Acura has always given its cars a strong visual identity, and that does not change with the 2016 MDX model.

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Part of that visual identity comes from the standard LED headlights, which are also very efficient and durable.

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Also standard on the MDX is a direct injection 3.5-liter V-6 engine, good for 290 horsepower.

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Although similar in size to many five-passenger SUVs, the MDX includes a third row for seven passenger seating.

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At $58,000 fully loaded, the MDX is a good value in a premium SUV.

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The side graphics presents a pillarless look and a nice rake at the rear.

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Acura dumped the magnetic ride suspension from its previous-generation MDX, using a mechanically adaptive system which isn't quite as good.

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With the third row up, there is only 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

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The optional Super Handling All-wheel-drive system is a highlight of the MDX, as it actively vectors torque across the rear axle.

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Comfortable, power-adjustable seats in front add to the premium feel.

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The second row seats fold down and move forward, allowing good access to the third row.

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The third-row seats are a little cramped, but adults can use them.

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Acura has never been good at simplifying its cabin controls.

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Steering response from the electric power steering system is good and direct.

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Acura gives its instrument cluster clean-looking traditional gauges.

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With the new nine-speed transmission, the MDX gets a push-button drive selector.

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This dual-screen infotainment display offers a confusing interface with many duplicate input methods.

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The navigation system offers easy-to-read maps, viewable in perspective or plan view.

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This dial and surrounding buttons control the upper LCD display.

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This middle touchscreen offers a bizarre set of alternative controls for the infotainment system.

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The upper LCD display shows this address entry menu.

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Live traffic data comes to the MDX courtesy of satellite radio.

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The lower touchscreen offers a dialer for the hands-free phone system.

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You can also select an audio source from the lower touchscreen.

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The upper LCD offers its own means of choosing audio sources.

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You can browse a music library on the upper LCD display, but not on the lower touchscreen.

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The ELS audio system creates sound with excellent clarity that fills the cabin.

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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.

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