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4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2012 Acura MDX OVERVIEW
The MDX is powered by a 300-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters. A power moonroof, power tailgate, 18-inch aluminum wheels, heated front seats, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio and HandsFreeLink (Bluetooth) wireless connectivity are standard on every MDX. Three premium amenities packages are available: the Technology package adds a voice-activated navigation system and upgraded audio with a USB port, Bluetooth audio streaming and 15 gigabytes of hard drive media storage; the Advance package includes the Technology package content, as well as a sport suspension with active damper system, exclusive 19-inch aluminum wheels, and ventilated front seats; and an Entertainment package boasts Acura's DVD Rear Entertainment system and heated rear seats. Standard safety-enhancing features include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, front and front side-impact airbags, overhead curtain airbags for all three rows, active front head restraints and rearview camera parking assist. The Technology package adds a multi-view rear camera, while the Advance package also includes a blind spot information system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and a Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). The Acura MDX carries over unchanged for 2012.
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