If the MDX isn't the best vehicle Acura currently sells, it's at the very least the best Acura that Acura sells. As Rusty noted, its vast expanse of sheet metal provides a proper canvas for the brand's new design language. More important, the MDX doesn't try to bring a knife to a gunfight. Whereas other high-priced Acuras, particularly the RL sedan, have always been missing a bit of the necessary hardware and swagger to compete toe-to-toe with rivals, the MDX offers every bit as much power, luxury, and refinement as its full-size competition. That makes all the better the fact that the base price is actually priced closer to small luxury crossovers like the Audi Q5 and Lexus RX. Even our fully loaded test car costs only a grand more than a similarly equipped Cadillac SRX that came through the office around the same time.
There are a few issues I'd like Acura to address, such as the still too complex infotainment system, but overall, I'd say the MDX is a roadmap for the brand's future and a good choice in the segment.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor