The 2017 Acura MDX Still Looks Cheap

Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove
Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove

Acura facelifted the MDX, the pointless record holder as the best-selling three-row SUV in history. It still looks cheap.

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Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove
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The MDX isn’t really supposed to be a top-flight high-priced car, and that’s good because the new grille looks like it belongs on a playground.

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Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove
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The butt looks particularly dumpy.

Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove
Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove

The MDX does get some neat new three-motor hybrid drive just like the system in the new NSX, I will say, and the interior can come with some charming rough wood. It looks like Volvo’s, only not quite as nice.

Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove
Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove
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The MDX may be a fine vehicle, but it sure does not stand out as a luxury good.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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wolfgang-gullich
Wolfgang-Gullich

Why no love for what is probably the only other luxury ute that approaches the X5's fun-to-drive factor with the reliability of a Honda? I’ll agree that my ‘16 MDX isn’t pretty to look at (except the interesting character line above the rear quarter windows) and the initial fit and finish isn’t as up to snuff as the ‘11 X5d I traded for it, but I also know it won’t rattle inside like a can full of bolts like that Bimmer did...