2007 Acura MDX Expert Review

You'll Like The 2007 Acura MDX If...

The perfectly practical MDX is also the most powerful, most tech-savvy V6 SUV on the road, giving it assured access to the top tier of any premium midsize SUV shopping list.

You May Not Like The 2007 Acura MDX If...

If you prefer the softer, tamer side of a premium lifestyle, you might be more comfortable in the Lexus RX 350.

What's New

While the all-new, second-generation MDX is even more family-friendly than its predecessor, a new 300-horsepower V6, performance-enhancing all-wheel-drive system and sharp sheetmetal team up to empower the SUV with newfound attitude and ability.

Interior Features

In its pursuit of greater performance, the MDX has given up nothing in practicality. For example, the MDX offers 15 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the third row, which is just two cubic feet less than the full-size Chevrolet Tahoe. For bigger loads, both rear rows fold flat. The reclining second-row seats offer enough legroom for those six feet tall and more, while the third row is best suited for smaller folks riding on shorter trips. The MDX even offers a minivan-like 10 cupholders. Up front, the MDX is an attractive mix of sport, luxury and technology, with highlights that include perforated leather or premium leather seats, wood-like or metallic trim and a collection of intuitive controls.

Exterior Features

Complementing its wider, lower, more aggressive stance, the bolder new MDX features a shield-like take on Acura's five-sided grille, thick wheel arches filled with 18-inch wheels and prominent oval tailpipes. HID headlamps, mirror-integrated turn signals and LED taillamps further the cutting-edge appearance, as does a radio antenna that's been cleverly integrated into the rear spoiler. The MDX is longer, wider and taller, by varying degrees, than the BMW X5, Lexus RX 350 and Volvo XC90.

Driving Impressions

The fact that Acura introduced the all-new MDX on a racetrack–-alongside six-cylinder versions of the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne, no less–-says quite a bit. The fact that it was indeed the MDX that put the biggest smiles on our faces says even more. When pushed hard, the MDX's 300 horsepower, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and optional active damping system combine to deliver an SUV that's fun to drive even at or near its limits. We were also impressed by the MDX's off-road ability, which we were able to sample on a short but extreme course. Fortunately, because very few will ever negotiate a racetrack or even a muddy trail, the newly athletic MDX is even more pleasing around town and on the highway than its exemplary predecessor.

Pricing Notes

The 2007 Acura MDX starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $40,665 and extends to $48,465 when fully equipped. As a newly redesigned, premium-badged vehicle, we expect our Fair Purchase Prices to reflect real-world selling prices close to those MSRPs. The well-rounded, well-equipped MDX makes a worthy competitor to a wide-range of premium SUVs–-from the Volvo XC90 to the Porsche Cayenne–-with pricing that we feel compares favorably to anything in the category. As for resale value, we expect the MDX to perform better even than the excellent, but aging, Lexus RX 350.

Notable Equipment

Some of the bigger features included at base price include the powerful V6 and sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, power and heated front seats, power moonroof, HID headlamps, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, an impressive audio system, three-zone automatic climate control, steering wheel-mounted controls, six airbags and electronic traction and stability controls.

Notable Options

All of the MDX's optional features are bundled into three packages. Technology Package highlights include a sophisticated navigation system with real-time traffic info and Zagat restaurant reviews, plus a DVD-Audio surround sound system. Sport Package features include an active suspension, premium leather and an exclusive wheel design. The Entertainment Package includes a DVD rear entertainment system and power open/close tailgate.

Favorite Features

Technology Package

With a navigation system that provides real-time traffic info and an audio system that delivers amazing six-channel surround sound via DVD-Audio disc, we'd be hard-pressed not to check this option box.


Squeeze the throttle mid-corner and the MDX's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system transfers more torque to the rear outside wheel, delivering truer steering response and perceptibly higher cornering limits.

Under the Hood

The MDX features Acura's most powerful engine ever, connected to a five-speed automatic transmission and the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system that distributes torque not only between the front and rear wheels, but also between the left and right rear wheels. In addition to cornering advantages, the system also makes for a less-intrusive stability control system. The available Active Damper System, in which the shock absorbers can change from soft to firm in milliseconds, helps mitigate the traditional trade-offs between a comfortable ride and spirited handling. The MDX features unibody construction and a fully independent suspension, and can tow up to 5,000 pounds with the added benefit of a Trailer Stability Assist feature.

3.7-liter V6

300 horsepower @ 6000 rpm

275 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/22

Editors' Notes

By combining manageable dimensions with seven-passenger capacity, a comfortable highway ride with responsive in-town handling and car-like construction with respectable off-pavement capability, the MDX has been one of our favorite SUVs since its introduction for the 2001 model year. In fact, as it trails only the Lexus RX 350 in category sales, the MDX has proven a favorite of many. For 2007, Acura introduces an all-new MDX, designed with new emphases on performance, technology and styling. Fortunately, all the characteristics that made the original MDX so appealing have carried over intact, if not improved.

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2007 Acura MDX

My mdx is the safest, most reliable car I have ever had! It is clearance is higher than most SUVs. This and the all wheel drive provide safety in adverse conditions. For example, during a particularly rough winter storm, I shuttled essential personnel to my workplace because their vehicles couldn't make it over the icy, rutted roads. I was rear-ended while stopped by a texting driver going 35 mph and my only injury was a slightly sprained ankle. I was able to drive away, unlike the other car. Despite the accident, we still pay less for insurance on the mdx than for our Honda odyssey. The insurance company explained it was because the mdx is so safe. Upkeep is simple. I am not good at remembering to change the oil, but this vehicle tracks the oil life, tire pressure, plus other things and reminds you when regular services are needed. I love the comfort features such as the seat warmers, driver settings memory (seat, steering wheel positions, etc. ) And radio, phone & cruise control buttons on the steering wheel. The cargo area is great and has thoughtful features like well placed tie downs. I have a towing package and pulling a trailer is absolutely no problem. My one frustration is the heating system - it will blow cold air at random times. The dealer cannot figure out why. (this may be unique to my vehicle. ) The mdx is upscale enough for the fanciest of circumstances, but is subtle enough to not seem pretentious. This has been a safe, dependable vehicle and I have no intention of getting a different car for a long time!

- Nancy D

The Acura MDX: safe midsize SUV with all the bells and whistles

2007 Acura MDX Tech Pkg

The Acura MDX is a great and reliable family SUV. I bought this car with the all wheel drive in mind because I live where the snow can cause difficult driving conditions. The interior is a fantastic mix for those who want a smaller option for SUV's. It has an easy interface for those of us who are lacking in the technology new cars come with. The middle bench style seating row has ample leg room, even for an almost 6 foot person, and the optional 3rd row is a great way to have extra seating when needed. The 3rd row folds down easy and flat for rear storage, and the 2nd row folds down nicely for even more storage which is very handy. The little details are great including; multiple outlets in front, middle and rear of the car, easy to access child seat anchors, rear ac/heating vents, simple folding rear seats, ample storage, memory front seat controls for 2 separate drivers, aux plug, navigation, back up camera, and information controls on the steering wheel. Some of the steering wheel controls include tire pressure which is a fantastic addition to be able to see at a glance. The size of the 2007 Acura MDX is a huge reason for my purchase. It is great size to maneuver in with a stable wide width to it. Add in the safety curtain airbags, this was a perfect fit for my family.

- Leanne S

The technologies are present: rear view camera, and tilting mirrors.

2007 Acura MDX 3.7L

My Acura Mdx is a very reliable car. I have maintained the engine and oil changes within the timelines given in the mountains book. The interior is very nice and classy. It has the wood finish on the doors and dash panel. In addition to the wood trims, I picked the leather edition and sit warmers that comes very handing on cold nights or if you venture to the sierra. Overall my Mdx is a perfect all around family car that provides the user with comfort, power, and luxury.

- Aaron T

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