The Acura MDX essentially established the template for the three-row luxury crossover. From the start, it's boasted a strong V6 engine, all-wheel drive and seating for seven people. The latest version now features a sophisticated Super Handling all-wheel drive system for aggressive driving and a comprehensive list of standard equipment and available technology features to keep it competitive in the high-stakes segment. But for all of the attempts to dethrone it, the MDX has the right recipe for a posh family hauler.
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Even the base trim MDX comes extensively equipped. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, power liftgate, backup camera, power sunroof, 8-way powered and heated front seats, leather seats, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and 8-speaker audio system with a 6-disc CD changer and AUX input. Technology Package adds better leather for the seats, multi-view camera, navigation system with SiriusXM traffic and weather and a 10-speaker audio system with iPod interface. The Advance Package boasts 19-inch wheels, radar-guided cruise control, blind-spot warning system and adaptable suspension dampers. Advance is the one to select if a sporty drive and high-tech features are a priority. Also available on Technology and Advance models is a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
The competition in this segment varies widely. The Audi Q7 boasts better interior fit and finish and offers a TDI clean diesel V6, but has a smaller third-row and is has a higher sticker price. The BMW X5 is more thrilling for drivers, but offers much less space and the optional third-row is cramped even for kids. The Infiniti JX offers more advanced safety features but isn't as fun to drive. And the Volvo XC90 hasn't had a redesign in 10 years and suffers from daft infotainment systems.
Overall, the MDX is probably the most well-rounded choice among large premium crossovers. It has a sporting character while managing to be spacious for seven people and offers an extensive list of standard equipment for a competitive price. It should be at the top of the must-drive list for any buyer in this market.
The standard MDX comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, foglights, power sunroof, power liftgate, heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats with 8-way power adjustments, leather upholstery, privacy glass, power tilting and telescoping steering wheel, a tri-zone automatic climate control, backup camera, Bluetooth and 8-speaker audio system with AUX input.
Advance adds 19-inch wheels, radar-guided cruise control, adaptive suspension dampers, blind-spot warning, collision mitigating brakes, auto-leveling headlamps, a sports steering wheel and cooled front seats.
The Technology Package adds navigation with real-time traffic and weather, hard drive music storage, 10-speaker audio system with iPod interface, upgraded leather upholstery and a multi-view camera.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Acura MDX$44,550 | 300 mi
2013 Acura MDX$34,327 | 14,492 mi
2013 Acura MDX$38,093 | 9,992 mi
2012 Acura MDX$34,972 | 39,712 mi
2011 Acura MDX$26,594 | 75,337 mi
2011 Acura MDX$28,243 | 51,796 mi
2011 Acura MDX$28,990 | 55,958 mi
2011 Acura MDX$28,997 | 60,167 mi
2011 Acura MDX$29,922 | 44,167 mi
2011 Acura MDX$29,988 | 40,677 mi
2011 Acura MDX$30,499 | 45,242 mi
2011 Acura MDX$30,900 | 34,593 mi
2011 Acura MDX$31,597 | 60,479 mi
2011 Acura MDX$31,974 | 34,869 mi
2011 Acura MDX$31,980 | 46,817 mi
2011 Acura MDX$31,997 | 56,172 mi
2011 Acura MDX$32,874 | 42,091 mi
2011 Acura MDX$32,988 | 36,132 mi
2011 Acura MDX$32,999 | 33,453 mi
2011 Acura MDX$33,580 | 42,592 mi
2011 Acura MDX$33,987 | 36,480 mi
2011 Acura MDX$33,997 | 37,562 mi
2011 Acura MDX$34,997 | 44,986 mi
2010 Acura MDX$23,991 | 91,563 mi
2008 Acura MDX$18,997 | 92,611 mi
2008 Acura MDX$19,588 | 100,357 mi
2007 Acura MDX$16,960 | 101,913 mi
2007 Acura MDX$17,997 | 105,624 mi
Offers clean diesel and luxurious interior, but has cramped third-row and is expensive.
Sportier to drive and more nimble, but third-row is an option and is very small.
Refined interior with comprehensive safety features, but not as enjoyable to drive.
Lots of safety features and comfortable seating, but has outdated infotainment system and weak engine.