If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Acura is already hard at work preparing its next-generation MDX crossover, but the current model — now seven years old — remains unchanged for the 2013 model year. Despite its age, it is one of the best-selling models in the Acura portfolio. Why? Packing a little bit of everything — i.e., comfort, performance, style, and utility — into a single package certainly doesn’t hurt. The market is awash in premium three-row crossovers and SUVs, but few handle quite as well as the MDX. It’s not easy to make a 4500-pound machine handle like a smaller sedan, but a few technological twists make such a feat possible. Acura’s ubiquitous torque-shifting Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) aids in cornering, and the available adaptive damper system helps iron out body roll on twisty roads. The 3.7-liter V-6 provides sufficient power, and the six-speed automatic transmission responds quickly to throttle inputs. Acura’s ZDX crossover might feel (and look) somewhat sportier, but the MDX has several advantages over its fastback sibling. With room for seven, loads of usable cargo space, a 5000-pound tow rating, and the agility of a vehicle half its size, the 2013 MDX is a far more well-rounded option.
new for 2013
No revisions are in store for the 2013 model year, although Acura did revise interior and exterior color combinations for 2012.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; and traction and stability control are standard. Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are included in the technology package. Blind-spot detection, radar-based cruise control, and a collision-mitigating automatic braking system are part of the advance package.
Sensible yet sporty
Attractive, comfortable interior
Thirst for premium fuel
Third row is a tight squeeze
Base Price Range: $43,815–$55,340
TRIM LEVEL: MDX
BODY STYLE: SUV/crossover, 7-passenger
ENGINE: 3.7L V-6, 300 hp, 270 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: 142.2 cu ft
CAPACITIES: Towing 5000 lb; cargo (behind third/middle/front seats) 15.0/42.9/83.5 cu ft