How Long Do Acuras Last?

When properly maintained, Acuras have an average lifespan of 16-20 years or between 250,000-300,000 miles.
Written by Talullah Blanco
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
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Acura is consistently ranked among the most reliable luxury car brands. You can expect an Acura to last between 250,000 and 300,000 miles and at least 16 years.  
  • Acuras are considered one of the most reliable luxury car brands, with an average lifespan of 16 to 20 years or between 250,000 and 300,000 miles if properly maintained.
  • Acuras earn four stars for reliability and have an average annual repair cost of just $501.
  • Some of the most reliable Acura models include the ILX, TLX, and RDX. The TL and MDX are considered the least reliable.

How many miles can an Acura last? 

On average, Acuras can last between 250,000 and 300,000 miles. But don’t consider this mileage a guarantee. 
Your personal driving habits, regular maintenance and oil changes, and where you live can affect how many miles your Acura will last. For example, if you live in a location with extreme weather, your car may have a shorter lifespan than others.

How many years can an Acura last?

The average lifespan of an Acura range from 16 to 20 years, a sizable increase compared to the industry standard of 11 years. 
Honda’s luxury vehicles are no different than their economy vehicles when it comes to extended longevity. With regular annual mileage and proper maintenance, you could be driving your Acura well into the next decade. 

Acura reliability

With low car ownership costs and the slim likelihood of required visits to the repair shop, Acuras are reliable and easy to maintain with an above-average 4.0 reliability rating from RepairPal.
Not only is Acura reliable, but it’s also affordable. Acura is one of the most economical luxury vehicles available with an average repair cost of $501 per year according to RepairPal.com. 
MORE: Are Acuras expensive to maintain?

The most reliable Acura models

Acura cars have earned a Reliability Rating of 4 out of 5 stars, but not all models are created equal. So what makes some Acura models more reliable than others?
  • Rate of recalls
  • Mechanical issues
  • Maintenance costs
We’re using
J.D. Power’s
Quality & Reliability ratings, along with
Edmunds.com’s
True Cost to Own® estimates, to evaluate overall reliability and cost of ownership. Here’s what we found:

Acura ILX

Image of a white Acura ILX courtesy of Acura.
2021 starting price: $27,145
True cost to own (5 years): $44,218
J.D. Power Quality & Reliability Score: 81/100
With an NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating, this premium, compact sport sedan is a safe and affordable Acura to own. It features sleek exterior styling on par with other luxury brands and a fuel-efficient, smooth ride.
Not only was the Acura ILX ranked #3 for best Small Premium Cars of 2021 by J.D. Powers, but it was also awarded the 5-Year Cost to Own from Kelley Blue Book for the fourth year in a row. 

Acura TLX

Photo of a TLX courtesy of Acura.
2021 starting price: $38,545
True cost to own (5 years): $50,805 for 2020 model
J.D. Power Quality & Reliability Score: 75/100
J.D. Powers ranked the Acura TLX #2 for Best Midsize Premium Cars of 2021, edging out German luxury competitor Audi. The torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive makes for an exciting ride, and the car handles as well as its competitors. 
The TLX’s superior Collision Mitigation Braking System and headlights earned it the highest safety rating from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Acura RDX

Image of a blue RDX courtesy of Acura
2021 starting price: $39,445
True cost to own (5 years): $58,119
J.D. Power Quality & Reliability Score: 74/100
This premium sport crossover SUV features the standard suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies and additional crash protection earning it Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.
The RDX’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure increases passenger protection in frontal collisions and distributes crash energy throughout the front of the vehicle to reduce force.
Bonus: All Acura models feature the AcuraWatch, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Road Departure Mitigation as standard safety and driver-assistive equipment.

The least reliable Acura models

Not all Acura models receive rave reviews, however. The TL and MDX are Acura’s least dependable models based on common complaints and less-than-favorable performance ratings. 

Acura TL

TL

Image of a black TL courtesy of Acura.
2021 starting price: N/A 
True cost to own (5 years): N/A
J.D. Power Quality & Reliability Score: N/A
With the most reported car complaints and transmission problems across all years, the Acura TL stands out as the brand’s least reliable vehicle. 
In fact, Acura stopped making the TL altogether after the 2014 model year.

Acura MDX

Image of a blue MDX courtesy of Acura.
Starting price: 2022 starting price $49,045
True cost to own (5 years): $60,943 for 2020 model
J.D. Power Quality & Reliability Score: N/A
The MDX received the second most reported car complaints and transmission problems across all years. The SUV’s unique automatic transmission design requires frequent repairs and has harsh shifting.

How to make your Acura last longer

The lifespan of your Acura depends on its owner. You can make your Acura last longer by following these tips:
  • Adhere to the routine maintenance schedule outlined in your owner’s manual
  • Use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts
  • Schedule regular inspections in between routine maintenance service
  • Store your vehicle inside a garage to decrease wear and tear caused by the elements
  • Avoid accidents that could shorten your car’s lifespan
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FAQs

Most dealers consider any car with over 100,000 miles a high mileage vehicle, but Acuras usually last between 250,000 and 300,000 miles.
Acura owners can expect to pay around $500 per year on maintenance costs. Because Acuras are luxury vehicles, they have higher-than-average maintenance costs but are still relatively affordable to maintain compared to other high-end vehicles.
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