Quick question for all you MDXers (I myself am still waiting for delivery...) Have you found the width of the MDX a problem when it comes to parking? I'm currently driving a QX4 which is sometimes a tight squeeze, and the MDX is nearly 5 inches wider. I'd appreciate your thoughts.
I was 99% sold on the MDX and was very close to buying it because of it's excellent attributes of performance, fuel economy, decent off-road ability AND THAT EXCELLENT NAVIGATION SYSTEM, besides being a previous Acura owner and almost bought it (due to lack of alternative choices), but finally decided not to, because of JUST ONE REASON - THE WIDTH
- Please see my posts in the comparisons section under "Lexus GX 470".
Depending on what's important to you, the width of the MDX could be a severe hindrance if you treasure manuverability and ease-of-driving and parking in a vehicle. On the other hand if you're buying the MDX as toy that you will be using mainly on interstates / highways and mostly on long trips from one part of the U.S. to another and then park it on the outskirts of town and rent a more compact vehicle to travel in the city........ sure.....
I too was concerned about the MDX width initially, but the actual decision to not buy the MDX came about recently about couple months back when I had the opportunity to live with/drive my friend's 2001 MDX for 3 days. (Coincidentially the Lexus GX 470 was unvieled a few weeks later....but that's another story) I personally found the MDX to be a real chore to drive in the city (here in L.A.) and parking was a real nightmare
.......I remember renting a Ford Expedition on a previous occasion and being totally appalled with it's manuverability and the MDX didn't feel much different to that experience (that's because it is
practically almost the same width (MDX is 77 and Expedition is 78)........However, I must say that when it came to driving on the open freeway it was a blast to drive,...... and I also must say that my friend does love his MDX to pieces, but then again, he is an older, RETIRED gentleman who hardly ever comes to town, lives in the country (Valencia, CA) where parking is as plentiful as water in the ocean and his commute pretty much involves an evening drive to the golf course or an occasional cross country trip to visit relatives.
It is really sad
that the MDX is such a super vehicle in almost every way, but the designers just had to go overboard
with the width to claim some sort of title of "widest track in it's class"
or something like that.....they went too extreme on the handling/stability aspect and did not do a good job of balancing
real-world-liveability with handling.
I'm sure they could have kept the MDX at a reasonable 73-74 inches of width and still achieved good stability - as in most spacious
midsize SUVs. (Trailblazer is 74.6 inches- I've driven a Trailblazer and it feels just as stable in turns as an MDX, Jeep Grand Cherokee is 72.3, RX 300 is 71.5,.....and here's the real kicker.....the BMW X5 is 73.7 inches wide and it's handling and stability are most definitely superior to the MDX - and this is in TOTAL CONTRADICTION to some on the forum who keep repeating the same old "wider-is-better" slogan - (and I'm sure most folks, even on this forum, would agree with me that the BMW X5 is probably the best handling SUV out there - even though I don't necessarily like the X5 for other reasons such as poor reliability, bad value etc., facts are facts....and the X5 almost drives like a sports sedan true to it's "ultimate driving machine" tag-line
To sum it all up, I PERSONALLY feel the MDX is
too wide to comfortably
drive and live with, if you live in a metro area of the U.S.
. On the other hand if you live out in the country, or even one of the smaller towns like Grand Forks, North Dakota
(no pun intended, I lived here for 4 yrs) then it's a totally different story. In fact if I did not live in L.A. but somewhere in the midwest I probably would have ended up with the MDX (over the Lexus GX 470 which I'll be buying) for it's other wonderful attributes. The MDX is a wonderful machine albeit not a very practical one (of course, that depends on how you DEFINE practical and one person's practicality may be total uselessness to someone else).......and I'll leave you with another thought.....How often are you going to transport an 8" by 4" plywood sheet on a regular basis
?? the very aspect that many point out to justify the MDX's width.......unless, of course, you are in some sort of furniture construction business and use your MDX everyday for this purpose.....and it's not like you totally coudn't transport that same 8 by 4 piece of wood in a slightly narrower SUV - it would just sit at a slight incline instead of perfectly flat....and is this a good enough reason to SACRIFICE everyday driveability and liveability?? - at least I think certainly not - In fact I'd be very surprised if even 20% of the MDX owners ever use their vehicle on a regular basis
for such ambitious cargo hauling missions.......and that goes for the "famed" 7-passenger capabiity as well (This attribute, however, is great because it does not compromise the MDX in any other way (mostly since this affects length and the MDX is just the perfect length - just right for it's midsize classification)!!