Expecting First Baby? Which Mid-size SUV?

September 13, 2009

We're expecting our first baby, and hence thought it necessary to get our first family-friendly car. While hubby instantly ruled out minivans (though we test-drove the Toyota Sienna and thought highly of it), we narrowed down the SUVs to the Acura MDX, Audi Q5, and Lexus RX. Here are our thoughts on each one:

Acura MDX - while we liked the fact that all the options came bundled in a package (big fans of the three rows and entertainment package), we felt that it was just cramped. The third row, while useful, seemed a bit tight and then 2nd row was short on leg room (I'm 5'8"). A small factor was that we already own an Acura coupe which has been very reliable. However, the turning radius on the coupe is large, and we also wanted a change from Acura.

Audi Q5 - we liked the way it drove since it's basically an A4, it was also a bit small. We felt the Q5 was small, while the Q7 was too big. There's less cargo room in the Q5 and the 2nd row seemed tight. The Q7 drove more like an SUV.  We liked the fact that the Q5 was newer, and hence didn't seem like everyone else was also driving a Q5. 

Lexus RX- overall, this was the winner. The sizing seemed right, not too big, not too small. The doors seemed more amenable to manuevering a car seat within. The features/options were nice too.  Yes, we see many Lexus SUVs on the road, and while it's a bit annoying to be like everyone else, we do understand why this SUV is so popular.

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