Acura MDX: A cut-above crossover
For 2010, one of the first-ever luxury crossovers gets better interior features and a whole lot better technology,. David Thomas of cars.com says the Acura MDX's driver comfort, fun-to-drive nature and surprising value keep it competitive in a growing segment .
May 19, 2010
May 19, 2010
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The 2010 MDX gets a new front end highlighted by a slimmer grille that looks more like a beak than a perforated shield. The lower bumper also gets thin lower vents that resemble the ones on Acura's TL sedan, but design changes overall are very subtle. Inside, the major change to the MDX is an upgraded navigation system, which comes in a package with an upgraded stereo.
he MDX has a nice combination of spirited handling -- partially thanks to Acura's standard all-wheel-drive system -- and ride comfort. Only one engine is offered, but it's a good one: a 300-horsepower V-6 that's very spirited. The MDX exudes some muscle and passes with gusto.
If you move up to an MDX with the Advance Package, which starts at $51,855, you get 19-inch aluminum wheels and a selectable sport suspension. My test vehicle came equipped with the package, and I didn't think the sport suspension offered enough of an improvement over past MDX models I've tested to warrant the added cost. The 19-inch wheels, though, are pretty stunning. The EPA rates mileage at 16/21 mpg city/highway.