Twenty-inch wheels, a distinct front fascia, and dark chrome trim for the headlights are features of the 2020 Acura MDX A-Spec model. (Manufacturer photo)

Twenty-inch wheels, a distinct front fascia, and dark chrome trim for the headlights are features of the 2020 Acura MDX A-Spec model. (Manufacturer photo)

Luxury, tranquility, and value combine in 2020 Acura MDX

The SUV’s lineup adds a handcrafted PMC Edition, limited to 330 units, now at select Acura dealerships.

Acura’s MDX three-row midsize SUV carries over for 2020 unchanged, but two trim levels of its front-wheel-drive version have been dropped. The 2020 lineup includes three trims with front-wheel drive, six trims with all-wheel drive, and an MDX Sport Hybrid model available in two trim levels.

There’s also a recently released MDX in a league of its own: the hand-assembled 2020 Acura MDX PMC Edition, limited to 330 individually numbered units. It’s the latest limited edition model from the Performance Manufacturing Center, the company’s supercar factory in Marysville, Ohio, where the exotic Acura NSX is built.

The MDX PMC Edition is fitted with an Acura V6 engine generating 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and the brand’s proven all-wheel drive system. It started arriving earlier this month at select Acura dealerships throughout the United States, and the MSRP with a $1,995 destination charge included is $63,745. We’re slated for 300 of them here in the states, and our good neighbor Canada is getting 30.

And now, back to the original MDX. Acura doesn’t give MDX specific trim-level names like other carmakers. Instead, models are separated into front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive groups, and packages adding select content to each model distinguishes it. These packages are named Technology, Entertainment, and Advance. There is also an A-Spec sport appearance variant with all-wheel drive.

Pricing for every MDX and MDX Sport Hybrid is up $200 for 2020, and the destination charge is increased by $30. The 2020 base model MDX with front-wheel drive is $45,525 and the base MDX Sport Hybrid is $60,775. Both Sport Hybrid models (Technology Package and Advance Package) have AWD.

The MDX is an extensively-equipped luxury level SUV with attractive pricing for its class. Buyers have options with the different packages to load up on special features, or to keep value at a maximum by forgoing them. In any case, MDX provides a tranquil ride for all aboard, and an enjoyable experience for the driver.

The Acura MDX A-Spec interior includes unique gauges, sport pedals, and sport seats with Alcantara inserts. (Manufacturer photo)

The Acura MDX A-Spec interior includes unique gauges, sport pedals, and sport seats with Alcantara inserts. (Manufacturer photo)

Inside, the MDX feels roomy beyond its midsize proportions, with the exception of the middle spot in the second row and the two third-row seats, which are fine for jaunts but not long trips. With third row seats flipped down, the rear cargo area is vast and has a nice flat floor.

Every MDX has a 290-horsepower V6 paired with a nine speed automatic transmission. It’s a capable team in general but you’d best be in Dynamic Mode when quick and forceful acceleration is required.

Fuel economy ratings for a front-drive MDX are 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. Numbers for AWD are 19/26/22 mpg, and for the A-Spec, 19/25/21 mpg. Premium fuel is recommended.

The 2020 Acura MDX A-Spec model has large-diameter exhaust tips and dark chrome trim for the tailgate spoiler. (Manufacturer photo)

The 2020 Acura MDX A-Spec model has large-diameter exhaust tips and dark chrome trim for the tailgate spoiler. (Manufacturer photo)

2020 ACURA MDX AWD A-SPEC

Base price, including destination charge: $55,895

Price as driven: $56,295

Mary Lowry is an independent automotive writer who lives in Snohomish County. She is a member of the Motor Press Guild, and a member and past president of the Northwest Automotive Press Association. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturers as a one-week loan for review purposes only. In no way do the manufacturers control the content of the reviews.

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