It's been nearly ten years since Acura introduced the MDX, and I still find it to be an attractive entry in the luxury-brand, seven-passenger crossover segment. Actually, the MDX was a crossover before we really even knew the term "crossover," as it was based on the platform of the Odyssey minivan from the get-go a decade ago. It's always been car-based.
Acura was one of the first companies to effectively figure out the third-row seating packaging. Although the third row isn't commodious, it folds flat easily.
We tend to take the MDX, still in its second generation, for granted, but it has aged very well. The powertrain is perfectly decent; nothing scintillating or sporty, but good. The real reason you buy an Acura MDX is because it likely will be stone-cold reliable and will hold its value.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor