Acura has always given its cars a strong visual identity, and that does not change with the 2016 MDX model.
Part of that visual identity comes from the standard LED headlights, which are also very efficient and durable.
Also standard on the MDX is a direct injection 3.5-liter V-6 engine, good for 290 horsepower.
Although similar in size to many five-passenger SUVs, the MDX includes a third row for seven passenger seating.
At $58,000 fully loaded, the MDX is a good value in a premium SUV.
The side graphics presents a pillarless look and a nice rake at the rear.
Acura dumped the magnetic ride suspension from its previous-generation MDX, using a mechanically adaptive system which isn't quite as good.
With the third row up, there is only 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space.
The optional Super Handling All-wheel-drive system is a highlight of the MDX, as it actively vectors torque across the rear axle.
Comfortable, power-adjustable seats in front add to the premium feel.
The second row seats fold down and move forward, allowing good access to the third row.
The third-row seats are a little cramped, but adults can use them.
Acura has never been good at simplifying its cabin controls.
Steering response from the electric power steering system is good and direct.
Acura gives its instrument cluster clean-looking traditional gauges.
With the new nine-speed transmission, the MDX gets a push-button drive selector.
This dual-screen infotainment display offers a confusing interface with many duplicate input methods.
The navigation system offers easy-to-read maps, viewable in perspective or plan view.
This dial and surrounding buttons control the upper LCD display.
This middle touchscreen offers a bizarre set of alternative controls for the infotainment system.
The upper LCD display shows this address entry menu.
Live traffic data comes to the MDX courtesy of satellite radio.
The lower touchscreen offers a dialer for the hands-free phone system.
You can also select an audio source from the lower touchscreen.
The upper LCD offers its own means of choosing audio sources.
You can browse a music library on the upper LCD display, but not on the lower touchscreen.
The ELS audio system creates sound with excellent clarity that fills the cabin.
The rear-seat entertainment system has a wide screen, dual display and an HDMI input, but tablets for the kids might be a better investment.