2012 Acura MDX vs. Its Competition

2011 Acura MDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Pricing for the 2012 Acura MDX begins around $43,000 and reaches well beyond $50,000 for fully outfitted versions.

The MDX competes against luxury crossovers like the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT; the Volvo XC90; and the Buick Enclave.

The Acura MDX is one of our top-ranked large crossovers.

Contenders include the handsome Buick Enclave, with great safety and sex appeal, as well as a prettier interior with a piece or two of less-appealing plastic trim than the MDX.

The Lincoln MKT takes the fundamentals of the roomy, capable Ford Flex and wraps them in distinctive sheetmetal—and fits in a 355-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine for class-leading power.

The Volvo XC90 has three rows of seats, but seating anyone in the third row is an awkward exercise, fuel economy is relatively poor, and initial quality has been less than exemplary.

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8.2
The 2012 Acura MDX is not just comfortable and family-friendly; it's one of the most enjoyable three-row crossovers to drive.
8.2
One of the most user-friendly, luxurious, and distinctive crossovers available, the 2012 Buick Enclave is some of GM's best styling work.
9.2
One of our top-rated vehicles, the 2012 Ford Flex has real distinction, along with top-shelf turbo power, great seats and great features.
9.0
EcoBoost thrust and limo-like space may attract you more to the 2012 Lincoln MKT than its polarizing shape, but we're among its fans.
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With seating for up to seven and safe, secure performance, the 2012 Volvo XC90 remains a smart pick for those who want an upscale yet family-oriented vehicle.
MSRP From    
$43,030$36,500$29,465$44,300$38,400
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6
EPA Class    
Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
AWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door Base4-Door SE FWD4-Door Wagon 3.7L FWDAWD 4-Door
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
77777
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic