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With Winter set to make a likely early arrival in the 2017/2018 season (at least in the Midwest USA), be confident (and thankful) if you have a 2nd gen MDX with SH-AWD (preferably complimented by a nice set of snow/winter rated tires !) :29:
 

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While I also own two other late models cars (Audi sedan- with Quattro technology and Mercedes SUV)- I find myself relying upon my '09 MDX more often then my German specimens- especially when it comes to inclement weather related driving as this car's superior handling/advanced overall driving technologies has certainly aided in saving my life in more than one particular bad weather/bad driver scenario related mishap over the past several years! :29:

Here's a video that goes into greater depths to explain just how Acura's SH-AWD technology works (unique technology comprising transfer of power to the REAR that arguably outperforms Audi's Quattro handling system!) :nerd:
 

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We don't get much weather other than wind in the southwest. I'm usually hitting the mountain switchbacks or hwy on/off cloverleafs ramps at warp speeds with sh-awd getting a workout. The posted max MPH speed for curves are the minimal speeds for my RDX and MDX can take with sh-awd (I can do about 15-25 mph above those posted speeds). I can take my hwy cloverleaf on ramp near my home at 50-55 mph instead of the posted 35 mph. I feel the higher speed is 10X safer because I'm trying to merge onto I-40 closer to the 65 mph speed limit (folks usually drive 5-10 mph faster than that). I don't want to be "that driver" causing others to brake while merging onto the 65 mph interstate at 35-40 mph and taking my sweet time do it.

I like having the equal availability of sh-awd in dry conditions along when traction is low in the wet/snowy conditions. The sh-awd system does a excellent job providing year round traction for almost any weather or surface conditions. This is the main reason I decided to stick with my 1G RDX with +143,000 miles a little longer instead of upgrading to the 2G RDX with the CR-V awd system. I'm waiting to see if the 3G RDX will go back to turbo power and sh-awd handling. I don't feel the 3G 14-18 MDX sh-awd would be a large enough improvement in ride/handling to upgrade compared to my 11 MDX Adv EXCEPT for the sh-sh-awd hybrid model (too expensive for now).
 

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Winter tires make a world of difference. The factory Michelin Latitudes were just ok in the snow when new, but downright dangerous after they've worn a bit. I dumped them after a white-knuckle experience with 50% tread and now run dedicated winters. They really don't cost much more in the long run and avoiding one fender-bender would pay for them for life.
 

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We never see snow here in the south states so no biggie but I would never buy an MDX without SH-AWD EVER.. The handling performance in dry conditions easily pays for SH-AWD in the first corner.
 

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SH-AWD is truly amazing (but a real Pain In The Wallet when you have to have the OEM sport shocks changed...lol)....occasionally I forget that I'm driving a +2 ton SUV, as it really does feel like sports car handling (in Sport mode) when its working correctly :29:...comes in very handy during sharp turns and sudden maneuvering! :p

That being said, the best ALL SEASON tire I've ever owned on any of my cars (installed this on my MDX less than a year ago- thanks Mr. Gold35 once again for your recommendation/vote of confidence on this tire make & model!...have put about 7500 confident miles on these German manufactured tires thus far- still holding up like new)...works FLAWLESSLY in both Winter and Summer- NO need for two sets of tires anymore!!!!:

Continental EXTREMECONTACT DWS 06
Continental*ExtremeContact DWS 06

<center><img src="http://www.tirerack.com/images/tires/conti/co_extcondws06_pdpfull.jpg" width="40%" height="40%"></center>
 

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http://www.1010tires.com/tires/general/altimax+arcticNice..!!. I have the very same tire ready to go on mt OEM 19" rims in the spring, they will be on for 3 seasons. Got s sale this summer. :)
Cant wait to see how they handle... so many good reviews.

But for winter... I will will not go without my Generals Altimax Winters... combined with our SH-AWD... UNbeatable...
Last winter was my first with the MDX .. ive never felt so sure footed...
J.

http://www.1010tires.com/tires/general/altimax+arctic
 

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TRUE- no all season tire can match the grip of a dedicated snow/winter tire- I just got tired of having to swap out tires twice a year...prior to the DSW06, I was using Pirelli Scorpion Winter (Snow & Ice)- that incredible tire traction combined with the SH-AWD on my 2009 MDX was very 'VIDEO GAME like' in the winter seasons- I could literally (and very confidently) go 70mph on snow covered (left lane) highway roads where the majority of people were cautiously cruising around in the middle and far right lanes at about 35-40 mph tops....had to really fend off my lead foot tendencies :laugh:

<img src="https://www.tirerack.com/images/tires/pirelli/pi_scorp_win_ci2_l.jpg"><img src="http://images.moderntiredealer.com/post/M-pirelli-scorpion-winter-12.jpg">
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on a side note- I'm happy to report that the Continental DSW06 ExtremeContact have more than adequate snow/winter traction (esp. for an All Season)- enough for me to now only run a SINGLE set of tires all year round :29:
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I have over 20,000 miles since Oct/16 on my 255/45/20 Conti DWS 06 and still have 8/32nd tread all around as measured from my last oil change at Acura last month. I'm starting to see a lot more rwd, awd, and fwd vehicles using Conti DWS 06 more than even in my neck of the woods because of mostly 3 season weather, +75 mph hwy speeds, and the occasional few days of extreme weather. I'm the only person that can make it to work on-time in the mornings on snow days because to sh-awd+Conti DWS 06.
 
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