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Last Post 06 May 2017 08:26 AM by  cube17576
Towing with an Acura MDX (2011) looking for feedback
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danderso
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19 Nov 2014 09:55 PM
    I have a 2011 Acura MDX. I am thinking of having the OEM tow hitch package added to it so that I can start towing a Mini Cooper (2750 lbs). Looking for any experiences others have with this vehicle in a towing situation. The SUV is rated for 5000 lbs. and if I figure a 1800lb trailer as a rough guesstimate I'll be pushing 4500+ lbs before passengers and anything extra.

    Thoughts?

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    06 May 2017 08:26 AM

    I have towed my Mini with my 2010 MDX for the last 4 years. I have a 16' flatbed trailer and the MDX pulls it just fine. Just watch your weight carefully. Gross combined weight rating is only 10100lbs. With the Mini and tires on the trailer, and 2 adults and gear in the car I crossed the scales at 9980lbs with a full tank of fuel. Most 16' open trailers weigh about 1500lbs, and you want to stay 5-10% under your max tow rating for a safety margin. Don't even think about an enclosed trailer. Even if you could find a light enough trailer, the MDX is not long enough or heavy enough to deal with the sway as the wind beats around an enclosed trailer.

    A couple of upgrades I have made over the last few years that are not necessary, but help:

    Trailer brakes. The first year I was using a borrowed trailer without brakes. It worked, but trailer brakes make a huge difference in control and safety. The factory MDX tow package comes with a 7 pin connector, and there is already a harness for the brake controller under the dash. I highly recommend a trailer with brakes and a good brake controller (I use a Tekonsha p3)

    Race Ramps. The angle on the rams are most likely going to be too steep. Race Ramps are pricey, but well worth it. 

    Helper air bags. A fully loaded trailer will cause the rear end of the MDX to squat quite a bit. I have added a set of air bags inside the rear springs which helps keep the rear end from squatting so much. It is a more comfortable ride, and handling is better as it puts the nose of the car back down. (I have Air Lift 1000 bags. Cheap and easy to install)

     

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