The Acura MDX has a ride that's better than that of nearly all of the road-oriented crossover vehicles except 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 Infiniti FX35 and FX50 lack a third row, but they're the only ones in the group that handle as well as or better than the MDX.
The FX50 is equipped with a powerful V-8, the FX35 has 3 hp more than the MDX, and both have seven-speed automatics; 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 its especially hefty curb weight.
Get FREE Dealer Quotes
|2009 Acura MDXBrowse Used Listings||2009 Lexus RX 350Browse Used Listings||2008 Audi Q7Browse Used Listings||2008 INFINITI FX35Browse Used Listings||2008 Volvo XC90Browse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|AWD 4-Door||FWD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 3.6L||RWD 4-Door||FWD 4-Door I6 w/Snrf/3rd Row|
|All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4-Door SUV||4 Door SUV||4 Door SUV||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic,|