While the price tag may be slightly expensive, at an MSRP of $42,930, the 2012 Acura MDX is a lavishly designed crossover SUV. It has bi-xenon headlights and daytime running lights to provide maximum visibility. Plus, cars with daytime running lights get in almost 50% fewer accidents. The bumper-mounted rearview camera will automatically project an image on a dash-mounted screen, whenever this crossover SUV is put into revers. No more reversing into those bothersome fire hydrants. The power-controlled tailgate allows for easy, labor-free access to the cargo space in the rear. With the push of a button consumers can have the tailgate automatically open or close. The stylish yet somewhat bubble-shaped exterior design of the MDX gives it a modern yet somewhat ugly appearance.
On the interior, authentic wood trim and genuine leather seats provide all riders with the ultimate comfort of ride. A 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat are heated to provide even more comfort, especially on those chilly winter days. The 2012 Acura MDX can fit 8 people, but not if anyone in the second or third row wants to be comfortable. For maximum comfort and the least amount of cramped space, it’s best to have 6 riders in the car, with 2 up front, 2 in the second row, and 2 in the third row. Amazingly, the second row seating is heated. Even with the third row of seats upright, the MDX still has 15 cubic feet of rear cargo capacity. With the last row of seats folded flat into the floor of the MDX, this crossover SUV has 42.9 cubic feet of cargo space. For even more cargo space, the 60/40 folding second row seats will allow for 83 cubic feet of cargo room. A compartment at the rear of the car allows consumers to store tools and other equipment in the floor of the car, thus maximizing space. The MDX also comes with triple zone climate control, allowing the driver, front passenger and rear passengers decide their individual climate settings. Acura has also included some of the most innovative technology available today. When set to the “automatic” setting, the climate control will detect if one side of the car is being warmed by the sun and will automatically adjust the temperature of that side to match the rest of the car. Consequently, the MDX will also warm up one side of the car, if it gets too cold. Steering wheel-mounted control for Bluetooth connectivity allows the driver to talk to callers through a microphone in the cabin, while listening to them through the speakers in the car. A 3-month free trial of Sirius XM satellite radio, CD, MP3 or AM/FM capabilities will allow consumers to ride in style, while listening to tunes through 7 speakers with 253 watts and an 8” subwoofer.
Under the hood, this year’s Acura MDX has a capable 3.7-liter, VTEC V6 engine with up to 300 ponies. The VTEC allows for greater horsepower than could otherwise be achieved, by keeping the intake valves open longer than normal at higher RPMs. While the gas mileage isn’t doing anyone any favors, at 21 MPG highway and 16 in-town, this along with the bubble-shaped exterior may be some of the only negative things about the MDX. The six-speed automatic transmission has Sequential SportShift, allowing the driver to reap the benefits of both an automatic and manual transmission. Plus, let’s be honest. A stick is so much more fun to drive than an automatic – even if it is an automatic with clutch-less shifting. Instead of a clutch, there are paddle shifters located on the steering wheel. The MacPherson suspension system is designed to provide an exceptionally smooth ride, while increasing the overall smooth ride. The 13-inch disc brakes make for remarkable braking.
An advanced airbag system, Vehicle Stability Assist, all-wheel drive, a tire pressure monitoring system and Collision Mitigation Braking System all add to the overall safety of the MDX. The Collision Mitigation Braking System automatically applies the disc brakes before the driver can, if the vehicle becomes dangerously close to another vehicle. With all this in mind, consumers can feel confident in buying a 2012 Acura MDX, so long as you don’t mind a somewhat ugly exterior and mediocre gas mileage. Other than that, the MDX will provide sustainability, reliability, luxury and functionality. So go test drive one today.