2020 Acura MDX Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2020 Acura MDX

With nearly a million sold since its inception, the 2020 Acura MDX continues to build on its reputation as the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time. You’ll have your choice of a potent 3.5-liter V6 or an efficient 3.0-liter with a 3-motor hybrid system.

These options help illustrate why the versatile MDX is perfectly suited for more conditions, with more passengers, and greater capabilities. Built for performance, the MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® offers technologies inspired by the Acura NSX including a responsive 7-Speed Dual-Clutch transmission with paddle shifters, Active Damper System, and Motor-Driven Rear Torque Vectoring. Striking exterior design elements and signature Jewel Eye LED headlights help you make a memorable entrance behind the wheel of the MDX.

Generous legroom, available heated seats, and simplified access to the third row seats from a one-touch slide system are only a few highlights of the luxurious interior inside the MDX. A Remote-Linked Power-Operated Tailgate makes it quick and convenient when accessing the cargo area — even with your hands full of grocery bags. Create over 90 cubic feet of cargo space by folding the second and third rows of seats flat. Help eliminate boredom with the available Rear Entertainment System featuring HDMI inputs along with wireless headphones. Standard AcuraWatch™ driver assistive safety technologies help inspire confidence while keeping you protected from the unexpected.

What’s New for 2020

There are no major changes to the Acura MDX to report for the 2020 model year. It continues its reign as the top-selling three-row luxury SUV off all time. Buyers still have an array of performance, technology, and safety features to choose from which make the MDX a compelling choice among luxury buyers.

What the Critics Say

“Thanks to a constant stream of updates, the MDX remains a top pick for a luxury SUV. With three rows of seating and a large, comfortable cabin, it works great as a family hauler, and it presents plenty of value thanks to an impressive number of standard features for the money.” — Edmunds

“The 2020 Acura MDX may be one of the most reliable, most luxurious and most well-rounded mid-size luxury SUVs ever built. This 3-row premium crossover has a well-earned reputation for low maintenance costs and high resale values. In between these two points resides an excellent value, with a price that undercuts almost all its European and Japanese competition.” — Autotrader

2020 Acura MDX

Luxurious Interior

Prioritizing the comfort of the driver and passengers, each aspect of the interior of the 2020 Acura MDX offers uncompromised attention to detail. Features like authentic Desert Olive Ash wood trim, unique contrast stitching and piping accents, and body-contouring second-row captain’s chairs are examples of optional amenities offered inside the MDX. A standard power sunroof lets you breathe fresh air or fill the interior with natural sunlight. Intuitively-designed storage bins and premium soft-touch materials help create the perfect environment for growing families.

Groundbreaking Safety

Included as standard on every Acura MDX model, the AcuraWatch™ suite of driver assistive technologies help illustrate why its one of the safest three-row SUVs in the segment. Examples of these cutting-edge safety technologies include Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), and a Collision Mitigation Braking System ™ (CMBS™) with Low-Speed Follow. To disperse and reduce forces in front crashes, every MDX includes Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body construction. Use the optional Surround View Camera which features front and rear parking sensors for an uncompromised view of what’s around you.

2020 Acura MDX

2020 Acura MDX

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Performance

Combining perfected performance and uncompromised handling with superior fuel efficiency — the 2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD offers drivers go-anywhere capability all while spending less time at the pump. Thanks to an ingenious Sport Hybrid 3-Motor System, the MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD earns a 27 MPG combined EPA-estimated fuel economy rating** while still producing an impressive 321 horsepower. This advanced system lets the rear motors work independently which contributes to improved handling and agility in sweeping curves by using torque vectoring technology. Always active, SH-AWD is designed to enhance dry-road handling and improved all-weather confidence.

Acura MDX Standard Equipment

2020 Acura MDX


  • Jewel Eye® LED Headlights
  • Moonroof with Tilt and Slide Function
  • Power-Operated Tailgate
  • Capless Fuel Fill
  • Acoustic Windshield and Front Side Glass
  • Smart Entry


  • Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity Control and Air Filtration
  • Leather-Trimmed Interior
  • Driver’s 14-Way Power Seat with Power Lumbar Support and Easy-Entry
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Pushbutton Ignition
  • Electronic Gear Selector
  • Third-Row Access One-Touch Smart Slide Walk-In
  • Ambient Cabin Lighting
  • Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Driver Convenience

  • Hill Start Assist
  • Heated Side Mirrors with Reverse Gear Tilt-Down
  • HomeLink®

Safety & Driver Assistance

  • AcuraWatch™ Suite of Driver Assist Features
  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Auto High Beams
  • Auto-On/Off Headlight Operation with Wiper Integration

Acura MDX Packages

Technology Package

2020 Acura MDX

Sophisticated navigation, audio and connectivity fit any digital life. MSRP +$5,000.


  • 20-inch Aluminum-Alloy Wheels
  • LED Puddle Lights
  • Power-Folding Side Mirrors


  • GPS-Linked Climate Control
  • Sport Seats with Perforated Leather-Trimmed Interior with Contrast Stitching
  • Natural Wood Trim

Media & Connectivity

  • Acura Navigation with 3D View and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Street and Freeway Conditions and Traffic Rerouting
  • ELS Studio® Premium Audio with 10 Speakers
  • HD Radio®

Driver Convenience

  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Parking Sensors (front and rear)
  • Color Multi-Information Display (MID) with Turn-By-Turn Guidance
  • Remote Engine Start with Vehicle Feedback

Safety & Driver Assistance

  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

Entertainment Package

2020 Acura MDX

Requires Technology or Advance Package. Not available with Sport Hybrid. A full suite of multimedia features for rear passengers. MSRP +$2,000.

When Combined With Technology Package

  • 9-inch Full VGA Screen
  • 11th Speaker for Improved Surround Sound
  • Second Row Captain’s Chairs (Total Seating Capacity: 6)
  • Three Position Second-Row Seating with Heated Outboard Seats
  • Rear Door Sunshades
  • Two Wireless Headphones
  • Removable Ceiling-Mounted Remote Control
  • Front Center Console 110-volt Power Outlet

When Combined With Advance Package

  • 16.2-inch Ultra-Wide Full VGA Screen with Split Screen Capability
  • 12th Speaker for improved Surround Sound
  • HDMI Compatibility
  • Second-Row Bench Seating (Seven-Passenger)
  • Three position Second-Row Seating with Heated Outboard Seats

A-Spec® Package

2020 Acura MDX

Requires Technology Package. The A-Spec® Package is all-new for the 2020 Acura MDX and is designed to make you stand out with larger wheels, gloss black accents and unique Alcantara®-Trimmed Red or Ebony interior. +$3,500 MSRP.


  • LED Fog Lights
  • 20-inch Shark Gray Split 5-Spoke Wheels
  • A-Spec Exclusive Front & Rear Bumpers
  • A-Spec Exclusive Dual Exhuast Outlets
  • Dark Chrome and Lighting Details
  • Black Window Trim
  • A-Spec Badge on Front Fenders and Tailgate


  • Sport Seats with Perforated Premium Leather and Alcantara®-Trimmed Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Leather-Wrapped A-Spec Steering Wheel
  • Metallic Pattern and Metal Trim
  • Stainless Steel Sport Pedals
  • Ebony Headliner

Advance Package

2020 Acura MDX

Requires Technology Package. Ultimate upgrades in comfort, technology, and convenience. +$6,750 MSRP.


  • LED Fog Lights
  • Automatic Dimming Side Mirrors
  • Roof Rails


  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Second-Row Captain’s Chairs (Six-Passenger)
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Perforated Milano Leather Seats with Contrast Stitching & Piping
  • Natural Wood Accents
  • Second-Row Center Console with Sliding Tray

Acura MDX Exterior Colors

2020 Acura MDXWhite Diamond Pearl

2020 Acura MDXLunar Silver Metallic

2020 Acura MDXModern Steel Metallic

2020 Acura MDXMajestic Black Pearl (+$400)

2020 Acura MDXPerformance Red Pearl (+$400)

2020 Acura MDXCanyon Bronze Metallic (+400)

2020 Acura MDXApex Blue Pearl (Requires Technology Package, A-Spec Package, and SH-AWD. +$400)

2020 Acura MDXFathom Blue Pearl (Requires Technology Package and Graystone Interior)

2020 Acura MDXGunmetal Metallic (Requires Technology Package and Ebony Interior)

Pricing & Performance

2020 Acura MDX Standard Technology Package A-Spec® Package Advance Package Entertainment Package
Starting MSRP*
Front Wheel Drive $44,500* $49,500* $56,250*
SH-AWD® $46,500* $51,500* $55,000* $58,250* $53,500* w/Technology Package

$60,250* w/Advance Package

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® $53,000* $59,750*
Engine Type
FWD & SH-AWD 3.5-Liter Direct Injection V6 3.5-Liter Direct Injection V6 3.5-Liter Direct Injection V6 3.5-Liter Direct Injection V6 3.5-Liter Direct Injection V6
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 3.0-Liter Direct Port Injected V6 3.0-Liter Direct Port Injected V6
Transmission Type
FWD & SH-AWD 9-Speed Automatic with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters 9-Speed Automatic with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters 9-Speed Automatic with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters 9-Speed Automatic with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters 9-Speed Automatic with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Motor-Integrated 7-Speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) Motor-Integrated 7-Speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) Motor-Integrated 7-Speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) Motor-Integrated 7-Speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) Motor-Integrated 7-Speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission)
Horsepower / Torque
FWD & SH-AWD 290 Horsepower / 267 lb-ft 290 Horsepower / 267 lb-ft 290 Horsepower / 267 lb-ft 290 Horsepower / 267 lb-ft 290 Horsepower / 267 lb-ft
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 257 Horsepower / 218 lb-ft 257 Horsepower / 218 lb-ft 257 Horsepower / 218 lb-ft 257 Horsepower / 218 lb-ft 257 Horsepower / 218 lb-ft
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings** (city / highway / combined)
FWD 20 / 27 / 23 20 / 27 / 23 20 / 27 / 23 20 / 27 / 23
SH-AWD 19 / 26 / 22 19 / 26 / 22 19 / 25 / 21 19 / 26 / 22 19 / 26 / 22
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 26 / 27 / 27 26 / 27 / 27

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.