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By Cars.com Staff
October 7, 2008
Vehicle Overview The seven-seat MDX luxury SUV has a 5,000-pound tow rating and Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive. The MDX competes against the BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Lexus RX 350 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class. It's top-rated in crash tests and has a history of above-average reliability.
New for 2009 There are no significant changes for 2009.
Exterior With the 2007 redesign, Acura went for a more integrated look in the MDX's rear quarter. Conventional A-, B- and C-pillars are in place, and the overall look is more similar to BMW's SUVs than to Lexus models. The MDX is 190.7 inches long and 78.5 inches wide, making it slightly wider than BMW's X5.
Standard 18-inch wheels
Standard high-intensity-discharge low-beam headlights
Optional Sport Package adds auto-leveling xenon headlights and a different wheel design
Optional 19-inch wheels and running boards
Interior The MDX carries seven people in standard leather seats. It has eight-way power front seats, and the driver's seat remembers two settings. Both seats are heated. There's also standard automatic three-zone climate control, and a cargo space that can be configured six ways depending on how the seats are folded.
Optional Entertainment Package, not available on the base model, includes a rear DVD-entertainment system, a power outlet in the center console and heated outboard seats in the second row
Optional Technology Package includes Acura's voice-recognition navigation system and real-time traffic information
Optional Sport Package adds upgraded leather seating surfaces and metallic accents to various trim pieces
Under the Hood The MDX's 3.7-liter V-6 turns out 300 horsepower and 275 pounds-feet of torque, making it Acura's most powerful engine.
Five-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual shifting
Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive
Sport Package adds an active-damping suspension that varies shock-absorber firmness to smooth the ride and control body lean
Safety Standard safety features include:
Dual-stage front airbags
Side-impact airbags for the front seats
Side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor for all three rows of seats
Active head restraints
All-disc antilock brakes
Electronic stability system with traction control
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