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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Car and Driver
two new exterior colors have been added for 2009
Standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels
Acura released the second-generation MDX to market in 2007. In 2009, Acura MDXs carry over largely unchanged except for the addition of two colors: Bali Blue Pearl and Mocha Metallic. TheCarConnection.com has seen that opinions on the 2009 Acura MDX are divided on the exterior design and generally positive for the interior design.
Kelley Blue Book reports "the characteristics that made the original MDX appealing have carried over intact, if not improved," with few changes from 2007. Car and Driver describes the MDX Acura as "a tall wagon [that] is an all-weather hauler on the sporty side."
There are a few aspects of this 2009 Acura's styling to dislike, however. Car and Driver thinks "some may find the buck-toothed-mole look of the front grille a bit off-putting" and calls the MDX's styling "techno-futuristic." Edmunds and the Washington Post agree that the large aluminum grille is more suited to Wagnerian opera than the front of a contemporary luxury sport-utility vehicle, with Edmunds adding that it "lacked a little in terms of personality and prestige." Nonetheless, it remains a top recommendation at that Web site, which feels that the MDX Acura compares very favorably with its chief competitors, the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne. ForbesAutos has a slightly different take on the 2009 Acura MDX styling, calling it "bolder and richer-looking" with "chiseled lines" that are less conservative than its predecessor. Kelley Blue Book describes the 2009 Acura MDX's stance as "wider, lower [and] more aggressive."
On the inside, the MDX "is an attractive mix of sport, luxury and technology," reports Kelley Blue Book. The Washington Post calls it the 2009 Acura MDX's "head-turning quotient," adding "thumbs up for interior design and layout." ConsumerGuide ranks the control panel's layout as a "Con," explaining, "The audio and climate controls are easy to reach, but the vast array of similarly sized and shaped controls is confusing." However, they also note the "MDX's hi-tech interior design incorporates an attractive blend of rich-looking materials, with especially pleasing switchgear feel and movement."
Save for its odd grille, the 2009 Acura MDX is a sleek, slightly edgy three-row crossover that will appeal to shoppers seeking something a little different; traditionalists will want to look elsewhere.