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Week-Long Test: The Acura MDX Finally Brings Driving Fun to the 7-Seat Family SUV Page 2


2010 Acura MDX

Power is channeled through a new six-speed automatic with multi-clutch torque converter that offers lightning quick shifts without any of the harshness you sometimes find in double-clutch automatic units. The 2010 MDX is rated to tow anything up to 5,000 pounds and can go zero to 60 in only 7 seconds. The Car Connection’s Marty Padgett gave the 2010 MDX an excellent overall score of 8.6 out of ten and he highlighted safety and performance as some of his favorite features from this model.

For 2010 the exterior has been given a freshening and the end result is one very stylish looking SUV. Interior trim, leather and controls have likewise been updated for 2010 in the Acura MDX and the changes have made this easily the best SUV interior in its class.

The seats are soft yet support you in the right places and there is even enough cargo space with the third row in place to fit a small baby stroller in back. The height of the lip of the cargo area is also usefully low so there is no need to worry about wrenching your back if you buy 10 bags of cement at Home Depot.

You also have the option of only keeping one of the third row seats up as the bench is split and with all the seats folded there is a whopping 83.5 cubic feet of cargo space. This SUV family hauler can not only haul an entire family but it can also apparently move the contents of their house, as well.

So rejoice minivan and 7-seat SUV drivers because there is finally an SUV that claim to defy the laws of physics. Despite its weight and height telling it otherwise, the MDX handles like a sports sedan should. To put it in words that any dog lover could understand, the 2010 Acura MDX is sort of like a Saint Bernard that thinks it’s a Greyhound. And thanks to the usual herculean Acura interior build quality any dogs can also safely ride in the MDX with their families safely in tow.


 
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