2011 Acura MDX

MSRP $46,605 - $54,455

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8.2

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2011 Acura MDX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Every luxury car manufacturer is trying to build a crossover SUV that can dominate the segment thanks to the rising popularity of practical crossovers. With the MDX, Acura decided to enter the luxury crossover segment. Acura, being the first-ever Japanese luxury car manufacturer, introduced the MDX and it was an instant hit because of the performance and reliability it offered on par with its luxury. The Acura MDX is a three-row SUV that sits in an unusual price bracket due to which it has very few competito

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Pros

Great handling

Powerful engine

Luxurious interior

Cons

Not as spacious as some of the rivals

Dated exterior styling

What's New?

Unchanged from previous model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$46605

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

137 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

224 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

270 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

108.3 in.

length

191.6 in.

width

78.5 in.

height

68.2 in.

curb weight

4550 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

141.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

83.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1150 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/21 mpg

highway range

441 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Technology Package$46,605 onwards

Technology and Entertainment Packages$48,505 onwards

Advance package$52,555 onwards

Advance and Entertainment Packages$54,455 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Acura MDX in Aspen White color
Aspen White

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


Which means the powerful performance and agile handling continues with the premium cabin. It also means that there is no improvement in the cabin space as well. The 2011 Acura MDX has an MSRP of $42,930 while the Audi Q7, Lexus RX 350, and the Buick Enclave are some of its main competitors.


8.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2011 Acura MDX Features

8.5/10

The Acura MDX offers only a single trim level known as Base. The price of the Base trim is $42,930. It gets features such as enhanced suspension, adaptive shock absorbers, and parking assist. It also features various convenience and creature comforts like leather upholstery, three-zone climate control and an eight-speaker audio system to take care of your entertainment needs. 

Trim

Base

MSRP (AWD)

$42,930

Key Features

Body-colored heated power-adjusting side mirrors

 

LED taillamps

 

Halogen high-beam headlamps

 

Fog lights

 

8-speaker audio system

 

18" aluminum-alloy wheels

 

Tri-zone automatic climate control

 

Leather-trimmed interior

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

Apart from this, the 2011 Acura MDX offers 4 different packages to choose from, mainly known as the Technology Package, Technology and Entertainment Package, Advance Package, and Advance and Entertainment Package. The price of the packages starts from $46,605 and goes up to $54,455. These packages add many additional driver aids and features.

Package

Technology

Technology and Entertainment

Advance

Advance and Entertainment

MSRP

$46,605

$48,505

$52,555

$54,455

Key Features

Navigation System

In addition to the Technology:

In addition to the Technology and Entertainment:

In addition to the Advance:

 

Acura/ELS Surround 410-watt Premium Audio System

Auxiliary audio jack

Active Damper System

Exclusive 19" aluminum-alloy wheel design

 

Acura DVD Entertainment System with 9-inch display

Emergency Braking

Bi-Xenon Headlamps

Collision Mitigation Braking System

 

15 GB hard disk drive storage

Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System

Rear Seat Infotainment

Blindspot monitoring

 

Bluetooth Audio

Tilt steering wheel

Sport Steering Wheel

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

Perforated Premium Milano leather-trimmed interior

Turn signal mirrors

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Air Ride Adaptive Suspension

 

Tri-zone front and rear synchronized automatic climate control

 

Ventilated front seats, heating and cooling

 
 

USB device connector

     
 

Rear console 115-volt power outlet

     

We Recommend

We recommend you go for the Technology Package as it offers plenty of features for added opulence like turn signal mirrors, Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System, Emergency Braking, and many more that are missing in the Base Technology package. These features make the MDX more well-equipped while keeping the price fairly affordable.

2011 Acura MDX Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2011 Acura MDX is available in only one engine option. It comes with a 3.7L V6 engine that produces 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The drivetrain is AWD with a 6-speed shiftable automatic gearbox which is standard across the entire range. The engine is very refined and the handling is superb. The engine does not feel under stress even at high speeds. As for the acceleration, this engine can do 0-60 mph in 7.0 seconds and a quarter-mile in 15.4 seconds.

Models

2011 Acura MDX

2011 Buick Enclave CXL1

2011 Audi Q7 Premium

2011 Lexus RX 350

MSRP

$42,930

$38,980

$46,250

$40,475

Engine

3.7L, Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L, Naturally Aspirated V6

3.0L, Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L, Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

6-Speed shiftable Automatic

6-Speed shiftable Automatic

8-speed-automatic

6-speed Automatic

Power

300 hp @ 6,300 rpm

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

272 hp @ 5500 rpm

275 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque

270 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

270 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 2,200 rpm

257 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.0

7.4

7.6

7.4

Quarter Mile (sec)

15.4

15.9

15.7

15.7

Top Speed (MPH)

135

130

138

112

The Acura MDX beats its competition in the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile timings. The Audi Q7 on the other hand is the slowest in terms of its acceleration performance while the Lexus RX 350 has a very low top speed as compared to its rivals. The Buick Enclave is the most affordable SUV here while the Audi Q7 undoubtedly costs a premium over its competitors. in this comparison. 

2011 Acura MDX Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Along with being a performer with its 3.7L V6, the MDX does pretty well in terms of fuel efficiency as well. The 3.7L V6 engine provides 16 mog in the city, 21 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined. Moreover, it features a sizable 21-gallon fuel tank which offers a sufficient range to go 378 miles between fuel stops which is on par with the segment but could make do with a larger fuel tank. 

Models

Acura MDX

Buick Enclave

Audi Q7

Lexus RX 350

MPG (City)

16

16

16

18

MPG (Highway)

21

24

22

25

MPG (Combined)

18

20

18

21

Fuel Capacity (gal)

21.0

22.0

26.4

19.2

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

336 / 441 / 378

352 / 528 / 440

422 / 581 / 475

346 / 480 / 403

The Lexus RX 350 is the most fuel-efficient of the lot followed by the Buick Enclave coming second on the list with a marginally lower fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, the Acura MDX and the Audi Q7 have average fuel economy ratings but falls a bit short against rivals like the Lexus and the Buick. That being said, the massive gas tank employed by Audi results in class-leading driving range, much higher than what Acura has to offer.

2011 Acura MDX Interior

7.0/10

As soon as you enter the cabin you will be in awe of the beautifully crafted interior. The MDX has high-quality materials used throughout the interior. The dashboard is designed like a cockpit of a fighter jet. The doors and the dashboard are so streamlined that it looks cohesive. The two-tone interior throughout the cabin looks beautiful. Small bits and pieces of wooden trims make the MDX feel more premium. The center console has a lot of buttons with the infotainment system integrated into the dashboard.

The front seats are adequately cushioned and are very comfortable along with proper bolstering as well. The arm-rest is wide enough and comfortable for both the driver as well as the passenger. As for the second row, legroom is abundant. The rear seats are also comfortable, even for long rides and three adults can sit comfortably with shoulder room to spare. Overall the entire interior layout of the MDX is very well designed with comfort and beauty at its peak.

Models

Acura MDX

Buick Enclave

Audi Q7

Lexus RX 350

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.2 / 61.6 / 41.2

40.4 / 62.0 / 41.3

40.0 / 58.7 / 41.3

39.1 / 58.0 / 43.1

Second Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

38.6 / 61.5 / 38.7

39.0 / 61.4 / 36.9

38.2 / 57.1 / 37.1

37.7 / 57.6 / 36.8

Third Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

37.5 / 57.1 / 29.1

37.2 / 57.4 / 33.2

35.4 / 48.6 / 29.2

N/A

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft)

15.0

23.3

10.9

40.0

The Acura MDX has less space with the least legroom in the third row which can only accommodate younger kids. The Enclave, on the other hand, has the best-in-class third-row space which can fit adults for shorter duration drives. Meanwhile, Lexus RX 350 has more cargo space than its competitors but it lacks third-row seats. Overall, the Enclave has the most amount of space for both the passengers and their luggage. 

Some of the key interior features on offer are:

  • Driver’s seat with 10-way power adjustment including 2-way power lumbar support and 2-position memory
  • Front passenger’s seat with 8-way power adjustment
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Ambient cabin lighting
  • Tri-zone front and rear synchronized automatic climate control with humidity control and air-filtration system

How intuitive is the 2011 Acura MDX’s infotainment unit?

The 2011 Acura MDX has a 9-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system. The display is of good quality and there is no screen glare issue whatsoever. The touchscreen is not the best but not the worst either. However, the display at times can be laggy. It has an XM satellite radio with which you can listen to your favorite radio station on the 8-speaker 253-watt audio system with a subwoofer which can be upgraded to an Acura ELS 410-watt premium surround sound system that sounds just incredible.

Some of the key infotainment features are:

  • A 9-inch LCD infotainment display
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • XM Satellite radio
  • Auxiliary input jack
  • 8-speaker 253-watt audio system with a subwoofer
  • Upgradable Acura ELS 410-watt premium surround sound system

2011 Acura MDX Exterior

8.0/10

The 2011 model year has no updates to the exterior as well. It has a bland and outdated exterior design. The car is way too curvy and wide. The 18-inch wheels on the Base variant look very small on a vehicle this big. The chrome grille looks way too odd, especially when rivals like the Q7 look particularly attractive with subtle design cues. There are small bits of chrome accents everywhere. Overall, the MDX needs a full redesign to stay relevant and competitive against its rivals.

Models

Acura MDX

Buick Enclave

Audi Q7

Lexus RX 350

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,601

4,780

5,192

4,178

Length (in)

191.6

201.8

200.3

187.8

Width (in)

78.5

79.0

68.4

74.2

Height (in)

68.2

70.0

78.1

67.7

Ground Clearance (in)

8.2

8.0

8.1

7.3

Wheelbase (in)

108.3

119.0

118.2

107.9

The exterior dimensions of the Acura MDX are on par with its rivals. However, the road presence of the Audi Q7 is the best as it is bigger than most of its competitors in the market, and hence also weighs the most. The Acura MDX has the highest ground clearance whereas the Lexus RX 350 has rides much lower to the ground. It is also the most compact crossover here and hence has the lowest curb weight. 

Some of the key exterior features on offer are:

  • 18" aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Dual-outlet exhaust
  • Fog lights
  • Front and rear splash guards
  • HID low-beam headlamps
  • LED taillamps
  • Power moonroof with tilt feature and auto-open/close

2011 Acura MDX Safety

9.0/10

The Acura MDX performs very well in crash tests. It has received a 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA and has received ‘GOOD’ ratings from the IIHS in almost every category it was tested for fro the 2011 model year. It is packed with a plethora of safety features as well. Some of the safety features of the MDX include four-wheel ABS, front knee airbags, front second and third-row airbags along with full-length side curtains airbags.

Some of the standout safety features are:

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Trailer Stability Assist
  • Active front seat head restraints
  • Immobilizer Theft-Deterrent System
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Brake assist

2011 Acura MDX Final Verdict

The 2011 Acura MDX is truly a luxurious car with comfort at its peak. Its performance and handling are equally laudable, especially for a Crossover SUV. Moreover, It offers impressive MPG figures which makes it practical as well. The exterior may seem outdated but the interior is beautiful and loaded with plenty of features. So, if that doesn’t bother you, the 2011 MDX is a great option for someone looking for a premium SUV.

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