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2009 Acura MDX Review

The 2009 Acura MDX is an SUV that offers a roomy interior, ample cargo space, and the performance and style that busy families want.

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The 2009 Acura MDX is a midsize luxury seven-passenger SUV that offers ample space for people and cargo while offering the performance and style that Acura owners expect.

Equipped with a 3.7-liter, 300-hp, V-6 engine and an all-wheel-drive (AWD) five-speed shiftable automatic transmission, the Acura MDX offers EPA mileage estimates of 15/20 mpg in city/highway driving.

The 2009 Acura MDX comes in a single trim level, but the optional packages (which Acura refers to as trim levels) add additional features so owners can customize their Acura MDX to meet their needs.

If you’re looking for a reasonably-priced luxury midsize SUV that offers performance and technology, a stylish, well-appointed interior, and ample room for passengers and cargo, the 2009 Acura MDX is an excellent choice.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize luxury crossover
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed shiftable automatic transmission
Models: Base

What's New

  • There were no significant changes to the Acura MDX for the 2009 model year.


The 2009 Acura MDX Base comes fitted with eighteen-inch alloy wheels with P255/55R18 104H tires, variable intermittent wipers, rear lift gate door, rear spoiler, rear defogger, rear defogger, rear intermittent wiper, and privacy glass.


With a wheel base of 108.3 inches, the 2009 Acura MDX is smaller than some of its competitors, yet it offers the most interior space than all the vehicles in its class. It also offers 5,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity, when properly equipped. If you’re hauling gear for a weekend getaway, the 2009 Acura MDX offers 83.5 cubic feet of cargo space when both the second- and third-row seats are folded down, which is also above average for a midsize luxury crossover.

Standard equipment includes tri-zone automatic climate control, air filtration, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, power sunroof, power tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, cruise control, leather upholstery, leather and wood interior trim, heated eight-way power driver and passenger seats with lumbar support and height adjustment, memory settings, center console with storage, second- and third-row split folding seats, rear ventilation ducts with fan, heated power mirrors with tilt for curb view when vehicle is in reverse, turn signals in mirror, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, universal remote transmitter, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and AM/FM/6-CD changer/MP3/Satellite audio system with eight speakers.

The Technology package features a navigation system with voice recognition and traffic information, rearview camera, power lift gate, solar-sensing climate control, cell phone address book with Bluetooth connection, and a Panasonic/ELS AM/FM/6-CD changer/MP3/DVD with ten speakers and surround sound.

The Entertainment package includes all of the Technology features plus a DVD entertainment system and heated second-row seats; the Sport package adds additional features such as automatic and driver-adjustable sport suspension, auto-leveling headlights, perforated leather upholstery, and metallic interior trim.

Performance & Handling

The standard suspension system offers competent handling; the optional driver-adjustable suspension lets the driver choose between Comfort for a softer ride, and Sport for stiffer suspension and more agile handling.

The 2009 Acura MDX features ""Super Handling"" AWD, the same system found in Acura’s RL and TL sport sedans. It continuously determines the optimal level of power distribution between the front and rear wheels based on wheel speed, steering angle later G-force and yaw rate. When the vehicle is traveling in a straight line, 90% of the power is sent to the front wheels to enhance fuel economy. Cornering is improved by transferring engine power to the rear wheels.


Standard equipment includes dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain airbags with rollover deployment, four-wheel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), emergency braking assist, stability control, traction control, anti-skid system, , automatic Xenon HID (High-Intensity Discharge) headlights, fog lights, daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring, and an anti-theft alarm system.

Acura’s basic warranty is four years/50,000 miles (whichever comes first). The drivetrain warranty is in effect for 6 years/70,000 miles, and the Roadside Assistance warranty guarantees help with flat tires, battery jumps, towing to the nearest Acura dealership, and gas when you run out for 4 years/50,000 miles.

Acura Care Vehicle Service Contract enables you to have repair coverage beyond your vehicle’s basic warranty period. You can also download the AcuraLink iPhone app to summon roadside assistance from your iPhone. Whether due to an accident or a flat tire (among other things), AcuraLink connects you to an agent who will dispatch the proper assistance to you.

EPA Fuel Economy

2009 Acura MDX: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Performance
  • Style

You Won't Like

  • Confusing dash controls
  • Less features than competing crossovers

Sum Up

The 2009 Acura MDX is an SUV that offers a roomy interior, ample cargo space, and the performance and style that busy families want.

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