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.
This is our 2nd MDX and we are very happy with our purchase. The car drives and handles very well and comes with a laundry list of standard options. I wanted to check out the new Explorer before we bought this one but the Ford dealership was too difficult to deal with. A relative of ours just bought the Toyota Highlander which I also like but the MDX handles better in my view. I was also able to get a better deal than the Edmunds True Market Value. Our kids love the car.
rear view camera and power lift gate
the overall exterior design is a little dated although some minor updates were recently incorporated.
I traded my 2011 QX56 for the 2012 MDX. Why? Well, I am looking to downsize my life while not giving up everything. Then MDX offers all I need and what I want. Versatility, sportiness, comfort, performance, and better MPG. Thought about LEXUS, MERCEDES, and found the pricing too high. The Range Rover does not provide the reliability and resale of ACURA.
The ride comfort, handling, ease of driveability
Switch to BOSE stereo.
Improve road noise dampening.