Well-rounded and highly desirable, this generation of the seven-seat Acura MDX consistently outscored European luxury SUVs that cost thousands of dollars more.
We like the MDX's refined powertrain, quick acceleration, responsive handling, and controlled ride, but road noise is louder than we'd like.
Stability control was standard.
The 3.7-liter V6 belts out plenty of power, but fuel economy is nothing special.
Interior fit and finish are impressive and the first two rows of seats are very comfortable.
However, the third-row seat is tight for anyone but kids.
Look for an MDX with the optional rearview camera; it became standard in later years.
The dashboard's array of buttons can also be daunting at first.
The Acura's five-speed automatic transmission was upgraded to a six-speed for 2010.
Ahead for their time, top-trim Advance models have standard blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning.