The MDX has been a popular SUV since its introduction in 2001. The MDX provides a luxury car feel with excellent ride, maneuverability, and a cabin that is roomy and comfortable for up to seven passengers. The MDX is now offered in FWD, AWD, and Sport Hybrid models. Most MDX models equip a 3.5l V6 engine and 9-speed automatic transmission. A newer Sport Hybrid model equips a hybrid gas/electric drivetrain similar to that of the NSX. The Sport Hybrid system consists of a 3.0l V6 engine, 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and three electric motors powering all four wheels. The Acura Advance package adds uncommon features such as adaptive cruise control and a collision mitigation braking system. The Entertainment package adds a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and heated rear seats. With Honda's reliability and high resale values, the MDX is an all-around safe bet.
The NSX returns after a 12-year hiatus. Whereas the original NSX was known for its simple and flawless execution, the modern NSX breaks new ground in cutting-edge hybrid powertrain technology. The powertrain consists of a turbocharged 3.5l V6 engine, a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission and three electric motors that collaborate to drive all four wheels. Total system output is estimated at 573-bhp. Acura designates the drive system sport hybrid and a similar system is available on the RLX sedan and MDX SUV. The NSX was designed and built in America.
The Acura RDX is a smaller five passenger SUV/Crossover that competes with models like the Audi Q5, Cadillac SRX and BMW X3. The second generation RDX switched to V6 power. The 3.5l unit in the RDX is rated at 279-bhp which compares favorably with competitive models. Both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models are offered. A six-speed automatic with paddle selectors is standard. The five-passenger interior has more legroom than others in the segment, but gives up a little bit of cargo volume to bigger and more expensive models like the Lexus RX. The base model has standard power-adjustable leather seats, dual zone climate control, and a 360-watt audio system. The optional technology package adds HID lights, a satellite-linked navigation system and power operated tailgate. The RDX is priced aggressively undercutting competitive models from Cadillac, BMW, and Lexus by thousands of dollars.