Here in the Philippines, many car brands and their products are relegated to the realm of ‘if only’ due to prevailing market conditions. Translation: It just wouldn’t make sense to bring them over. We think, though, that cars shouldn’t always be about making sense of things.
And that is why we write about cars as opposed to selling them.
Anyway, Acura is one such company. We have to say the manufacturer has a handful of other worthwhile products to check out besides the NSX, though, and the all-new MDX is one of them—a vehicle which the company claims is its most premium crossover ever.
Judging by the photos, we can see why. The 2021 MDX successfully flaunts a look that leans much more toward style than utility—something not many offerings in its segment can pull off. The front end, in particular, with its dominating diamond pentagon grille, stoic headlights, and long hood, gives off a very angular appearance. This is something that contrasts very nicely with the crossover’s clean lines and surfaces. And speaking of the grille, we’re fans of the unique pattern Acura has chosen to go with. Nice.
The company has also managed to come up with a practical interior that also gives off a driver-centric vibe. There’s plenty of room for six, and the cabin comes wrapped in premium materials and trim. This comes mainly in the form of noticeably upscale wood and brushed aluminum scattered throughout the interior. Also worth noting is that the middle section of the second row is completely removable, in case you’re prioritizing space over passenger capacity.
Powering the all-new Acura MDX is a 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of 290hp at 6,200rpm and up to 362Nm of torque at 4,700rpm. This sends power to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission, and the company promises a more dynamic drive on account of added grip courtesy of a new suspension setup and larger brakes.
All this comes at a price, though, as the all-new MDX starts at $46,900 (P2.25 million). But what are we moaning about the price for? It isn’t even available here.
So, what other car brands would you like to see given a shot in the Philippines? Let us know in the comments.