Sep 24, 2013
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $57,400: 290-hp 3.5-L SOHC 24-Valve Direct Injection VTEC V6 with Variable Cylinder Management, 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift, Tech Package, Entertainment Package, Advance Package

Understated, classy styling. Great visibility. Lots of glass, but still feels very safe. Very roomy inside without looking like a huge S.U.V. on the outside. Lots of cargo space, even with the third row seats up. Flip all the rear seats flat for massive loads. Blind-spot indicator is a little golden light that glows when another vehicle is in the way; hit the turn signal and a chime instantly alerts you. 290-hp V6 with 6-speed automatic works flawlessly and effortlessly at all speeds; roars to life quickly when needed. Bluetooth audio interface is intuitive. Automatic door locks work correctly, which was something that Hondas and Acuras seemed to get wrong all last year. Super-wide-angle backup camera is perhaps the best I’ve experienced.


Everything about the car feels big while driving, which will appeal to some drivers, but not to me. The interior finishes were classy but didn’t pop—not as luxurious as I expected for nearly $60k.


My wife said “Ooooh” when I pulled up into the driveway in the MDX. Her enthusiasm dissipated after a few minutes of driving. “It’s a little disappointing inside,” she said. “I really thought I was going to be dazzled.” As a stylish, upscale alternative to a minivan, the MDX performs admirably and will handle everything a family will throw at it, but its luxurious styling comes up just a little short. That may be a big factor for the family shopping at the $50k price point. By every other measure, however, the MDX is successfully realized.

Fun to Drive
2.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.5 rating