Posted: Apr 29, 2020
Acura MDX Battery
The Acura MDX and it's corporate cousin, the Honda Pilot are built on the same platform, so it should come as no surprise that both vehicles use the same batteries. OPTIMA manufactures two batteries that are direct-fit replacement options for both the MDX and the Pilot, our Group 35 battery that comes in either a REDTOP or YELLOWTOP version. So which battery is right for your vehicle?
Well, the batteries have identical external dimensions, but are designed to perform slightly differently. Our Group 35 REDTOP is a great option for unmodified vehicles that are driven on a regular basis. This probably covers the vast majority of Acura MDX and Honda Pilots on the road today. However, our Group 35 YELLOWTOP is a better option for vehicles that either have significant electrical modifications that might place significant demands on a battery or might see use that would deeply-discharge a battery.
What does that mean in layman's terms? If your Acura MDX or Honda Pilot has an aftermarket car alarm or sits in an airport parking lot (or anywhere else) for weeks on end, a YELLOWTOP might be a better option. The same would also be true, if you use your MDX or Pilot regularly, but place high demands on the battery, which could include running accessories like the radio or DVD player for extended periods of time when the engine isn't running. A common example would be having one child watch videos in the car for an hour in the parking lot at a soccer field, while the other child has soccer practice.
Whether your choose a REDTOP or a YELLOWTOP for your MDX or Pilot, both come with three-year, free replacement warranties and if you buy direct from OPTIMA, we can ship them right to your home. Regardless of what battery you choose, we would also recommend periodically charging your battery with a quality battery charger every four to six weeks. Most car batteries are considered fully-charged at about 12.6 volts, although our YELLOWTOPs are fully-charged at about 13.0 volts.
Even if you use your MDX or Pilot on a regular basis, if your driving habits don't allow your vehicle's charging system to properly-maintain your battery, it could slowly become discharged over time, while also placing added stress on your charging system, as it struggles to maintain battery voltage during low-speed or short-term driving. If you don't own a quality battery charger, OPTIMA offers two options that are very user-friendly, even for mechanical novices and very safe, with no-spark technology built right in. They will also help maximize the performance and lifespan of your battery so much, that if you buy an OPTIMA battery directly from us and purchase an OPTIMA Digital 1200 Charger at the same time, we'll add an additional year of free replacement warranty coverage to your battery!