Honda MDX (MDX)
Jan / 2003Release date:
Jan / 2007End date:
MADE in Canada specifically for Honda’s Acura luxury brand and targeting the BMW X5, Honda’s MDX took almost three years to reach Australia.
By then it had started to feel a little dated inside, but dynamically the front-wheel drive-based, part-time all-wheel drive SUV four-door station wagon was a cut above most other similarly priced rivals, such as the Lexus RX 330.
Power was also a plus, coming on strong in 191kW/345Nm 3.5-litre SOHC 24V VTEC V6 guise and paired to a five-speed automatic gearbox.
Technically the Honda included stability control, a variable-torque 4WD system that directed drive to each wheel according to road conditions, and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution.
A single well-equipped model was sold here. It included dual front and front-side airbags, heated and powered front seats, leather upholstery and cruise control, sunroof, wood trim and - from ’04 – a DVD player.
A minor facelift arrived in November ’04, adding new trim, head airbags, and a slightly more powerful (195kW) 3.5 V6.
When it was new...