2012 Acura MDX Overview

2012 Acura MDX Photo
MSRP Range:
$43,030 - $54,555 | Dealer Pricing
Fuel Economy:
16 MPG city / 21 MPG highway
3.7L V6
All Wheel Drive

2012 Acura MDX Overview

With a bit of lacking room in the third row, the 2012 Acura MDX is a crossover SUV especially suitable for families with children or hauling needs. The standard all-wheel drive with front-wheel bias makes it gas-conscious without sacrificing the handling and reliability of all-wheel drive. When it comes down to a mix of pricing and luxury, the MDX is one of the top competitors in this segment.

New for 2012

The Acura MDX receives no updates for 2012 and is carried over from the 2011 model year.


The exterior of the 2012 Acura MDX is stylish for many, but some may be put off with the extremely chiseled design and protruding grille. Standard exterior fare includes 18-inch alloy wheels, but the MDX can optionally have slightly larger, 19-inch wheels for an additional cost. The standard xenon headlights can also be replaced with adaptive headlights that helps keep the light aimed on the road, even when turning corners and going up or down hills. Other standard exterior fare includes fog lamps, heated side-mirrors, and privacy glass. Paint options from the factory include seven mostly neutral colors. The wheelbase measures 108.3 inches, and the ground clearance is 8.2 inches. A rear spoiler, rear lift gate window, and power glass sunroof with remote controls are also standard. Overall, the exterior is going to look sleek to most drivers and able to fit into most places without issue.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of the 2012 Acura MDX comes with a full suite of technological features, and as such, anyone with a disposition towards high-tech goodies will love it. Using a well-placed and easy-to-use knob to cycle through options in the center console, the command center is actually not too intimidating, even for non-techies. Additionally, the Acura MDX comes standard with voice command technology to make hands-free adjustments a breeze. Climate control, trip computer, and temperature display are available as standard fare. Additionally, the interior includes eight-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats that also include heating at no extra cost. The upholstery is leather throughout, and it is available in three neutral colors. For additional passengers, the second and third row of seats can seat up to six passengers. The rear seats include ventilation ducts to ensure great comfort throughout, and both rear rows of seats can be folded down to create additional cargo area.

The audio system includes an eight-speaker, 253-watt stereo with AM/FM and satellite radio. The six-disc CD changer means non-stop jams with MP3 CD capabilities, and the MP3 player audio output allows easy integration with iPods and other devices. Speed-sensitive audio adjustment is also standard fare. Additionally, the 2012 Acura MDX comes standard with memorization settings for the automatic climate control, audio system, and steering wheel adjustments. Bluetooth connectivity is standard as well.

Overall, the interior of the MDX is extremely comfortable, aside from being a bit cramped when compared to many vehicles available from the competition. The third row of seats is especially tight for larger adults, and the maximum cargo area measures at an impressive 83.5 cubic feet with the seats down.


The 2012 Acura MDX comes standard with anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control and electronic brake force distribution. Airbags include dual front side-mounted airbags and frontal head airbags for all three rows. Stability control contains added technology to help better stabilize the MDX while towing, and the driver and passenger seats include whiplash protection headrests to reduce the possibility of injury. Safety options include a CMBS monitoring system, which details distance and closure rates to help the driver avoid potential collisions. It can automatically apply hard braking when needed.

During government crash testing, the 2012 Acura MDX rated four-out-of-five stars for frontal-impact crash tests. During the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the MDX receives an overall perfect rating of Good for frontal and side-impact crashes. Overall, the safety of the Acura MDX is extremely reliable with above-average design and decent braking ability.

Driving Experience

The 2012 Acura MDX comes equipped with a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine that makes 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed transmission are standard. With this engine, the MDX accelerates to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and receives 16/21 mpg city/highway, which isn’t too bad for a crossover SUV.

Despite its rather large size as a three-row crossover SUV, the Acura MDX is rather sporty. The all-wheel-drive system is adaptive, meaning that typical driving will utilize only the front wheels. However, sensors will initiate all-wheel drive during slippery corners and rougher terrains to easily accommodate the driver’s needs. This helps reduce the overall fuel costs while still providing the all-wheel-drive capabilities expected from a crossover. The MDX is easily one of the best crossover SUVs to drive, with its smooth suspension and responsive acceleration.

Key Competitors of the 2012 Acura MDX

  • GMC Yukon Denali
  • Land Rover Range Rover
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Volkswagen Touareg


The 2012 Acura MDX has 5 models that range from $43,030 - $54,555. The 2012 MDX is a suv with all wheel drive that gets between 16 mpg (city) - 21 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 3.7L V6 engine. The 2012 Acura MDX has a seating capacity of 7/7, wheelbase is 108.3 inches, cargo capacity of 83.50 cu.ft., and ground clearance of N/R inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2012 Advance and Entertainment Pkg AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.