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 most things well.
The hushed cabin and supple ride provide the refinement expected of a luxury SUV. The 3.5-liter V6 engine is responsive and refined, plus delivers an impressive 21 mpg overall. While the move to a nine-speed automatic for 2016 slightly improved fuel economy and acceleration, the new transmission suffers in terms of shifting smoothness and uses an unintuitive push-button shifter.
The MDX has a roomy, comfortable, and very functional cabin that can hold up to seven people. Access to the third-row seat simply requires pressing a single button--a clever, user-friendly design that should be a benchmark for competing models. Such interior flexibility makes the MDX an excellent soccer-mom SUV.