2012 Acura MDX

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Acura MDX. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Above-average reliability
  • AWD performance
  • Handling
  • Power
  • Decent gas mileage

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2012 Acura MDX

  • Standard six-speed automatic
  • Available tech features
  • Seven seats standard
  • Standard all-wheel drive

2012 Acura MDX Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The seven-seat MDX luxury SUV has a 5,000-pound tow rating and Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. It competes against the BMW X5, Lexus RX 350 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. It has a history of above-average reliability.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The MDX wears Acura's prominent shield grille and has a chiseled appearance overall. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Available 19-inch wheels
  • Standard xenon headlights
  • Optional auto-leveling xenon headlights


Interior
The three-row MDX can carry seven people in standard leather seats. It has eight-way power front seats, and the driver's seat can remember two settings. Both front seats are heated, with ventilated seats optional. There's also standard automatic three-zone climate control.  Interior features include:

  • Optional rear DVD entertainment system, power outlet in the center console and heated second-row seats
  • Optional voice-recognition navigation system with real-time traffic and rerouting information
  • Optional ventilated seats, metallic accents and sport steering wheel
  • Optional 10-speaker surround-sound stereo


Under the Hood
The MDX's 3.7-liter V-6 makes 300 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical features include:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual shifting
  • Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
  • Optional active-damping suspension that varies shock-absorber firmness to smooth the ride and cont...
Vehicle Overview

The seven-seat MDX luxury SUV has a 5,000-pound tow rating and Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. It competes against the BMW X5, Lexus RX 350 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. It has a history of above-average reliability.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The MDX wears Acura's prominent shield grille and has a chiseled appearance overall. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Available 19-inch wheels
  • Standard xenon headlights
  • Optional auto-leveling xenon headlights


Interior
The three-row MDX can carry seven people in standard leather seats. It has eight-way power front seats, and the driver's seat can remember two settings. Both front seats are heated, with ventilated seats optional. There's also standard automatic three-zone climate control.  Interior features include:

  • Optional rear DVD entertainment system, power outlet in the center console and heated second-row seats
  • Optional voice-recognition navigation system with real-time traffic and rerouting information
  • Optional ventilated seats, metallic accents and sport steering wheel
  • Optional 10-speaker surround-sound stereo


Under the Hood
The MDX's 3.7-liter V-6 makes 300 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical features include:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual shifting
  • Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
  • Optional active-damping suspension that varies shock-absorber firmness to smooth the ride and control body roll, with driver-selectable Sport and Comfort modes


Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor for all three rows of seats
  • Active front head restraints
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Optional blind spot warning system and active cruise control with collision mitigation feature

Latest 2012 MDX Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Great car, I would recommend to others

by SilviaOE from Edmonton, AB on May 25, 2018

Car goes above and beyond. Great quality and really comfortable. I would think of getting a newer model because of how great this MDX is Read full review

(5.0)

high performance, comfort and sleek look!

by Criley from Pueblo,Co on May 18, 2018

Loving this SUV! It is very roomy with third row seating and extra leg room.This vehicle has lots of power and handles very smoothly, interior offers tons of "extras"! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Acura MDX currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 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

Other

Roof Strength
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.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Acura

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services, emergency fuel delivery, emergency lockout service and Acura Concierge Service

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (4 years/50,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker