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2011 Acura MDX Review, Specs, Price

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2011 Acura MDX Review, Specs, Price, what car reviews, The MDX is Acura’s midsize luxury crossover SUV with seating for seven occupants. Acura was one of the first import luxury brands to offer a sport utility in 1996, with the SLX, which was a rebadged Isuzu Trooper. The MDX concept vehicle was unveiled at the 2000 North American International Auto Show and the production version debuted a few months later at the 2000 New York Auto Show. For 2007 the MDX was redesigned with a more athletic appearance, a longer and wider body, a longer wheelbase and a lower ride height. Acura’s flagship SUV was tuned on the world famous Nurburgring racetrack in Germany and is the sixth Acura project to be designed and engineered in the U.S.

The 2011 Acura MDX is a seven-passenger, three-row luxury crossover vehicle. It puts its best foot forward with strong acceleration, a comfortable cabin and in great safety performance–while downplaying any extreme off-road ability.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2011 Acura MDX is available in one trim level. Standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlamps, foglamps, a power liftgate, a sunroof, privacy glass, heated eight-way power front seats, two-way adjustable driver lumbar, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system with six-CD changer, auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.

The Technology package adds a multiview parking camera, GPS-linked and solar-sensing climate control, upgraded leather upholstery, a navigation system, real-time traffic and weather, voice controls and a 10-speaker Acura/ELS surround-sound audio system with digital music storage and an iPod/USB audio interface. The Advance package includes all Technology items and adds 19-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot warning system, the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), auto-leveling headlamps, a sport steering wheel and ventilated front seats. The Entertainment package, which can be added to the Technology or Advanced packages, adds a rear-seat entertainment system and heated second-row seats.

Performance

The 2011 Acura MDX comes with a retuned 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine that test drivers find especially powerful. They’re also happy with the MDX’s smooth six-speed transmission.

The EPA rates the 2011 MDX at 16/21 mpg city/highway. This rating is in the top half of the class, but if you’re willing to forego a third row seat, you can get better fuel economy.

Interior Design and Special Features

The MDX’s cabin is a technology-lover’s dream. Even the base model has its share of electronic toys, and the Technology and Advance packages add even more. Best of all, they are easy to use thanks to the use of not only buttons but also a multipurpose knob and voice commands. Basically, you can do things the way you prefer. The Panasonic/ELS surround-sound system is one of the best, as is the navigation system.

The MDX is pretty spacious for a three-row midsize luxury crossover SUV. An adult can fit in the third row for a short journey, although the rearmost seats are better suited for kids. If you want legitimate room for adults, the Buick Enclave or Ford Flex are better choices. A total of 83.5 cubic feet of cargo space is available with the second and third rows folded, which is also above average for a midsize luxury crossover.
Driving Impressions

Safety

Standard safety equipment for the 2011 Acura MDX includes antilock disc brakes with brake assist, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and stability control with a stabilizing feature for trailer towing. The optional CMBS, by monitoring following distance and rate of closure, alerts the driver if a collision seems probable via visual and auditory warnings. If a collision is imminent, the system can automatically apply hard braking and cinch up the front seatbelts.

2011 Acura MDX

2011 Acura MDX Specs & Price :

AWD
Specs :
* Transmission: Automatic
* Drivetrain: All Wheel Drive
* MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
* Engine: Gas V6 3.7L/224
* Horsepower: 300 @ 6300
* Torque: 270 @ 4500 3.7L/224
Price :
* MSRP: $42,930
* Invoice: $39,411
* Nat’l Avg. Paid: $42,151

AWD with Technology Package
Specs :
* Transmission: Automatic
* Drivetrain: All Wheel Drive
* MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
* Engine: Gas V6 3.7L/224
* Horsepower: 300 @ 6300
* Torque: 270 @ 4500 3.7L/224
Price :
* MSRP: $46,605
* Invoice: $42,743
* Nat’l Avg. Paid: $45,682

AWD with Technology and Entertainment Package
Specs :
* Transmission: Automatic
* Drivetrain: All Wheel Drive
* MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
* Engine: Gas V6 3.7L/224
* Horsepower: 300 @ 6300
* Torque: 270 @ 4500 3.7L/224
Price :
* MSRP: $48,505
* Invoice: $44,466
* Nat’l Avg. Paid: $47,500

AWD with Advance Package
Specs :
* Transmission: Automatic
* Drivetrain: All Wheel Drive
* MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
* Engine: Gas V6 3.7L/224
* Horsepower: 300 @ 6300
* Torque: 270 @ 4500 3.7L/224
Price :
* MSRP: $52,555
* Invoice: $48,139
* Nat’l Avg. Paid: $51,381

AWD with Advance and Entertainment Package
Specs :
* Transmission: Automatic
* Drivetrain: All Wheel Drive
* MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
* Engine: Gas V6 3.7L/224
* Horsepower: 300 @ 6300
* Torque: 270 @ 4500 3.7L/224
Price :
* MSRP: $54,455
* Invoice: $49,862
* Nat’l Avg. Paid: $53,202

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