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Mazda 3 vs. Acura MDX

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Mazda 3

$433
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Acura MDX

$554
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Mazda 3 Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 8th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $433 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the 3 is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Acura MDX Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 14 for luxury midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $554 which means it has average ownership costs. While repairs are more common, these issues are less likely to be severe than with other cars. Expect to make slightly more trips to the shop with a MDX, but for minor issues.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$433
inexpensive
expensive
$554
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.26
not often
very often
0.6
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent
7%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 (4)
4 (11)
3 (6)
2 (4)
1
(0)
The Mazda Mazda3 ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in heating.
“Loved this little car. Only complaints were that air conditioning was weak and the low profile tires, while good looking, make the ride a tad rough. I know it's a sporty little wagon but you defini...”
“Loved this little car. Only complaints were that air conditioning was weak and the low profile ti...”
5 (1)
4 (19)
3 (3)
2 (4)
1
(0)
The Acura MDX ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in drive train.
“I just got rid of my 2010 acura mdx at 140K miles. For the last 2 years I have had to spend $4K a year in repairs. Recently I noticed that the transmission lost 2 quarts of fluid in less than 40K m...”
“I just got rid of my 2010 acura mdx at 140K miles. For the last 2 years I have had to spend $4K a...”
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