2013 Acura MDX SUV - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2012 Acura MDX Advance w/Ent SUV (3.7L 6-cyl. AWD 6-speed Automatic) Driven On 5/8/2012 Ratings Summary This 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.
B
Performance The 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.
Acceleration
B
Seven seconds to 60 mph is about average, but also consider it can earn up to 21 mpg on the highway.
Braking
B
Typical stopping power appropriate for its class. Good fade resistance and intuitive pedal action.
Steering
B
Steering is light and precise. Standard rake and reach adjustment.
Handling
B
Because of the way its active AWD is interlaced with a sophisticated stability-control program, the MDX always feels nimble and controlled.
Driveability
B
The MDX has the ability to respond in kind to various situations (straight highways and twisty roads) and this quality provides excellent drivability.
Towing
B
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.
Off-Road
C
More all-weather capability than true 4x4, the AWD MDX can switch off traction and stability control for trickier/stickier situations if needed.
B
Comfort With 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.
Seating Comfort
B
Standard heated eight-way power front seats and reclining second row can be optioned to also include front-seat ventilation and rear-seat heat.
Ride Comfort
B
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.
Quietness
A
Engine noise is evident during acceleration, but at a steady 70-mph cruise, the MDX was one of the quietest SUVs we've tested.
B
Interior Enviable high-tech features are sometimes difficult to use, however, a relatively roomy, comfortable, and useful interior adds up to a very good overall package.
Ergonomics
C
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.
Ingress/Egress
B
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.
Space/Room
A
The MDX is spacious for a three-row midsize luxury crossover SUV. 
Visibility
B
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.
Cargo/Storage
A
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.
B
Value Priced 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. $)
B
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.
Features(vs. $)
B
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.
Cost
C
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.
MPG
B
A 300-hp V6 earning up to 21 mpg on the highway with permanent AWD and third-row seating is an impressive feat.
Warranty
B
With a 4-year/50,000-mile basic, and 6/70,000 drivetrain warranty, there are few better.
Ownership
B
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.
B
Fun To Drive A 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."
Driving Experience
B
Some crossover SUVs tend toward comfort while others stress sportiness. The MDX manages to satisfy both without going to extremes either way.
Personality
B
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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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Acura MDX Suv in VA is:

$168 per month*
* Explanation
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