The 2018 Acura MDX stands pat after a redesign last year—that’s a good thing.
Its exterior curves and features help shrink the prolific size of the MDX, and looks closer to a wagon in our eyes than an upright SUV.
We give the MDX points above average for a good interior and exterior moves. It earns a 7. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Last year’s redesign smoothed over the corporate “beak” (or perhaps you saw bottle opener?) that plagued Acura design for years. The new MDX hasn’t changed much else since 2014, when it was completely overhauled.
Reshaped bumpers and fenders last year helped align the MDX with its sharp LED headlight array, and better fit into the Acura stable. We think Acura has smoother moves on the horizon, but for now, the MDX looks just fine—even a little sporty.
Inside, the interior reads a little technophile with a push-button shifter and dual infotainment screens. It manages to miss the redundancy that other cars with dual screens fall victim to, but we still think one is enough.
The rest of the interior is plain and relatively straightforward, mostly missing overly complicated interior themes. Optional wood grains can add a touch of elegance to the mix without too much clutter.