The engineering teeth of this Sport Utility Vehicle will chew through any road condition. The quality bone structure is undeniable and the outside skin is silky sleek in highbrow sophistication. This is the 2011 Acura MDX.
The MDX features just one powertrain offering — a 24-valve, 3.7-liter V-6. The 300-horsepower V-6 mated to six gears is a satisfying performer for a seven-passenger vehicle with a base curb weight ringing in at over 4,600 pounds. The V-6 develops its 300 horses at 6,300 rpm and 270 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm. The six-speed automatic transmission offers a rapid-response SportShifter for drivers looking for sport-oriented shifting.
The EPA rates the fuel mileage on the all-wheel drive MDX at 16 miles per gallon city and 21 mpg highway. While the engine does a reasonable job and fuel economy is a little lackluster, the stuff that makes the MDX exciting is its driveline configuration.
Acura’s all-wheel drive system makes the MDX an incredibly sporty SUV. Though the MDX is built on a car-based platform and competes in the luxury Crossover Utility Vehicle segment, the MDX cannot be tossed into a classification of on-road crossovers equipped with traction control.
The MDX is actually designed for true sport driving no matter what the road conditions. It has one of the best road traction systems of all of the AWD and 4×4 vehicles on the market.
Super-Handling AWD is the right stuff arsenal that assaults the snow and holds its ground firmly in slippery conditions. And on dry roads, the SH-AWD allows the MDX to push through corners like a European sports sedan. Acura says SH-AWD uses “torque vectoring” to distribute power from front to rear axle, as well as between the left and right rear wheels. The MDX can be Class III tow hitch equipped to trailer 5,000 pounds for recreational fun.
The 2011 Acura MDX has a base price of $42,580. The automaker offers the MDX with an Advance Package at $52,205 that features a range of technologies, among them an Active Damper System, which gives the AWD vehicle a more elegant luxurious car ride by making real-time shock adjustments, continuously adapting to changes in road surfaces.
Aside from its sophisticated and refined underpinnings that make the MDX a rewarding SUV to operate, the exterior styling and luxurious appointments make the MDX rewarding to own. Standard equipment on the 2011 model-year vehicle include a power-operated tailgate and a rearview camera that displays images onto an integrated video screen in the rearview mirror. An item such as this is valuable equipment for a vehicle of this size in the crossover and sport utility segment.
Acura is keeping pace with relevant in-car technology. Optional equipment includes a comprehensive lineup: AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, 8-inch screen navigation with voice recognition, real-time traffic and real-time weather with radar image maps. The standard sound equipment is a 253-watt, eight-speaker sound system with AM/FM/XM radio and a six-disc CD/MP3 changer.
When the driver steps inside the interior features leather-trimmed seats, with ventilated front seats as optional, plus a hearty and thick sport-style steering wheel with racing-inspired paddle shifters and bold gauges. All this design treatment signals a clear message to the driver that enthusiasts are welcomed aboard. — Connie Keane, Motor Matters

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