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Based on Honda’s Global mid-size platform, the Acura MDX is equipped with a 3.5 L SOHC 24-valve V6 engine with VTEC. It has a curb weight of 4,451 lb, a 106.3-inch wheelbase, and 8 inches of ground clearance. While designed for seven passengers, the third-row seats can only accommodate two individuals. The vehicle features an automatic four-wheel-drive system (VTM-4) that engages during off-the-line acceleration and wheel slippage, with a lock mode for 4WD operation at low speeds. The navigation system and DVD entertainment options were mutually exclusive but became available together, starting with the 2003 model, including a backup camera. The MDX’s fuel efficiency is estimated at 23 mpg highway and 17 mpg city. Regarding engine performance, the 2002 model produced 240 hp and 245 lb-ft of torque, while the 2003 model received a power boost of 20 hp. The 2004-2006 models offered improved power, producing 265 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. Notable changes in the 2004 model included dual tailpipes, side curtain airbags, new headlights and taillights, and revised chrome trimmings. The 2006 model featured minor interior trim revisions, including a dark grey wood option and a black dash and steering wheel in tan interiors.



Look up Acura MDX specification, engine oil capacity, spark plug gap, safety rating, fuel consumption, transmission, and light bulb sizes.

Engine 3.5L 6-Cylinder DOHC

  • Recommended Oil Viscosity: 5W-30
  • Oil certification: API
  • Drain plug torque: 33 ft-lbs
  • Oil capacity: 4.5 Quarts

Spark Plug Gap

  • 3.5L 6-Cylinder :0.044″


  • Capacity: 2.30 gal (8.7L)


  • Capacity: 5.0 qt (4.7L)

Automatic Transmission Fluid

  • Capacity: 9.0 US qt (8.5 L)

Rear Differential Fluid

  • Capacity: 3.0 qt (2.8 L)


  • Capacity: 19.3 gal (73.0L)

Washer Fluid

  • Capacity: 4.8 qt (4.5 L)



  • 3.5 L J35A3/J35A5 V6


  • 5-speed automatic

Fuel Consumption

acura mdx 2001 to 2006

Safety Ratings

acura mdx 2001 to 2006


Front Lights

  • Daytime Running Light Bulb: 9005
  • Front Fog Light Bulb: 9006
  • Front Sidemarker Light Bulb: 168
  • Front Turn Signal Light Bulb: 3497
  • High Beam Headlight Bulb: 9005
  • Low Beam Headlight Bulb: 9006

Rear Lights

  • Back Up Light Bulb: 921
  • Brake Light Bulb:
    • 7443-SCK
    • 7443
  • Center High Mount Stop Light Bulb: 7440
  • License Plate Light Bulb: 168
  • Parking Light Bulb: 168
  • Rear Sidemarker Light Bulb: 194
  • Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb: 1157NA
  • Tail Light Bulb:
    • 7443-SCK
    • 7443

Interior Lights

  • Auto Trans Indicator Light Bulb: 74
  • Dome Light Bulb: DE3175
  • Glove Box Light Bulb: DE3021
  • Instrument Panel Light Bulb: 74
  • Interior Door Light Bulb: 194
  • Luggage Compartment Light Bulb: DE3022
  • Map Light Bulb: 204
  • Rear Reading Light Bulb: 204
  • Vanity Mirror Light Bulb: 6612F