2008 Acura MDX
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- Smooth ride on smooth roads
- Rough ride on rough roads, bad voice recognition
Purchased As New
I am a first time owner of a vehicle in this class (after owning Ford F-150's and Explorers) and was hoping for the luxury and performance the vehicle presents. The interior is beautiful. I like the dark gray wood-grain accent to the natural wood color. This is my first vehicle with built-in navigation, bluetooth, XM radio and extended menu options. The ride is smooth and quiet on smooth roads. And, for the most part, I feel like I moved up from the Explorer, however . . .
The extended menu selections and the navigation system are very busy but I was determined to learn them. And, after spending many hours, I still find myself going through all the menu selections to find the one I'm looking for (I know it's there). The menu selection methodology is illogical. I couldn't begin to explain how one has to go back and forth between two buttons on the steering wheel to navigate through the menu. I suspect the navigation system's voice recognition would be great but I couldn't possibly remember what I'm sure are well over 100 voice commands to the navi system, I use the dials, buttons and other controls. The voice recognition for the bluetooth is worse. I spent a fair amount of time transferring my contacts into the phonebook but it doesn't have a clue what I'm saying when I want to call a contact. When I say, "Dial Joe Blow at Home" it says, "Two-Eight-Six, please say dial or continue adding numbers". There's an option to list the phonebook so I use it to stop at my selection. The gas gauge is hidden by the steering wheel but I can see the tachometer plainly. On the average of every three weeks I have to reset the personalized settings linked to my key because the key stops "remembering". I've yet to understand why that happens. I'm sure its nothing I'm doing wrong.
The only complaint I have about the vehicle's performance is its suspension (the Explorer I owned ran circles around the MDX suspension); the vehicle seems to "hit bottom" over minor road bumps or pot holes although, overall, it handles nicely and has a solid feel to it. My new MDX doesn't quite have 5,000 miles on it and it's been to the dealer once to repair the air conditioner (no cool air at all) and I'm returning it again today for the same reason.
Don't get me wrong, this is a nice vehicle and Explorer had its problems, too (so much so that I swore I wouldn't buy another Ford), but for the money I paid for the MDX, I expected a vehicle to which I'd be more satisfied....read morehide
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- Comfortable,Quiet,Great sound system,Easy to use nav,luxury plus performance.
- None really except a slight uneven fit at the hood and front fender.
I have to say that I really love driving this car.The tech appointments and systems monitoring sensors give vital signs of everything.Honda produces the engines for Indy Racing League and their extensive racing experience in formula one and other venues have passed on much technology to the MDX.It handles like a sports car but has a high level of interior luxury.A perfect blend to me.The service manager at place of purchase told me he went road racing with some buddies and they couldn't believe how he was able to drive the MDX right on the tail of his friends Porche.The friend was ticked.300 HP out of a V6 and not bad fuel consumption.The body style is beautiful and powerful wheras the old MDX was basically boring.The sport shift is handy for downshifting to save brakes.Love the center display to monitor tire pressure,average fuel,range,etc.Those who complain about bad mileage probably take-off fast and have a heavy foot.Reasonable freeway driving,70 mph,gets me about 21 mpg.You can get as much as 25 if you get in the right hand lane and go 60 mph.All in all,a fantastic vehicle....read morehide
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- Looks good
- VERY, VERY BAD fuel economy
All, 15 mpg city/20 mpg hwy is NOT true. I think you can only achieve this level by taking your foot off the accelerator at all time. Unfortunately, you really cannot test out fuel economy during your test drive (I suppose you can insist) and you may think MDX is a better buy than other SUVs or AWD cars becasue of its features, looks and price. BUT this is not true if you include fuel cost into your calculation. Please note this issue is real and you should seriesly consider fuel cost when making decision on MDX....read morehide
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- Good room and comfy seats. Rear back up camera is good. Great handling.
- Horrible gas mileage, ugly, interior too busy and controls hard to use.
We are very disappointed with this truck. It gets much worse gas mileage than anything we have ever owned, including BMW 740 sport and 530 sport. Got rid of Honda Odyssey and 530 for this and we are sorrrrrry we did. Too big and bulky for local driving, controls are hard to use, hard to figure out and just too much junk around dash board.
Ridiculous that you can not get power real lift without getting rear dvd package for several thousand dollars. Honda cheaped out with the power lift gate and the lack of remote start or keyless start.
Steering is fantastic, but steering wheel is too thin.
On a good note, good passenger room and it handle great- especially around corners. The SH-AWD is teriffic.
I wish I did not buy it.
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- Excellent value when compared to competition
- Firm bouncy suspension as compared to competetion
I researched and test drove the ML350, Q7, SRX, RX350, BMX X5, and decided to buy the MDX. I have had 3 Lexus products beginning with the RX300, followed by 2 more RX 330's and I just needed a change and slightly more room. None of the vehicles I drove came close to the ride comfort of the Lexus product. I did not choose the MDX based on appearance, but rather on all around value and the ability to meet my functional needs. I think the grill on the MDX as well as other Acura products hurt the brand image. Nonetheless, The MDX is nice, but the ride could be softer....read morehide
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- Good Drive, Nice Looks. Good Value for money
1 ) Car is Unstable if I go over 65. Not sure if this is true for all SUV's
Gas Mileage is poor , In the city I am only getting 12 to 1
3) I have visor on moon roof. I am getting lot of noice if I go over 65
4) The Navigation system is not great. POI list is not restricted to the City you are driving .
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- fun to drive
- Loud ride, poor attention to details
I have had my MDX for about 3 months and I have had to take it to the dealer already several times. My gas lid does not fit and is warped, I had my stering wheel replaced, my passenger seat heater button was wired backwards, my body panels are skewed and wont line up with each other, and my dealership wont even fix that. For the amount of money you pay, you would assume the car would NOT have these problems. Quality and attention to detail are not what you will find with this vehicle....read morehide
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- Straightens the road, Incredible Handling, Great lines
- Road Noise
Had this vehicle for 7 months now and have put 15K on it since Sept 2007. Ran it through the Shasta National Forest at 80MPH and just felt a slight tug in the seat. On our 2004 MDX we would drive 60MPH and I would be exhasted after we emerged from the area and my wife would be car sick. This is certainly not your mom's SUV.
Completely redesigned from the ground up, the handling is incredible. I do think that the road noise is higher than the previous model and the interior seems to be of a lower quality...Dashboard etc.
Haven't had a problem with the vehicle yet, my wife and I do some hard driving. We traded the 2004 in with over 100K with no mechanical issues and it looks like this new MDX will be no different.
Average about 16.5 miles per gallon, lower if I am pushing it.
Overall couldn't be happier with the vehicle....read morehide
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- great ride, navigation system, comfortable seats, good value
- poor gas mileage, sound system not great, acceleration hesitation
Traded X3 for this car because it was larger. Turns out the front seat doesn't have as much leg room as the X3 due to 6 seats. Still, overall like the MDX alot overall.
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- Excellent driving, nice & comfy interior
- Navigation system is terrible, back-up camera has several lighting limitations, poor gas mileage
Love the performance of the car. Very quiet interior and comfortable, great sound system. However, I gave only 4 stars since the navigation package & back-up camera were not worth purchasing, should have stuck with the base model, would have been much happier. Navi system not user friendly at all, does not allow touch screen, archaic rotating dial to enter names/numbers, voice recognition is poor (makes tonne of mistakes), point-of-interests (POI) outdated or not able to find (we're talking finding major stores/restaurants not esoteric small local restaurants, eg Toys-R-US, Home Depot, Earl's restaurant etc, the Navi system could not find them), if search place by "name" the Navi system will not rank places according to distance (you end up finding a Home Depot that is 3000 miles away, instead of listing according to closest distance). I have a portable Garmin system, and can find stores way faster with the touch screen, and the Garmin has much better updated POI, and cost only $500. If I were to go on long trips now, I'll have to bring my Garmin portable as well, since I can't trust the Acura Navi system. The back-up camera can only be used in optimal lighting conditions. When I reverse the car first thing in the morning (cold day), the exhaust fumes covers camera and I can't see. Or under direct rear sunlight, it completely overwhelms the camera. So you need optimal lighting, the back-up camera should have been included with back-up sensors as well (but this option would cost $1100 to install extra)....read morehide
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