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With strong rivals such as the Lexus RX and the Infiniti QX60, Acura needed to improve the MDX considerably in order to keep up with the competition.

Based on what we've seen so far, it would appear that they have. Our own Zac Estrada tested the 2017 MDX back in April and found it to be pretty convincing.

The same can be said about Kelley Blue Book's Micah Muzio, who thinks the updated MDX not only looks better than before, but also remains extremely practical, both for passengers and luggage, as well as comfortable.

Among the SUV's few negatives are the slightly outdated touchscreen displays that are missing Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and the poor 9-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of equipment, you've got LED fog lights on advanced grades, heated steering wheel, Surround-View camera system, as well as a couple of optional driving features like the Active Sports Suspension. All 2017 MDX models have Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control as standard.

The 2017 Acura MDX is priced from $45,000, making it just as accessible as the Infiniti QX60, but a lot cheaper than your average luxury SUV from Germany.

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