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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2020 Acura MDX
FWD
MSRP
$44,500
Invoice
$41,774
Average Price Paid
$37,636
1,501 listings nationwide

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SH-AWD
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FWD
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SH-AWD
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Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2020 Acura MDX
FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$45,305
55 listings nationwide

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2012 Acura RL
SH-AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$48,200

Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2020 Acura MDX
FWD
Kyree Williams Preview:

The Acura MDX, a premium 3-row crossover, is similar to the Buick Enclave, Infiniti QX60 and Lexus RX L. The MDX is among the oldest vehicles in that class, having arrived for 2014. It...

2012 Acura RL
SH-AWD

Entering its final year of production, with a successor expected to make its debut at the New York International Auto Show in April 2012, the 2012 Acura RL has not undergone any change...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2020 Acura MDX
FWD
GeeDubya16 writes:
Sporty appearance with roomy interior especially for just two people with no kids or pets.
Power Ranked 2015 INFINITI Q50 3.7 Premium AWD better.
"More horsepower and torque."
Family Car Ranked 2015 INFINITI Q50 3.7 Premium AWD worse.
"More available seating in the MDX."
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GuruHGT79 writes:
Purchased after testing other luxury brands. Bought for style, ride, comfort and value. An excellent traveling...
Front Seats Ranked 2020 BMW 5 Series worse.
"Seats fit around you with just enough padding to be comfortable on a long drive. BMW is an excellent car but not quite up to Acura standard."
Family Car Ranked 2020 BMW 5 Series worse.
"Three row seating with room in the back and storage underneath. Even third row is reasonably comfortable whereas some 3rd row models not so much. "
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Guru6Q56S writes:
great
2012 Acura RL
SH-AWD
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Tracy writes:
For a tech car it did not do it for this techie.
Power Ranked 2013 Buick Regal GS Sedan FWD better.
"HO turbo with the adjustable dampening suspension"
Looks/Style Ranked 2012 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive Sedan AWD better.
"Its lines are bold and confident."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2012 BMW 5 Series 535i xDrive Sedan AWD better.
"golf clubs for 2 is what I cared about."
Value Ranked 2013 Buick Regal GS Sedan FWD better.
"Made in USA, Buick top 3 in Consumer Reports is in agreement with the buying experience and the quality. "

Specs

2020 Acura MDX
FWD
2012 Acura RL
SH-AWD
Powertrain 9-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
FWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
20 MPG
17 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
27 MPG
24 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 19.5 gal 19.3 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
290 hp @ 6,200 RPM
300 hp @ 6,300 RPM
Torque
267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM
271 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
6 cylinders
Compression Ratio
11.5:1
11.2:1
Displacement
3,500 cc
3,700 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.5 in x 3.66 in
3.54 in x 3.78 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 5 stars --
Front Crash Overall 5 stars --
Front Crash Driver 5 stars --
Front Crash Passenger 5 stars --
Side Crash Overall 5 stars --
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars --
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars --
Side Pole Driver 5 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard Standard
Leather Seats -- Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
CD Changer -- Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 7 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 41.4 in 42.4 in
Back Legroom 36.6 in 36.3 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 15 cu ft 13.8 cu ft
Maximum Payload 1,336 lbs --
Maximum Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs --
Exterior
Length 196.2 in 195.8 in
Width 77.7 in 72.7 in
Height 67.4 in 57.2 in
Wheelbase 111 in 110.2 in

Available Options

2020 Acura MDX
FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Majestic Black Pearl
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Performance Red Pearl
  • Platinum White Pearl
2012 Acura RL
SH-AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Alberta White Pearl
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Forged Silver Metallic
  • Graphite Luster Metallic
  • Platinum Frost Metallic
  • Pomegranate Pearl

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