-comfortable seats in front second row good for occasional adult use the cushion is to short for long distances and too flat, compared to the Q the MDX materials are CHEAP and substandard in all trim levels. There is a lot of plastic where ever your fingers fall. You can only get their good grade of leather in the advanced or higher levels and it doesn’t compare to the Q basic trim. Remember base MDX is vinyl, tech is leather/vinyl, advanced is better leather and vinyl. Infotainment center make sure you want to pull over to do things, heated seats two touches of the screen etc. Sound quality very poor by comparison the highest grade system is not even close to the Premium pkg Bose.
Second row access is easy as you would expect, third row is very tight to get in and the cushions are low. The Q second row is easy to access and comfortable materials are good and the seats adjust easily. Q third row is easy to access, the second row slides wayyyyy forward allowing even size 12’s to get in seats are comfortable and there is ample room for 6-adults in the car. The MDX has more storage available in the console but has a glove box 1/3 the size of the Q so a tie. The Q is quieter compared to any MDX trim level. In the Q I can open and close the tailgate from the drivers seat not in the MDX. I can’t make the Q mirrors fold in automatically when I lock the doors like the MDX does, I care very little about this anyway. Both cars will move the seat and steering wheel every time you enter/exit, don’t care either I shut it off. The MDX advanced has lane departure, intelligent cruise, blind spot etc, the tech doesn’t get all that stuff but does have blind spot, you can only get all of this on the Q with driver assistance pkg. All these things do is lessen your awareness of your surroundings anyway.
MDX 3.5ltr v6 9speed box, engine has decent power but it is handicapped by a transmission that is reluctant to choose a gear in a lot of instances. The 9-speed is not the smoothest transmission. The car is sure footed only restricted by the tires that it wears, and the 4wd is quite good in all but conditions you shouldn’t be in anyway. The ride can be loud and it will hobby/horse over rough or bumpy roads, not much rebound control.
The QX60 3.5ltr V6 CVT, also has decent power and torque, the CVT transmits the power very smoothly and doesn’t exhibit any of the hunting for a gear issues. Want more speed you’ve got it, no drama. The car is also surefooted and only restricted by the tires as well, the 4wd is good in all conditions as well. The ride is smooth, quiet and controlled no rocking or rolling.
Fuel Economy-these are not tiny eco-boxes but the Q averages about 3mpg more than the MDX in overall driving.
Both cars have attractive lease offers and the pricing is very close on the upper levels of trim.
Based on my seat time in both cars I bought a ‘17Q, I could have bought an MDX fairly close in price but I am glad I didn’t. We drive about 30-40k per year so I’ll post thoughts from time to time.