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 with the optional all-wheel-drive. (Front-wheel-drive is standard.) However, the nine-speed automatic suffers in terms of shifting smoothness.
A modest 2017 freshening brought standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking to all trims, a big advantage. (Blind spot warning remains optional.) The update also introduced a hybrid model and included new front end styling.