The MDX Advance's adaptive suspension is able to change the characteristics of its dampers many times per second using magnetism. There are two modes of operations, emphasizing Comfort and Sport handling.
Standard on all MDX models is Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, which not only splits twisting force between the front and rear axles, but also vectors torque across the rear axle for more-lively handling.
With about 17 buttons and switches for everything from active cruise control to audio and phone controls, the MDX's steering wheel is a crowded bit of real estate. Thankfully, things are laid out in an intuitive manner.
Nearly all of the MDX's onscreen interactions are handled with this large control knob, which can be spun, pushed in eight directions, and depressed like a button to make selections and navigate Acura's interface.
Acura's satellite-linked navigation system is improved over previous Honda/Acura implementations with hard-drive data storage and AcuraLink traffic, but with only 2D maps and no text-to-speech, it lags behind most of the competition in its class.