The Acura MDX is a popular contender on the luxury mid-size crossover battleground, helped by a potent all-weather drive system, efficient use of space, high level of features both standard and available, decent operating economy, and better-than-average warranty and resale value.
The 2010 Acura MDX features bold new styling to highlight significant changes for 2010 underneath. The 2010 MDX gets a new six-speed automatic transmission teamed with a revised version of its V6 engine. Acceleration improves slightly as do EPA ratings by 1 mpg. The MDX was last redesigned for 2007. Chassis refinements for 2010 include a retuned Active Damper System. Also, there is more technology on more models for 2010. The new Advance model gets thicker antiroll bars, especially in back, so it corners flatter and changes direction better.
Front and rear styling details have changed for the 2010 MDX model year, and the MDX is about an inch longer overall. Larger, 19-inch wheels are offered, taking the aggressive look one step further.
Inside, the styling and materials have been updated for 2010 as have many of the electronics and gadgets Acura has developed a reputation for, and more have been added. The top model known as Sport has been replaced with the MDX Advance model, not coincidentally the single-word Acura motto.
The Acura MDX is built on a unibody platform. It's neither an adaptation of a passenger car platform nor a truck-based platform like Chevy's Tahoe. It is not as long as the German seven-seat rivals, but close in size to many five-seat crossovers and has ample cargo space. It's a solid structure that should wear well and ride better than a truck-based utility.
From its wild grille to its elaborately stylish cat's-eye headlamps and new bumper the MDX continues to be edgy, figuratively and literally. It's quickly and easily identified and Acura and generally presents a wide stance.
The seats are laid out in three rows to accommodate seven people; flexible loading and appropriate materials make it family-friendly. It brings enough features to sate most technophiles, yet doesn't get too carried away with aids and assists.
Acura's 3.7-liter V6 is among the most powerful in its class and delivers decent fuel economy. Unlike all of its European competition there is no V8 option, nor a hybrid or diesel that some offer.
The all-wheel drive system can drive each rear wheel independently for maximum traction and to help drive the MDX around a bend. Handling is commendable and the ride taut, both comfort and performance enhanced on the Advance model.
The Acura MDX competes primarily with the Audi Q7, BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX350, Mercedes-Benz GL and ML, and Volvo XC90.
**Based on 2013 or 2014 EPA mileage estimates, as applicable. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.