What We Drove
Fun to Drive
2nd Opinion –Wardlaw
Last summer, I enjoyed Acura’s redesigned MDX on the winding, hilly roads of western Pennsylvania and in a torrential thunderstorm at BeaveRun Motorsports complex. Here in Los Angeles, it’s equally pleasing on the freeway and in the city. Outstanding brake pedal feel and modulation helped me avoid a wreck on the infamous 405 freeway, a throaty bellow when punching the gas reminded me that a V8 isn’t necessary, and capable handling entertained me on the multitude of on- and off-ramps. The sound system is phenomenal, the seats comfortable, the materials upscale, and cargo room generous. Plus, I dig the controversial design. Personally, I’d ditch that third row and add second row legroom, but otherwise, the MDX is just about perfect.
2nd Opinion – Chee
He tried to catch me. Turn after turn, I could see the blue angst flowing out of the cabin of his sedan, but the MDX kept him at arm’s length. It wasn’t because of my skill, but the on-track capability of the SUV: On the track, the MDX is an excellent ride. It cornered magnificently, the powertrain leapt to attention, and I thought it was perfection…until I drove it on the streets. Mind you, it’s a short-lister and a strong upgrade, but there are problems: The control layout made me feel like I was piloting a plane, there are a few blind spots in back, the snout is ugly, and I was never able to get comfortable in the seat.
Photos courtesy of Ron Perry, Acura