Can I use Acura MDX to tow a boat?

I have a 2014 Acura MDX with an optional Transmission Cooler installed. It’s rated at 3,500 lb towing capacity and can go up to 5,000 lb towing capacity with the transmission cooler. Can I tow a boat that is 3,200 lb?

The short answer is Not Recommended. Can a 2014 Acura MDX tow a 3,200 lb boat? Mostly yes, but it depends.

There are several factors to consider. For example, do you have people in your Acura? Do you have additional weight on your boat due to accessories and equipments? Do you need to drive a long distance? Do you need to climb a slope? Do you need to drive up a steep driveway?

All these factors will likely cause your MDX to work extra hard on the transmission. Personally, I have seen the a warning go off due to transmission fluid being too hot. I had to quickly put the car and the boat in a safe position and shut off the car for the transmission to cool.

So, I wouldn’t risk damaging MDX to tow a car.

Hope it helps,