Yeah, it has three rows of seats that are useful for taking the kids to soccer games. Yeah, there's a rear hatch, and the seats fold down so you can haul stuff to the church rummage sale. But it's not a minivan. It's a land yacht.
Eager to separate the MDX from the much-maligned but eminently useful minivan, Acura is saying that its new MDX gets its styling inspiration from the $16.6 million 118 WallyPower yacht -- a curious, pointy sea toy that looks vaguely like the Civil War ironclad Merrimack on steroids, or something that might turn up in a Batman movie.
At a press event for the MDX, which goes on sale next month, Frank Paluch, chief engineer of the second-generation MDX, said the goal was to "get away from the whole minivan image" -- pointing uncomfortably to a current-generation MDX parked next to a Pontiac Montana and noting that the rear ends looked distressingly similar.