The Acura MDX essentially established the template for the three-row luxury crossover. From the start, it's boasted a strong V6 engine, all-wheel drive and seating for seven people. The latest version now features a sophisticated Super Handling all-wheel drive system for aggressive driving and a comprehensive list of standard equipment and available technology features to keep it competitive in the high-stakes segment. But for all of the attempts to dethrone it, the MDX has the right recipe for a posh family hauler.
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Even the base trim MDX comes extensively equipped. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, power liftgate, backup camera, power sunroof, 8-way powered and heated front seats, leather seats, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and 8-speaker audio system with a 6-disc CD changer and AUX input. Technology Package adds better leather for the seats, multi-view camera, navigation system with SiriusXM traffic and weather and a 10-speaker audio system with iPod interface. The Advance Package boasts 19-inch wheels, radar-guided cruise control, blind-spot warning system and adaptable suspension dampers. Advance is the one to select if a sporty drive and high-tech features are a priority. Also available on Technology and Advance models is a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
The competition in this segment varies widely. The Audi Q7 boasts better interior fit and finish and offers a TDI clean diesel V6, but has a smaller third-row and is has a higher sticker price. The BMW X5 is more thrilling for drivers, but offers much less space and the optional third-row is cramped even for kids. The Infiniti JX offers more advanced safety features but isn't as fun to drive. And the Volvo XC90 hasn't had a redesign in 10 years and suffers from daft infotainment systems.
Overall, the MDX is probably the most well-rounded choice among large premium crossovers. It has a sporting character while managing to be spacious for seven people and offers an extensive list of standard equipment for a competitive price. It should be at the top of the must-drive list for any buyer in this market.
The standard MDX comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, foglights, power sunroof, power liftgate, heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats with 8-way power adjustments, leather upholstery, privacy glass, power tilting and telescoping steering wheel, a tri-zone automatic climate control, backup camera, Bluetooth and 8-speaker audio system with AUX input.
Advance adds 19-inch wheels, radar-guided cruise control, adaptive suspension dampers, blind-spot warning, collision mitigating brakes, auto-leveling headlamps, a sports steering wheel and cooled front seats.
The Technology Package adds navigation with real-time traffic and weather, hard drive music storage, 10-speaker audio system with iPod interface, upgraded leather upholstery and a multi-view camera.
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|Build & Price|
2012 Acura MDX$33,288 | 49,214 mi
2012 Acura MDX$33,988 | 48,543 mi
2012 Acura MDX$34,588 | 36,171 mi
2012 Acura MDX$34,641 | 31,071 mi
2011 Acura MDX$28,000 | 60,165 mi
2011 Acura MDX$29,994 | 30,525 mi
2011 Acura MDX$30,190 | 68,430 mi
2011 Acura MDX$30,488 | 76,629 mi
2011 Acura MDX$30,786 | 82,405 mi
2011 Acura MDX$31,988 | 40,705 mi
2011 Acura MDX$31,995 | 53,437 mi
2011 Acura MDX$32,788 | 19,494 mi
2011 ACURA MDX$33,485 | 26,785 mi
2011 Acura MDX$33,988 | no mileage
2011 Acura MDX$34,892 | 45,242 mi
2011 Acura MDX$35,990 | 31,498 mi
2011 Acura MDX$38,895 | 9,613 mi
2010 Acura MDX$31,500 | 42,939 mi
2010 Acura MDX$32,574 | 30,033 mi
2009 Acura MDX$22,780 | 79,332 mi
2009 Acura MDX$26,296 | 54,319 mi
2008 Acura MDX$17,026 | 94,716 mi
2008 Acura MDX$20,986 | 78,806 mi
2008 Acura MDX$22,486 | 60,900 mi
2008 Acura MDX$23,988 | 78,000 mi
2008 Acura MDX$26,999 | 57,859 mi
2007 Acura MDX$14,993 | 113,150 mi
2005 Acura MDX$8,495 | 146,851 mi
Offers clean diesel and luxurious interior, but has cramped third-row and is expensive.
Sportier to drive and more nimble, but third-row is an option and is very small.
Refined interior with comprehensive safety features, but not as enjoyable to drive.
Lots of safety features and comfortable seating, but has outdated infotainment system and weak engine.