The MDX, if it's anything like the outgoing generation, definitely hits a sweet spot in the family market, good for those who don't want to completely sacrifice driving enjoyment.
Most of the other entries the MDX's size, with three rows of seating, are considerably stodgier from behind the wheel, without adding all that much more comfort.
The Buick Enclave is one such example.
It has a very useful third row and exceptionally roomy interior, as well as a good ride, but it drives heavy and is far less fuel efficient.
The Volkswagen Touareg doesn't offer a third row, but it's roughly the same size on the outside and has more of a rugged emphasis.
The Lexus RX 350 is also a five-passenger vehicle, but it's more comfort oriented and can be had in a 450h Hybrid model.
The Lincoln MKT is roomy and different—with one of the better third-row seats.
And while the Mazda CX-9 isn't all that luxurious or that strong on refinement, it is one of the sportier vehicles in this class, with a usable third row.
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