If you’re in the market for a premium-level SUV, Acura has something new for you…or at least totally re-designed.

They’ve spent some time and money on their 7-seat MDX re-do…and it shows.

SUV’s aren’t really supposed to handle all that well.  This one does.

While the MDX looks pretty much like it did before, it’s the feel and performance that showcase the effort that Acura has put behind this re-design.

The MDX feels like it was carved from a single piece of go-fast granite.  The 290 HP, 3.5 liter V-6 gives it the juice to accelerate quite nicely…and still feel somewhat light on it’s feet.

Just how good have new vehicles become?   I have a 9-year-old 4-cylinder compact.   It gets 28 – 29 MPG on my usual commute.

Acura’s new MDX gets 26 – 27….weighing close to a thousand pounds more…and able to carry 3 more passengers and a boat load of stuff.    Yes…the engineers have been busy.    Thanks.

So…..you could get into an MDX for as little as $42,290 including destination fees.   All-Wheel Drive will add $2,000.

Another $4,275 will get you a “Tech” package including Nav with restaurant reviews, blind-spot monitoring, real-time traffic with re-routing and 15 GB media storage, 10-speaker surround-sound HD radio with song-by-voice and more.

$2,000 more brings you an Entertainment Package with rear DVD w. wireless headsets, rear door window shades and heated outboard 2nd row seats.

A final $5,940 “Advance” package gives you perforated 6-level leather heated and ventilated front seats, front passenger seat lumbar support, adapted cruise control, adaptive cruise control, remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, collision mitigation braking, and a 12-speaker 546 watt stereo.

All MDX’s come with Acura’s new “Jewel Eye” headlamps…as all premium manufacturers scramble to out-do each other in designing a distinctive front-end signature.

Put a top-of-the-line $55,400 MDX against any high-end competitor and tell me what you think!DSCN5205DSCN5207DSCN5198DSCN5199DSCN5200DSCN5202


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