Since I've had my MDX, I constantly do web searches to find out what is new and what people are saying, problems et al. What is a little peeving is the condescending tone that "TRUE SUV" columnists and reviewers refer to the MDX and its' "ilk" as crossover vehicles, crossover from where? My last truly brand new car was a 1983 Subaru wagon with 4WD, other than technology improvements, what is the difference. It seems that unless you vehicle gets gallons per mile instead of miles per gallon (Dodge Durango) (Ford HUGE whatever), it does not stack up- The columnists refer to this vehicle as some sort of wussy suburbanite minivan with higher clearance and better traction. Maybe someone could explain the attitude. I actually read my manual, and it did mention that the vehicle was designed to travel mostly on pavement- If that is so, why all the ads a top ski lodges, and the pictures of the vehicle digging in the dirt Baja somewhere? Could someone shed a little light, can I take it on the beach or will that ruin the transmission? Am I allowed to get stuck in the mud? Does anyone have a limitation suggestion on my new super expensive wussy good gas mileage Crossover vehicle? thanks Caroline PS - I just got over the 500K mark, maybe now I can give it some gas!