5 Things the Acura NSX and MDX Have In Common


On the surface, the Acura MDX and NSX seem like complete opposites, but when you take a closer look, there are more than a few similarities between the brand’s 7-seat crossover and its flagship supercar. For more info on the 2017 Acura MDX or NSX click here.

Here are 5 things the Acura NSX and Acura MDX have in common:

1. Shared Exterior Design Features

Acura MDX

The 2017 Acura MDX has a brand new, sleeker design that’s inspired by the Acura Precision Concept car, which AutoGuide editors nicknamed “The NSX Sedan.” The MDX shares both the NSX’s distinctive Jewel Eye LED headlight design, and available 20-inch alloy wheels. Its smooth diamond pentagon grille and revised bumper design with LED fog lights are also redesigned for the ‘17 model.

 2. Both are Designed and Built in North America

Acura MDX

The NSX and MDX look similar because they’re both designed and built in North America at the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, CA. NSX Lead designer Michelle Christensen set out to embody Acura’s ethos of Precision Crafted Performance in the design of both vehicles, placing the driver experience at the forefront of development.

 3. Similar Interior Design

Interior Acura MDX

In addition to the exterior similarities, the MDX matches—and in some cases exceeds—the NSX in interior quality and comfort. They share a push button starter and easy-to-use electronic shifter built right into center console, plus high-end leather throughout. The MDX also boasts room for seven passengers, while the driver and front passenger are layered in luxury and can experience a 10-way and 8-way power adjustable seat, respectively. Plus, there’s a heated steering wheel and heated windshield, which can be activated remotely with a bi-directional remote engine starter FOB.

Interior Acura NSX

 4. Safety Features

Safety Features Acura MDX

There’s no question that the NSX Supercar is the pinnacle of Acura performance, but the MDX is redefining safety for the brand. Both vehicles feature multi-angle rear view cameras, vehicle stability assist and traction control, but this is one area where the new MDX, sets itself apart as a safety leader. The 2017 MDX is equipped with the new AcuraWatch package on all grades, making the MDX the first luxury SUV in its class to offer these advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard: adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, forward collision warning and collision mitigation breaking, a blind spot information system, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and road departure mitigation.

 5. Both Have a 9-Speed Automatic Transmission

Acura MDX 9-Speed Transmission

In terms of engine performance you wouldn’t expect these two to have much in common, however, both vehicles use a 9-speed gearbox. The NSX uses a new dual-clutch unit, while the MDX make use of a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic. The MDX comes standard with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive that can intuitively sense driving conditions and react accordingly with torque to the rear wheels to give you more control over the vehicle. And if you want your MDX to feel more like the NSX SuperCar then be sure to check out the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid shipping later this year, which uses the same three-motor Sport Hybrid technology AWD.

  • Rickers

    Love the new front end on the MDX.

  • Felix DJ

    Agreed. So glad Acura got rid of that stupid beak design.

  • Jim MacMurdo

    Hope the transmission programming in the ’17 MDX is better than the ’16 I drove. That one couldn’t figure out which gear to pick on downshifts, and either banged or lagged on upshifts. They hadn’t gotten the ZF unit to behave itself at all well.

  • Jonathan Baker

    Just to clarify, they were both designed in Torrance, CA but the MDX is built in Lincoln, Alabama while the NSX is built in Marysville, Ohio.

  • Ulbe Bach

    Yes, that’s the biggest reason I have not refreshed my 2005 RL, which is pre-beak.

  • Bob

    look alike? are you nuts? LOOK at them, the interiors are completely different, they dont even look like theyre both made by Honda. The exterior of the MDX is crazy ugly, tho I know the NSX is no looker. This article is a joke. Furthermore, the NSX doesnt share the identical drivetrain, its a hybrid, and the transmissions share the same number of gears, thats it. im sure in 20 years they’ll say ‘the new X car has 10 gears, just like a 1950s dumptruck.’