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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 295 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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

Not worth 50K

By on Thursday, June 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "engine power, reliability"

Cons: "door panels are horrible, interior overall cheap"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I drive with my left elbow on the drivers door side panel. The result has been an indentation on the top of door panel. This is unacceptable for a 50k SUV!!!!!!!. I have replaced this twice under warranty and was given a hard time by the dealership. I'm done with Japanese cars…going back to German imports!!!!!!!!…. They make great engines, but their interiors and customer service is horrible and always has been!!!!!..BTW I've owned 6 (J) imports and 3 (G) imports."

Comfort and handling GOOD

By on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000

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
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Had this Acura MDX for 5 years - Good handling and comfort. Not good on fuel mileage 17 city and 21 on hwy with the 3.7 liter V-6 with the 6 speed transmission. The new MDX-SH models are 9 speed with a 3.5 liter V-6, Better fuel mileage 21 & 27 !!"

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Great, Great SUV

By on Monday, February 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Dependability, comfort"

Cons: "Gas mileage, Needs Premium fuel"

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

"The Acura MDX is my favorite of all the cars I have owned. I've had Toyota's, Honda's and some not so great American cars over the years. It's so reliable. It was worth every penny I paid for it. I take good care of it with regular maintenance (oil changes, other fluids, etc.) I just reached 103K and it's still going strong. I bought it with 45K on it and it was a very good decision. I hope to keep it for many more years to come. I would highly recommend this car to anyone looking for a great dependable SUV. The gas mileage is not the best, but it is a good size vehicle, so it pretty much gives me what I expected. The only other complaint I have is it does require Premium fuel. I have tried to use regular or mid grad, but it just does not run as well. It's worth it to use the suggested premium fuel. I rarely have 7 passengers, but I know I could if I need the room. It's great for hauling people or things."

11 people out of 20 found this review helpful

garage kept, clean, well kept, execellent vehicle,

By on Thursday, December 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great car. no complaints."

Cons: "none."

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

"again, this has been a very reliable car. New tires over this year and a new battery in the last 12 months, very reliable, clean good shape, the only thing that is not working is the cd player. it does have xm and you can plug in an mp3 player. has a hitch and rack."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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."

12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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!"

12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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