Note: This review also applies to the 2013 Acura MDX as no major changes were made since the 2012 Acura MDX
This 2012 Acura MDX video review talks about price, fuel economy, safety and features like blind-spot warning and a backup camera. We compare the MDX to other luxury crossover SUVs and tell you that it's a nod and a wink to those in the know. The MDX is hardly a fashion icon among luxury crossover SUVs, but it has an enticing blend of virtues nonetheless. If you're shopping for a family crossover, this Acura should be on your list.
The Acura MDX is a seven-seater with a third row of seats that fold away when they're not in use. It's possible to squeeze adults into the third row for short journeys, but they're really best left to children. With the rear seats folded, though, the MDX has an impressive 83.5 cubic feet of luggage space. It's above average for this class.
There's nothing opulent about the cabin furnishings, especially compared to European rivals. And the MDX's straight-edge styling and button-heavy control layout feel dated. Most of these buttons are easy to use, but it takes too long to figure out where everything is. There's plenty of technology to go around, though. In addition to a navigation system, there's an awesome 10-speaker surround-sound system, adaptive cruise control and a blind-spot warning system.
In government crash testing, the MDX achieved four out of five stars and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated it a Top Safety Pick.
The best thing about the Acura MDX is the way it drives. It rides smoothly and feels much smaller than it actually is, thanks to its sporty steering and sophisticated all-wheel-drive system. It's only when you go to park it that you remember how big it is. Good thing Acura provides a back-up camera.
The V6 engine sounds great and provides respectable acceleration. Fuel economy is a little below average for this class, with EPA ratings of 16 city/21 highway/18 combined mpg.
Although the Acura MDX might not be the default choice for a luxury crossover, it shouldn't be overlooked if you need a seven-passenger vehicle with plenty of tech features and a solid all-around package.