By on February 3, 2020


Depending on your interests, “PMC” might denote a brand of ammunition. For others, it’s the nerve center of Acura performance, residing in Marysville, Ohio.

For 2020, Acura, eager to draw eyes to one of its two crossovers, has slapped the abbreviation of its Performance Manufacturing Center on the MDX, then limited availability to make those drivers feel special. Will they feel special, though?

That depends on whether they’re honest with themselves.

The MDX PMC Edition, which is difficult to say, does not soak up extra horsepower before leaving the home of the NSX sports car, but it does collect fingerprints from the workers who assemble it.

Powering this limited-run model is the same 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp, 267 lb-ft) and nine-speed automatic found in stock models. Inside and out, the PMC Edition adopts the uplevel content of the MDX Advance and styling flourishes of the A-Spec model, combining this with the necessary all-wheel drive. The extra dash of special comes in the form of gloss-black trim found nearly everywhere (including the 20-inch 10-spoke wheels), Valencia Red Pearl nano pigment paint, and a numbered plaque. The interior sees a serious helping of leather, red stitching, and Alcantara.


It’s the same treatment afforded to the 2020 TLX, another vehicle Acura would like buyers to notice.

Acura plans just 330 PMC Editions for U.S. customers, while the Canadian market gets 30 of them. These hand-built vehicles are already arriving at select dealers. So, what does a lovingly crafted MDX with already available upmarket trim and design, with a few additional niceties, set you back? $63,745 after destination.

That’s roughly a $4,500 walk up from the MDX Advance. Going MDX A-Spec, minus the additional features of the Advance package, brings the bill to $56,025 after destination. Hardly a stratospheric climb, all things considered. Drivers are known to shell out more to feel special, even if the vehicle really isn’t, and Acura would be foolish to not try the PMC gambit on this model. Especially considering it’s a mainstream automaker with just two utility vehicles in its stable.

After undergoing a refresh and adding optional A-Spec clothing for 2019, MDX sales climbed 1 percent last year, reversing a four-year trend of slowly declining annual volume.

[Images: Acura]

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20 Comments on “Why Not a Crossover? Acura Gives MDX the PMC Treatment...”

  • avatar
    Menar Fromarz

    Sorry, what is the point of this Acura thing again?
    I liked the early-mid 90’s Acuras, but when they hucked the badge on Canadian Civics and called it an EL, they pulled a Cimmaron (Cimarronda?) (Cimmacura?) on me and I have never liked them since, although a first gen NSX is still awesome, all these years later.

    • 0 avatar

      Once Toyota rolled out Lexus, it was full proliferation ahead for everyone else.
      And of course the Koreans are still trying to jump upscale.

      But even mighty Toyota had to euthanize Scion, Amati was stillborn, and I would say Acura and Infiniti may be on life support.

  • avatar

    Where else are you going to get a hand built car for this price?

  • avatar

    I guess, this is a good news for Acura. Since there are no mechanical changes, it will keep its position #28 in CR predicted reliability list for 2020, without sliding any further.

  • avatar

    $4500 For nothing more then a higher trim level? No thanks, if all these car manufacturers are going to offer-up a “performance” version of their standard issue, they’ve got to start with the “performance” and go from there

  • avatar

    So for an extra $4500 I can get an MDX with no performance bonus, built by hand by individuals who aren’t familiar with building MDX’s, rather than one built on the same line that pumps out about 50,000 of them a year? I guess the number plate is kinda cool at least.

  • avatar

    I wish you could get this paint as a $1000 option on otherwise normal MDXes. It’s an amazing finish; I’ve seen it in person on a TLX.

    An MDX Sport Hybrid was on the short list when I bought my current Highlander Hybrid, but they were still too rare and expensive on the used market then. I’m a fan of the current MDX, although not really of $4500 option packages that don’t net any additional features.

  • avatar

    I give Honda great credit for keeping the employees and operation running, despite low sales of the NSX…they must have a valuable skilled team and operation there, which it would be foolish to disband.

    Acura is a pointless brand. Honda carries enough cred to pull a big sticker, unlike some other brands. The lack of any functional improvement is typical for Acura…..just fire the Acura marketers and you’ll save a lot of money….

    This is in limited enough quantity that they will soak up fanbois…..and keep the factory open.

  • avatar

    To me Mazda looks and feels like more luxurious brand than Acura.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah, my Mazda6 center console makes this MDX one look like one out of an economy car, I must say. Mine has a lovely desk roll-top type cover over the cup holders, and really solid-feeling switchgear and buttons for infotainment. Plus it has a shifter a normal person can understand and use without having to even look at it, instead of being confronted by Acura push and pull buttons and no gear hold ability.

    • 0 avatar

      I tested many Acuras last year. They are not well put together and they use cheap grade materials in the interiors

  • avatar

    How much do I have to pay for an upgraded transmission?

    • 0 avatar

      $1500, which is the price difference between a regular Technology or Advance SH-AWD and the equivalent trim as a Sport Hybrid. The Sport Hybrid replaces the 9-speed with Honda’s 7-speed dual clutch, with three electric motors to handle low-speed operation and add more oomph.

  • avatar

    Acura still exists?

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