We Drove This New Acura SUV And Thought It Was a Perfect Compromise Car for a Husband And Wife

Honda's (HMC) Acura luxury division just put out a crossover SUV that will probably some stop spousal arguments while weekend car shopping. 

Priced at $58,000 with all the bells and whistles, the 2017 Acura MDX offers up the combination of cool looks and ungodly amount of storage space that a growing millennial family could appreciate. The new model comes with several upgrades, including a tweaked front grille, optional second-row captain's chairs, 20 inch wheels and an upgraded interior with wood trim and soft leather seats.

Our 4,222 pound test SUV left us generally impressed. On the one hand, the MDX wins points for its comfy seats, endless array of cup-holders and charging stations, and roomy interior. But there were a few minor letdowns, including a feeling of the SUV being under-powered (despite a 3.5 liter, 290 horsepower engine) and the interior trim quality not matching the somewhat steep price tag. 

Here are several top takeaways. 

The MDX's new front grille has received mixed reviews. But, we thought it offered the aggressiveness the SUV needed.
The MDX's new front grille has received mixed reviews. But, we thought it offered the aggressiveness the SUV needed.

We liked the rear styling, too.
We liked the rear styling, too.

The 290 horsepower engine sounded like it wanted to go fast, but the SUV just lacked that explosive getaway power.
The 290 horsepower engine sounded like it wanted to go fast, but the SUV just lacked that explosive getaway power.

As for the interior, it was very roomy. Everything was easy to reach. The infotainment system was simple to navigate.
As for the interior, it was very roomy. Everything was easy to reach. The infotainment system was simple to navigate.

But, we were disappointed with the resolution of the infotainment system's screens. It seemed outdated relative to other SUVs in the class. For the price, Acura has to pick up its game in this area. Having the navigation screen at eye level was helpful.
But, we were disappointed with the resolution of the infotainment system's screens. It seemed outdated relative to other SUVs in the class. For the price, Acura has to pick up its game in this area. Having the navigation screen at eye level was helpful.

Acura also needs to step it up a notch with its trim package. The wood trim felt out of place in the somewhat sporty MDX and lacking in the quality for a luxury auto.
Acura also needs to step it up a notch with its trim package. The wood trim felt out of place in the somewhat sporty MDX and lacking in the quality for a luxury auto.

The heated steering wheel worked like a gem.
The heated steering wheel worked like a gem.

Massive cupholders in the front. Easily held an extra large Gatorade bottle. Sport mode made the SUV a little more spirited.
Massive cupholders in the front. Easily held an extra large Gatorade bottle. Sport mode made the SUV a little more spirited.

Multiple charging stations in the center console...
Multiple charging stations in the center console...

And in the rear seat...
And in the rear seat...

And of course one in the trunk for when you are out camping with the family.
And of course one in the trunk for when you are out camping with the family.

More giant cupholders and extra storage space in the backseat. All in all, nicely roomy.
More giant cupholders and extra storage space in the backseat. All in all, nicely roomy.

As we said, quite the roomy SUV. Great leather. The second row seating always welcome.
As we said, quite the roomy SUV. Great leather. The second row seating always welcome.

Here we drove with no hands to test out the MDX's autonomous driving feature.
Here we drove with no hands to test out the MDX's autonomous driving feature.

This worked well at lower speeds as it steered us back in our lane as we navigated out of it. At higher speeds, the system was hit or miss. But when it did kick in, the car asserted itself and easily put us back on a straight path.

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