The Acura MDX is one powerhouse of a vehicle, the 2011 model of this car is actually one of the top cars in Acura's lineup. Many think that with the full feature set and high end performance, this should be the flag ship model from Acura. However, currently the Acura RL sedan is the top of the line from this company. The SUV market has been booming over the past several years despite the rise in gas prices and the economic downturn. These vehicles are not only a status symbol, but they also offer some powerful and functional options that no other body style can compete with. The MDX is said to drive much more like a car than some other SUVs, this is one reason that this luxury SUV has become a consumer favorite.
This efficient little SUV offers a totally revised power train to give it even more towing performance and off-road durability. This vehicle utilizes Acura's SH-AWD technology which adds some high tech power distribution controls to the standard all wheel drive system. With the MDX drivers will be ready for suburban life or dirt trails in the outback.
Body style: Sport utility vehicle
Engine: 3.7L V-6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Models: MDX; MDX and Technology; MDX , Technology and Entertainment; MDX and Advance; MDX, Advance and Entertainment
MDX received a comprehensive revision in 2010 that included the addition of the brand's controversial front grille and a stealthy, but substantial powertrain revision. Given these upgrades, the 2011 MDX receives no major changes.
Now bearing Acura's controversial front grille, the stocky MDX looks even more stocky and edgy. The hood, front/rear facias, and side sills were also tweaked in 2010, with revised taillights added to the rear end.
Premium leather can found throughout, along with sharp-looking gauges and a thick sport steering wheel with paddle shifters. Numerous optional tech upgrades include real-time weather and traffic info, 8-inch nav-screen, and rear-view camera system.
Performance & Handling
The paddle shiftable 6-speed transmission makes the MDX fun to drive, particularly when paired with the 300-horsepower 3.7 L V-6 engine. MDX is surprisingly fast and easy to drive - revised power steering and chassis reinforcements in 2010 increase cornering prowess, as do retuned optional magneto rheological shocks. Full size, three row SUVs, don't drive much better than this.
The MDX features loads of active and passive safety systems, including dual stage driver and front passenger airbags and side curtain airbags for all three rows. Advance Package offers blind spot detection and automatic collision-mitigating braking system.
EPA Fuel Economy
All: 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway
- 6-speed transmission
- Usable power and torque
- High tech interior
- Sporty ride and handling
You Won't Like
- Controversial styling
- Button crazy dashboard
- No V-8 available
Serious player in polarizing style
If You Like This Vehicle
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