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The MDX is a very well-rounded vehicle that consistently outscored competitors costing much more. Updates for this model, including a six-speed automatic transmission, further improved it. The Acura rides and handles well, while its refined powertrain provides smooth and quick acceleration as well as good fuel economy. Fit and finish are impressive and the five main seats are comfortable.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC standard from 2003. Head protection air bags standard from 2004. Forward collision warning and blind spot monitoring optional from 2011. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard from 2017.
Road Test

The MDX is a very well-rounded vehicle that consistently outscored competitors costing much more. Updates for this model, including a six-speed automatic transmission, further improved it. The Acura rides and handles well, while its refined powertrain provides smooth and quick acceleration as well as good fuel economy. Fit and finish are impressive and the five main seats are comfortable. The small third-row seat is OK only for kids and controls can be frustrating.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.7-liter V6 (300 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Acura MDX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“Loose, noisy”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“Power steering was leaking; problem was fixed”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering pump plus issues with power steering system. Three pumps installed before total system solution resolved”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Steering shutters, Acura says its normal and won't fix it. I have never driven another car that as this shutter”

Kevin A., WA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The pump was found to be extremely low of fluid and noisy but a leak was never found. The pump was replaced under warrantee. This should not have happened”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“My 2011 Acura MDX is equipped with optional active damper suspension system. The dealership pointed out that two of the struts were leaking and the recommenced replacing all four corners at a cost of nearly $5000. The car had 81,000 Kms at the time which was 1000 Kms over the warranty. I asked Acura to cover them as it was just over the warranty and they actually cover them for me, which was great customer service! I year later Acura Canada sent me and all Acura MDX owners who had models equippe”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Suspension noise, loose”

Anonymous, MN (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Needed to replace, active suspension after only 70K miles. It was very expensive, but Acura corporate covered most of the cost. Very satisfied with their treatment of us”

Gina L., MA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Both front shocks and struts required replacement”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“All 4 struts have or will be replaced, not covered by warranty or recalled. Not Honda/Acura quality, and makes the vehicle unsafe to drive”

Bill E., ON (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Dealer replaced shocks”

Anonymous, QC (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“Rear spring rusted and broke”

Kevin F., NJ (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Normal inspection detected the problem, repaired under extended warranty”

Anonymous, UT (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Took car in for oil change/ service w/ approx. 86,000 miles, and was called & told it needed a new steering rack. Surprised, as I have had many very high mileage cars, that never had this problem. Last car was 2000 Nissan Maxima w/ almost 300,000 mi”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Wheel bearings

“Wore out”

Kevin F., NJ (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Front passenger side Wheel bearing cracked”

Anonymous, CT (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Electronic or air suspension

“2000 dollar repair as ride was rough and needed a complete overhaul of the suspension mode”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“Stopped working. Won't eject cd”

Anonymous, SC (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“CD player will net read a CD or disk. This means that the GPS system cannot be updated, since the updated maps must be loaded from the CD player”

James K., MN (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Electrical draw”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“CD player has been replaced twice in the past four years because cds get stuck and the cd player won't stop spinning the cds around”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“CD was stuck requiring the radio to be removed and sent away. Inconvenient. No other problem”

Lloyd R., ON (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Pairing stopped working”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Loses connection to my phone”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Module was running continuously, depleting the battery and creating a "replace battery" warning”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Backup or other camera/sensors

“The Side View Mirrors No Longer go down in reverse or do not return to regular position”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

“Took multiple visits to get corrected. The dealer didn't believe there was a problem because the issue was intermittent”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The Garmin I bought at Costco 5 years ago works better that the Acura. They want to sell updates every 12 months. I'm getting my money back on the last one”

Kevin A., WA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The GPS is and has been almost useless. It gets lost and takes you off the route onto some side route only to join back up some distance away. e.g. I-84 it kept telling us to exit and showed a back road route. the data base is poor. The response from”

John N., SC (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

“The steering wheel would not come out when key was placed in the ignition. The whole steering wheel system was replaced. The side mirrors are connected to the electrical part of the steering wheel, so they had to be replaced, too”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Sun roof need to be adjusted. It was covered by warranty”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Sunroof leak in car wash”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“SQUEAKED WHILE TURNING & RATTLED AT STOP LIGHTS”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Has a rattle coming from passenger side rear door. Took to dealership several times, they replaced all of the "B" pillar trim pieces, but this did not fix the problem. I noticed the rear passenger door was the problem, but now warranty is expired”

Zoltan L., VA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Rattle coming from behind instrument cluster above steering column”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“On each start up, the engine made a rattling noise after purchase”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Excessive highway noise”

Anonymous, ID (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Sun roof had leaks two times”

Paul S., CA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“It is a very noisy car, esp. in the back seat. You can barely visit with those in the front seat. We live in a rural area and it is bad on the country roads, better on highway”

Anonymous, NE (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“The car is not as quiet as it was when new”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Evaporator

“Leak in rear seat cooling unit”

Anonymous, SC (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
A/C compressor

“no Ac blown compressor”

James M., FL (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“Climate control is very poor. On a cold, cloudy day with a 20d temp diff - it blows cold air. Acura says this is due to position of sensor and can do nothing about it. Bought it on CR picking it as the best, HA”

John N., SC (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Electrical failure

“No cold air. Replaced Temp control switch. Warranty item”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Heater system

“On cold days, with a warm engine, it will decide to blow cold air out of the vents. e.g. I have the temp set at 68 and it is 40 degrees in cabin -- the HVAC system will suddenly blow cold air out and will continue unless I turn up to 85”

Dean A., MI (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“System works only sporadically”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

“Sun roof wont close in the up position. Dealer says it works fine. Ugh”

Michael A., MI (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Sunroof doesn't open/close”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“interior door trim panels bubbled and required replacement”

Steven B., AZ (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“passenger side rear door handle broke off”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

“Drivers seat adjustment stopped working”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Tailgate would open when activated but would not close when activated. Had to be closed manually. Checked by dealer service and 2 sensors replaced under warranty”

Fritz L., NC (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“LOW BEAM BULB FAILED”

Daryl S., IN (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“Passenger seat heater fails to work”

Mike P., CO (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Seat heater will not stay on-shuts off after being on for about 30 seconds”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Warning lights

“Warning messages appeared indicating battery problems (which I've had in the past), but once I take the car into the dealer, they said no problem with the battery”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
USB port

“USB port is intermittent in working”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“The car is unexplainably leaking oil. Dealership refuses to acknowledge b/c not leaking all oil within 1000 miles. Other mechanic can't fix without 10+hours work, which might not even fix anyway”

Nicole B., CA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Oil pump seals leaking, seals replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Car burns a lot of oil. I can only go 4,000 miles per oil change before the dip stick is at the lowest. Dealer and Acura say it is normal”

Michael A., MI (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Fuel leaks

“Fuel pump failed. When it was replaced, the fuel line was not reconnected correctly causing a large fuel leak near the exhaust manifold”

Anonymous, AB (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

“The injectors became clogged”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Part of the problem with the bad injectors”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

“We couldn't put more than a couple of gallons of gas in at a time, the pumps would keep clicking off. I had to take it 180 miles to find a dealer who would work with it and make it warranty work”

Anonymous, NE (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“Fuel pump failed. Warranty replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Engine was burning oil. up to 2 quarts between oil changes. required engine replacement. Acura and dealer were great in standing behind the product and replacing the engine with a new one at very little cost to consumer ($250)”

Daniel M., CT (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

“You didn't give the option. Not an Engine rebuild but the MDX is burning 2 quarts of oil every 4,000 miles and Acura claims that it is NORMAL. This is not normal! Many people are experiencing Oil Consumption in Acura and Honda V6 vehicles!”

Jeffrey-Joy S., NY (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Cylinder head

“Excessive oil use”

Anonymous, WI (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“All four rotors had to be turned with less than 15,000 miles. Since then we had to replace all four”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Calipers

“Our rear calipers seized, it was an unsafe condition as it made it difficult to brake at all. We have also had to replace all four rotors. The Acura dealer turned them once for free. The second time we had issues with Pulsing/Vibration we replaced t”

Anonymous, MI (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

“Brakes wear rapidly in this area due to hills and driving conditions”

Thomas M., CA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“There is a little leaking at the transmission shaft seal”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Rough shifting

“this was a torque converter shudder issue that was corrected by an Acura dealer with a software up grade under warranty”

Anonymous, TN (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Transmission computer

“4 software updates were not done by dealer resulting in transmission slipping and poor shifting. Updates fixed problem”

Renee D., WA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“lots of chipping, scratches,minor dents”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Rust

“All chrome trim (seemingly both metal and plastic) on car exterior is spotting or rusting”

Michael T., CO (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“second battery replacement in 6 years. No explainable reason for battery failure (prior to end of battery warranty). Vehicle seems to suck batteries dead relatively quickly”

Nicole B., CA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

“The converter that gave power to the front wheels gave out”

Walt G., AL (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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