2009 Acura MDX vs. Its Competition

2009 Acura MDX
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Acura MDX has a little more appeal to young families who appreciate top safety, useful technology, and Acura's low depreciation.
The 2009 Lexus RX 350 is a well-liked, competitive utility vehicle that has everything but personality.
The 2008 Audi Q7 puts a sport-ute premium on its beautifully made interior, seven-passenger seating, and sedanlike acceleration.
If you want even more V-8 power, wait for the 2009 Infiniti FX 50 with a full 390 horsepower.
The 2008 Volvo XC90 caters well to safety-minded families who need an all-wheel-drive SUV, though third-row room is strictly limited.
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4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
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AWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.6LRWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door I6 w/Snrf/3rd Row
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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4 Door4-Door SUV4 Door SUV4 Door SUV4 Door
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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