Small crossovers are getting more popular with each passing year, but Acura still caters to buyers who want a midsize SUV with room for up to seven-passengers with the excellent MDX.

Pricing and Equipment

In its base format, the 2016 Acura MDX runs $42,865 with front-wheel drive; this rises to $44,865 with all-wheel drive. Key standard features include:

  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Jewel-eye headlights
  • Automatic climate control
  • Homelink
  • Power liftgate

If you are looking for a fully loaded model, you can opt for the MDX with the Tech, Entertainment, and AcuraWatch Plus packages for $50,490 with front-wheel drive or $52,490.

Performance Pros

The MDX has only one engine -- a Honda-sourced 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque -- and we think it provides a perfect balance of performance and smoothness for serene highway cruising.

  • The MDX is pretty nimble for a larger midsize crossover.
  • It also features a great all-wheel drive system.

Performance Cons

  • A new nine-speed automatic transmission tends to hunt for gears.
  • The MDX isn't a very capable tow vehicle.

Interior Pros

We tend to find Acura's interiors refined and uncluttered. The MDX is no exception.

  • The cabin offers a relaxed atmosphere that doesn't try to prove its worth through glitzy add-ons.
  • Room for seven passengers is a rarity these days.

Interior Cons

All of that tasteful understatement can sometimes seem a little blah:

  • Interior design lacks distinction.
  • The center stack's layout isn't quite right.
  • Chrome can catch the sun and temporarily blind the driver.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Though it is big and relatively bulky, the MDX is one of the more nimble crossovers on the market. This is even truer when buyers opt for the capable all-wheel drive system.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The new nine-speed auto transmission not only hunts for gears, but doesn't even improve fuel economy. In fact, the EPA rating for highway fuel economy is actually 1 mpg lower than in 2015.

The Bottom Line

The Acura MDX is an ideal choice for buyers who want a luxury crossover with plenty of space, a reputation for reliability, and a less flashy badge. It's also less expensive than many premium competitors.