What is it? The third-generation MDX, Acura’s midsized three-row, luxury SUV, has been redesigned with an all-new platform and a slightly longer wheelbase. While potentially improving the ride, that stretch also provides more legroom in the second row and better access to the third row. The third-row seat has always been tiny but has now been modestly enlarged.
What is new or notable? Power comes from a 290-hp, 3.5-liter V6 with direct injection and cylinder-deactivation shared Acura’s new flagship sedan the RLX.
A front-wheel-drive version will be offered for the first time, to bring both improved fuel economy and a lower purchase price.
Headlights will use banks of LEDs instead of conventional bulbs.
A new multi-angle rear camera system gives more of a wrap-around view aft.
Within the suite of safety systems is lane-keeping assist, which can correct your course if you start to drift from your lane. The adaptive cruise control gets a low-speed follow feature, a system that automatically applies the brakes if you close in on the car ahead too quickly in, say, stop and go traffic.
CR’s take: We liked the previous MDX in most respects although the tiny two-person was very cramped.
When will it be available? Summer 2013