Had the 2009 Acura MDX this week and really enjoyed it, like I do all Acuras. So many midsized SUVs either ride too rough or the suspension is too soft. The MDX is really a breath of fresh air. Like Acura is famous for, it has an impressive array of standard equipment, most notable are power sunroof, leather heated seats, and Bluetooth technology.
My test rig had the Technology package, which includes rearview camera, voice-activated navigation system, power tailgate, and best of all real-time traffic information.
Rumors persist that within a year or so, the MDX will be available with a 4 and a 6 cylinder clean diesel, but for now the only choice is a 3.7 liter V6 that pumps out an impressive 300 horses while attached to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The engine feels like a much larger V8, especially from a dead stop.
As you would expect, the vehicle comes with 3rd row seating, dual air and heat, all power, satellite radio, universal garage door opener and a host of other things. The vehicle also scores a perfect five in crash test ratings in 4 of 5 categories. And just in case you don’t know, all MDX models are all-wheel drive.
Although rated at 15 in town and 20 on the highway, I was surprised to get 22 on the road, and this vehicle only had 400 miles on it. At a $44,000 window sticker price clearly it is not for everyone, but Acura is famous for great lease deals and it might be a lot less than you think on a monthly basis. If you are in the market to downsize from a large, luxury SUV, be sure to put this one on your list.