• Sep 6, 2006
Just as Acura finally allowed its new MDX to touch tarmac, Joe Wiesenfelder ran up, snatched the keys and left a bewildered PR person wondering what the hell happened.

After the senior writer for Cars.com got through with his joy ride, he wrote an engaging critique of Acura's newest 'ute, with a wit-sharpened perspective on design, ergonomics, drivability and market appeal.

Pointing out the exterior's dimensions and 12th century militarized grill, Wiesenfelder continues by crediting Acura for bringing the luxo-truck to the Nurburgring to get handling on par with its Deutschland rivals. Once inside, he points out, in an understated way, the fine line that Acura is walking with interior design, then proceeds to relentlessly bitch-slap the automaker for killing off the touch screen sat-nav and replacing it with a rotary knob, ala iDrive and MMI.

Overall Wiesenfelder seemed genuinely impressed with the new MDX, although between handling, acceleration, stopping and all-around utilizing, its success will be based on the image-conscious drivers that flocked to the Japanese mark in the first place.

Well worth the read, whether or not the new MDX is on your short list.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Why bother getting this when you can get a Toyota Rav-4 for thousands cheaper but near the same level of performance and get Toyota quality? Someone please convince me why I should buy a Honda over a Toyota!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I found the reviewer's comments about using the shield.. er.. front grille as a shield to ward of invading visigoths was hilarious.

      The grille makes it look like this vehicle should be in the Transformers movie.
      • 8 Years Ago
      20 inch sound good, but are they available ?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just saw the interior. Very elegant! Nicely done. Layout, shape and colors, everything looks be-spoke and rich.

      The added power sounds attractive. The only issue is the touch-screen navigation system is gone, but I guess I can live without that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does anyone have any experience with putting 20 inch wheels and 255-50- tires on a MDX? The 17's look lost while 20's should look cool. I don't want to mess up my ride and handeling though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3- " The most recent Road & Track testers got only 13 mpg on their tester MDX, which is abysmal for a "small" SUV. I'd wait and get the 2008 redesigned Toyota Matrix for a "cross-over" with decent gas mileage. Or I'd get the 2007 Honda Element SC with 18-inch wheels. Even the Element gets over 20 MPG in an attractive package. 13 MPG is a deal killer."

      I think you're confusing the MDX with the RDX when you say 'small' SUV. The MDX is one of the larger SUV's out there, with only the GM fullsize, Ford fullsize, Toyota Sequoia/Land Cruiser, and Nissan Armada SUV's being larger. It also has one of the largest V6 engines, at 300HP, in it's class, not a 4 cylinder like the Element and Matrix you compare it to. And weighs in at 4500 pounds. By the way, in USA Today's test, they got 19MPG in combined city highway driving, which isn't bad for this size, weight and power.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I got the MDX mixed up with the RDX. Thank you all for setting the record straight. The Acura call letters are killing me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've read some of the other reviews and everyone seems to be impressed with this new MDX. They all had comments on the grill. It will grow on you and other vehicles will copy it. It looks like it is more refined than the outgoing model. I think that it will sell very well. Most people who purchase this car will not be concerned with miles per gallon. Lexus introduced the RXh CUV and it is doing ok in sales. I also had a chance to check out the RDX. It is very very nice and refined for a small Lux-ute. Acura did an excellent job with the interior. That would be closer to my budget and needs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The grille looks like military patch that goes on the sleeve of a uniform. Sorry Honda, but you can do better than this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      whydrive said.........."Someone please convince me why I should buy a Honda over a Toyota!"

      why should anyone waste their time "convincing" you since you have obviously already made up your mind? frankly, who cares what you drive? do your thing and don't be obnoxious about it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What is with all these navigation idrive-inspired joystick thingies? Seems like they are universally reviled by all the critics, but obviously SOMEONE somewhere likes them. BMW insists on using it, and now other makers are following. I'm assuming that somehow someway, the companies research is showing that these stick things are a good design.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The most recent Road & Track testers got only 13 mpg on their tester MDX, which is abysmal for a "small" SUV. I'd wait and get the 2008 redesigned Toyota Matrix for a "cross-over" with decent gas mileage. Or I'd get the 2007 Honda Element SC with 18-inch wheels. Even the Element gets over 20 MPG in an attractive package. 13 MPG is a deal killer.
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