Agility, braking, powertrain refinement, fit and finish, front-seat comfort, reliability.
Road noise, some controls.
The well-rounded MDX is very enjoyable and competitively priced. It rides well and its refined powertrain provides smooth and quick acceleration and an average of 18 mpg with the slick six-speed automatic. Body lean is contained and the steering is responsive, with low effort yet good feedback. When pushed to its limits the MDX is balanced and secure. Fit and finish is impressive, and the five main seats are comfortable. But the small third-row seat is only for kids. Controls are a little confusing at first but are easy to use once they're mastered.