Handsome is surely a word that applies to the 2013 Acura MDX. The shape still looks good even a few years since its introduction. It's Acura's best design effort in a utility vehicle--the wagon has real character, and its style is more sophisticated and timeless than most.
One of the keys to the MDX's look, which seems contemporary at one moment and more traditional at another, is its combination of carefully sculpted sheetmetal applied to a fairly upright body--in a way that's not at all heavy-handed. This is most apparent at the rear pillar, where a rounded arc edging the rear side window, plus a curvaceous stretch of sheetmetal at the rear flank, combine to make the MDX appear more rakish than it is.
There's one letdown to the design, perhaps, and that's the brash front end and its big, bright grille. The theme has never quite hit the elegant yet precise look and feel that underwrites most of Acura's vehicles.
Inside, a cascading dash design trimmed in woodgrain and leather establishes right away that the MDX is fully a luxury vehicle. The dash is a little more upright than that of Acura's cars, but it continues many of the same themes and looks well-tailored, with clear gauges and a restrained look. The only exception from both a design and practicality standpoint is that the instrument panel can seem just a bit too cluttered.