Acura continued to tweak the third generation of their popular three-row crossover SUV. 2016 brought a new nine-speed automatic transmission that doesn't always shift smoothly, and its pushbutton shifter is annoying to use. 2017 made the AcuraWatch suite of safety equipment standard, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. A hybrid model was also added. A quiet interior and absorbent ride make the MDX a pleasant highway cruiser, but handling isn't particularly sharp. Fuel economy from the 3.5-liter V6 and nine-speed transmission is impressive. Inside, the seats are comfortable but Acura's dual-screen infotainment system can be confusing to navigate. The second row folds and slides forward with just the push of a button, a very clever feature. The best overall value is the Technology package, which includes blind spot monitoring. Note though that some desirable features, like second row bucket seats and a surround-view camera system, are reserved for the top-trim Advance model.