There is so much demand for sport utility vehicles that automotive manufacturers have been grabbing any platform they can find - cars, pick-ups, donkey carts, whatever - to build them on. This often works, but attempts to reconfigure an SUV from a minivan have yielded mixed results. Acura's engineers started with what many consider to be the best minivan, the Honda Odyssey, to base their new SUV, the MDX. They did it (and did it well), but in truth, there's little of the Odyssey left in the MDX. The Odyssey's 3.5-liter V-6 engine was pumped up to 240 horsepower; there's a new on-demand all-wheel-drive system; and the suspension gear was completely redesigned. The result? Move over BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus. With its three rows of seats, the MDX earns stars for its car-like comportment, and it doesn't whine when it's time to get to work.