2019 Acura MDX Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Visibility, brakes and speed control issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Driving the family around in a luxury SUV is everyone’s dream, which is why many consumers opted to purchase the 2019 Acura MDX. This model is hailed as having “supercar handling in a luxury SUV,” but consumers are finding something completely different. From not being able to see out of the windshield to defective brakes and malfunctioning vehicle speed control, this SUV is a dangerous automobile for any busy family.

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Problems with the Windshield

When a driver gets behind the wheel, it’s naturally expected that it will be simple to see out of the windshield, yet MDX owners are finding something entirely opposite.

One NHTSA review documents the experience perfectly. It states, “The front windshield is distorted on both the driver and passenger side, pillar areas. When looking through the windshield at these points, the glass is extremely distorted and causes nausea. This portion of the glass is unavoidable as you need to view the entire windshield in order to check for pedestrians, vehicles, or other objects. It appears this is a flaw with many of the 2019 Acura MDX’s and should be addressed appropriately.”

Driving the MDX literally makes people want to throw up. That’s not a positive that should be boasted about. But, more importantly, the windshield design is causing dangerous driving conditions. If not being able to see out the windshield isn’t scary enough, how about adding defective taillights to the mix? NHTSA Campaign Number 19V256000 discusses a recall that affects over 300,000 vehicles. It appears that moisture can get into the tailgate lid and cause the lights to malfunction. Basically, this “supercar” causes drivers to operate the vehicle blindly, while other people can’t see the SUV at night.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Acura MDX Distorted Windshield Problems

RECENTLY PURCHASED A NEW 2019 MDX AND THE FRONT WINDSHIELD IS SEVERELY DISTORTED. THIS IS OCCURRING ALONG A WIDE BAND NEAR THE FRONT PASSENGER AND DRIVER SIDE PILLARS. OBJECTS SUCH AS VEHICLES AND PEDESTRIANS APPEAR WAVY AND SEVERELY DISTORTED WHILE DRIVING. IT IS VERY EVIDENT WHEN TURNING OR AT BENDS IN ROADS THAT REQUIRE LOOKING ACROSS THE VEHICLE. IT ALSO CAUSES DIFFICULTIES WHILE AT AN INTERSECTION AND CHECKING FOR ONCOMING TRAFFIC. WHEN DRIVING AND LOOKING THROUGH THESE PORTIONS OF THE WINDSHIELD IT CAUSES BLURRED PERCEPTION, MOMENTARY DIZZINESS AND DISORIENTATION WHICH IS VERY UNSAFE.

I PURCHASED A 2019 ACURA MDX TWO DAYS AGO AND NOTICED TODAY THAT THERE IS OPTICAL DISTORTION ON FRONT WINDSHIELD. CLEARLY THE DISTORTIONS AFFECT MY VISIBILITY. THE OBJECTS THROUGH DISTORTED WINDSHIELD APPEAR BENT/CURVED. I FEEL DIZZINESS AND NAUSEA FROM THE OBJECT DISTORTIONS. I WOULDN’T PURCHASE THIS VEHICLE IF I KNEW MDX HAS THIS TYPE OF PROBLEM FOR LONG TIME. SAFETY IS MY TOP PRIORITY SINCE I HAVE THREE CHILDREN.

Problems with the Vehicle Speed Control

When the gas pedal is pressed, a vehicle should move. When the brakes are depressed, the vehicle should stop. However, simple operations, such as controlling speeds, are anything but normal with the 2019 Acura MDX.

Just read this documented NHTSA complaint. “The contact owns a 2019 Acura MDX. While driving various speeds, the vehicle accelerated on its own. The failure occurred while slowing down and approaching a stop light and also while driving at highway speeds. The vehicle was taken to [dealer], but the failure could not be duplicated and the cause of the failure was not determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided case number: 09964379. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 1,000.”

Unfortunately, the automaker has yet to comment publicly on what could be causing vehicle speed control issues, but it’s not a random concern. Many owners are taking to the Internet to complain about the exact same condition. It’s clear that something wasn’t manufactured correctly in this luxury SUV. Maybe the system is taking on that “supercar” persona and attempting to go faster than it should.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Acura MDX Sudden Acceleration

THE VEHICLE SUDDENLY ACCELERATES ITSELF. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN LOW SPEEDS. THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS TIMES THAT I AM DRIVING SLOWLY IN A PARKING RAMP AND THE VEHICLE WILL JUST SHOOT FORWARD AS THOUGH I AM PRESSING THE GAS PEDAL, WHEN I AM NOT! I AM GRATEFUL THAT NO ONE WAS INJURED DUE TO THIS – BUT THIS IS DANGEROUS AND HONDA NEEDS TO LISTEN AND DO SOMETHING.

Problems with the Brakes

With all of the speed issues, it becomes more important than ever to have functioning service brakes, but this is yet another area that the MDX fails in.

Another NHTSA user commented, “After vehicle powered off and after couple of hours later, the brake pedal gets very stiff. So, tremendous force needs to apply to start the engine. After around 600 miles of driving this new vehicle, this problem happened. My wife is primarily driving this vehicle. And thus she is getting knee pain issues to stiff brake pedal. Acura confirmed this is a known issue but they denied to fix it.”

It appears that drivers of the MDX experience one extreme or the other. While this complaint discusses trouble pushing the brake pedal, a recall talks about reduced brake performance in general. According to NHTSA Campaign Number 18V777000, it appears more than 64,000 vehicles were sold with an insufficient brake caliper piston coating that causes air pockets to form, leaving owners in danger. Of course, even when the brakes are applied in this vehicle, others can’t see it when the tail lights stop working. Whether it’s the visibility, brakes or speed control, this luxury SUV needs to be called a lemon instead of a supercar. It’s a danger waiting to happen on America’s roadways, and most people don’t realize the depth of all the problems.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2019 Acura MDX Brake Problems

THE ANTI COLLISION SYSTEM IS DEFECTIVE AND IT’S PUTTING MY FAMILY AT RISK. IT SLAMS ON BRAKES BY ITSELF WITHOUT ANY OBSTACLE IN FRONT. IT STARTED HAPPENING MORE AND MORE FREQUENTLY. CALLED THE ACURA DEALRSHIP AND THEY CLAIM IT’S NORMAL AND THE CAR WOULD BREAK FOR ANY PERCEIVED OBSTACLE IN FRONT OF IT.

BREAKING LIGHT GOES ON AND THE BRAKE GETS STUCK AND MAKES A GRASPING NOISE LIKE SOMETHING IS GRINDING AND THE PEDAL IS STUCK DOWN.

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