I had a 2009 Acura TL previously, and I really miss it. It was GORGEOUS, Sleek, Quick, very comfortable, easy to keep clean, and had terrific technology, including a great NAV system. By contrast, the 2012 MDX was a 'boat' of an SUV. 'Quick' is NOT in the vocabulary; underpowered comes to mind. It's comfortable enough, and functional, but no WOW. The steering is 'fine' but not agile. The interior was light, which I like, but all I remember is monotone. I felt like a Soccer Mom, and I don't have kids.
I have taken my MDX 2012 to the dealership several times to complain of a terrible grinding sound during low speeds and when coming off the highway. Several times have been told by dealership this car is fine and it sounds terrible. When turning at low speeds it sometimes makes a loud thud and clunk mostly after rain or bad weather when in reverse or parking the car.
Just bought a 2012 MDX Tech CPO with 30k miles and am pretty darn happy with it. Tested the X5 and X3, the Q5, the ML 350 and the similarly sized Infinity; the MDX was hard to beat for overall driving, quality build and standard features. SH-AWD is in a class of its own for on-the-road traction and performance. Driving during a couple of heavy down pour is a breeze. Surprisingly it has decent ground clearance for logging roads and unimproved two-tracks yet felt lower in driving than the others. Noticed how low in the bonnet the engine sits, must be how Acura lowered it's center of gravity. Lastly, could not believe the deal I struck with Acura vs. the German cars - much better.
Sound system is superb. Quiet cabin, really good seats front and back with the best skins that I saw in this class. Drives wonderfully, handles very well especially for the size; this includes ride, steering and comfort too. Of all it's competitors, the 3rd row is most useful and easier to fold/unfold. Not having to fully take it out and store it is a bonus. Added a roof rack, rear back-up sensors, a trailer hitch, door edge guards and door molding -- the local dealer installed these items to support my "outdoors" habits and to help with parking lot dings.
Would always like to see a flat floor from the back to front when all back seats folded but guess this is what one gets with an easy to use 3rd row. Fuel consumption has been improved in the '14 model, wish it had been for the '12/'13's too. I'm averaging just a little over 18 mpg in mixed driving, best tank was 20.2 so far. Haven't done a highway road trip yet, will be curious to see if it can get 21 cruising between 70 -80 mph. Was not expecting more than the 16-21 mpg rating going in. (Worst tank was 17.) This is not an MDX issue but am making mention of the OEM Michelins that look to have 5-10 more on them -- they whine on certain types of concrete road surfaces. Pirellis next!
the MDX is not a luxury SUV.
Honda, please go and try a german, or even a Lexus and try to learn from them!
Noisy on the road at 70mph
Poor quality audio
Steering is too light with no feel.
All kinds of rattles after 2 yrs and 26k miles.
Mileage: a joke compared to similar size SUV's
On the plus side:
Will happily get rid of it when the lease is over.
Will return to germans without hesitation.
I've had my 2012 MDX for two full years now (and 25,000 miles) and it's definitely a mixed bag. I like the way it handles and with room for 7 or 5 and lots of gear it's certainly fit the bill of people hauler and long road trip mule, but for $45k, I expected better--better quality and reliability.
I have driven the 2015 model and there are some improvements, but there are too many issues with this vehicle to recommend it highly. I plan to sell it and consider other options.
The molding on the drivers side was not sealed properly and allowed wind noise into the cabin. This was "fixed" at the dealer, only it wasn't and still continues to be a problem. The floor of the front passenger seat has flooded several times due to sunroof drainage issues. The quality of the interior is on par with vehicles costing half as much, the technology package is weak--lousy sound system, rear camera and no parking sensors on sides of vehicle. It's a gas guzzler as well.