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Road-Testing 3 New SUVS Back-To-Back - 2018 Acura MDX, Buick Enclave And Volvo XC60

Josh Max , Contributor Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.​
Everyone's bananas about SUVs these days; sales which have shot up 20.5% for the first quarter of 2018. We thought we'd get behind the wheel of 3 new ones, beat 'em up and tell you which are worth your time and dollars. The rides are all different from each other in different ways, and we have different huzzahs and raspberries. Read on.

2018 Acura MDX MSRP: $45,195It's America's best-selling 3-Row Luxury SUV with good reason. It's great-looking – our tester was a particularly fetching eggplant purple - and the restyled grille (as of 2017) makes a sharp car even sharper. But what sets it apart for 2018 is its new tech features and updated infotainment system in addition to its library-quiet interior. Its new infotainment system is happily self-explanatory, and it took us almost no time to get the phone synced, the radio station where we wanted it and the climate system adjusted.The new system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Five trims are for sale, with stickers coming in around $60,000 for an all-wheel-drive model with Advance and Entertainment packages, while the Sport Hybrid model starts around $59,000. It doesn't come with a diesel engine unlike some similarly outfitted trims.Its V-6, 290 horsepower engine is pleasingly strong, though not as mighty-mighty as others in this class, but its 9-speed automatic transmission is butter-smooth. Our only real gripe is the push-button gearshift which, though we got a succinct explanation from the manufacturer about why it's a good thing, bugged us start to finish. Though it's a full-sized vehicle, it never felt boatish around corners or when parking. We also found the suspension pleasing, particularly when banging into potholes or fording rough roads. Safety-wise, there's a standard system in place called AcuraWatch which delivers the driver a lane-keeping system, emergency braking, road departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control. This'll close the deal if you're looking for a strong, safe, stylish luxury SUV.

2018 Buick Enclave Avenir $43,570Long have the Americans taken it on the chin when car enthusiasts compare their products to their often better-designed rival Europeans. But we found the all-new for 2018 Enclave a suprisingly fun, not-bad-looking and worthy ride over a week's test, even though it has just one engine to choose from, a 302 horsepower, 3.6 litre job with 260 lb-ft of torque. The luxe flavor is well-repped within with ultra-comfy seats, ease of features and a commanding feel of the road when you're behind the wheel, unlike the mushy feel of some vehicles of this sort. A smart black crosshatch mesh arrangement replaces Buick's ancient chrome vertical bars on the vehicle's snout, positioned in the middle of a snappy five-sided grille with new, powerful fog lights topping off the look. We weren't sure about the chrome trim running the length of the vehicle; it reminded us of our '68 Fairlane whose trim over time came loose and flipped and flopped before falling off altogether. Also, someone decided the famous “floating roof” would work here; they are a fad whose time came via Ford's Flex and Mini Cooper, and if the trend faded, we wouldn't complain.But inside? It's glorious, with an ebony and chestnut-festooned cockpit and a near-football field amount of space in the rear; it almost felt like an RV. Yet it avoids the square, minivannish effect that American automakers have suffered from for so long.Your second row has a step-through in the middle and a right seat that flips forward so you can better access the rear, even with a tyke's car seat installed. If the third row isn't needed for passengers, you can slide the second-row captain's chairs forward or backward.One notable $2,300 option is a switchable all-wheel-drive system, using a dash-mounted button to activate the twin-clutch rear differential for power distribution that'll come in handy in inclement weather. Otherwise, front-wheel-drive is the only option on the base model. Best of all? It's stop-start system at red and green lights is smooth as a cat padding across a floor. Indeed, a sound-deadening system's in place to make startup as well as the ride sedate, peaceful and truly earning the “luxury” badge. 0-60 is accomplished in a not-bad 6.4 seconds. All Avenirs get adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, a lane keeping system, a 360-degree camera and 17 sensors. The drive, while uneventful, was nevertheless a total pleasure start to finish; you're not looking for sheer ferocity. But in this case, that's a good thing.

2018 Volvo XC60 $41,500


Volvo continues to enjoy a sterling reputation as one of the safest vehicles on the road in the event of a crash, and the redesigned 2018 XC60's no exception. Its interior space, quietness of cabin and plush appointments are a welcome improvement from the outgoing model, and a week's test was pure Scandinavian pleasure. The XC60 is the mini-me version of Volvo's bigger, more expensive XC90, but we actually prefer the XC60s compact flavor, its ability to get a move on when needed, and feeling as though we're riding in a machine loaded with state-of-the-art tech.But about that tech – the infotainment system, in this case. It's needlessly complicated. Yes, one can learn it and get used to it (we did) but it seems many actions require two or more pre-actions to get where you wish to go or do what you wish to do. We were also a bit startled to discover that, aside from its automatic emergency braking system, its other vital safety features like a blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning are options. Finally, it's a smooth ride when you've got a smooth road, but, oh those bumps and divots; up the spine they go. On the plus side, the handling's far better than the outgoing model and you're well-powered via a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. You can opt for a 313-hp version called the T6 as well as a plug-in hybrid trim with a blistering 400 horses. We'd love to test that one out.Another improvement is the roomier rear, allowing you to fit five full-grown adults in the car as opposed to four adults and a gallon of milk. But your main source of pleasure is likely to be the finely appointed interior, which is comparible to any German machine you can name in terms of upscale comfort. Outside of the endless swiping, tapping and occasional head-scratching required to operate the infotainment system, the XC60's a winner.​
 

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I believe the reviewer is referencing Modern Steel which under certain direct sunlight can look *slightly* purple I suppose. Most of the time it looks gray. Reminds me slightly of my old "Sage Brush" 2003, which normally looked gray, but could have a green/blue tone under direct sunlight.
 
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