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By combining manageable dimensions with seven-passenger capacity, a comfortable highway ride with responsive in-town handling and car-like construction with respectable off-pavement capability, the MDX has been one of our favorite SUVs since its introduction for the 2001 model year. In fact, as it trails only the Lexus RX 350 in category sales, the MDX has proven to be a favorite of many. In 2007, Acura introduced an all-new MDX, designed with new emphases on performance, technology and styling. Fortunately, the characteristics that made the original MDX appealing have carried over intact, if not improved. The new MDX goes largely unchanged in 2008.
The perfectly practical MDX is also the most powerful, most tech-savvy V6 SUV on the road, giving it assured access to the top tier of any premium midsize SUV shopping list.
If you prefer the softer, tamer side of a premium lifestyle, you might be more comfortable in the Lexus RX 350.
In its second year of production, the redesigned MDX stays true to the formula that netted sales success in 2007---its 300-horsepower V6, performance-enhancing all-wheel-drive system and sharp sheetmetal continue to offer a sporting take on people-hauling.
With a navigation system that provides real-time traffic info and an audio system that delivers amazing six-channel Surround Sound via DVD-audio disc, we'd be hard-pressed not to check this option box.
Squeeze the throttle while in the middle of a corner and the MDX's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system transfers more torque to the rear outsidA wheel, delivering truer steering response and perceptibly higher cornering limits.
In its pursuit of greater performance, the 2008 Acura MDX has given up nothing in practicality. For example, the MDX offers 15 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the third row, which is just two cubic feet less than the full-size Chevrolet Tahoe. For bigger loads, both rear rows fold flat. The reclining second-row seats offer enough legroom for those six feet tall and more, while the third row is best suited for smaller folks riding on shorter trips. The MDX even offers a minivan-like 10 cupholders. Up front, the MDX is an attractive mix of sport, luxury and technology, with highlights that include perforated leather or premium leather seats, wood-like or metallic trim and a collection of intuitive controls.Exterior
Complementing its wider, lower, more aggressive stance, the bold second-generation MDX features a shield-like take on Acura's five-sided grille, thick wheel arches filled with 18-inch wheels and prominent oval tailpipes. High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, mirror-integrated turn signals and LED taillamps further the cutting-edge appearance, as does a radio antenna that's been cleverly integrated into the rear spoiler. The MDX is longer, wider and taller, by varying degrees, than the Lexus RX 350 and Volvo XC90.
Some of the bigger features included at base price include the powerful V6 engine and sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, power and heated front seats, power moonroof, HID headlamps, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, an impressive audio system, three-zone automatic climate control, an auto dimming mirror, steering wheel-mounted controls, six airbags and electronic traction and stability controls.
All of the 2008 Acura MDX's optional features are bundled into three packages. Technology Package highlights include a sophisticated navigation system with real-time traffic info and Zagat restaurant reviews, plus a DVD-Audio Surround Sound system. Sport Package features include an active suspension, premium leather and an exclusive wheel design. The Entertainment Package includes a DVD rear entertainment system and power open/close tailgate.
The MDX features Acura's most powerful engine ever, connected to a five-speed automatic transmission and the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system that distributes torque not only between the front and rear wheels, but also between the left and right rear wheels. In addition to cornering advantages, the system also makes for a less-intrusive stability control system. The available Active Damper System, in which the shock absorbers can change from soft to firm in milliseconds, helps mitigate the traditional trade-offs between a comfortable ride and spirited handling. The MDX features unibody construction and a fully independent suspension, and can tow up to 5,000 pounds with the added benefit of a Trailer Stability Assist feature.
300 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
275 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20
By Carrie on Monday, July 28, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "smooth ride, nice interior, maintains value"
Cons: "gas mileage,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I enjoy this car. It rides very well and we have had no issues with the engine. However the 'plastic' like covers on the edge of the door between the front and back do have a tendency to warp leading to a vibration. Acura has since redesigned the car and have omitted this. The gas mileage is okay - nothing great. However it is a conservative number, and we seem to usually exceed what is expected."
By usedtotrustsafetyratings on Sunday, July 13, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Car stalled while driving on freeway
Pros: "Nice looking car"
Cons: "Stalled while driving on freeway"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I was driving on freeway - 60 mph going down hill. Instead of accelerating speed naturally due to going down the hill, the car started DECELERATING, and I had my foot on the accelerator pedal but it was slowing down and all the cars around me were zooming by. The accelerator pedal was not working. By some grace of god I was able to get off the freeway. I had my kids with me. Then the car completely stalled at the light. No warning lights ever came on. Acura dealership said that it was a faulty fuel pump. The car was only 3 years old and I had bought it 5 months prior from the same dealership with clean car fax. No issues before to indicate this may happen. Sold car back to dealership at loss. Although it was under warranty, I was not going to be a guinea pig if the same type of fuel pump they installed, went out again, and put my family in a similar situation."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By JS on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great looks and perfect for big families."
Cons: "My wife doesn't let me drive it enough."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"First, I really like the styling of the MDX. It has an understated luxury look without being too flashy. The interior is comfortable with seating for seven, which is great for our family of 6. The cargo area with the third row seat up appears small, but there is more room back there than you think. With the third row folded down, the cargo area is especially roomy. The best part is driving and parking. Many of our friends have suburbans, and they have a difficult time parking them - you see them backing in and out trying to fit into the spaces, but with the Acura, we have all of the passenger room without all the wasted space of the full size SUV. Lastly, everyone knows Hondas and Acuras are basically bulletproof, so even at 100,000 miles, it barely feels broken in. We highly recommend this vehicle."
By jack on Saturday, July 05, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,166overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"comfortable for long trips as well as city driving. Its higher seating gives us a better feel for traffic. it has all the bells and whistles for our driving habbits and most of all the back-up camera is a great feature."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Love Cars on Thursday, June 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Value, Value, Value"
Cons: "Rear Seating not best for large people."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have had 4 SUVs between myself and my wife. I have had GM, Mercedes and Audi. The Acura MDX is my favorite. Its is a 2011 and I have 80000 miles in less than 3 years. The maintenance is non-existent other than oil changes. Great handling, great economy and it looks amazing."
6 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By Cyndy on Friday, June 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,500overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Large load capacity; comfortable"
Cons: "Hard to steer; easy to over-correct; blindspots"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Steering is slightly too tight and over-correcting a problem. Loud road noise on Interstate Highways. Otherwise, a great vehicle!"
2 people out of 5 found this review helpful