Craftsmanship, dynamic refinement and technology designed for those who love to drive – all qualities buyers associate with world-class sport sedans. You’ll find these same qualities at the core of the 2012 Acura MDX seven-seat sport utility, a continual bestseller since it debuted more than 10 years ago. Following a complete refurbishment just two years ago, the MDX continues as the segment benchmark and the answer for premium SUV shoppers who demand uncompromised versatility and excitement at speed.
Consumer Guide magazine called the MDX “a highly desirable blend of upscale appointments, performance and convenience.” All it takes is a look at the details to show that the MDX can deliver everything you desire in a premium seven-seat SUV.
Pop the hood of the MDX (MSRP $43,030*) and you’ll find a 3.7-liter V6 good for 300 hp and 270 lb/ft of torque – figures that rival some V8 engines in this class. Credit for the six-cylinder’s blend of pugnacious output and eco-conscious efficiency goes in large part to the application of Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC), a Drive-By-Wire throttle system and a high-flow exhaust.
Power routes through a standard six-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission, complete with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel for drivers who enjoy manual gear selection. Sprints to 60 mph pass in around seven seconds – eye-opening acceleration for a vehicle that offers 83.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space and a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds. You’ll also find yourself frequently passing the pump thanks to an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 21 highway mpg** and a cruising range of up to 400 miles.
Most competitors in this segment expect you to pay more for the enhanced safety and versatility of all-wheel drive; not so with the MDX, which features the renowned Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system as standard equipment. When the system detects a potential slide, it not only distributes torque between the axles, but also from wheel-to-wheel across the rear axle for tenacious grip regardless of road conditions.
Following a thorough road test, the editors at the Edmunds.com website wrote, “Overall, the MDX is one of the most rewarding luxury crossovers to drive.” The root of such rewards is the vehicle’s fully independent suspension, composed of struts up front, a multi-link setup out back and stabilizer bars at both ends. Drivers searching for even greater handling prowess should consider the Active Damper System (available as part of the Advance Package), which allows you to choose between “Comfort” and “Sport” settings via a button mounted on the gear selector console.
For even greater assurance whether you’re taking a simple side trip or saddling up for a cross-country vacation, Acura equipped the MDX with such standard “active safety” features as Vehicle Stability Assist, four-wheel antilock brakes, Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist.
One of the many breakthrough benefits if the Acura “Safety Through Innovation” initiative is the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, which dramatically reduces the forces transmitted to the passenger compartment of the MDX during a frontal collision. You can also count on active front head restraints, rear-seat Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) for secure and simple installation of child safety seats, and advanced airbag coverage that includes side-curtain bags with vehicle rollover sensors for all outboard occupants.
Further proof that Acura engineers consider occupant protection paramount: This year the MDX not only earned a “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it was also named the “Best Luxury Midsize SUV for Families” by TheCarConnection.com website.
You’ll experience how deeply Acura delivers on its “premium” promise when you settle inside the well-equipped MDX. The interior offers a rich environment filled with soft-touch materials, standard wood-grain trim and top-notch switchgear, and the list of standard features on the MDX is strictly world-class. Power front seats with leather and heat, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, a 253-watt audio system and an automatic dimming rearview mirror that includes an integrated rearview camera are all standard, as are tri-zone climate control and a power moonroof.
Aimed at die-hard infotainment enthusiasts, the MDX with Technology Package includes such refinements as the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™, a high-resolution eight-inch VGA color display with multi-view rearview camera and the Acura/ELS Surround® 10-speaker Premium Audio System. The package also provides tactile refinement courtesy of full-grain Milano premium leather seating surfaces.
As mentioned, when you choose the MDX equipped with the Advance Package, along with active dampers, you also get such cutting-edge driver aids as Adaptive Cruise Control, a Blind-Spot Information System and the Collision Mitigating Braking System, which alerts you to a pending collision and initiates braking to help you avoid it. Auto-leveling High-Intensity Discharge (HID) front headlights and 19-inch, seven-spoke alloy wheels complement the exterior, while interior enhancements include ventilated front seats, perforated Milano leather and textured metallic accents.
The available Entertainment Package will keep the family happy as the miles slip by. Its centerpiece is the Acura DVD Rear Entertainment System, which includes a power-folding nine-inch color screen, dual wireless headphones and a remote control.
Automotive reviewers are rarely effusive in their praise, but there are exceptions to the norm. Here’s what the editors at Automobile magazine wrote after a long-term test of the MDX: “If you are looking for an athletic luxury sport-ute with the added benefit of sterling reliability and excellent resale value, it’s likely the best all-around choice in the segment.”
When you’re ready to make your choice in a premium seven-seat SUV, contact us to schedule a test drive of the new 2012 Acura MDX.
*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or an $895 destination and handling charge.
**Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.