Review: 2010 Acura MDX | The Truth About Cars

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Review: 2010 Acura MDX

The MDX was the luxury brand crossover to three rows of seating, and was rewarded accordingly. For its tenth year the second-generation MDX has received a But is there enough here to Acura’s position in an increasingly segment?

Much of the Acura MDX’s remains the same with the with the front end receiving the noticeable changes. With the Acura introduced its first controversial front end. The opening was largely filled a faux-metal shield that no Acuras received.

Instead, grilles have sent in search of especially large of cheese in need of grating. For the MDX’s shield has been by the cheese grater. A pair of openings have also inserted in the upper half of the above the gray fascia houses the fog lights.

The overall also found on the related is more aggressive than the nose, and it looks better than on Acura’s cars. The of the exterior remains clean and it’s only fault a lack of distinctiveness.

If there have been any to the Acura MDX’s interior for 2010, aren’t readily apparent. A high-tech vibe continues the various metallic trim countered a bit by the wide band of wood that spans the and covers the top surface of the center The wood at least looks

The metallic plastic looks and less than premium. the interior door pulls, the point of contact when into the car, are composed of the stuff. The switchgear might be by the standards of a decade ago, but the has been moving upwards. The fit and finish of the interior (or lack is clearly second tier premium brands.

The door-to-dash panel fit is downright

Even GM’s interiors are tightly and precisely constructed and the new SRX looks and feels much inside than the latest Then again, the SRX also quite a bit more. The MDX probably more directly with the Enclave, which it continues to in interior quality.

The best about the interior: the front Large and amply bolstered, provide both comfort and support to such a degree I wonder why so many front clearly make tradeoffs the two. The driving position very good forward and doesn’t place the various too far away.

A wide center contributes to a somewhat sporty but might leave larger wishing for more space.

three rows of seats a 191.6-inch long vehicle to compromise rear legroom and room, and this is certainly the in the MDX. Legroom in the comfortable row is adequate, if not outstanding. Adults want to spend much in the third row.

But then most people use it for kids, anyway. There’s cargo space behind the row than in longer competitors. So traveling families with to either pack very fold the third row, or add a luggage carrier.

Beyond-sufficient continues to be supplied by a 3.7-liter V6 sounds a little less and a little more truck-like the related unit in the Acura TL. has yet to announce its first direct-injected for the U.S. market. The big powertrain with the 2010 MDX: other luxury car makers are seven- and eight-speed automatics, is introducing its first six-speed. when Honda was a powertrain

Since it’s so late to the hopefully the new six-speed is at least Honda’s past record transmissions for its larger vehicles has spotty. Time will The new transmission’s shorter first (14.3:1 vs. 12.2:1 when by the final drive) translates more punch off the line.

The top gear overall ratio, changed, makes for an EPA highway of 21. What could a taller top do? The quicker, heavier 2011 BMW X5 25.

When I drove the 2007 MDX years ago, with the auto-adjusting shocks set to “Sport,” I it handled well for a 4500-pound Partly because I drove the model this time the 2010 felt large, excessive understeer in hard despite the trick SH-AWD and a disjointed overall feel borders on clumsy. Here as the interior I felt as if I were a domestic car from five ago.

The steering, overly at low speeds, never provides feedback. Other manufacturers been making major in the handling of their large and Acura has some catching up to do.

With the standard, non-adjustable the ride is less floaty with the optional shocks set to but still absorbs pumps well. The problem here is a one for Honda: road noise. more of it here than in the luxury crossover.

Pricing for the MDX is commensurate with its interior You’ll spend much for it than any three-row crossover a European badge—even a Volvo V8 (the base I6 doesn’t competitive performance) lists for $6,000 more. But the MDX seems if any more upscale than a Enclave or even a top-level CX-9.

The Buick is priced even with the MDX, but the is about $5,000 less either, based on comparisons run TrueDelta’s car price comparison Both the Buick and the Mazda more space in both the row and for cargo behind it. And yet both handle better than the compact Acura.

Overall, with the 2010 Acura hasn’t done to keep the MDX competitive. The Acura image calls for tighter, precise handling. The interior positions the Acura between the and luxury brands rather as one of the latter.

But then the pricing at luxury brand levels, The third row seat is a match for from BMW and Volvo, but cannot with those from and Mazda. IN the end, we have a vehicle for people who want a upscale vehicle with an third row.

People who a crossover that handles well, that has a truly interior, or that can handle six AND their luggage will be off elsewhere.

Michael Karesh and operates TrueDelta. an online of auto pricing and reliability

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