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2011 Acura MDX Performance

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#3 in 2011 Luxury Midsize SUVs

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Reviewers say the Acura MDX has sports sedan-like performance. They especially like its six-speed transmission and retuned, powerful V6 engine. Another plus is that the MDX comes standard with Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD).

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Acceleration and Power

The 2011 Acura MDX comes with a retuned 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine that test drivers find especially powerful. They’re also happy with the MDX’s smooth six-speed transmission.

The EPA rates the 2011 MDX at 16/21 mpg city/highway. This rating is in the top half of the class, but if you’re willing to forego a third row seat, you can get better fuel economy from some competing SUVs.

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Handling and Braking

Test drivers love the MDX's sporty yet smooth handling, which is boosted by the optional Active Damper System -- a system that allows drivers to choose between Sports mode and Comfort mode. The MDX also comes standard with all-wheel drive, which makes it surefooted on wet or slippery roads, and a decent value: you usually have to pay extra for all-wheel drive.

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