Here are 5 Things to Know about the 2016 Acura MDX:
1. Acceleration from the V6 engine is smooth and confident, and for 2016, the MDX gets a new nine-speed automatic transmission that increases fuel economy to 22 or 23 mpg combined. Unfortunately, it's controlled by an odd button shifter that can be unintuitive to use.
2. Handling is excellent for such a large vehicle, especially with the optional all-wheel-drive system that not only sends power front to back, but side to side as well to limit understeer and improve cornering.
3. The MDX has one of the most spacious passenger cabins among three-row crossovers, but adults or teenagers will struggle to squeeze into the third row and then fit comfortably once they reach it. If you plan on using the third row a lot, a non-luxury model like the Honda Pilot is recommended.
4. Overall cargo capacity and versatility are excellent for a midsize SUV, and the deep center bin up front is handy for storing a small purse or a tablet.
5. Interior construction is meticulous, but the materials and overall ambiance are unremarkable for a luxury model. The dual-screen electronics interface can also be frustrating to use.
The 2016 Acura MDX received an Edmunds A rating for being arguably the most sensible three-row luxury crossover. Still, we recommend that you consider its fellow top-rated models: the Volvo XC90 and BMW X5, along with the Infiniti QX60 and the less luxurious, but even more versatile Honda Pilot.