Acura says it benchmarked performance SUVs and tuned the MDX on Germany’s Nurburgring racetrack when it developed the second-generation version of its luxury crossover suv, which is one reason why, seven years after it debuted, after having spent a week with a 2013 Acura MDX, my family has decided that despite its age and atrocious fuel economy, the MDX would be on the short list of candidates if we were planning to spend about $50,000 on a luxury crossover SUV. You see, at my house, we like cars that are fun to drive.
Sheer entertainment value isn’t the only thing the Acura MDX has going for it, though. This SUV is distinctively styled, and it offers incredibly comfortable seats in a cabin constructed of materials that exude quality. Add excellent crash-test ratings, impressive reliability, plenty of practicality, and pricing that represents real value in contrast to key competitors such as the Audi Q7, BMW X5, and Lexus GX, and the 2013 Acura MDX remains a compelling choice despite its age and imminent replacement by a completely redesigned 2014 MDX.