Acura MDX - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Acura MDX owners have reported a total of 1,971 problems for their cars built in the 19 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Acura MDX. The 2003 Acura MDX cars have the most problems reported (229 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Acura MDX

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 MDX
5
  2018 MDX
26
  2017 MDX
52
  2016 MDX
151
  2015 MDX
70
  2014 MDX
161
  2013 MDX
24
  2012 MDX
51
  2011 MDX
45
  2010 MDX
47
  2009 MDX
45
  2008 MDX
47
  2007 MDX
107
  2006 MDX
93
  2005 MDX
189
  2004 MDX
195
  2003 MDX
229
  2002 MDX
207
  2001 MDX
227

  Common problems of Acura MDX

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Acura MDX cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (613 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (211 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Acura MDX

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
613
  Electrical System
211
  Engine And Engine Cooling
203
  Air Bag
162
  Equipment
157
  Service Brakes
97
  Vehicle Speed Control
89
  Steering
80
  Structure
59
  Suspension
48
   
  Electronic Stability Control
46
  Other Fuel System
36
  Seat Belt
32
  Visibility
30
  Seats
25
  Exterior Lighting
18
  Wheel
17
  Tire
13
  Gasoline Fuel System
13
  Unknown Or Other
12
  Latches/locks/linkage
4
  Child Seat
2
  Traction Control System
2
  Air Brake
1
  Parking Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Acura MDX of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across MDX model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Acura MDX model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across MDX Model Years

MDX
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 2611,6901    
2.22
  2017 5269,4582    
0.37
  2016 15179,0073    
0.64
  2015 7045,8794    
0.38
  2014 16169,2695    
0.46
  2013 2425,4026    
0.16
  2012 5150,7837    
0.14
  2011 4551,2118    
0.11
  2010 4734,6789    
0.15
  2009 4534,54510    
0.13
  2008 4757,38211    
0.07
  2007 10753,70312    
0.17
  2006 9351,38013    
0.14
  2005 18960,33414    
0.22
  2004 19562,58515    
0.21
  2003 22955,94216    
0.26
  2002 20749,05717    
0.25
  2001 22744,33118    
0.28

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Acura MDX is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2019 MDX
5
  2018 MDX
18
  2017 MDX
20
  2016 MDX
42
  2015 MDX
21
  2014 MDX
65
  2013 MDX
7
  2012 MDX
7
  2011 MDX
8
  2010 MDX
3
  2009 MDX
7
  2008 MDX
5
  2007 MDX
4
  2006 MDX
6
  2005 MDX
6
  2004 MDX
9
  2003 MDX
16
  2002 MDX
8
  2001 MDX
8


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