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The Best Performing SUV of its Era

The Acura MDX performance features not only make this an ideal mid size SUV option for families of all sizes, but also for individuals who love speed and power. Drivers of this vehicle appreciate what’s under the hood paired with an easy to handle design – making for an overall smooth and comfortable ride.

Acura MDX Performance

Delivering 300 horsepower and 270 pounds of torque, the 3.7-liter VTEC® V-6 engine packs a mean punch. VTEC® stands for Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control, which will increase the horsepower by opening the intake valves longer and deeper when a certain speed and rpm is reached.

The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system is a technology that varies throttle sensitivity depending on the appropriate throttle response need for various road conditions. The weight of the engine is light due to the materials used, and a forged crankshaft gives it added strength. The high-flow exhaust system adds to its efficiency and gives the Acura MDX an estimated MPG of 16 city / 21 hwy / 18 combined.


The 6 speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle shifters offer a smooth and convenient drive. The Grade Logic and Shift Hold Control allows intelligent switching to manual gear shifting mode when you opt for side shifts and it stays that way for a while to allow the driver to have more operating control.

You can easily change the gears by simply tapping the control sensor to provide the best performance in any road condition. You can also choose to target better gas mileage and can change the gears depending on whether you are driving uphill, downhill, or taking a sharp curve.

MDX Changes and New Features

For both ease of use and a smooth ride, this SUV includes the sophisticated Active Damper System technology. In just one second, the suspension stiffness will adjust when driving and road conditions change. The dampers are filled with liquid that will thicken or thin out when more or less shock absorbing is needed. There is a button located on the console that allows you to change from “Comfort” or “Sport” when desired, you can allow the Acura to adjust itself, but either way the technology kicks in the moment the car is started.

Acura MDX EngineThe braking system is designed to provide the best response time in dry, wet, and icy conditions. This is, of course, important for all drivers, but especially for families. Acura stepped up their game by providing the largest disc brake ever used in any of their production cars. A firm pedal was also incorporated for the lovers of speed for short brake pedal travel. Acura wanted to fix the problem that many mid size SUVs have, which is a loud interior.

Focusing on noise vibrations as early as the engineering phase, Acura was able to build a smooth and quiet ride that was not just insulated to cut out a small fraction of the vibrations. By attaching the rear suspension mounts directly to the body, and making the front and back subframes stiffer, the vibrations and noise were dramatically improved.

SUVs are also known for producing a “drumming” noise when driven, so to get rid of that sound, Acra insulated the front bulkhead, side body, floor, roof, and doors because they are primarily responsible for the sound.

How the Acura MDX Compares to Previous Models

Compared to previous models, the 2012’s performance is certainly a notch above previous years. In fact, it is one of the best in the market compared to other SUV models in this range and in my opinion, a clear upgrade over the RDX. The road grip is firm, the transmission is super easy and the controls are simplified. When it comes to all wheel drive SUVs, it is imperative that the traction control is intelligent and firm – just the way the Acura MDX performance level was designed.