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I have 2 Acuras - a Legend GS and a TL-S and used to have an Accord LX. So, I am pretty much a Honda/Acura man.

I also wanted an SUV for sometime
and waited almost 2 years for the redesigned MDX. Sure enough, I went
for a test drive 6 weeks ago.
I am going to buy a new SUV very soon.

Some thoughts.......and then the big
decision.

The front looks better than the pictures
with the beak/proboscis even more
prominent than the previous model.
The polished metal grill is OK.

The profile and rear view leave a little
to be desired; but some of Acura's
designs are downright disappointing
(Vigor, CL, 1st gen RL). At least this
is NOT one of them; though it seems
to share some cues with the Tribeca
and the Murano.

Doors have a nice thud when
closing. Handles felt solid.

The quality of the paint job has
improved from the previous generation
or so it seems. But I feel Lexus
does a slightly better job.

The interior layout is classic Acura.
The feel of the leather surfaces, the
pressure on the plastic buttons, the
tension on the knobs, the texture of
the dashboard surfaces are all superb.
Did not like the mount for the NAV
which looks half sunk in. But the
view is undisturbed.

I like to drive occasionally with my
left hand at the 6 o'clock position.
The V-shaped steering wheel connector
did not afford enough room for that.
When I still rested my hand there
(by habit), it was abraded by the
plastic there (no idea why that was
not covered with leather). BTW, the
optional wood covered steering will
not solve this problem.

Still, I was disappointed somewhat with the interior. The test
drive vehicle with a gray interior had
grey and black striped wood panels
that looked like plastic; perhaps they
are plastic.

Leather seats have improved from
previous Acuras (both in feel and
support). However, I wish
the upholstery in the headliner was
better.

The split hand rest did not bother me.
I had been told that in previous
models, when heavy people lean
on this, the unsplit version used to
crack. This may avoid that issue.

Position of the NAV system is great
and offers unobstructed rear view.

I had really hoped that the 3rd row
seat would have just a little more
space - even an additional inch or so
of leg room as well as a slightly
higher foot well. The Honda Pilot
was better than the earlier MDX;
the new MDX does not seem to match
the Pilot either. Even minor increases
would have made the 3rd row
infinitely more useful.

Now for the actual drive. I have a
6-speed Legend GS (with the Type II
motor). So, I really want a vehicle
that can handle well. The MDX handles
better than the Legend in every way.
The acceleration, cornering, straightline
braking all (which I did test) performed
flawlessly. I took the vehicle to 95 mph
and was surprised by how
well it handled even at that speed.

NAV seems best in class. I suspect,
however, that the real-time traffic
update may not be all that worthwhile.

Noise has been an issue with almost
every Honda and Acura that I have
driven (except for the 2nd gen RL).
The MDX does a good job (not as good
as the RL or any Lexus), but there has
been substantial improvement.

In my Legend, I can induce a controlled
skid which will turn traction control
(and the the dashboard lights) ON.
I did not try that on a test drive,
though the handling suggested that
it would be difficult to get the MDX to
do that - the road holding is so good
that I suspect it will refuse to skid.
This is about the best compliment I can
give for the MDX handling.

Now for the decision..............

I am the dream customer - 3 company
cars in the past. Waited for the
redesigned MDX (disappointed that
it was not released last year).

But, I decided AGAINST the MDX.
It simply did not have the
"Je ne sais quoi" (I am not French).
For someone who waited so long,
the vehicle did not offer the "leap"
I expected. All in all, the MDX is
still a great vehicle. From being an
automatic first choice for almost
2 years, it became a 2nd choice
when it came time to buy.

For those curious, I decided on an
Audi Q7.

This is an MDX forum, but if there is
interest, I can post thoughts on the
Q7 test drive and a comparison.
 

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Thanks for the review.
Would love to read your impressions on the Q7.
The way 07 MDX is priced, Acura is setting up itself
against strong competitions.
 

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I have 2 Acuras - a Legend GS and a TL-S and used to have an Accord LX. So, I am pretty much a Honda/Acura man.

I also wanted an SUV for sometime
and waited almost 2 years for the redesigned MDX. Sure enough, I went
for a test drive 6 weeks ago.
I am going to buy a new SUV very soon.

Some thoughts.......and then the big
decision.

The front looks better than the pictures
with the beak/proboscis even more
prominent than the previous model.
The polished metal grill is OK.

The profile and rear view leave a little
to be desired; but some of Acura's
designs are downright disappointing
(Vigor, CL, 1st gen RL). At least this
is NOT one of them; though it seems
to share some cues with the Tribeca
and the Murano.

Doors have a nice thud when
closing. Handles felt solid.

The quality of the paint job has
improved from the previous generation
or so it seems. But I feel Lexus
does a slightly better job.

The interior layout is classic Acura.
The feel of the leather surfaces, the
pressure on the plastic buttons, the
tension on the knobs, the texture of
the dashboard surfaces are all superb.
Did not like the mount for the NAV
which looks half sunk in. But the
view is undisturbed.

I like to drive occasionally with my
left hand at the 6 o'clock position.
The V-shaped steering wheel connector
did not afford enough room for that.
When I still rested my hand there
(by habit), it was abraded by the
plastic there (no idea why that was
not covered with leather). BTW, the
optional wood covered steering will
not solve this problem.

Still, I was disappointed somewhat with the interior. The test
drive vehicle with a gray interior had
grey and black striped wood panels
that looked like plastic; perhaps they
are plastic.

Leather seats have improved from
previous Acuras (both in feel and
support). However, I wish
the upholstery in the headliner was
better.

The split hand rest did not bother me.
I had been told that in previous
models, when heavy people lean
on this, the unsplit version used to
crack. This may avoid that issue.

Position of the NAV system is great
and offers unobstructed rear view.

I had really hoped that the 3rd row
seat would have just a little more
space - even an additional inch or so
of leg room as well as a slightly
higher foot well. The Honda Pilot
was better than the earlier MDX;
the new MDX does not seem to match
the Pilot either. Even minor increases
would have made the 3rd row
infinitely more useful.

Now for the actual drive. I have a
6-speed Legend GS (with the Type II
motor). So, I really want a vehicle
that can handle well. The MDX handles
better than the Legend in every way.
The acceleration, cornering, straightline
braking all (which I did test) performed
flawlessly. I took the vehicle to 95 mph
and was surprised by how
well it handled even at that speed.

NAV seems best in class. I suspect,
however, that the real-time traffic
update may not be all that worthwhile.

Noise has been an issue with almost
every Honda and Acura that I have
driven (except for the 2nd gen RL).
The MDX does a good job (not as good
as the RL or any Lexus), but there has
been substantial improvement.

In my Legend, I can induce a controlled
skid which will turn traction control
(and the the dashboard lights) ON.
I did not try that on a test drive,
though the handling suggested that
it would be difficult to get the MDX to
do that - the road holding is so good
that I suspect it will refuse to skid.
This is about the best compliment I can
give for the MDX handling.

Now for the decision..............

I am the dream customer - 3 company
cars in the past. Waited for the
redesigned MDX (disappointed that
it was not released last year).

But, I decided AGAINST the MDX.
It simply did not have the
"Je ne sais quoi" (I am not French).
For someone who waited so long,
the vehicle did not offer the "leap"
I expected. All in all, the MDX is
still a great vehicle. From being an
automatic first choice for almost
2 years, it became a 2nd choice
when it came time to buy.

For those curious, I decided on an
Audi Q7.

This is an MDX forum, but if there is
interest, I can post thoughts on the
Q7 test drive and a comparison.
Interesting. I’m in the same boat with the prior MDXs and Honda cars, high anticipation for the redesigned MDX and the results of my test drive...I liked it, but not enough to make me want to run out and buy it...yet. I have been test driving a number of other cars but quality wise and drive wise nothing can compare to the MDX. I have to admit however I have not looked at the Q7. Maybe I should…
 

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I have been test driving a number of other cars but quality wise and drive wise nothing can compare to the MDX. I have to admit however I have not looked at the Q7. Maybe I should…
I think you owe it to yourself to test drive the Q7 and see if it would fit your needs. I swapped a 2009 MDX for a 2020 MDX for my wife - the 2009 was very reliable, but she wanted something newer. Since I needed a vehicle for me, I tested a number of American, Asian and European SUVs, including the top tier (Prestige) Q7.

In my opinion, except for the smaller 3rd seat, the Q7's fit, finish and driving dynamics were superior to wifey's car. Also, in my personal experience, the MDX and Q7 are equivalent in overall reliability, even though the Q7 has a ton more advanced tech and features. Finally, I anticipated paying a premium for the Q7's top tier trim, but actually negotiated a discount of around 19 percent so I jumped on it. No warranty issues in 10K miles, and so I'm not regretting my decision at all, even though I realize the maintenance for the car will be proportionately higher than for a near-luxury Asian. I solved that problem by rolling a pre-paid 50K miles maintenance plan into the purchase, so the expected higher regular maintenance costs should not become an issue in the future.
 
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