The 2011 Acura MDX Review – A Reliable SUV

The second generation Acura MDX cars first rolled off the production lines in 2007 and since then have gone on to become a top-selling SUV in the United States.  The 2011 Acura MDX model is both sensible and also extremely reliable when compared to other SUVs in its class.

It has very capable handling, and many intuitive hi-tech features.  This includes a powerful engine under the hood and a nicely designed interior.  There’s not as much space inside as other similar-sized SUVs but don’t let that put you off too much as the low price point tends to cancel out any negatives

Acura MDX Body Style & Trim

The 2011 MDX is only available in one trim level, and the standard equipment that you will benefit from include large 18 inch wheels, xenom head lights, sunroof, heated front seating, leather upholstery, and a rear view camera – which is integrated into the MDX Navigation System – which will require Acura DVD map updates every year, and there’s more information about that detailed on the website.

MDX Engine & Performance

Underneath the hood of the 2011 Acura MDX is a massive 3.7 liter V6 engine that offers loads of horsepower – 300 to be precise.  That’s over 270 pound-feet of torque for your money.  With a 6 speed transmission (automatic) and super handling ability you will really feel the power as you drive this SUV.

It can hit speeds of up to nought to sixty in less the 7.5 seconds and has a reasonable fuel economy level of 16 miles to the gallon in city conditions, and 21 miles per gallon when driving on highways.  If you are going to be doing any heavy duty towing then the tow capacity should not exceed five thousand pounds.

Safety Standards of the Acura MDX SUV

Make no mistake, this is a family safe SUV and comes packed with features designed to make it even more so.  Some of the standard safety aspects include the following:

  • Anti-lock brake discs
  • Brake assist (patented)
  • Airbags in front and side
  • Head restraints
  • Stabilizing controls

As an option extra you can add CMBS monitoring which helps you gauge how close you are to other cars.  It will alert you if the on-board Acura system thinks that are close enough to have a collision.

General Driving Performance & Impressions

The Acura 2011 MDX handles very well, even on sharp corners.  There are dampers on this luxury SUV that help to neutralize any bumps in the road.  The acceleration isn’t brilliant, but it’s an SUV designed for comfort – not for racing.  As a family car it delivers too, being safe and comfortable.

Acura MDX Review Conclusion & Rating

This Acura MDX review rates the 2011 model as a solid 7.5 stars out of a possible 10 – and when compared to other SUVs from the Honda brand it just edges it.  Expect to pay around $40,000 US Dollars for a new one, or around $30,000 for a year old model that has less than 20,000 miles on the clock.