It's for good reason that the Acura MDX has been the brand's best-selling model for many of the past few model years. Quite simply, among luxury seven passenger SUVs it has been and thankfully still is the one to beat. Sure, the BMW X5 is fun to drive and offers a third row but clearly the engineers in Bavaria still need to learn how to somehow squeeze in room for the legs of said back row passengers. Honestly, to get anything with more room and comfort you have to move up to a Cadillac Escalade and for some bling is just not their thing.
The 2014 MDX is clearly an evolutionary design step forward for this handsome SUV and clearly Acura decided not to mess all that much with a really, really good thing as it brings in healthy sales (and profit margins) for a luxury automaker which has suffered a few misfires of late with releases like the relatively uninteresting ILX. Clearly, if Acura was aiming at BMW with the ILX it seriously missed. Actually, it's kind of hard to think what Acura was thinking when it decided to take the Civic platform and recreate the concept which led to the admittedly awful Cadillac Cimarron in the 1980's.
Otherwise, however, Acura does get unfairly criticized in the automotive media as the TL sedan, unique TSX Sport Wagon, RDX compact luxury SUV and RLX luxury sports hybrid all bring interesting engineering, appealing style and solid driving experiences to an admittedly competitive marketplace. Not all of those models sell in huge numbers like the MDX but quite frankly all make for wise purchases and enjoy terrific safety ratings, resale value estimates and reliability rankings. Plus, we all have the new NSX halo sport coupe to look forward to. You know, when we finally get to see it.