2009 Acura MDX Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Acura MDX has a little more appeal to young families who appreciate top safety, useful technology, and Acura's low depreciation.

To assemble a comprehensive review on the new 2009 Acura MDX, the car pros at TheCarConnection.com consulted reviews from a wide range of reputable sources. TheCarConnection.com's editors also drove Acura's 2009 MDX and combined their impressions with all the available information to create this conclusive review.

The 2009 Acura MDX is a seven-passenger, three-row luxury crossover vehicle. The design of the MDX emphasizes style, passenger and cargo utility, and on-the-road comfort and handling, rather than off-roading ability. However, with Acura's inclusion of standard all-wheel drive, the MDX can easily handle muddy trails and shallow streams. The MDX crossover SUV was redesigned for 2007 and carries into 2009 with few changes.

Acura's Super Handling all-wheel-drive (SH-AWD) system is standard across the 2009 MDX model line; the full-time all-wheel-drive configuration distributes the optimum amount of torque not only between the front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels, to help maintain better stability and traction when cornering. A 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine brings strong acceleration to the MDX and impressive passing power, thanks to the responsive yet smooth five-speed automatic transmission. The 2009 Acura MDX has impressive towing ability for such a vehicle, with a maximum rating of 5,000 pounds.

If you've been pulled out of a sport sedan because of a growing family, the 2009 Acura MDX is surprisingly entertaining to drive. Along with the responsive powertrain, the suspension keeps the body from leaning too much in corners, even though the ride is quite supple, and the MDX can be hustled along a curvy road like a smaller, lighter vehicle. Each corner is independently suspended, and especially good steering—with feedback from the road—makes the MDX a lot more fun to drive than other utes.

A very clean interior design, with a good mix of contrasting materials and matte-metallic surfaces make the inside of the 2009 Acura MDX feel sporty yet inviting. However, the controls could be simpler—for the audio system especially. Programming the voice-activated system takes patience and time. But it's still better than BMW's iDrive. Driver and front passenger seats are generously apportioned and good for even the tallest and largest folks, but the minuscule third-row seat is only for small kids. Families will find plenty of storage cubbies as well. All models come standard with leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, three-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration, a Bluetooth hands-free calling interface, a six-disc in-dash changer, and XM Satellite Radio. A Sport package with auto-damping suspension is available; it also includes a premium leather interior and a special wheel design. A navigation system featuring real-time traffic and a rearview camera is optionally included in the Technology package, which this year also includes the power tailgate.

The Acura MDX is one of the most secure vehicles of any type, with top results in all U.S. crash tests. It was also an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2008. The 2009 Acura MDX includes front side airbags and full-length side curtain bags, covering all three rows of seating. The standard electronic stability works in conjunction with the SH-AWD system.

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May 2, 2016
For 2017 Acura MDX

OUTRAGEOUS!!!

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SIMPLY THE VERY BEST!! ONLY ACURA CAN DO...........
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April 19, 2016
2017 Acura MDX SH-AWD

Best MDX ever

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I have owned many Acura MDX's (03,06,10 & 12) and the SLX prior to them. This is by far the best one I've owned. My only disappointment is the lack of additional power since I tow my sports car to the track... + More »
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December 19, 2015
2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4-Door w/Tech

Regret buying it

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I purchased my MDX in September within a week I noticed a vibration between 55 to 75mph+, 1st service call they balanced the tires, 2nd service call told me nothing was wrong with it, 3rd service call they... + More »
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October 6, 2015
2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4-Door w/Advance

best MDX yet

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I have owned many Acura MDX's (03,06,10 & 12) and the SLX prior to them. This is by far the best one I've owned. My only disappointment is the lack of additional power since I tow my sports car to the track... + More »
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May 13, 2015
2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4-Door

Best car I have ever driven overall .

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Purchased at Nalley Acura Marietta.This dealership has made the purchace to delivery the best experience ever,no pressure ever.This all wheel dr MDX drives and rides better than any luxury car we ever owned... + More »
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March 6, 2016
2014 Acura MDX FWD 4-Door Advance/Entertainment Pkg

A great car with lots of gadgets that I use.

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This is my 5th MDX and the best yet. Super quite, and steers itself on the highways. Air cooled seats, nice GPS Navigation. I will buy another one in the future.
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May 12, 2015
2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD 4-Door Advance/Entertainment Pkg

This is an awesome SUV that is priced below it real value.

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Awesome SUV even after 20000 miles. It drives very. It is very quite and the advance package is a blessing on long highway drives.
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April 20, 2015
For 2014 Acura MDX

Not an excellent vehicle

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Reliability is fine but binds on a heavy maintenance schedule. The interior quality leaves much to be desired console leather fail and Mfg will not take care of it. There are better options for the market... + More »
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October 3, 2015
2011 Acura MDX AWD 4-Door Advance Pkg

Not up to deliver value

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Poor interior quality and high maintenance vehicle. Its value is not that of the brand it represents. Local dealer is not very good either. Moving to MB or Lexus this year
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April 4, 2017
2007 Acura MDX 4WD 4-Door Tech/Entertainment Pkg

2007 MDX Tech/ Entertainment Package

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Good reliable sporty SUV. Great power from 6 cylinder engine. All wheel drive is fantastic. Electronic shocks are expensive to replace after about 240,000 km.
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