My wife’s first car was an Acura Integra. She loved that car. After driving it for the first time, I understood why. It was sporty, peppy, and got great gas mileage. Although Acura no longer makes the Integra, its spirit lives on in the brand’s current line-up of vehicles including the 2015 Acura MDX.
Although the MDX has some stiff competition in the mid-size luxury SUV segment that includes strong contenders such as the Lexus RDX, BMW X5, and Cadillac SRX, it more holds it own. In fact, the 2015 Acura MDX ranked #4 out of 17 in the US News & World Reports Luxury Midsize SUVs ranking. After giving the MDX a thorough workout by driving it from Houston, TX to Kansas City, MO, I can understand why it ranked so highly.
The interior of the 2015 Acura MDX is comfortable and well-appointed with several upscale features such as heated leather seats, GPS, and touchscreen entertainment system. I found the controls to be well placed and easily accessible. My wife, however, disagreed. Some of the controls she expected to be located on the dash were buried in the touchscreen menus. While she was initially frustrated by the placement of certain things, she quickly figured out where everything was and grew comfortable and confident in the cockpit.
One of the best features of the MDX is the easily accessible third row which allows you to seat up to seven people. With three kids who often complain about a sibling’s touching them, I appreciate a vehicle that gives them enough space to spread out. During the 12 hour drive, I never heard one complaint about the vehicles roominess (I did hear them ask “Are we there yet?” dozens of times). While the third row worked well for my kids, I don’t think it would be spacious enough for adults. You may be able to a gain a couple of inches by sliding the second row forward, but the overall space may still feel a little cramped. The downside of the third row is that it significantly reduces the cargo storage space. We could barely fit three carry-on bags into the trunk area. In fact, we had to lower one of the seats to make our luggage fit. Fortunately, the MDX’s cargo space is significantly improved when you fold the seats down (According to Acura, you get 45.1 cubic feet of room).
On the road, the 2015 Acura MDX was a dream to drive. The V6 engine provided all of the power I needed for the highway without consuming too much fuel. I managed to get about 25 mpg during my 743 mile road trip (compared to the EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway). The only quibble I had about the vehicle’s performance was the brakes. They felt a little mushy at times. I wasn’t surprised by this issue because I also experienced brake problems with my wife’s Acura Integra. Don’t get me wrong, the MDX’s brakes never placed me in danger. They worked perfectly. They just a little softer than I prefer.
My wife liked the vehicle’s safety features which included a rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking and front and rear parking sensors. She got to try out adaptive cruise control for the first time. At first she was worried about using it because she’s still a bit comfortable with the new autonomous controls in many of today’s vehicles. But after driving for several hours, she got over her initial hesitation and allowed the cruise control to do it’s thing.
If you are looking for a luxury sport utility vehicle that comes with all of the current and modern amenities, then the 2015 Acura MDX will fill your personal and family needs. The vehicle is a solid performer with enhanced safety features that will give you peace of mind. The best thing about the 2015 Acura MDX is certainly the price, averaging at just under $45,000. At that price, it’s probably the best three-row SUV for the money.