Bottom line: The Acura MDX is a very nice, well-equipped, well-done sport-utility vehicle. The Honda Pilot is a better value. Ride, acceleration and handling: It gets good marks in all areas. Note of concern: Many garages in Boston, Chicago and New York City are quick to apply an “SUV fee” of at least $10 in addition to whatever else is charged to park those vehicles.
Head-turning quotient for MDX: Big without being aggressive or intimidating. Moderate, appealing cosmetic changes to the front fascia for 2017. Capacities: It seats up to seven people. Carg oca pacity is an estimated 70 cubic feet with third-row seats folded. The fuel tank holds 19.5 gallons of gasoline. Regular grade is okay.
City/highway mileage: I averag ed a combined 22 miles per gallon.
Safety: Standard equipment includes fourwheel disc brakes, ventilated front/solid rear; four-wheel anti-lock brake system; emergency braking assistance; precollision safety system; stability and traction control; advanced electronics safety system suite; LED headlamps; side, head and front knee air bags. Pricing: The MDX has been a bestseller for several years, and Acura dealers apparently want to keep it that way. The manufacturer’s final transaction price, fully loaded, is $57,340. Washington-area Acura dealers reportedly have knocked nearly $5,000 off that price.