Would Buy Again
February 21, 2013
We bought a used 2008 (leased vehicle) with the Technology Package with about 40k miles on it. So far, so good. For all the features it provides (Bluetooth, navigation, backup camera, satellite radio, leather interior, heated seats, sunroof, high-end sound system, etc), it really is a great deal. I absolutely love this car-- it is so fun to drive, however, this car is not for everyone.
CONS- The dashboard controls take some getting used to’just had to spend some time reading the manual. But once you get the hang of it, it is great. If you’ve never driven a car with turbo, it does take some getting used to. It is on the smaller side, so if you have more than one kid and haul around a lot of stuff, the MDX would better for you. It would be nice if the rear gate was powered’it would make it easier to load things in and out of the back. The passenger seat is also not power. This is no Prius--the gas mileage is not that great. I’m getting about 16.5 overall (mostly city driving), but I also live in Los Angeles, so that may have something to do with it. It does require premium gas, but if you can afford this car, you can afford to pay for premium gas. The ride is a little stiff compared to other SUVs, you really ’feel’ the road (this may be a Pro for some people). It does have some road noise; so if you want a luxurious, smooth ride, get the Lexus RX350. This is definitely not an off-road SUV. It does decent in rough terrain, but I would not take this for a spin in the desert. Get a Jeep for that.
PROS- Great value, you get a lot of bang for your buck here compared to other SUVs in the same class. Great audio system and speakers! Really feels like a top of the line aftermarket system. Love the voice commands for the Navigation and Bluetooth. The backup camera is awesome for parallel parking. I test drove a lot of other SUV/wagons and none of them in this price range compared in terms of performance and luxury. This car is really zippy and handles like a dream. I love the turbo! This has the space of an SUV, but drives like a performance car. I love the layout of the interior’the center console is deep enough to fit a laptop, purse, ipad, etc.- and it locks! The seats are comfortable on long trips. Even though we bought it used, both the interior and exterior are holding up very well’it doesn’t feel cheap. It's a 2008, but still looks and feels new. Time will only tell how reliable it is; we’ve had other Acuras in the past and they are historically very reliable, as long as the proper maintenance is performed. So, we’re hoping to keep this for at least another 5 years! I'll update this review once we've put some more miles on it.