Best Bet
  • (4.7) 38 reviews
  • MSRP: $9,452–$19,816
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 17
  • Engine: 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 7
2009 Acura MDX

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Acura MDX

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2009 Acura MDX Reviews

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

4.7

Average based on 38 reviews

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2009 Acura MDX

by karl from Chicago, IL on October 30, 2017

This car is very responsive, accelerates quickly and smoothly and handles city streets superbly. Its very stylish and comfortable with great function to form.

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2009 Acura MDX Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Acura MDX 3.7L

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Acura MDX 3.7L

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Acura MDX 3.7L

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Acura MDX 3.7L

Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

72mo/70,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/50,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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