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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Techno-futuristic" but “funky”
Car and Driver
Interior gets a “thumbs-up”
“Ugly wood trim”
New in 2007, the Acura MDX—described by Car and Driver as "a tall wagon [that] is an all-weather hauler on the sporty side"—gets a minor makeover inside and out for the 2010 model year. Reviewers from around the Web are mostly pleased by the richness of the cabin, but the oddly styled grille encounters more controversy than favor.
Kelley Blue Book reports "the characteristics that made the original MDX appealing have carried over intact, if not improved," with few changes from 2007.
There, opinions on the new MDX front end veer south. Car and Driver calls the MDX's styling "techno-futuristic,” but adds that while the new look is “more glitzy and expressive…the end result is just as funky as most other Acuras.” Edmunds feels the design lacks “a little in terms of personality and prestige." ForbesAutos deems the MDX "bolder and richer-looking" with "chiseled lines" that are less conservative than its predecessor, and Kelley Blue Book adds the overall look is "wider, lower [and] more aggressive."
Step into the big doors, and the MDX gives a far better impression, most reviewers say. The largest Acura gets a "thumbs up for interior design and layout” from the Washington Post, while ConsumerGuide notes the “attractive blend of rich-looking materials, with especially pleasing switchgear feel and movement." As with most reviewers, Car and Driver feels “the dash looked as busy and complicated as ever,” but gives Acura credit on content, if not execution: “Fortunately, the leather is sumptuous, the seats are very comfortable, and the navigation system is still one of the best available." Jalopnik demurs on the newly stained wood trim: “Bizarrely, Acura has slathered the dash and console in an ugly wood trim that isn't in keeping with the otherwise tech-focused nature of the interior.”
Odd grille and busy cabin aside, the 2010 Acura MDX appeals to a new generation of sport-ute shoppers with its tech-influenced shapes.