2012 Acura MDX  RealSafeCars86Safety Rating

#13 of 2012 SUVs

#15 of all 2012 vehicles


Pictured: 2014 Acura MDX
The MDX, part of Acura's lineup since 2001, is a three-row midsize SUV with seating up to 7. The MDX has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2018. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with standard all-wheel drive (AWD). The Acura MDX provides superior horsepower for its class, offering great power. Acura offers a 4-year, 50,000-mile basic warranty, and a 6-year, 70,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2012 Acura MDX is above average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2012 Acura MDX has a score of 86, implying a 0.035% chance of driver death (3.1% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2012 Acura MDX has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0348% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.9724%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0348% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.9724% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2012 Acura MDX is 27% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2012 Acura MDX is 17% less likely to result in a fatal accident.


But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9672Lincoln MKTLincoln MKXAcura ZDXCadillac SRXBuick EnclaveAcura MDXVolkswagen TouaregM.-B. M-ClassM.-B. GLK-ClassAudi Q7BMW X5Volvo XC90Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2012 Acura MDX with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 72 to 96. The 2012 Acura MDX is safer than the 2012 Lincoln MKT, the 2012 Lincoln MKX, the 2012 Acura ZDX, and the 2012 Cadillac SRX and less safe than the 2012 BMW X5, the 2012 Audi Q7, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and the 2012 Volkswagen Touareg. It is about as safe as the 2012 Volvo XC90.

Find another model