2012 Acura MDX Advance w/Ent SUV (3.7L 6-cyl. AWD 6-speed Automatic)
Ratings SummaryThis rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.
Because the competition is so fierce and so varied in this luxury SUV segment, the Acura MDX's middle-of-the-pack positioning keeps it from being particularly good at any one thing. Still, we recommend it highly for its utility, interior space and care-free ownership experience.
PerformanceThe MDX's 300-hp V6 definitely has a perky personality, unlike some other V6 SUVs in its segment. The sophisticated AWD system and responsive steering are also intended to point the MDX in the direction of sportiness.
Seven seconds to 60 mph is about average, but also consider it can earn up to 21 mpg on the highway.
Typical stopping power appropriate for its class. Good fade resistance and intuitive pedal action.
Steering is light and precise. Standard rake and reach adjustment.
Because of the way its active AWD is interlaced with a sophisticated stability-control program, the MDX always feels nimble and controlled.
The MDX has the ability to respond in kind to various situations (straight highways and twisty roads) and this quality provides excellent drivability.
Properly equipped, the MDX can tow up to 5,000 pounds which is good for a V6 in its class. The stability-control system includes trailer-stability assist, as well.
More all-weather capability than true 4x4, the AWD MDX can switch off traction and stability control for trickier/stickier situations if needed.
ComfortWith its combination of comfortable, adjustable seating for seven plus a quiet and smooth highway ride, the MDX will provide the expected level of comfort for its class.
Standard heated eight-way power front seats and reclining second row can be optioned to also include front-seat ventilation and rear-seat heat.
While we're glad the adjustable suspension no longer defaults to stiffer Normal (Comfort is now a retained setting), we wish there were a wider/more evident spread between the two.
Engine noise is evident during acceleration, but at a steady 70-mph cruise, the MDX was one of the quietest SUVs we've tested.
InteriorEnviable high-tech features are sometimes difficult to use, however, a relatively roomy, comfortable, and useful interior adds up to a very good overall package.
Once it becomes "your" MDX, we're pretty certain the vast array of buttons and knobs will be committed to memory, but we were searching endlessly for even common functions.
Large doors, a high roofline and agreeable seat heights give the first two rows easy access. Third-row access is best left to nimble children.
The MDX is spacious for a three-row midsize luxury crossover SUV.
Visibility challenges are met with a bevy of optional electronics: collision warning/initial braking, blind-spot monitoring, reverse camera, adaptive cruise control, and so on.
For SUVs of its size, the MDX's angular body shell makes the most of the interior space with up to a max of 83.5 cu-ft of cargo volume; plenty of cubbies/storage as well.
ValuePriced from mid-$40K up to mid-$50K, the MDX offers a wide range in price and content. Overall, the added cost goes into the infotainment and comfort rather than added performance.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Famous Honda/Acura tight-fitting body panels, good door seals, pretty metallic paint, and well fitted interior. Materials should be a bit nicer for a "luxury" SUV.
The Base model is well equipped for the money. The full-boat Advance w/Entertainment package adds plenty of high-tech goodies, but for a hefty price increase.
Our MDX Advance with Entertainment represents the most expensive version of the Acura available. For that money, you can also consider Audi, BMW, Land Rover, M-B and Porsche.
A 300-hp V6 earning up to 21 mpg on the highway with permanent AWD and third-row seating is an impressive feat.
With a 4-year/50,000-mile basic, and 6/70,000 drivetrain warranty, there are few better.
With 4 years/50,000 miles of roadside assistance, Acura has a well-earned reputation of providing a sporty alternative to boring luxury cars plus years of carefree ownership.
Fun To DriveA combination of willing engine, clever AWD, sharp steering and confident handling all add up to a very rewarding driving experience we'd even call "fun to drive."
Some crossover SUVs tend toward comfort while others stress sportiness. The MDX manages to satisfy both without going to extremes either way.
There's a definite high-tech personality to the look and the operation of the MDX, especially as you climb the model lineup. Luxury is slightly secondary.
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