Acura MDX Type S (2)

Honda’s luxury division has carved out a profitable niche at the lower end of the premium market, outselling Cadillac, Volvo, Lincoln and Infiniti last year. Leading that success has been the almost-full-size, three-row MDX crossover.

Buyers in this segment could potentially cross-shop the Acura MDX against the Volvo XC90, Cadillac’s XT6, Lincoln’s Aviator, Infiniti’s QX60 or the Lexus RX350L. Price-conscious buyers could add the Explorer ST or Durango SRT onto the list — especially now that Acura has spiced up the MDX with the Type S treatment. These recent upgrades to this model strongly suggest that the MDX is also more capable of matching up with the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes GLS.

Acura MDX Type S (4)

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