- Impressive V-6 power
- Nimble handling, especially for its size
- Strong safety performance
- Big and roomy for front five passengers
- The beer-opener grille
- A busy cockpit design
- Darty steering
- Takes premium gas, and a fair amount of it
With a few notable flaws in styling and features, the 2011 Acura MDX still impresses us with its friendly handling and gutsy power.
The 2011 Acura MDX is a 7-seat utility vehicle that shares some running gear with the Honda Pilot. It offers a plush cabin and strong crash-test performance, though there's not much in the way of off-road capability.
The MDX is the rare big utility vehicle that's also rewarding to drive. Despite some odd exclusions on the features list, a supremely confident family vehicle with a stellar safety record.
Prices for the MDX start at nearly $43,000 and climb over $50,000 for highly optioned versions. Among its rivals are the Lincoln MKT and Ford Flex, the Buick Enclave, and the Volvo XC90.