Buyers continue to show their approval of Acura's long-running MDX, a seven-passenger luxury crossover that focuses more on value and safety than impressing the neighbors. This year's styling refresh and boost in standard equipment help solidify its position as a top choice among premium family vehicles.

Pricing and Equipment

The Acura MDX starts at $45,850 with front-wheel drive, or $47,850 with all-wheel drive. For that, you get features like:

  • AcuraWatch Plus (a suite of active safety technology that mirrors Honda Sensing)
  • Leather seating, heat in front, and driver memory
  • A single-pane sunroof
  • An 8-speaker sound system with internet and satellite radio.

The $4,410 Premium package tacks on navigation, remote start, surround sound, and a bundle of smaller features. Premium-equipped models can also get a $6,040 Advance package featuring numerous interior trim upgrades and a surround-view camera system. A rear entertainment system is available for $2,000. (All prices are MSRP before $975 destination charge.)

Performance Pros

Acura MDX

Every Acura MDX carries a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, matched a 9-speed automatic transmission.

  • The engine goes about its business in near silence—and offers plenty of power for low-speed takeoffs.
  • The optional all-wheel drive system isn't just for bad weather. It makes the Acura MDX remarkably nimble for a seven-passenger vehicle.
  • The transmission's Sport mode and paddle shifters produce the quick, firm response of a manual transmission.

Performance Cons

  • We found the Acura MDX's steering to be rather numb, lacking the confident feel offered by key competitors.
  • The transmission didn't always respond as quickly as we would've liked. Going heavy on the gas was sometimes necessary to provoke a downshift, and from a standstill, the gearbox was slow to engage.
  • The electronic CVT doesn't help the engine noise problem, keeping the engine speed in the noisy part of the tachometer.

Interior Pros

  • The push-button transmission controls take up less space than a traditional shifter, allowing for more storage and elbow room in front.
  • Active noise cancellation and a host of other sound-reducing measures make for an exceptionally peaceful cabin.

Interior Cons

  • The chrome trim around the center controls looks nice, but occasionally produced enough glare to interfere with our vision.
  • With the rear seats folded flat, there are a lot of holes and gaps in the load floor. Loose items can get stuck or slip out of reach.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The Acura MDX's middle row is spacious enough for three adults to ride in all-day comfort. There's little difference between the MDX and the largest crossover SUVs on the market.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The are no individual options for the MDX. We're not nuts about having to spring for an expensive package (or two) just to get a single desirable feature.

The Bottom Line

The Acura MDX serves up a blend of comfort, technology, and refinement that feels just right for upwardly mobile families.