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2008 Acura MDX

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2008 Acura MDX Review

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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 the MDX

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.

Technology Package
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.

SH-AWD
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.

2008 Acura MDX Details
2008 Acura MDX photo Interior

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.7-liter V6
300 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
275 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20

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2008 Acura MDX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 287 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Fantastic automobile. Never has failed me.

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,178

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "It is not a fun car, it is a functional automobile"

Cons: "Steering is stiff = turn base large"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have loved this automobile. It has features I still have never used after 6 year; i.,e., the DVD feature for example. The major problem was with the radio, CD player which was replaced by the dealer. I love the hands free phone feature. It is a great car!"

Never been happier with a vehicle purchase.

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Gorgeous, fun to drive, pure luxury"

Cons: "Won't recognize my iPhone 6."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This vehicle is stylish, reliable, drives and rides like a dream, and is simply beautiful. It is everything a luxury vehicle should be. And Acura has superb customer service!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

This has been the best SUV I've ever owned.

By on Saturday, May 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "$13,300"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I just bought a used 2009 with very low miles and I love it too. My Acura has served me well with no problems. The vehicle has had regular maintenance. I put new brakes on it at 77,000 miles and they are still in good shape and new tires. Car drives great and stops on a dime."

7 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Great if you have kids, safe and comfortable

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun, safe and comfortable."

Cons: "Fuel economy, 19 mpg+/-"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I needed a car that would hold the whole family including any extras like Nana or friends. Living in Connecticut and having a steep driveway I wanted AWD or FWD. My mini van was shot and I was tired of "Mini Van Land". After test driving everything on the market, new and used, I fell in love with the Acura MDX. I was luck enough to find just the one as it came off a lease and grabbed it. It has been a great car. It goes through snow as well as our 4WD truck and is comfortable doing it. The car is tough too. When a deer jumped out in front of me on a foggy country road, the damage was minimal and I was able to drive it for the 3 weeks it took to get it in the shop. I know the truck would have been more damaged and not usable after the same hit. I love this car. I am thinking of down sizing soon since I don't need so much room and would like the better fuel economy of a smaller vehicle, but I just keep remembering the deer and know I will not be as safe in a smaller vehicle. It has been great for all my family needs."

4 people out of 13 found this review helpful

best suv ever

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"fun to drive , smooth ride, seats 7, lots of cargo room, no mechanical problems ever, looks new The only problem I've had is with the Cd player. I have had it repaired 3 times and I wasn't charges but the warranty has expired and I haven't had it repaired because I would have to pay and it will break again. It has a flawed design. I LOVE MY CAR! I am only checking the value because I want to buy a Porsche Macan S 2015 SUV."

3 people out of 11 found this review helpful

reliable, no problems but rides rough

By on Wednesday, April 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "handles great in any conditions"

Cons: "rough ride"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love this vehicle and the way it handles on the road. It has been very reliable with no problems. It is comfortable for seating if you don't have to use the third seat which is a little small. When the third seat is engaged the cargo space is very small. I would have to rate the comfort of the ride as rough as you can feel every little bump. Also, the steering seems a little tight for power steering. The gas mileage ranges from 18 to 23 mpg on the highway and around 17 in town. All in all it is a very reliable, good looking vehicle."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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