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2009 Acura MDX

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2009 Acura MDX Review

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By combining manageable dimensions with seven-passenger capacity, a comfortable highway ride with responsive in-town handling and car-like construction with respectable off-pavement capability, the MDX has been one of our favorite SUVs since its introduction for the 2001 model year. In fact, as it trails only the Lexus RX 350 in category sales, the MDX has proven to be a favorite of many. In 2007, Acura introduced an all-new MDX, designed with new emphases on performance, technology and styling. Fortunately, the characteristics that made the original MDX appealing are still present in the current model. The newest MDX goes largely unchanged in 2009.

You'll Like This Car If...

The perfectly practical MDX is also one of the most powerful, most tech-savvy V6 SUV on the road, giving it assured access to the top tier of any premium midsize SUV shopping list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you prefer the softer, tamer side of a premium lifestyle, you might be more comfortable in the Lexus RX 350 or Lincoln MKX.

What's New for 2009

he biggest change for 2009 is the availability of a power rear liftgate on models equipped with either the Technology or Sport packages.

Driving the MDX

Driving Impressions The fact that Acura introduced the MDX on a racetrack with other high-performance SUVS says quite a bit. The fact that it was indeed the MDX that put the biggest...

smiles on our faces says even more. When pushed hard, the MDX's 300 horsepower, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and optional active damping system combine to deliver an SUV that's fun to drive even at or near its limits. We were also impressed by the MDX's off-road ability, which we were able to sample on a short but extreme course. Fortunately, because very few will ever negotiate a racetrack or even a muddy trail, the handily athletic MDX is even more pleasing around town and on the highway than any MDX before it.

Technology Package
With a navigation system that provides real-time traffic info and an audio system that delivers amazing six-channel Surround Sound via DVD-Audio disc, we'd be hard-pressed not to check this option box.

SH-AWD
Squeeze the throttle while in the middle of a corner and the MDX's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system transfers more torque to the rear outside wheel, delivering truer steering response and perceptibly higher cornering limits.

2009 Acura MDX Details
2009 Acura MDX photo Interior

In its pursuit of greater performance, the 2009 Acura MDX has given up nothing in practicality. For example, the MDX offers 15 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the third row, which is just two cubic feet less than the full-size Chevrolet Tahoe. For bigger loads, both rear rows fold flat. The reclining second-row seats offer enough legroom for those six feet tall and more, while the third row is best suited for smaller folks riding on shorter trips. The MDX even offers a minivan-like 10 cupholders. Up front, the MDX is an attractive mix of sport, luxury and technology, with highlights that include perforated leather or premium leather seats, wood-like or metallic trim and a collection of intuitive controls.

Exterior

Complementing its wider, lower, more aggressive stance, the boldly styled MDX features a shield-like take on Acura's five-sided grille, thick wheel arches filled with 18-inch wheels and prominent oval tailpipes. High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, mirror-integrated turn signals and LED taillamps further the cutting-edge appearance, as does a radio antenna that's been cleverly integrated into the rear spoiler. The MDX is longer, wider and taller, by varying degrees, than the Lexus RX 350 and Volvo XC90. The 2009 MDX can be had in two new colors, Bali Blue Pearl and Mocha Metallic.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Some of the bigger features included at base price include the powerful V6 engine and sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, power and heated front seats, power moonroof, HID headlamps, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, an impressive audio system, three-zone automatic climate control, an auto dimming mirror, steering wheel-mounted controls, six airbags and electronic traction and stability controls.

Optional Equipment

All of the 2009 Acura MDX's optional features are bundled into three packages. Technology Package highlights include a sophisticated navigation system with real-time traffic info and Zagat restaurant reviews, plus a DVD-Audio Surround Sound system and power rear liftgate. Sport Package features include an active suspension, premium leather and an exclusive wheel design. The Entertainment Package includes a DVD rear entertainment system.

Under the Hood

The MDX features Acura's most powerful engine ever, connected to a five-speed automatic transmission and the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system that distributes torque not only between the front and rear wheels, but also between the left and right rear wheels. In addition to cornering advantages, the system also makes for a less-intrusive stability control system. The available Active Damper System, in which the shock absorbers can change from soft to firm in milliseconds, helps mitigate the traditional trade-offs between a comfortable ride and spirited handling. The MDX features unibody construction and a fully independent suspension, and can tow up to 5,000 pounds with the added benefit of a Trailer Stability Assist feature.

3.7-liter V6
300 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
275 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20

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2009 Acura MDX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 280 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

1st utility vehicle, 3rd Acura. Highly recommend!

By on Thursday, March 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Solid! - Quality! - Classy!"

Cons: "Captain chairs not available for 2nd row seating."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased this utility vehicle for 4 reasons. My mother was 87 in 2010 when I bought this MDX. We travel to the Atlantic/Gulf Coast beaches at least once a year by car; she will not fly any more. I love sports cars but she had difficulty getting in & out of them; she basically had to fall in and climb out! Also, I wanted comfort, quality and more luggage space... 4 years later we continue to enjoy driving to our vacation destinations in this classy, did I mention quality and very solid vehicle. And just want to say that I have been driving an Acura since 1998 without any problems! It was hard giving up my low slung Acura TL, which was my 2nd Acura sports car. I was concerned about missing that sporty look & feel; but honestly, this MDX is now one of my all time favorites. Who would have thought it was this much fun to drive?! Before purchasing this MDX, I looked at the Audi, BMW, Volvo and Infinity utility vehicles and found the Acura checked all the boxes and was the best fit for me at this time in my life and my Mom's! My only suggestion would be that captains chairs for the 2nd row be offered in the future."

A pleasure to drive-everytime!

By on Monday, March 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 240,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Dream to drive,great reliability."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have loved driving my 2007 MDX every time I am behind the wheel.The vehicle boasts having almost the amount of miles equal to the distance to our precious moon. Two hundred and forty thousand to be exact. The chassis, engine and transmission perform as they did out of the showroom. The only major expenses were the replacement of 2 catalytic converters out of emissions warranty.(over 80000 in NY.) I have fed this nice machine premium fuel consistently and engine performance shows. Nonetheless it maybe time for the next generation."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best 7 Passenger on the Market

By on Thursday, February 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "7 Passenger Space, Holds Value, Comfortable Ride"

Cons: "Gas MPG, No USB outlet to synch phone or Music"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bottom Line Up Front: I own a 2011 SH-AWD MDX, and had a 2006 MDX Touring. This SUV gives you the Most Room for a mid size 7 passenger Luxury SUV without the need to go Suburban or Yukon; Comfortable Ride for the family with above average technology features; Reliable Engine and Transmission, Back Up Camera is smaller but efficient; Holds Great Value, and Gas MPG is average could be better. The Blind Spot issue is an easy fix, buy the small blind spot mirrors to stick on in the bottom corners of your side mirrors, no problems after that! You get what you pay for and we all know Honda/Acura never comes cheap! They are built to be vehicles that last you 10 years or more."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Fisrt in class which other followed

By on Thursday, February 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "excellent handling and exterior design"

Cons: "limited rear view or backing visibility even w/cam"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought this car from a first hand owner (cousin) 4 yrs ago with impecable care and mint maintenance. Navigation system does not work in my area and have constant problems with integrated telephone getting disprogrammed or unlinked. Limited trunk space when using extra sitting when full 7 passangers. Best look from any other SUV and noticed that other car designs for SUV are pretty similar or follows the MDX. After 8yrs, this Lady still looks nice and has plenty of gadgets and nice automation. minimun maintenance required after outting and extra 40k miles on it."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Powerful and comfortable ride - Love it!

By on Wednesday, January 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Sheer comfort and power of the vehicle"

Cons: "Can only use high octane fuel"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am 48 years old and have had over a dozen new cars and SUV's (mostly leased) and this is by far the most comfortable and enjoyable vehicle that I have ever driven. Only negative for me is that it only runs well on the high octane gas. It does get between 17 and 22 MPG and I truly love the hard drive that records every song from every CD that you play through the sound system. Between the HD and Bluetooth, you are never without good music"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

ok

By on Monday, December 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "nice drive, good pickup"

Cons: "gas millage poor, sound system mediocre"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"drives well, interior leather seat broke down within 1 year. windshield wipers broke 5 years. Tires wore out 20000 miles, city driving."

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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