What Acura needs is an infotainment controller ala BMW's iDrive, Mercedes' Comand, or Audi's MMI. The center stack is littered with more than 50 buttons that are quite daunting to sift through. Acura already has the large knob/joystick that interfaces with the display, but the dynamic nature of the screen is underutilized. Most of the onscreen functions are mere repetitions of what you can achieve with physical buttons.
From a driving perspective, the MDX does a fine job of cosseting passengers without ever feeling soft. Body control is excellent and the all-wheel drive system does wonders for the MDX's handling. I also can't find a fault with the engine or transmission. Acura may not carry the prestige of the German luxury marques, but in this segment the MDX doesn't make any concessions to those big names.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor