The redesigned MDX is a functional three-row luxury SUV with a potent powertrain and a well-finished cabin priced lower than German rivals. But the distracting infotainment system and Acura’s shaky reliability of late should give buyers pause.
The standard 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 makes lots of usable power and generates invigorating sounds the higher it’s revved. The 10-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly most of the time, apart from an occasionally bumpy downshift. But the now larger MDX is about a half-second slower from 0 to 60 mph, and fuel economy regressed by 1 mpg compared with the previous model—though both figures are still decent for the class.