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This functional, family-friendly luxury SUV is comfortable, quick, and quiet, with generous space for seven. The second row folds and slides forward with the touch of a button for easy access to the small third row. The 3.5-liter V6 is silky smooth and delivers ample acceleration. We measured a very commendable 21 mpg overall, but the nine-speed automatic is not always smooth or responsive and its push-button shifter is unintuitive to use. We also found it frustrating to use the dual-screen control interface. The MDX has a comfortable ride, and the cabin is quiet. Handling is mundane, but it's ultimately secure. The 2017 freshening brings a hybrid version with a seven-speed automated manual, as well as standard AcuraWatch, which includes safety features such as automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning.

Road Test

For years, the upscale MDX has been a popular choice in both America's suburbs and among Consumer Reports readers. It's easy to see why it is one of our higher-rated SUVs: this is a well-rounded, functional, and competitively-priced vehicle that does...

Highs

  • It's a well-rounded, upscale SUV that does almost everything well
  • Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking come standard

Lows

  • Many frustrating controls, including the touch-screen layout and push-button shifter
  • Nine-speed transmission often doesn't shift smoothly

Best Version to Get

Here are the major decisions you need to make when picking an MDX: Front- or all-wheel drive (AWD)? Adding AWD, here called SH-AWD, costs $2000 and improves wintertime traction. (Acura touts the dry-weather handling advantages of their "super handling" AWD system, but those b...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 9-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 hybrid (321 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (290 hp)

Ratings

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