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Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Cramped third row




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 9.3
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2012 Acura MDX Overview

Equipped with its standard V6 engine, test drivers said the 2012 Acura MDX is a bit sluggish from a stop, but offers plenty of power once it’s up to speed. They also praised the standard six-speed automatic transmission for its smooth, well-timed shifts. The 2012 MDX gets an EPA-estimated 16/21 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. Reviewers said the MDX's athletic cornering and crisp steering make it one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. Most test drivers agreed that the MDX has a ride that’s firm, yet generally comfortable, though a few thought that models with the available adjustable suspension can be somewhat harsh in sport mode.

Reviewers said that 2012 Acura MDX’s cabin features premium materials and a modern, attractive design. The MDX seats up to seven in three rows and while auto writers said the first and second rows have plenty of leg- and headroom, the last row will likely be tight for adults, which is a common complaint in this class. The MDX has up to 83.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is competitive among three-row luxury midsize SUVs. The 2012 MDX comes standard with Bluetooth, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, leather seats, a moonroof, a rearview camera, an eight-speaker sound system, satellite radio and an auxiliary input. Available features include voice-controlled navigation, ventilated front seats, an upgraded audio system, a USB port and a rear-seat entertainment system. Collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring are also available. Most automotive journalists said that the audio, climate and navigation controls are easy to use, though a few thought the sheer number of buttons on the center stack can feel overwhelming.

Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers were impressed with the 2012 Lexus RX 350’s comfortable seats and said it has a composed ride. The five-seat RX 350 also gets better fuel economy than the MDX, even when equipped with all-wheel drive.

When it was new, test drivers said the 2012 Porsche Cayenne is one of the best-performing SUVs available. With sporty handling and powerful engine choices, they said the Cayenne is incredibly fun to drive. Like the MDX, it comes standard with all-wheel drive.            

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