• Sensible yet sporty
  • All-wheel drive
  • Attractive
  • Comfortable interior
  • Thirst for premium fuel
  • Third row is a tight squeeze

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for MDX in 2013

No revisions are in store for the 2013 Acura MDX, although Acura did revise interior and exterior color combinations for 2012. ..more

Overview

The all-new, third-generation Acura MDX debuted at the New York auto show and should make its way to dealers later this summer or early fall but, apart from softer sheetmetal, it isn’t a huge departure from the 2013 MDX presently available on dealer lots. Honestly, this is a good thing, as the 2013 MDX packs a little bit of everything -- comfort, performance, style, and utility -- into a well-sorted package. The market is awash in premium three-row crossovers and SUVs, but few of them perform quite as well as the MDX. It’s not easy to make a 4500-pound machine handle like a mid-size sedan, but a few technological twists make such a feat possible. Acura’s ubiquitous torque-shifting Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) aids in cornering, and the available adaptive damper system helps iron out body roll on twisty roads. The 3.7-liter V-6 engine provides sufficient power, and the six-speed automatic transmission responds quickly to throttle inputs. The soon-to-be-discontinued ZDX crossover might feel (and look) somewhat sportier, but the MDX has several advantages over its fastback sibling. With room for seven, loads of usable cargo space, a 5000-pound tow rating, and the agility of a vehicle half its size, the 2013 MDX is a far more well-rounded option.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; and traction and stability control are standard. Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are included in the technology package. Blind-spot detection, radar-based cruise control, and a collision-mitigating automatic braking system are part of the advance package.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Acura MDX

  • BMW X5
  • Buick Enclave
  • Lincoln MKT
  • Volvo XC90

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