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2001 Acura Mdx Touring

2001 Acura Mdx Touring

2001 Acura Mdx Touring

CarComplaints.com lists transmission vibration, slippage, hard shifting and premature failure as the most frequent issues on 2001-2006 MDXs.ConsumerReports.org gave the 2001-2006 MDX good marks for predicted reliability in all areas except for the transmission, with 2001, 2002 and 2003 models rated worse than average for transmission repairs.Competitive SetIt’s hard to fault the smooth ride, quiet cabin, first-class build quality, top-rated reliability and resale value of the Lexus RX, but the MDX has better acceleration, third-row seating the RX lacks and is more fun to drive. The Infiniti FX35 is a crossover SUV for buyers who would rather be driving a sports coupe and it will out-accelerate and out-brake the MDX handily, but the FX lacks third-row people hauling capability and has the least cargo space in the segment.AutoTrader RecommendationIt’s always wiser to purchase a model from one of the later years in its production run that benefitted from all of the previous improvements. For the MDX, that would be 2004 and later models that have safety advancements like roof rail airbags and tire pressure monitoring. Also the 2004-2006 MDXs had fewer incidents of transmission failure. If you are considering purchasing one of the earlier MDX models, get a vehicle history report to see if the transmission has been updated and by all means make sure you get the transmission checked out by an Acura dealer or reputable mechanic.
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2001 Acura Mdx Touring

When the sport-utility craze took off, automakers that produced only cars were left in the dust. In the mid-1990s, Acura slapped together the truck-based SLX, a warmed over version of the sturdy but hardly Honda-like Isuzu Trooper. Its first homegrown SUV came in 2001. Based on the highly successful Honda Odyssey minivan platform, the MDX was one of the first “crossover SUVs” and Acura’s answer to the trend-setting Lexus RX 300.Why You Want ItIt may sound like a cliche, but the MDX was one of the very first SUVs to put the sport in utility. It’s got a smooth and torquey 3.5-liter V6 engine, intelligent all-wheel drive, stiff and sound unitized body construction and sophisticated 4-wheel independent suspension. This is one 5-passenger (seven in a pinch) hauler that has the athletic moves of a car and the utility to swallow up to 81.5 cubic feet of cargo or tow a 3500-lb trailer. Both the 50/50 split third-row seat and 70/30 split second row seat fold into a variety of configurations, or disappear into the floor. The leather-slathered front seats are comfortable and the quality of materials rivals a luxury sedan. The MDX has received plenty of kudos from the press. The 2001 model garnered Motor Trend magazine Sport Utility of the Year honors and was also named North American Truck of the Year. Consumer Reports magazine lists the used 2001-2006 MDX as a Good Bet.
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2001 Acura Mdx Touring

Acura backed the 2001 to 2006 MDX with a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with roadside assistance. For 2006 the powertrain portion was expanded to 6 years and 70,000 miles of coverage.On Acura Certified Pre-owned cars, the bumper-to-bumper warranty is extended to 5 years/60,000 miles or if the original warranty is expired, another 1 year/12,000 miles. The powertrain warranty increases to 7 years/100,000 miles.Word on the WebIn its 2001 Sport Utility of the Year report, MotorTrend.com called the MDX an outstanding value considering its high feature content. The editors congratulated Acura engineers for blending the functional flexibility of a minivan, the all-weather confidence of an SUV and the comfort of a well-tailored luxury car. Further, MT liked the gutsy, sport-sedan-like power and handling prowess. The only area MT found issue with was the brakes, due to long stopping distances.In a test of a 2003 model, ConsumerReports.org lauded the MDX’s powertrain smoothness, communicative steering, good visibility, comfortable front seats, and ample cargo space, but criticized the crossover’s cramped third-row seats, intrusive coarse road noise and long stopping distances.
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2001 Acura Mdx Touring

I recently acquired my mother’s 2001 Acura MDX. She was the original owner and put 173,000 miles on it. She had very little trouble with it and when I needed a car I was glad she was also in the market. Despite the mileage I am confident this vehicle will serve us well for at least a couple more years. It is extremely versatile and, of course, dependable. The MDX is a bit underpowered and uses a lot of gas. That being said, if you are considering a mid-size luxury or even near luxury SUV You will be hard pressed to match the balance of the Acura MDX.
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2001 Acura Mdx Touring

After spending a day with the MDX at Acura’s press introduction in Hershey, Pa., we can say with confidence that Acura has indeed showed up to the party with something good. Very good, in fact. Acura wants the MDX to be a no-compromises luxury SUV, one that can deliver both the sport and the utility that consumers desire. This no-compromises goal has resulted in three-row seven-passenger seating, a maximum cargo capacity of 81.5 cubic feet, a 3,500-pound towing capacity (4,500 pounds if towing a boat), acceleration, braking and handling equal to a typical four-door sedan, an acceptable level of off-road capability, and high-zoot luxury features like GPS navigation and dual climate control systems.
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2001 Acura Mdx Touring

It is clear that Acura has built a very capable SUV. Like Honda did with the Odyssey, Acura has taken its time, determined how people really use their SUVs and dissected the competition to see what works and what doesn’t. The result is a vehicle that is truly good at most everything. If you have a dying need to go rock crawling or tow a 6,000-pound trailer, the MDX isn’t what you want. But for every other use, whether it be going camping, skiing, hauling materials from Home Depot or just taking the kids and the dog to the park, the MDX is just about equal or superior to every other luxury SUV. Pricing should start in the mid-30s. And just like Honda and its Odyssey, we expect Acura to sell every single one it makes. Best put down your deposit now.
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2001 Acura Mdx Touring

All new for 2001, the Acura MDX is a versatile SUV offering seating for up to seven passengers. It’s available in Base and Touring trim levels with your choice of navigation depending on the model. Under the hood the MDX comes equipped with a 240 horsepower 3.5-liter gas-powered V6 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Standard features for this detailed luxury SUV include auto climate control, power accessories, heated seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a trip computer, AM/FM/CD, front/side-body airbags and ABS.
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2001 Acura Mdx Touring

It may sound like a cliche, but the MDX was one of the very first SUVs to put the sport in utility. It’s got a smooth and torquey 3.5-liter V6 engine, intelligent all-wheel drive, stiff and sound unitized body construction and sophisticated 4-wheel independent suspension. This is one 5-passenger (seven in a pinch) hauler that has the athletic moves of a car and the utility to swallow up to 81.5 cubic feet of cargo or tow a 3500-lb trailer. Both the 50/50 split third-row seat and 70/30 split second row seat fold into a variety of configurations, or disappear into the floor. The leather-slathered front seats are comfortable and the quality of materials rivals a luxury sedan. The MDX has received plenty of kudos from the press. The 2001 model garnered Motor Trend magazine Sport Utility of the Year honors and was also named North American Truck of the Year. Consumer Reports magazine lists the used 2001-2006 MDX as a Good Bet.
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Exclusively for the North American market (for now, anyway), the MDX is built on Honda’s light truck platform. This platform also serves as the basis for the Honda Odyssey minivan. The two vehicles have little in common, however. Acura says the MDX shares only about 12 percent of the Odyssey’s architecture. Most of the similarities lie in the design of the front-third of the body structure. From the A-pillars back, the MDX is an all-new design.
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Acura’s main priorities for the body structure were superior collision performance and a high level of rigidity without unnecessary weight. Acura says the body structure provides the strength needed to resist standard barrier impacts, offset crashes and side impacts. Though no government crash testing has been done as of this writing, Acura expects the MDX to earn five stars in NCAP frontal barrier tests and side impact tests. A “good” rating is expected from the IIHS’s offset barrier tests.
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In its testing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2002 and 2005-2006 MDX 4 stars for frontal and side impacts. The 2003 model was rated 4 stars for frontal impacts and 5 stars for side impacts, while the 2004 MDX received 5 stars for the driver and 4 for the front passenger in frontal impacts and 5 stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2001-2006 MDX a good rating for offset front impacts but did not rate it for side impacts.

All 2001-2006 MDX models were equipped with a responsive 3.5-liter all-aluminum SOHC V6 engine, paired with a smooth-shifting 5-speed automatic transmission and on-demand all-wheel drive. The flexible and sophisticated V6 benefits from variable valve timing, valve-lift control and a two-stage inlet manifold. Horsepower has varied a bit over the years, rising 240 to 260 hp in 2003 courtesy of some retuning. A revised dual exhaust in 2004 bumped output to 265 hp. Power was to 253 SAE net hp in 2006, a result of all automakers adopting a single SAE engine rating standard. EPA estimated fuel economy for all 2001-2006 models is 17-mpg city/23-mpg highway, which would equate to 15-mpg city/21-mpg highway if converted to the tougher 2008-and-newer EPA standard. All versions of the MDX 3.5-liter V6 require premium unleaded fuel. Car and Driver, Motor Trend and Consumer Reports all report 0-60-mph acceleration of around 8 seconds.

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