Flash Drive

2020 Acura MDX

Model Tested: 2020 Acura MDX AWD A-SPEC

The 2020 Acura MDX A-Spec is visually similar to the 2019 model. Styling is crisp and athletic.

Engine:3.5-liter V-6, 290 horsepower 267 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 9-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 19-mpg city, 25-mpg highway, 21-mpg combined

Base Price: $54,900

As Tested: $56,295


Strong acceleration and power

Smooth, pleasant highway ride

Corners well considering its size

Good fuel economy—we averaged 23.2-mpg around town

The 2020 Acura MDX A-Spec is a great family road SUV.

20-inch wheels

5000 pound towing capability


Soft, but supportive front seats

Large, wide center armrest

Handsome, contemporary interior styling

Excellent headroom

Stretch-out driver and front passenger legroom

Power lumbar support both front seats

Heated and ventilated front seats (3 temperatures)

The Acura MDX interior can be equipped with either a middle bench seat or luxurious captains chairs and a center console.

Big adult size second row seats

Second row middle position is supportive but not too firm

Flat 2ndrow floor

Thick, contoured, textured leather steering wheel

Very good auxiliary controls

Power tilt/telescopic column

Rear HVAC controls

Second row seats slide

Good third row legroom, but best for children


Big two-part console bin with sliding cover

The second and third row seats fold flat for a large cargo area.

Large front door bins

Locking, medium size glovebox

Two info/navigation/music screens

Large non-sliding sun visors

Power liftgate clears 6-foot tall people

Flat cargo deck

Big, wide, deep, carpeted storage under cargo deck

Recessed cargo loops

Second row seats fold flat

Small gap between folded 2ndand 3rdrow seats

Good package/groceries space behind 3rdrow seats

Two big seatback pouches

The 2020 Acura MDX A-Spec interior has great front seat room. The leather steering wheel has a power tilt/telescopic column.

WOW Factors:

Sharp styling

Power lumbar both front seats

Great bonus storage under cargo deck

Impressive safety features

Excellent AWD system


Cloth headliner feels cheaper than rest of interior

Bottom Line:

The 2020 Acura MDX AWD A-SPEC is essentially a carryover from the impressive 2019 edition. The MDX is well rounded and very well executed. It can seat 6 or 7 people. Comfort, luxury, and cargo space are all excellent. Handling is pretty sporty for such a large SUV and fuel economy is good, too.