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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.You'll Like This Car If...
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.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you prefer the softer, tamer side of a premium lifestyle, you might be more comfortable in the Lexus RX 350.What's New for 2008
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.Driving It Driving Impressions
The fact that Acura introduced the all-new MDX on a racetrack---alongside six-cylinder versions of the now previous-generation BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne, no less---says quite a bit. The fact that it was indeed the MDX that put the biggest smiles on our faces says even more. When pushed hard, the MDX's 300 horsepower, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and optional active damping system combine to deliver an SUV that's fun to drive even at or near its limits. We were also impressed by the MDX's off-road ability, which we were able to sample on a short but extreme course. Fortunately, because very few will ever negotiate a racetrack or even a muddy trail, the newly athletic MDX is even more pleasing around town and on the highway than its exemplary predecessor.Favorite Features
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.