Aug 29, 2014
Reviewed By Jeff Stites
Price as Tested $57,675, 290-hp 3.5-Liter SOHC 24-valve Direct-Injection i-VTEC V6, 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift, SH-AWD, Tech, Advance & Entertainment Packages

There are a number of things to like about the latest MDX SH-AWD offering. Although this is the top of the heap in the MDX line, I don’t think there is anything I’d want to toss out on the options list, unlike some fully loaded vehicles I’ve driven. Call it well-executed, funtional, ergonomic and visually appealing. The engine has an enjoyable growl from its 290 horses under brisk acceleration, with the 6-speed sequential-shifting transmission performing quick, seamless gear changes. It drove well, with easy manueverability and strong brakes. Guages and controls were well laid out, and the excellent infotainment system would keep the family unit well entertained.


Price is my biggest beef, but for what you get, it’s actually justifiable, and I’d say worth the purchase price. The Fathom Blue Pearl is probably my least favorite exterior color, but our test model represented it well.


A nice overall package with no real faults, and I found it quick and easy to get comfortable. If you’re a rear-seat passenger, you’ll be longing for extended road trips with the second-row seat options–including power, reclining seats and stellar entertainment system. A third row adds to the rolling mini-bus party and when stowed creates a large cargo area to haul a number of fair-sized objects. No scheduled tune-ups for 100k miles? Just another plus to an already great package.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
Horsepower 290 hp
Torque 267 lb/ft
EPA Mileage 18 city/27 hwy

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