The new 2012 Acura MDX has some received cosmetic changes and improvements in engineering since the last version. The aim of the manufacturer is to make this one of the best luxury SUVs on the road. But does it deliver? I took a closer look at the MDX so please read on for my review of this 7-seater SUV from the Honda-owned Acura company.
Equipment and Technology
New features for 2012 include new front and rear fascias, LED lights, dual exhaust pipes and polished aluminum 18-inch wheels with aluminum five-pointed design. The test model I drove included the optional Advance Package, 19-inch wheels with seven points.
Inside the Acura it has illuminated LED lamps, a new multifunction steering wheel with a sporty design, and the dashboard console now includes an eight-inch screen from where you can control audio systems, communication and entertainment.
Superb Acura Navigation System for GPS
You can also navigate via GPS with the Acura Navigation System that is embedded into the dashboard. It’s almost as good as a Garmin model and works very well and even includes voice activated navigation commands – although you will need to install new maps next year via the latest Acura Navigation DVD 2013.
There are three rows of leather wrapped seats for up to seven passengers. The three rows of seats have multiple configurations to accommodate up to 83.5 cubic feet of cargo on a completely flat surface.
The stereo uses ELS Surround Sound with 410 watts of power, and includes 10 speakers and a Digital Sound Processor Amplifier, DVD player, as well as AM / FM, XM Satellite Radio.
The in-screen entertainment system in the second row of seats includes a 9 inch screen and wireless headphones with access to a 15-gigabyte hard drive, USB port and auxiliary audio equipment. Perfect for long trips with kids if you need to keep them entertained.
Advanced Safety and Security Features
And in the security department, the Acura MDX 2012 includes systems such as Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), which anticipates an impact and applies the brakes, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which maintains the distance and speed relative to the vehicle go ahead and alerts the driver when you get too close and Blind Spot Information (BSI) that activates lighting notices in the rearview mirror when another vehicle in the blind spot appears. All in all, these features help to make the new Acura MDX an extremely safe and family friendly vehicle to drive.
Performance and Transmission Details
The powertrain of the Acura MDX 2012 is a 3.7-liter V6 that develops 300 horsepower and 270 ft lbs of torque for linear systems with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC). It uses electronically controlled injection gasoline valves with two-stroke and Drive-by-Wire functions which will help the driver to use the accelerator as precisely and efficiently as possible.
The Acura also comes with Sequential SportShift automatic transmission (six-speed) with shift paddles behind the steering wheel to operate manually. It works with a multiple clutch torque converter to maximize fuel consumption efficiency to give a consumption value of 16 miles per gallon in the city and 21 highway, for an average of 18 miles to the gallon – surprisingly good for an SUV.
The 2012 Acura MDX is also capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds with heavy duty operating modes (Grade Logic Control, Shift Hold Control, Cornering G Shift Control and Hill Start Assist) – these all adapt to the needs of the road at any given time.
Bad Points to the Acura MDX 2012
The only fault I found with the Acura MDX is that, incredibly, there is no keyless access and engine start, so you still have to press a button on the key to open the door and insert it into the steering column to start the engine.
This is perhaps a very small detail, but unforgivable for a vehicle that is more than $50,000 at retail – and especially when compared with almost any other SUV that are less than half the price. Surely this will change for the next generation?
Still a Superb SUV Though
The Acura MDX 2012 is one of the best on the market with regards to luxury SUVs with seating for seven, and has an element of exclusivity due to the futuristic design.
Acura offer five different versions with a prices starting from $50,000. The different trims include all-wheel drive system on all four wheels, All-Wheel Drive and SH-AWD that manages the torque of each wheel with instant calculations to maintain optimum conditions handling at all times.
Like all other Acura models, the MDX 2012 is protected by a guarantee of four years (or 50,000 miles) and six years (or 70,000 miles), and the Acura Total Luxury Care Program which provides roadside assistance and 24 hours concierge service.
Guest Post: This article was written and supplied by Bob Simmons from www.GPSNavigationDVD.net.