Last post on Aug 03, 2011 at 7:34 PM
You are in the Acura MDX
What is this discussion about?
Acura MDX, SUV
#1 of 23 2011 MDX Tech vs Advanced-suspension
Dec 20, 2010 (10:08 am)
How does the suspension on the 2011 Tech compare to the susp on the Advance? Does the std suspension (ie, Tech) default to the Adv "sport" or "comfort"?
I have an 08 Tech/sport with the adj susp & the "comfort" is much too soft.
Even the dealers (service), do not appear to have the tech answer to this issue.
Any suggestions/thoughts are appreciated.
#2 of 23 Re: 2011 MDX Tech vs Advanced-suspension [cha2]
Jan 27, 2011 (10:02 pm)
The active damper suspension literally has hundreds of steps and can adjust the damping level at each wheel in .005 seconds. That means you will get the most comfortable ride when possible, yet always have the sport stiffness when necessary. You get the best of both.
You will find that both the comfort and sport modes on the 2011 are softer than on your 2008 on normal-type driving. That is a good thing, not a bad thing, because the shocks will stiffen when needed. Why would anyone one want a rough ride when it's not necessary?
#3 of 23 2011 MDX Tech/Adv great handling/ride improvement
Feb 05, 2011 (11:33 am)
I bought a new 2011 Acura MDX Tech/Adv, and it is the best AWD vehicle that I have owned. I had 2 Mercedes SUV's, Jeeps, etc. and the Acura is rock solid, very reliable, and has a great handling and ride. The comfort setting is the default, for the ADS, and is great for inside the city. When you go into the highway and you are 70+ mph, you can set the ADS comfort mode, and the MDX is like in rails. The stability control system has even speical settings when you are towing, which is rated at 5,000 lbs. The transmission and engine has been enhanced on the 2011 for increased life and performance.
Compared to other SUV's, the MDX has no wobbling and it's V6 300 HP engine, is even faster than my two former Mercedes SUVs V6 and V8 engines, and of course Acura reliability is world class. Sorry, but no German vehicle can touch the Acura's reliability, and Acura uses high quality Milan Premium perforated leather(heated and AC vented seats standard on ADV), and not high quality vynil fake-leather like they install in many other vehicles.
#4 of 23 Re: 2011 MDX Tech vs Advanced-suspension [cha2]
May 19, 2011 (10:39 pm)
I'd like to know the answer to that question too. Anybody? Is the ride of a regular tech more like the "comfort" or "sport" mode of the Advanced?
I'm having a hard time deciding if I should be a used 10 tech or advanced or just save money and get a loaded '09...
#5 of 23 Re: 2011 MDX Tech vs Advanced-suspension [brittu]
May 20, 2011 (8:05 am)
I don't think you are going to "notice" much difference between the two suspensions. HOWEVER, that is because the adaptive sports suspension will always give the best ride possible without compromising handling. For me, the adaptive sports suspension is another safety feature. If you hit the brakes hard, the front suspension will tighten; therefore, much less front-end dip.
The 2010 and 2011 are identical vehicles. All the improvements were made on the 2010 - much improved technology compared to the 2009, and in my opinion, much better looking.
Other considerations - the 2010 Advance has the blind spot info system which I love, the adaptive cruise control (plus regular cruise control) which is another safety feature as well as making long drives more comfortable. I have driven as far as 100 miles without touching the gas or brakes. Also get the Collision Mitigation Braking System, another safety feature. In addition, when the stability control kicks in the adaptive suspension immediately adjusts for the best traction at each wheel.
The additional advantages of the hard-drive sound system and nav system also make the 2010 my choice.
I never thought I'd use the "ventilated seat" feature but I was very mistaken. When driving in 100+ degree weather, even with the air on, I have always had a problem with the back of my shirt getting wet. No more. The ventilated seats solved that problem.
Too many changes in the 2010 to go for the 2009, and the Advance package gives you the best possible ride and handling.
#6 of 23 Re: 2011 MDX Tech vs Advanced-suspension [cloviskid]
May 21, 2011 (12:32 am)
Thanks for the reply, cloviskid, it's really helpful. I'm definitely going 2010 or 2011 if I can find the right one. Hopefully I can figure out how to afford an Advance package. I've been so cheap with my cars for so many years it'd just be nice for once to get exactly what I want.
Did you have much of a chance to drive a base or tech version? I'd still like to figure out if a regular tech drives more like an advance in "comfort" mode or if it's more akin to "sport". I'm probably more for smooth ride and comfort. If I have to compromise on budget to get a 2010 in my price range I'm wondering if I'd find a regular tech comfy enough...
#7 of 23 Re: 2011 MDX Tech vs Advanced-suspension [brittu]
May 21, 2011 (8:34 am)
The Acura dealer in my area only had a Tech for me to test drive. Then days later I drove 100 miles to the nearest dealer with an Advance to test drive. It's too hard to tell between the two when test driving.
In 2010 Acura retuned the comfort-sport settings. In most cases I can't tell the difference when I select between the two. Sometimes I can tell a very minor difference. But keep in mind, Cadillac uses almost the identical system and they don't have driver selectable settings. It really isn't necessary since the system can be tuned to always give the most comfort until a stiffer suspension is needed. Even if I use the sport setting, the ride is much smoother on a rough road than my 2003 Infiniti I-35 was.
I almost purchased a 2010 Honda Pilot but decided I'd better at least test drive the MDX. Once I drove the MDX, I no longer wanted the Honda. I justified the cost of the MDX Advance by deciding to keep in longer than I would have if I purchased a less expensive SUV.
The 2010 MDX is my dream car - the car I've dreamed about for years. My dream car had to have all-wheel drive and Acura's is the best. It had to have an adaptive sports suspension and I believe there is none better than Acura's. It had to have ventilated front seats and the MDX Advance does, and they work well. It had to have some sort of a collision warning or mitigation system and the MDX Advance does. It also had to have a top-of-the-line Navigation system, and the MDX does. I got everything I wanted in the MDX Advance. I didn't compromise anything. At 66 years old, I felt if I didn't get exactly what I wanted, I probably never would. I've had the vehicle for nearly ten months with ZERO problems.
I also like comfort over sports suspensions. But I also want the extra layer of safety a sports suspension provides when an emergency arises and with the adaptive suspension, I get both. Driving the MDX in the mountains is like driving a small car around those curves. I thought my Infiniti I-35 handled well, but the Acura puts the Infiniti to shame.
If you don't get the Advance package, you will always wonder if you did the right thing. Just my two cents worth.
#9 of 23 2011 MDX ride experience
Jul 18, 2011 (9:06 am)
Just got a 2011 MDX base model. I found the ride is slightly bumpy on any road condistions regardless of the speed, especially compared to my other car Toyota Avalon. Since this is my first MDX, I'm wondering if this bumpy ride is normal.
#10 of 23 Re: 2011 MDX ride experience [longsung]
by steve_ HOST
Jul 18, 2011 (11:22 am)
Check for the simple stuff first, that being the air pressure. Sometimes the dealers forget to air down the tires to spec when they deliver a new car.