Used 2012 AcuraMDX 3.7 Tech Pkg. SUV

  • VIN: 2HNYD2H35CH500490
  • Stock: 10403

Acura MDX
  • Carfax One Owner
  • Certified
95,821 miles
Fuel Economy
16.0/21.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Interior Color
All-wheel Drive

Dealer Notes


Leather / Heated Seating 
Rear Parking Camera 
3RD Row Seating 
Xenon Headlamps 
2012 Acura MDX

For 2010, Acura's best-selling crossover — and one of the first-ever luxury crossovers — gets a bit better in terms of interior features and a whole lot better when it comes to technology. It also receives a slightly new front end that's less jarring than those on other Acuras. But the company couldn't make the MDX any bigger, and it's a snug fit for families — three rows of seats notwithstanding.

Even so, the MDX's driver comfort, fun-to-drive nature and surprising value keep it competitive in a growing segment.

What's New
The 2010 MDX gets a new front end highlighted by a slimmer grille that looks more like a beak than a perforated shield, as the previous model's did. The lower bumper also gets thin lower vents that resemble the ones on Acura's TL sedan, but design changes overall are very subtle.

Inside, the major change to the MDX is an upgraded navigation system, which comes in a package with an upgraded stereo. You can compare the 2009 and 2010 MDX here.

The MDX is comparatively small for a three-row crossover, but that smaller footprint makes it more nimble. That makes for a more enjoyable driving experience.

The MDX has a nice combination of spirited handling — partially thanks to Acura's standard all-wheel-drive system — and ride comfort. You often have to sacrifice too much ride comfort for sporty handling, or vice versa, but the lack of this compromise is one of the MDX's strengths.

Only one engine is offered, but it's a good one: a 300-horsepower V-6 that's very spirited. Unlike others in the class, such as the new Lincoln MKT and Buick Enclave, which feel underpowered with their standard V-6 engines, the MDX exudes some muscle and passes with gusto. You'd have to opt for the MKT's twin-turbo V-6 to get similar excitement, and as for the Enclave … well, a more powerful engine isn't offered.

The EPA rates mileage at 16/21 mpg city/highway. I tend to return the city average in almost every car I test-drive due to a heavy mix of bumper-to-bumper commuting traffic and weekend suburban errand-running. In the MDX, though, I returned just 15 mpg during my week of driving it in near-perfect weather, so the A/C wasn't even taxed.

If you move up to an MDX with the Advance Package, which starts at $51,855, you get 19-inch aluminum wheels and a selectable sport suspension. My test vehicle came equipped with the package, and I didn't think the sport suspension offered enough of an improvement over past MDX models I've tested to warrant the added cost. The 19-inch wheels, though, are pretty stunning.

When you buy an Acura you get a nice, above-average luxury interior in terms of appointments, features and materials quality. It's not at the level of the more expensive German luxury makes, but it is a serious step above domestic models like the Enclave and MKT, at a similar price. Even the faux-wood trim looks somewhat real.

I found the driver's seat exceptionally comfortable during long commutes. I drove an Audi Q7 home between nights in the MDX, and its seats weren't any more comfortable, even if some materials seemed higher grade (it was also $15,000 more expensive as-equipped).

The main problem with the MDX is backseat room. While there's enough room for passengers of the adult variety, it's a snug fit for children in child-safety seats. We installed a variety of seats as part of a standardized test, and a full-size convertible seat couldn't fit when facing rearward, which is how all children must be placed until they're a year old. An infant seat could fit facing rearward, but front-passenger legroom was compromised as a result.

My real-world test involved my 26-month-old son, and his full-size, front-facing convertible seat filled the backseat area with its mass. The MDX's seats are high, and it was tricky getting him in the safety seat without hitting his head on the door frame or the headliner. His feet were pressed against the front passenger seat until I moved it forward to a position that allowed me to still fit, but just barely, with my knees pressed against the glove box.

Even with this arrangement, my son was still able to kick the front passenger seat. I've spent a lot of time in the GM family of crossovers, including the Enclave and Chevy Traverse, as well as the MKT (which is related to the Ford Flex), and all of them offer more space for young children in safety seats.

Of course, not every buyer has kids in this age range. Tweens, teens and adults will enjoy the comfortable leather seats in the front and second rows of the MDX. They'll also like the optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system and its large, 9-inch screen and wireless headphones for three passengers.

That means someone in the third row can also listen in. The third row is passable; I could fit, but just barely, and even smaller folks will have a tough time just getting back there.

Since there wasn't much Acura needed to change about the rest of the MDX, the company gave some attention to the aging navigation system. The MDX is the second model to receive Acura's new system, after the new ZDX crossover, and it's more than welcome. I would not recommend Acura's previous navigation system to folks shopping for a good budget buy in the luxury space; the graphics were poor and the navigation clumsy.

While there's still a somewhat awkward center control knob for managing the audio system, voice commands help some, especially when accessing music. The system uses a setup similar to Ford's Sync system: Just plug in an iPod — it only works with iPod and iPhone devices — and use a single button on the steering wheel and your voice. The button prompts you to speak commands like "Play artist Pearl Jam" or "Play setlist Car Songs." I was very impressed with the system's voice-recognition capabilities; it misheard me only a few times and seemed to understand artist and album names more often than Sync does. It also shows a screen detailing all the commands you can issue after you hit the speak button the first time, which is a handy reference.

I was also impressed with the rear entertainment system. I found the picture quality quite good; it compared favorably with my new iPad. You can also attach a video game console or laptop computer.

A base MDX starts at $42,230. Adding navigation as part of the Technology Package brings the price to $45,905, but I think that price is well-justified. Add the rear entertainment system, and the price increases to $47,805. You can't add the rear entertainment system without also getting the Technology Package.

An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick in 2009, the MDX doesn't retain that title for 2010 because it hasn't undergone the organization's new roof-strength test. It does still get top overall scores of Good in the IIHS' front, side and rear crash tests.

A collision-avoidance system is optional. It uses radar to determine the location of a vehicle in front of the MDX and alerts the driver with sounds and lights if a collision may occur. If the driver disregards the warning, the system will tug at the driver's seat belt and lightly brake the MDX. If no action is taken and the system deems a collision inevitable, it will tighten the front seat belts and apply the brakes hard to lower the impact speed.

You must select the most expensive Advance Package to get both the collision-avoidance system and blind-spot monitoring.

MDX in the Market
The MDX pretty much defined the luxury crossover segment, so it's nice to see that after all these years there's still a lot to like about it. Other than a cramped interior when fully loaded with people, the MDX has few flaws. It's priced right and features the most up-to-date gadgets for entertainment and safety. Plus, it's fun to drive and not bad to look at, either.

There may be more competition in bigger wrappers these days, but the MDX still defines the class.

Detailed Specifications

  • Body type - Unit body
  • Braking systems - 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist
  • Front brake discs - 13.0" ventilated
  • Front stabilizer bar, mm - 23.0
  • Front suspension - Independent MacPherson strut
  • Rear brake discs - 13.2" solid
  • Rear stabilizer bar, mm - 24.2 x 3.0
  • Rear suspension - Independent multi-link with coil springs and stabilizer bar
  • Stability control - Vehicle Stability Assist™(VSA®)12 using ABS, SH-AWD®, throttle control and yaw, lateral G, speed, & steering sensors
  • Steering ratio (:1) - 17.1
  • Steering type - Torque-sensing, variable power-assist rack-and-pinion
  • Steering wheel turns (lock-to-lock) - 3.3
  • Tires - P255/55 R18 104H all-season
  • Turning diameter, curb-to-curb, ft. - 37.6
  • Wheels - 18” x 8” aluminum-alloy
  • Angle (approach/ departure/ breakover) - 22.2°/ 23.8°/ 22.6°
  • Cargo Volume, cu ft - 83.5
  • Curb Weight, lb (kg) - 4594 (2084)
  • EPA Passenger Volume, cu ft - 141.8
  • Front track, in (mm) - 67.7 (1720)
  • Fuel tank capacity, U.S. gallons (liters) - 21.0 (79.5)
  • Ground clearance (unladen), in (mm) - 8.2 (208)
  • Headroom, in (mm) : 2nd Row - 38.6 (980)
  • Headroom, in (mm) : 3rd Row - 35.8 (908)
  • Headroom, in (mm) : Front - 39.2 (995)
  • Height (unladen), in (mm) - 68.2 (1733)
  • Hiproom, in (mm) : 2nd Row - 59.1 (1502)
  • Hiproom, in (mm) : 3rd Row - 42.0 (1089)
  • Hiproom, in (mm) : Front - 59.0 (1498)
  • Legroom, in (mm) : 2nd Row - 38.7 (983)
  • Legroom, in (mm) : 3rd Row - 28.7 (729)
  • Legroom, in (mm) : Front - 41.2 (1048)
  • Maximum Seating Capacity - 7
  • Overall length, in (mm) - 191.6 (4867)
  • Overall width, in (mm) - 78.5 (1994)
  • Rear track, in (mm) - 67.5 (1715)
  • Shoulder room, in (mm) : 2nd Row - 61.5 (1561)
  • Shoulder room, in (mm) : 3rd Row - 57.1 (1450)
  • Shoulder room, in (mm) : Front - 61.6 (1565)
  • Weight distribution (% front / rear) - 56 / 44
  • Wheelbase, in (mm) - 108.3 (2750)
  • 1st - 3.36
  • 2nd - 2.10
  • 3rd - 1.49
  • 4th - 1.07
  • 5th - 0.75
  • 6th - 0.56
  • Configuration - Transversely mounted front engine, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
  • Final Drive - 4.25
  • Gear ratios (:1)
  • Maximum distribution of available rear wheel torque (left:right) - 100:0 to 0:100
  • Maximum torque distribution range (front:rear) - 90:10 to 30:70
  • Reverse - 2.27
  • Transmission - 6-speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters, Grade Logic and Shift Hold Control
  • CARB emissions rating - ULEV-2
  • Compression ratio (:1) - 11.2
  • Displacement, liters - 3.7
  • EPA Estimated Fuel Economy38 (city / highway/ combined) - 16 / 21 / 18
  • Engine type - Aluminum-alloy V-6
  • Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) - 300 @ 6300 rpm
  • Ignition - Electronic direct
  • Redline - 6700
  • Required fuel19 - Premium unleaded 91 octane
  • Throttle control - Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system
  • Torque @ rpm (lb-ft) - 270 @ 4500 rpm
  • Tune-up interval3 - No scheduled tune-ups required for 100,000 +/- miles
  • Valvetrain - Belt drive, SOHC, VTEC® 24-valve
  • 18" x 8.0" Alloy Wheels
  • Fog Lights
  • Heated Power Door Mirrors with Turn Indicators
  • P255/55 R18 All-Season Tires
  • Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
  • Power Tailgate
  • Remote Entry with Security System
  • Xenon HID Headlights
  • Acura Personalized Settings
  • Auto Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • Driver Recognition Memory System
  • Driver's 10-Way Power Seat
  • Front Passenger's 8-Way Power Seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • HomeLink System
  • MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • 3-Point Seat Belts
  • ACE Body Structure
  • Active Front Head Restraints
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist
  • Day Time Running Lights (DRL)
  • Driver's and Front Passenger's Dual-Stage Airbags (SRS)
  • Driver's and Front Passenger's Side Airbags
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Front Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
  • LATCH System for Child Seats
  • Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • Side-Impact Door Beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
  • 300hp 3.7-Liter SOHC 24-Valve VTEC V6 Engine
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift
  • Immobilizer Theft-Deterrent System
  • MacPhearson Strut Front Suspension
  • Paddle Shifters
  • Rear Multi-Link Suspension
  • SH-AWD System
  • Variable-Assist Rack-and-Pinion Power Steering
  • Acura Genuine Accessories17 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
  • Acura Total Luxury Care® (TLC®) with Roadside Assistance18 - 4-year/50,000-mile
  • Outer body rust-through - 5-year/unlimited-mile limited warranty
  • Powertrain16 - 6-year/70,000-mile limited warranty
  • Seat belts - 15 years
  • Vehicle16 - 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty Consumer Reviews

Kelley Blue Book -
Overall4.6Out of 5
  • Entertaining SUV

    By lpac on Friday, March 01, 2013

    I enjoy driving this vehicle. I didn't think I would, my previous car was a Audi S4 and I needed something that would haul the family in and handle the Michigan winters. As much as I liked my Audi I didn't enjoying paying out the exorbitant maintenance costs - every time I would go into the dealer it would cost $300-$1k to fix the vehicle. My wife has a Honda Pilot with 150k miles on it and we've paid low maintenance cost so I expect similar value from the Acura. In summary, this SUV feels and handles like a sports sedan. It will tear up curves and has great acceleration. I've equipped mine with Blizzaks winter tires and have driven through several west Michigan snow storms and the MDX was solid and surefooted at speed. Only downer for me is 19mpg on premium, luckily I work out of my home office so it doesn't hit me as much as say someone who has to commute for their job.
  • Common sense auto

    By BobnLorie on Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Comfortable ride, sporty feel, very fast pick-up & go! Base car has many upgrades. It rides a bit low to the ground making it feel like a car. The gas mileage is disappointing.
  • Balanced athlete of an SUV

    By Michael on Sunday, August 26, 2012

    This is my 5th SUV and first Acura... The MDX exceeds my expectations on every turn, every braking situation, accelerating onto every on ramp... I purchased the Advance Package with all available options. The MDX handles unlike any SUV of compatible size and weight and it looks classy enough to valet at any of my LA hotspots... Comfort on long trips is excellent and navigation is the most simple and accurate of all the sport SUV's I tested...
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