2020 Acura MDX Towing Capacity

Low angle on Gray 2020 Acura MDX driving on snowy road

The 2020 Acura MDX can tow up to 5,000 lbs. when properly equipped. As noted by Edmunds: “The versatile, well-made and feature-packed Acura MDX is arguably the most sensible choice in the midsize luxury SUV segment, especially given its impressive handling.” A commanding 2020 Acura MDX towing capacity ensures that leading luxury package is combined with strength enough to handle almost any load most drivers will ever need to take, and a wide range of performance and safety features work to keep you in full command whatever you’re hauling.

2020 Acura MDX Towing Strength

The Acura MDX is always ready to fit around the needs of individual drivers, so how much you can tow will depend on your chosen drivetrain configuration. The 2020 Acura MDX towing capacity will come in at:

  • Up to 3,500 lbs. with FWD models.
  • Up to 5,000 lbs. with SH-AWD models.

So, how do those numbers translate to real world performance? Can the 2020 Acura MDX tow a trailer? We’ve put together a quick guide to help you understand what each Acura MDX can take.

With 3,500 lbs. towing models, you’ll be able to handle items like:

  • Small Utility Trailers
  • Pop-Up Tent Trailers
  • Lightweight Aluminum Boats
  • Personal Watercrafts

With the 5,000 lbs. tow rating, you can add items like:

  • Small Outboard Boats
  • Tent Trailers
  • A Couple of ATVs
  • Smaller Airstream Camping Trailers
  • Towable RVs (camping trailers)
  • Small Ski Boats
  • Small Horse Trailers

2020 Acura MDX Powertrain Specs

The 2020 Acura MDX makes no substitutes when it comes to power with the same exceptional engine and transmission fitted across all models. That powertrain features:

  • 3.5L Direct Injection V6 Engine: Delivers up to 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque.
  • 9-Speed Automatic Transmission: Makes up to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway*. The transmission comes fitted with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters perfect for adjusting gears manually when you’re towing heavier loads.

You’ll also enjoy the freedom to choose between FWD as standard and an advanced Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system. Hydraulically-controlled SH-AWD® continuously directs engine power to match factors such as available traction and weight distribution, combining the traditional all-weather, all-terrain AWD benefits with enhanced dry-road performance and phenomenal towing ability at any speed.

Blue 2020 Acura MDX A-Spec driving through mountain highway

2020 Acura MDX Performance Features

The 2020 Acura MDX’s towing ability is backed by a wide range of performance features that help you enjoy responsive and rewarding driving dynamics no matter how much you’re hauling. Standard and available performance features include:

  • MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
  • MacPherson Multi-Link Rear Suspension
  • Amplitude Reactive Dampers
  • Active Damper System
  • Front and Rear Stabilizers
  • Integrated Dynamics System (IDS)
  • Agile Handling Assist®
  • High-Performance All-Season Tires

You’ll also find several active safety features fitted as standard, so you can count on remaining fully in command of the new Acura MDX even when you’re taking full advantage of its maximum tow rating. A Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA) with Traction Control monitors throttle position, lateral G-force, speed, yaw rate, and more, then makes tiny adjustments to throttle response and individual wheel braking to ensure flawless traction and stability at all times. Further active safety features include:

  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators

Can the 2020 Acura MDX Tow a Trailer? Find Out in Person at Your Local Acura Showroom

You can experience the performance and capability of the latest Acura MDX for yourself by visiting your nearest Chicagoland Acura dealer. To find out more about anything from servicing to special offers, don’t hesitate to get in touch directly.

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*Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors