2008 Acura MDX vs. Its Competition

2008 Acura MDX 4WD 4-door Sport/Entertainment Pkg Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Among these mid-size, road-oriented crossover SUVs, the Acura MDX has a ride that’s better than all but the RX 350, while offering straight-line performance that’s close to or better than all of them.

On the other hand, most of these competitors outdo the MDX in available high-tech options, such as laser cruise control, adaptive (swiveling) headlamps, or lane-departure warning systems.

The FX 35 lacks a third row, but it’s the only one in the group that handles as well or better than the MDX; the FX’s ride, however is not as good.

The XC90 has a roomier third row, but it’s the least exciting to drive.

The Audi Q7 has a beautiful interior and plenty of luxury features, however it’s surprisingly cumbersome, revealing of its especially hefty curb weight.

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Quick Specs
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The 2008 Acura MDX has a little more passion than most larger SUVs, with no less practicality.
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The 2009 Lexus RX 350 is a well-liked, competitive utility vehicle that has everything but personality.
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The 2008 Audi Q7 puts a sport-ute premium on its beautifully made interior, seven-passenger seating, and sedanlike acceleration.
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The 2008 Volvo XC90 caters well to safety-minded families who need an all-wheel-drive SUV, though third-row room is strictly limited.
MSRP From   
$40,195$37,700$42,500$36,210
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
4WD 4-DoorFWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.6LFWD 4-Door I6 w/Snrf/3rd Row
Drivetrain   
4 Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
7557
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door4-Door SUV4 Door SUV4 Door
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic,