If not for the 2020 Acura MDX PMC Edition's exclusive Valencia Red Pearl paint job, which is borrowed directly from the NSX supercar and isn't available on any other MDX, you'd have no idea how special it is. Well, maybe you still wouldn't have any idea—after all, how many regular people are walking encyclopedias of current luxury three-row crossover paint options? Putting that aside for a moment, just trust us: The MDX PMC Edition is quite special, because it is built by hand.
But . . . why? Good question! Acura will say it is showing off the capabilities of its Ohio Performance Manufacturing Center beyond building NSX sports cars. Pessimists among us might also say Acura is finding ways to take up the slack in the PMC's output—NSXs aren't exactly flying off the shelves, apparently—and using the "master technicians" who normally screw NSXs together to build otherwise normal Acuras by hand is one way of accomplishing that.
Acura is very clear about its aspirations here, however, and notes that the MDX PMC and the TLX PMC sedan that preceded it are two projects that are stepping stones towards crazier, more ambitious undertakings using the Performance Manufacturing Center's staff and floor space. Think wild stuff, like cars with engines in the wrong places and unique driveline setups and major body modifications.
The MDX PMC Edition is not that wild. Other than being hand-built, its only other claim to fame is that it comes standard with the MDX crossover's available A-Spec sport package and the Advanced tech option package. The two packages can't be ordered together or combined on any other MDX—we know, try to sit down for this. Oh, and there's that Valencia Red paint, which is contrasted nicely by a gloss-black finish for the 20-inch wheels, door mirrors, door handles, grille, antenna, and roof. Inside, the MDX wears handsome Milano black leather seats with Alcantara inserts, black piping, and red-colored stitching. Acura doesn't touch the MDX's 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine, nine-speed automatic transmission, or torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.
Rarity is also included, since Acura's PMC technicians will only hand-assemble 300 MDX PMC Editions for the U.S. market. (Another 30 will be built for Canada.) Our snarkiness over the idea of hand-building a mainstream, ubiquitous luxury crossover aside, those customers will be getting an intensely personal, special ride. They'll pretty much be the only ones who know that they're driving something assembled with the same care and attention as a low-volume supercar, and they'll be getting that privilege for a steal. Acura has yet to finalize pricing, but claims that the 2020 MDX PMC Edition will retail "in the mid-$60,000 range." That's not much more than a loaded, non-PMC MDX crossover, even though the PMC is much, much more interesting.