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2009 Acura MDX

2009 Acura MDX

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$5,517 — $16,573 USED
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Sport Utility
7 Seats
17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Above-average reliability
  • Third-row seats standard
  • AWD performance
  • Handling
  • Power
  • Decent gas mileage

The Bad

  • Navigation control knob
  • Mixed opinions on styling
  • Center console doors
  • Second row doesn't slide forward and back
  • DVD video displaces MP3 input

What to Know

about the 2009 Acura MDX
  • Top crash-test ratings
  • Car-based construction
  • Seven seats standard
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Real-time traffic navigation

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2009 Acura MDX Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The seven-seat MDX luxury SUV has a 5,000-pound tow rating and Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. The MDX competes against the BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX 350 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. It’s top-rated in crash tests and has a history of above-average reliability.

New for 2009
There are no significant changes for 2009.

Exterior
With the 2007 redesign, Acura went for a more integrated look in the MDX’s rear quarter. Conventional A-, B- and C-pillars are in place, and the overall look is more similar to BMW’s SUVs than to Lexus models. The MDX is 190.7 inches long and 78.5 inches wide, making it slightly wider than BMW’s X5.

  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Standard high-intensity-discharge low-beam headlights
  • Optional Sport Package adds auto-leveling xenon headlights and a different wheel design
  • Optional 19-inch wheels and running boards

Interior
The MDX carries seven people in standard leather seats. It has eight-way power front seats, and the driver’s seat remembers two settings. Both seats are heated. There’s also standard automatic three-zone climate control, and a cargo space that can be configured six ways depending on how the seats are folded.

  • Optional Entertainment Package, not available on the base model, includes a rear DVD-entertainment system, a power outlet in the center console and heated outboard seats in the second row
  • Optional Technology Package includes Acura’s voice-recognition navigation syste...

Vehicle Overview
The seven-seat MDX luxury SUV has a 5,000-pound tow rating and Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. The MDX competes against the BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX 350 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. It’s top-rated in crash tests and has a history of above-average reliability.

New for 2009
There are no significant changes for 2009.

Exterior
With the 2007 redesign, Acura went for a more integrated look in the MDX’s rear quarter. Conventional A-, B- and C-pillars are in place, and the overall look is more similar to BMW’s SUVs than to Lexus models. The MDX is 190.7 inches long and 78.5 inches wide, making it slightly wider than BMW’s X5.

  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Standard high-intensity-discharge low-beam headlights
  • Optional Sport Package adds auto-leveling xenon headlights and a different wheel design
  • Optional 19-inch wheels and running boards

Interior
The MDX carries seven people in standard leather seats. It has eight-way power front seats, and the driver’s seat remembers two settings. Both seats are heated. There’s also standard automatic three-zone climate control, and a cargo space that can be configured six ways depending on how the seats are folded.

  • Optional Entertainment Package, not available on the base model, includes a rear DVD-entertainment system, a power outlet in the center console and heated outboard seats in the second row
  • Optional Technology Package includes Acura’s voice-recognition navigation system and real-time traffic information
  • Optional Sport Package adds upgraded leather seating surfaces and metallic accents to various trim pieces

Under the Hood
The MDX’s 3.7-liter V-6 turns out 300 horsepower and 275 pounds-feet of torque, making it Acura’s most powerful engine.

  • Five-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual shifting
  • Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive
  • Sport Package adds an active-damping suspension that varies shock-absorber firmness to smooth the ride and control body lean

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Dual-stage front airbags
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor for all three rows of seats
  • Active head restraints
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
56 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Nice and reliable Car

by Aleksandr from Lake Zurich on August 30, 2020

Reliable, comfortable, three row seats, plenty of power, nice winter driving, navigation. Front and rear AC, sunroof, leather. Will recomend for everyone who wants luxury car withiout any problem Read full review

(5.0)

2009 MDX for sale , Excellent condition

by 2009 Acura MDX for sale from New york / New Jersey on July 28, 2020

This car is very powerful and has been great for my daily use. Its very comfortable and very clean. Everything works great. Has new struts, breaks pads, roters , timing belt , water pump, new pirelli ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Acura MDX currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Acura MDX 3.7L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MDX received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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