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2011 Acura MDX

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2011 Acura MDX Review

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By combining manageable dimensions with 7-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. Last year, Acura gave its flagship SUV a few major upgrades which carry over onto the 2011 model. Fortunately, the characteristics that made the original MDX appealing are still present on the current version.

You'll Like This Car If...

The perfectly practical MDX is also one of the most powerful, most tech-savvy V6 SUVs 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 Buick Enclave.

What's New for 2011

There are no major changes for 2011.

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 and weather info and an audio system that delivers amazing 6-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.

2011 Acura MDX Details
2011 Acura MDX photo Interior

In its pursuit of greater performance, the 2011 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 Milano leather seats, wood-like or metallic trim and a collection of intuitive controls and LED lighting.

Exterior
2011 Acura MDX photo

Complementing its wide, low, aggressive stance, the boldly styled MDX features a shield-like take on Acura's 5-sided grille, thick wheel arches filled with 18-inch wheels and prominent oval tailpipes. High-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, 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.

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, a 253-watt 8-speaker audio system with 6-disc CD/MP3/WMA changer, 3-zone automatic climate control, an auto dimming mirror, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, six airbags and electronic traction and stability controls.

Optional Equipment

All of the 2011 Acura MDX's optional features are bundled into three packages. The Technology Package highlights include a sophisticated navigation system with an 8-inch LCD screen, AcuraLink real-time traffic and weather reports, Zagat restaurant reviews, plus a DVD-Audio Surround Sound system and power rear liftgate. The Advance Package features an active suspension, ventilated sport seats covered in rich perforated Milano leather, a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, Collision Mitigating Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, blind spot information system, auto leveling HID front headlamps and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Entertainment Package includes a DVD rear entertainment system.

Under the Hood

The MDX features Acura's most powerful engine ever, connected to a 6-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 @ 6,300 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/21

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2011 Acura MDX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 290 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Best car that I have owned

By on Monday, August 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, luxury, all the extras incl A/C seats"

Cons: "Cannot think of any"

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

"My Acura MDX is now 5 years old and it should be the time that I think about trading in for a newer model. I just cannot find a reason to do anything yet. It is a wonderful car with just about all the modern accessories that are currently available."

Great driving car! comfortable seats

By on Monday, August 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfort, handling, Style"

Cons: "Blindspots when backing, need the camera"

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

"The MDX has great lines and seems much smoother than all other similar looking cars. Front and back seats are comfortable for adults and the 3rd row works for kids for short day trips. Nice storage when 3rd row is folded down. Technology is tops and easy to use, very ergonomic. Excellent handling and sport performance is there when you want it. The only complaint we have are the blind spots when backing which include the headrests in the 3rd row, but with the back up camera it makes it much easier. This is a very very nice car and we love it!"

Excellent car

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very safe, reliable, quiet car with excellent feat"

Cons: "Practically impossible to update without spending"

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

"This is a car in which my wife and I feel safe. Very quiet, very reliable, smooth, silent and safe to drive in. My one grouse is that if I can get regular updates on a $5,000 computer, why can't I get the same on a $55,000 car? Why do I have to pay to have my DVD drive, navigation software, etc. updated?"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Fantastic automobile. Never has failed me.

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,178

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "It is not a fun car, it is a functional automobile"

Cons: "Steering is stiff = turn base large"

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

"I have loved this automobile. It has features I still have never used after 6 year; i.,e., the DVD feature for example. The major problem was with the radio, CD player which was replaced by the dealer. I love the hands free phone feature. It is a great car!"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Never been happier with a vehicle purchase.

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Gorgeous, fun to drive, pure luxury"

Cons: "Won't recognize my iPhone 6."

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

"This vehicle is stylish, reliable, drives and rides like a dream, and is simply beautiful. It is everything a luxury vehicle should be. And Acura has superb customer service!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

This has been the best SUV I've ever owned.

By on Saturday, May 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "$13,300"

Cons: "None"

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

"I just bought a used 2009 with very low miles and I love it too. My Acura has served me well with no problems. The vehicle has had regular maintenance. I put new brakes on it at 77,000 miles and they are still in good shape and new tires. Car drives great and stops on a dime."

7 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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