2013 Acura MDX

Rating7.7

Ranked #5 in Midsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$46,955 - $54,805

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Key Spec of 2013 Acura MDX
fuel economy

16/18/21

fuel type

premium unleaded

horsepower

300 hp @ 6300 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

2013 Acura MDX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Acura is a brand that has always been associated with luxury and performance and rightfully so as it is the luxury and performance division of Honda. The MDX carries forward the same philosophy with the 2013 model year. From the styling to the ride performance, everything resembles the Acura moniker. 

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ProsConsWhat's New

Excellent comfort

Steering feedback is not the best

Unchanged from the previous model year

Sporty Handling

Cluttered center console

Brilliant AWD system

Tons of safety features

Over All Rating

7.7

Out of 10

Pricing and Features9.00
Pricing and Feature8.00
Features8.50
Engine and Performance7.80
Fuel Economy6.00
Interior8.00
Exterior7.50
Safety7.70
Competition6.00
Notable Rankings

#5 in Midsize Suv

#9 in Suv


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Trims

Technology Package$46,955 onwards

  • 19-inch painted aluminum Wheels

Technology and Entertainment Packages$48,855 onwards

Advance Package$52,905 onwards

  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • Navigation system

Advance and Entertainment Packages$54,805 onwards


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2012 Acura MDX6

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2013 Acura MDX26
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2013 Acura MDX Technology Package

SH-AWD w/Technology Package 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)

$14,995
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Colors and Styles

2013 Acura MDX in Crystal Black Pearl color
Crystal Black Pearl

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Even though it is a sibling to the Honda Pilot, it barely resembles the Pilot in any aspect. The MDX can directly be compared to Buick Enclave, Lincoln MKT, and the Volvo XC90.


Features
8.5/10

The Acura MDX comes in an AWD trim which comes at an MSRP of around $43,280 and that’s all. What makes the car special is the variety of add-on packages that come with the trim that make the model more distinguishable. Standard features in the AWD variant include an electrically powered moonroof, AUX as well as Bluetooth connectivity, tri-zone climate control, satellite radio, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a lot of safety features like anti-theft alarm system, electronic stability control, traction control just to name a few.

Trim

AWD 

AWD Tech Package

AWD Tech/Entertainment Package

AWD Advance Package

AWD Advance/Entertainment Package

MSRP (AWD)

$43,280

$46,995

$48,885

$52,905

$54,805

Key Features

Remote trunk release, keyless entry

Adds to AWD

Adds to AWD Tech Package

Adds to AWD Tech/Entertainment Package

Adds to AWD Advance Package

 

Anti-theft alarm system

Sun sensor climate control

Electronic messaging system

Adaptive cruise control

+Entertainment Package features

 

Leather upholstery

Rearview camera with multi-view

Separate rear audio

Self-leveling headlights

Separate rear audio

 

Stability Control, traction control

Steering mounted controls

Rear video monitors

Automatic emergency braking

9-inch rear video monitors

 

AUX, Bluetooth, and 6 CD in-dash player

Voice command system

DVD player

Pre-collision warning system

Leather perforated seats

 

Automatic dual-zone front climate control and single-zone rear climate control

A hard-drive navigation system

Heated rear seats

Electronic suspension control

 
 

Cruise control

AcuraLink infotainment system

Rear headphone jacks

Blindspot sensors

 

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The AWD model is good but the upgrade that you get with the Tech package is worth it as you get a lot of additional features like the upgraded 10 speaker system, voice commands, multi-view rearview camera just to name a few. The entertainment package is for someone who likes to be driven instead of driving or have kids in the back seats. But the Tech package overall offers the best value in terms of MSRP and features.

Engine and Performance
7.8/10

The 2013 Acura MDX comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine which packs enough grunt to be driven in the city and on the long highway roads as well. The engine produces 200 horsepower at 6300 RPM and 270 lb.-ft of torque at 4500 RPM both make sure that the performance isn’t dull. The 6-speed automatic makes the power delivery smooth and puts it down to the wheels in a linear fashion. 

The engine performance mated to the AWD system makes it capable on the road and off it as well. Even though the MDX is a crossover of rather large dimensions, it does not drive like a big bulky vehicle. It feels smooth while taking turns and feels quite nimble around the corners. This is a big plus point when it comes to the handling as it steers more like a “car” and less like a crossover. The steering feels a bit light which is a downer as it drains the fun from the agile MDX but overall the performance is good and easily comparable even to its rivals.

Models

2013 Acura MDX

2013 Buick Enclave

2013 Lincoln MKT

2013 Volvo XC90

MSRP

$40,091

$38,445

$43,021

$39,700

Engine

3.7L V6

3.6L V6

3.7L V6

3.2L I6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD/FWD

AWD/FWD

AWD/FWD

Transmission

Automatic

Automatic

Automatic/Manual

Automatic

Power

300 hp @ 6,300 RPM

288 hp @ 6,300 RPM

300 hp @ 6,500 RPM

240 hp @ 6,200 RPM

Torque 

270 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

270 lb-ft @ 3,400 RPM

275 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

236 lb-ft @ 3,200 RPM

0-60 MPH 

7.1 seconds

8.5 seconds

7.0 seconds

8.6 seconds

Quarter Mile 

15.4 seconds

16.7 seconds

15.4 seconds

16.7 seconds

Top Speed 

135 MPH

134 MPH

150 MPH

118 MPH

The Acura MDX is a tough competitor and sits comfortably right at the upper half of the list when it comes to performance with a 0-60 time of 7.1 seconds, which is similar to the Lincoln’s but faster than the rest. It also holds a similar stance when it comes to top speed where it comes just after the MKT’s top end of 150 MPH, and just posting a better figure than the Enclave. 

Fuel Economy
6.0/10

The MPG parameter isn’t the strongest point of the 2013 Acura MDX because it posts the lowest EPA estimates amongst its rivals with the figures standing at 16 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway, for a combined of 18 MPG from its 21-gallon fuel tank. This is since the massive naturally-aspirated engine does little to save fuel despite it powering the lightest vehicle in the segment. 

Models

2013 Acura MDX

2013 Buick Enclave

2013 Lincoln MKT

2013 Volvo XC90

MPG (City)

16

16

17

16

MPG (Highway)

21

22

25

23

MPG (Combined)

18

18

20

18

Fuel Capacity 

21.0 gallons

22.0 gallons

18.6 gallons

20.1 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

336/441/378

352/484/396

316/465/372

321/462/361

The fuel economy figures on the MDX are less but not significantly so because the rivals are no better, at least in the city. On the highway, the MKT and the XC90 increase their leads so much that even with a bigger tank, the Acura’s MPG isn’t enough to compensate for the higher miles the others will run. That said, the bigger tank does take care of the driving that happens inside the city with a similar MPG figure to the rivals. The 2013 Buick Enclave leads in terms of range averaging 396 combined miles.

Interior
8.0/10

The interior of the 2013 Acura MDX is exactly what you would expect from a luxury crossover. The leather seats and inserts give the cabin a very luxurious feel, this is complemented by a spacious cabin which offers tough competition to the other three. The Acura’s 39.2/61.6/41.2 head/shoulder/leg space is on par with the Enclave, the MKT, and the XC90 but it falls back a bit because of its limited headroom on offer. The MDX makes up for it with great shoulder and legroom. 

All SUVs in comparison can seat 7 people but the MDX can accommodate even the third-row passengers with comfort, well at least better than most of the competition. The only shortcoming is the cluttered instrument cluster in the center dash that may seem like an eyesore, but the quality of materials is good and up to the standards of the segment.

Models

2013 Acura MDX

2013 Buick Enclave

2013 Lincoln MKT

2013 Volvo XC90

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (in inches)

39.2/61.6/41.2

40.4/61.6/41.3

40.1/58.6/41.3

40.1/58.3/41.0

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (in inches)

38.6/61.5/38.7

39.4/61.3/36.8

39.0/58.1/41.8

39.7/57.8/36.4

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room) (in inches)

35.8/57.1/28.7

37.8/57.4/33.2

33.5/49.1/33.0

35.5/54.1/30.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

15.0

23.3

17.9

8.8

The MDX’s cabin has lower headroom than all of its rivals but performs decently enough when it comes to shoulder room and legroom. Apart from that, the overall construction of the cabin and the dashboard layout makes the cabin feel airier. However, it loses out in the cargo space, where the Buick and Lincoln lead with volumes of 23.3 and 17.9 cubic feet. The cabin is also covered in posh materials and the fitment quality is top-notch which is further highlighted by:

  • Sunroof
  • Heated eight-way power front seats 
  • Two-way adjustable driver lumbar
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery

How intuitive is the 2013 Acura MDX's infotainment unit?

The infotainment features of the Acura MDX shine with tons of features to choose from including six in-dash CD changers, AUX, and Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free telephony and music. The system also comes optionally with an iPod interface along with multiple USB ports to connect other devices as well. The MDX also features XM radio connectivity and voice command controls. The audio adjustments can also be made using steering-mounted controls with the Tech package. 

It also comes with a good eight-speaker sound system that can be upgraded to a 10-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound audio system with the Tech package. The 7-inch center console display also works well and is intuitive to use. You can also opt for the rear-seat entertainment system and add more features depending on the package chosen. That said, some of the highlights of the infotainment system are:

  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Eight-speaker sound system
  • Auxiliary audio jack
  • Six-CD changer
  • Satellite radio
  • Optional navigation system with 8-inch display
  • Optional 10-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound audio system
  • Optional voice controls
  • iPod/USB interface
Exterior
7.5/10

The 2013 Acura MDX is designed in a manner that makes it look sporty and premium even though the dimensions say otherwise. It has added curves here and there that give it an aerodynamically molded shape that looks beautiful. The rear has sharp, wrapping tail lights that give it an aggressive appearance while the front has a sharp design that makes it stand out. The only eyesore is the chrome grille which comes with a big slab of chrome and looks a bit odd. The look of the MDX comes off as fluid and stylish rather than bulky and boxy.

Models

2013 Acura MDX

2013 Buick Enclave

2013 Lincoln MKT

2013 Volvo XC90

Curb Weight (lb.)

4,594

4,922

4,702

4,751

Length (inches)

191.6

201.9

207.6

189.3

Width (inches)

78.5

79

76

74.7

Height (inches)

68.2

70.3

67.4

70.2

Ground Clearance

(inches)

8.2

7.6

5.9

8.6

Wheelbase (inches)

108.3

118.9

117.9

112.6

The MDX has smaller dimensions but excels in ground clearance with 8.2 inches which are good when compared to the rivals, except the XC90 that has 0.4 inches more. The MDX is also the lightest with a curb weight that also helps in maintaining the driving dynamics of the 7-seater crossover. That said the MDX does maintain a very good stance and has a subtle design that is not too radical, and this is highlighted by:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Automatic xenon headlamps
  • Heated mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Sunroof
  • Multiview parking camera
  • Optional 19-inch wheels
  • Optional auto-leveling headlamps
  • Optional adaptive suspension dampers
Safety
7.7/10

The 2013 Acura MDX has a pretty solid record when it comes to safety ratings like, a four-star rating by the NHTSA. As standard, the crossover comes with front airbags, side curtain airbags for all three rows, and a lot of additional safety features that make it a solid choice when it comes to safety. The MDX also comes with an anti-lock braking system, traction control, and electronic stability control as standard. The Advance package adds a lot more in terms of driver-assistance features, making the crossover a complete package in terms of safety. That said, some of the key safety features are:

  • Rear view parking camera
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Multiview parking camera
  • Optional Adaptive cruise control
  • Optional Collision warning and braking system
  • Optional Blind-spot warning system
  • Optional Auto-leveling headlamps
Final Verdict

The 2013 Acura MDX is an excellent choice for anyone who is looking for an all-around crossover that can tackle different situations from dropping kids to school to going all out on a highway or a twisty road. Its nimble handling aids to its performance and the safety features ensure you are safe when you push it. It also has all the luxuries you expect from a vehicle in this segment. The MDX hence is an overall good choice for anyone who is looking forward to buying a luxury crossover. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$54805

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

224 cu in

horse power

300 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

270 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

dimensions
length

192 in

wheelbase

108 in

width

72 in

curb weight

4594 lbs

Height

68 in

Ground Clearance

8 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

141.8 cu ft

cargo volume

83.5 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

16/18/21 mpg

highway range

441.0 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Vickie Wells

2013 Acura MDX

SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)

3

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 29, 2022

I'll never buy an Acura again!

Pros - Only its space, and Nothing else

Cons - Electrical malfunctions, Defective transmission unit, Choppy ride quality

Mistake of my lifetime This car needs an expensive repair every 10K miles; I've spent roughly $7500 in the service centers for repairing its faulty transmission and electrical malfunctions. I've made a blunder of purchasing this car as a second owner without verifying its previous service records. The ride quality became very choppy and I've decided not to spend further and looking to trade it wi...

4/10
Features
4/10
Interior
4/10
Design
4/10
Safety
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Deal Value
6/10
Dealer Review

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Bonnie Sealy

2013 Acura MDX

SH-AWD 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 25, 2022

Satisfying and enjoyable vehicle to drive

Pros - Athletic handling, good amount of cargo space, strong acceleration and comfortable seats.

Cons - Low on gas and a busy control layout.

Midsize SUV with lively handling. My three-year-old Acura MDX provides lots of elegance, refinement, and performance while being reasonably priced. It's exciting to drive on dry tarmac and sure-footed in bad weather, and the MDX's 300-horsepower V6 engine is always ready to please. I originally considered the centre stack, which is crammed with controls for temperature control and entertainment, ...

6/10
Features
4/10
Interior
6/10
Design
6/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Deal Value
6/10
Dealer Review

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Tina

2013 Acura MDX

SH-AWD w/Technology and Entertainment Packages 4dr SUV AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 29, 2021

midsize SUV with lively handling and abundant cargo space,

Pros - Capable handling, finely crafted interior, good cargo space, sharp steering and user friendly tech features.

Cons - Cluttered instrument panel and low on gas.

satisfying and enjoyable vehicle to drive. Three years ago I took up with the Acura MDX for it's satisfying and enjoyable handling. It has an abundance of available features along with its upmarket, large interior. My MDX seems sluggish from a stop thanks to its 300-horsepower V6 engine. However, once the SUV is moving, there is an abundance of power. Its six-speed automatic transmission shifts q...

7/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
5/10
Dealer Review

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I'll never buy an Acura again!

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8/10

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7/10

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