Acura's luxury sport utility vehicle has more safety features
and a fresh styling update for 2004. The popular SUV is
now quite a bit better than before, something Acura clearly
wanted to address to keep the buyers rolling in.
The changes this year also include additional horsepower
and more torque. Inside, the 2004 model now has standard
side-curtain air bags, a tire-pressure monitoring system,
a power-adjustable lumbar support, new Bose tweeters and
40% more room in the second row slide.
The 2004 Acura MDX is offered in two model trims: base and
The four-door Acura MDX is quite roomy on the inside. It
has three rows of seats and will hold up to seven passengers
with ease. The second and third row seats both fold flat
to the floor to provide more capacity.
Standard with the base trim are front and rear air conditioning
with front and rear automatic climate controls, a tilt leather-wrapped
steering with radio controls, cruise control, leather upholstery
and heated front bucket seats. Touring models add things
like a memory system (driver seat, mirrors) and a Bose AM/FM/cassette
player with in-dash 6-disc CD changer.
If you really want decadence, all you need to do is grab
some items from the options list. For entertainment, there's
a rear-seat DVD system. There's also an advanced navigation
system, which comes with a built-in rear camera that is
activated when the MDX is put into reverse.
New projector-style headlights and dual exhaust outlets
are part of the exterior renovation of the 2004 Acura MDX.
The 2004 Acura MDX uses a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 265
horsepower at 5800 rpm and 253 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm.
It is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The MDX
is also fairly efficient, with a fuel rating of 17/23 mpg
For stability, the 2004 Acura MDX is equipped with a Vehicle
Stability Assist (VSA) system, which detects impending oversteer
or understeer. VSA then automatically applies braking to
the appropriate wheel to help bring the car back to its
Also standard is an all-wheel drive configuration called
the Variable Torque Management 4-Wheel-Drive (VTM-4) system.
It reroutes torque to the wheels that need in most, depending
on the situation.
Safety and Security
The newly standard curtain side airbags are placed in all
three rows. They are designed to deploy in both side impacts
and rollovers.Other standard safety features include antilock
4-wheel disc brakes and the aforementioned antiskid system.