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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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. FCW and AEB 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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
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

"Cracks in the rubber boot protecting the ball joint which allowed dirt into the joints"

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

"Loose, noisy"

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

"replacement required"

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

"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)
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 was starting to whine and we had it changed while the car was in for other service. It may have lasted for some time longer but we didn't want to chance a breakdown during a cross country trip."

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

"An o-ring on the power steering pump fails to seal after extended highway driving (45 minutes or more), causing bubbling of power steering fluid in the reservoir and a whining sound from under the hood of the car. Requires replacement of the o-ring to resolve."

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

"Power steering pump was making a whining noise and had to be replaced"

Sal P., NJ (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)

"Needed to be replaced."

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

"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)
Shocks or struts

"I was informed that the shocks were leaking and that both these and struts may need to be replace. The estimated cost for this repair is over $4,000. We have decided not to proceed at this time."

Anonymous, CO (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)

"Vehicle started thumping while driving especially on bumpy roads"

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

"During a routine maintenance it was found that the front struts needed replacement."

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

"Locked up/frozen. Manufacturer would not honor warranty. Later there was a general recall and they fixed it."

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

"Hit a very minor bump in road that caused my front struts to break."

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

"Car has 2 settings for suspension. While driving it we had severe jolting upon even crossing minor road cracks or a raised portion of pavement. Took it in several times for service, but they claimed it was OK. Some Acura MDXs were repaired for leakage of fluid from shock absorbers, but they said ours was ok. We could not correct the problem by adjusting to a softer ride, it made no difference. Never repaired. We just drive very slowly."

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

"Problem has not been resolved. Acura dealership was horrible. I will not buy another Acura"

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

"On left turns, there is a knocking sound coming from the right front wheel well that indicates a failing element of the suspension, likely a strut."

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

"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)
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)

"Steering rack was leaking and had to be replaced"

Sal P., NJ (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)

"Very costly"

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

"Normal inspection detected the problem, repaired under extended warranty"

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

"Car steering as well as front and rear seats vibrate at high speeds."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Tie rods

"Made a lot of noise like loose bottles rolling around."

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

"tie rods wore out, its a high mileage vehicle"

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

"Front passenger side Wheel bearing cracked"

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

"Wore out"

Kevin F., NJ (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

Engine computer

"Check engine oil message keeps coming on and I can't get it erased. only the dealer can do that. Annoying!"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"This model year has a history of excess oil consumption that has led to piston and piston ring damage. My car goes through 1 quart of oil every one thousand miles. There is a class action in court right now."

Anonymous, WI (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)

"low oil messages. Went to Acura, they had me drive 1000 miles, four times, and the oil was down by 2 quarts each time but they couldn't figure out why. Still not solved."

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

"burns a lot of oil. about 1 quart/900 miles"

Craig H., IA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"The car is burning oil. Recently Acura has announced a recall for this problem. I have done 3 oil consumption tests at the dealership and now expect to be scheduled for the repair."

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

"burns one to two quarts of synthetic 5-20 oil every 1000 miles. No oil leaks, no oily/smoky exhaiust, etc. Acura dealer has no idea where the oil is going.. Warning light flashes..."

Joel P., CT (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"Excess oil consumption from oil being leaked into cylinders. Subject to recall for which Acura extended the warranty."

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

"oil warning light when on saying to stop operating the car. car measure NO all on dip stick. the was an oil gaskget seal leak. repair cost $1300"

Nancy D., TX (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"Higher consumption of oil was noticed as I got close to 100,000 km. The problem has still not been solved. So I occasionally need to add oil. Acura Canada was apparently evaluating if this would justify a recall."

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

"It's using/losing engine oil quickly. The Acura dealer said it's probably leaking somewhere within the engine, not sure where yet. Dealer stated that it's going to be expensive to find and repair."

Jason Q., CA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"Vehicle burns one quart of oil per 1000 miles driven. Very consistent in this burn rate."

Richard M., FL (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"Manufacture's defect My husband has spent months trying to get the "OK" to have it repaired. The dealership continues to give hi the run around."

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

"High oil consumption. This is a known issue with this engine type."

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

"The vehicle is experiencing an oil consumption issue to which there is a class action lawsuit in process, which will potentially be settled in 2020."

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

"Leak started in the past year. Attempted repair at dealer twice and the leak is smaller but not fixed. After spending $1800 I am not putting any more money in to this problem."

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

"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)

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

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)

"Ambient humid air leaked into housing and fogged up the lens"

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

"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)

"The CD player locked up and would not play or eject the CD's that were loaded inside it."

Gary H., SC (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"Stopped working. Won't eject cd"

Anonymous, SC (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)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"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)

"DVD player failed so can not load GPS map updates"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

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

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

"Bluetooth connectivity to iPhone is painfully slow."

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

"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)
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)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Excessive oil use"

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

"Excess oil consumption issue was covered under warranty"

Anonymous, (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Excessive oil consumption, Acura extended the engine warranty and did a complete engine rebuild for no charge due to a known issue with the 3.7 L engines"

Micki M., ON (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"acura issued a recall for excessive engine oil consumption. multi-year recall. test for qualifying to replace bad manufactured oil piston rings is using a quart or more of oil every 1,000 miles!!!!! This is ridiculously high standard. I am in the middle of the test cycle (must have the dealer replace the oil - you pay for it - and then have them check the oil 3x at approximately every 1,000 miles. It is a scam way out of a bad design flaw. It is using a quart per 1,000 miles at this point; test not completed"

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

"Recall notice received Dec1/18 to advise of excessive oil consumption problems so had dealer assess and monitoring program was initiated. 3 weeks later after a highway trip all engine warning lights came on and when we had dealer assess problem it was determined there was a cracked cylinder sleeve. Acura Canada said it was not related to the excessive oil consumption/ring problems with the car so they wouldn't warrantee the problem which resulted in me paying $9,000.00 to replace the short-block engine. Acura Canada did offer to discount the purchase of a 2019 MDX by $10k however I have not taken them up on this offer yet until I review my options and assess the reliability of the newer generation MDX."

Allan B., AB (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"The engine uses an excessive amount of oil between the recommended oil change interval, due to defective oil rings. Acura recognizes the issue (refer to Service Bulletin 19-006) and I'm awaiting parts availability for a warranty repair."

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

"The engine experienced excessive oil consumption for the last several years (approx 1 quart per 1,000 miles). Fortunately, Acura extended the warranty coverage for this problem. After performing an oil consumption test, the problem was verified and Acura replaced the pistons and pistons rings under the extended warranty program."

Douglas W., KY (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)

"I started discussing this issue with the Acura dealer at 70,000 miles. They kept doing oil consumption test but said I was in limits. Acura said if I used more than a Qt. in 1,000 it would be an issue. I finally caught them over filling the oil and then claiming it was within limits. I took pictures and emailed them, no response. I finally talked to a service manager that replaced the previous mgr. At 170,000 miles they rebuilt my engine at a cost of $2,000, Acura picked up the rest. To say I am disappointed is an understatement."

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

"This was a recall/warranty notice from Acura for 3.7 L engines consuming too much oil"

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

"Excess oil consumption; uses one quart of oil every 2500 miles; started one year ago; Acura will not repair under warranty"

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

"Excessive oil consumption"

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

"2011 Acura MDX received an extended warranty engine rebuild to correct excessive oil usage issue due to piston ring defect."

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

"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)
Head gasket

"Excess oil consumption, a problem acknowledged by Acura but not bad enough to warrant a free repair"

Anonymous, ID (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"MDX vehicles are scheduled for a timing belt replacement at 100000 miles which includes replacing spark plugs, setting valve lash, replacing valve cover gaskets, replacing idler pulley and both belts, replacing water pump, oil/ filter change, antifreeze change, etc. Power steering pump was making noise so we had it changed at the same time. Also transmission fluid, rear end gear oil and other fluids were also changed. Total cost was about 2700$. Almost all was scheduled work which we probably would not have done except we drive the vehicle on cross country trips and we intend to drive it another 100k+ miles."

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

"A new timing belt which had been installed a few months earlier failed due to dealer error during that installation. The repair was covered by the dealer at no additional cost to me."

Anonymous, OH (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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Alarm randomly went off"

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

"The alarm would spontaneously go off without warning The hood latch sensor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The daylight running light on the left side burned out"

Dave M., ID (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"Left front fog light needed to be replaced."

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

"we had a reoccurring issue with the fuses for our daytime running lights. problem was resolved by a mechanic."

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

"Ballast burn on right hid light. Probably caused by a small crack in the lens."

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

"LOW BEAM BULB FAILED"

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

"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)

"Passenger seat heater fails to work"

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

"Horn battery died and all engine lights came on. Car then would no longer turn on."

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

"The rear passenger door became permanently locked with or without remote. The rear driver door would never unlock with our without remote."

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

"Electronic door locks malfunctioning."

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

"Tire pressure monitor batteries went bad and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, (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)
Warning lights

"Check Battery alarm comes up frequently. The battery is new. My mechanic (not Acura mechanic) stated that it is a sensor failure which will cost about $250 to replece and it has to be done by Acura shop becuse it requires reprogramming"

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

"the check engine light has been coming on for the last few years and the acura dealership nor a private mechanic has been able to fix it. There is actually nothing wrong with the vehicle. It can be reset and will stay off for a while but will eventually come back on."

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

"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)

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

"Sunroof leak in car wash"

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

"A leak that resulted in water accumulating in the cargo area during rain storms"

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

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

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

"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)

"SQUEAKED WHILE TURNING & RATTLED AT STOP LIGHTS"

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

"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)

"This vehicle has a lot of road noise"

Anonymous, (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)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Hot summer no cooling. they pulled it out and replaced it."

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

"no Ac blown compressor"

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

"It started suddenly. I turned the car on the next morning and the air conditioning didn't work"

Anonymous, (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)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower became noisy, not an issue for performance"

Rob N., IL (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Condenser

"When the air coditioner stopped workin, I took it to the dealer. I accepted their diagnosis. I wondered if I should have taken it to an air conditioning repais shop instead."

Anonymous, (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)
Evaporator

"Leak in rear seat cooling unit"

Anonymous, SC (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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"It was just normal wear on rear brakes"

Anonymous, WA (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

"Corrosion and partial squeeze in one rear floating pin."

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

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

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

"Brakes started squeaking at 130000 miles which required attention."

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

"replaced pads and rotors"

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

"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)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"interior door trim panels bubbled and required replacement"

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

"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)
Sunroof

"Sunroof doesn't open/close"

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

"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)
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)

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 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 injection system

"The injectors became clogged"

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

"Fuel pump failed. Warranty replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Part of the problem with the bad injectors"

Anonymous, FL (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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"lots of chipping, scratches,minor dents"

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

"Paint faded on hatchback. purchased warranty for exterior and it expired at 48 mos."

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

"paint is chalking on the hood and top of the vehicle. The car is not garaged, and hasn't had regular waxing, so those likely contributed to the issue."

Anonymous, VA (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)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

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)

"Experienced very rough shifting (upshifting and downshifting). After stoping the car and shutting it off, restarted and all was fine and has been fine the past 6 months. It has not occurred again, although it had happed one other time around a year and half before. I took car to dealer. Did not find any problem, but I had the transmission oil changed."

Anonymous, OH (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)
Transmission leaks

"There is a little leaking at the transmission shaft seal"

Anonymous, NY (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

Alternator

"Alternator went out at 125000 miles."

Richard M., FL (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)

"Left my wife and I stranded on a highway"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Acura MDX None 3.7-L V6)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Car has a constant drain if car not operated daily"

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

"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)
Electrical failure

"Alternator replacement"

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"I am sure the Catalytic Convertor failed because of the engine oil issue."

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

"Airbag light illuminated after I tapped the horn. Kept coming on for 3 days. Took vehicle to service center. System reset itself. Do not know why it came on."

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

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Stopped dead in a bgi city. Couldn't restart or drive. towed to dealer. over a week in the shop to repair."

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

Engine Cooling

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

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