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2012 Acura MDX

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2012 Acura MDX Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

From its debut in 2001 right through to the current 2012 model, the Acura MDX SUV has continued to be one of our favorite SUVs. And we are not alone. In addition to critical acclaim, the MDX has always been well regarded by consumers, as measured by its consistently strong sales position in the segment (second only to the Lexus RX 350). Balance is the MDX's strong suit. It manages to combine good useful space and room for seven with reasonable overall size, and it is responsive and easy handling while still being comfortable and accommodating. Back in model year 2010, the MDX was significantly upgraded with a new powertrain and fresh exterior styling, and the 2012 Acura MDX remains in essentially that same form.

You'll Like This Car If...

Power, performance and usability make the 2012 Acura MDX an unusually capable premium midsize SUV. It also features a generous helping of clever, advanced technology.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Other players in the category, including the Lexus RX 350 and Buick Enclave, may offer more pure comfort and a softer attitude all around.

What's New for 2012

There are no major changes for 2012.

Driving the MDX

Driving Impressions The fact that Acura introduced the current-generation MDX on a racetrack with other high-performance SUVS says quite a bit. The fact that the MDX put the biggest smiles on our...

faces says even more. When pushed hard, the MDX's 300-horsepower engine, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and optional active-damping system combine to deliver an SUV that's remarkably fun to drive hard. We were also impressed by the MDX's off-road capability. Realistically, very few MDXs will ever see a racetrack or even a seriously muddy trail, but the athletic MDX is plenty pleasing around town and on the highway.

Technology Package
A navigation system that provides real-time traffic and weather info and an audio system that delivers amazing 6-channel Surround Sound via any medium you want make this option group a must-have.

SH-AWD
Apply some power in a hard corner and the MDX's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system transfers extra torque to the rear outside wheel, delivering truer steering response and perceptibly higher cornering limits.

2012 Acura MDX Details
Interior

Though clearly focused on delivering exceptional performance, the 2012 Acura MDX does not compromise on practicality. A full 15 cubic feet of cargo capacity is available behind the third-row seats (only two cubic-feet less than the full-size Chevrolet Tahoe). Both rear rows fold flat to accommodate larger loads. The reclining second-row seats offer plenty of legroom, even for 6-footers. The third row, of course, is best for smaller folks and shorter trips. The MDX even offers a minivan-like 10 cupholders. Up front, the 2012 MDX is an attractive mix of sport, luxury and technology, with highlights that include perforated leather or premium Milano leather seats, simulated Koa wood or metallic trim and a collection of intuitive controls and LED lighting.

Exterior
2012 Acura MDX photo

Good proportions, clean lines, pronounced wheel arches and an aggressive stance give the 2012 Acura MDX a strong presence on the road. Details such as high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, turn signals integrated into the outside mirrors and LED taillights add to the high-tech flavor of the MDX. Opinion may split on the chrome "beak" grille treatment that is a corporate-Acura trademark, but at least it's recognizable. The 2012 Acura MDX is somewhat larger overall than the Lexus RX 350 and Volvo XC90.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even "standard" means very well equipped on the 2012 Acura MDX. You get 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, rear-view camera, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, six airbags and electronic traction and stability controls.

Optional Equipment

As is Honda/Acura practice, the 2012 Acura MDX's optional features are bundled into three distinct packages. The Technology Package includes 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 active damping adjustment for the 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 adds a DVD rear entertainment system.

Under the Hood

The V6 in the 2012 Acura MDX holds the distinction of being the most powerful engine Acura has ever offered. It works through a 6-speed automatic transmission and the clever Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system that manages the torque split not only between front and rear 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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2012 Acura MDX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 290 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • 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!"

4 people out of 7 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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