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2008 Acura MDX Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Acura MDX was new.

The MDX's ranking is based on its excellent combination of spaciousness, stellar safety and smooth handling. One of its few shortcomings is the redesigned exterior, which features a front grille that is disliked by several reviewers. Still, the MDX ranks very highly within its class.

9.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.0
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Refined interior with stylish design
  • Ample cargo space with rear seats down
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Driving dynamics on par with the best European competitors
  • Cramped third row is suitable for children only
  • Some find the edgy exterior off-putting

2008 Acura MDX Overview

The 2008 Acura MDX is a luxurious and performance-minded family vehicle. Introduced in 2001, the SUV received a major exterior redesign in 2007 that positions it against upscale competition like the BMW X5 and the Porsche Cayenne. "A good price, great handling, and plenty of seating makes Acura's redesigned midsize SUV a smart alternative to the BMW X5," says BusinessWeek. Reviewers are generally impressed with the interior and performance improvements. In a head-to-head test of seven luxury SUVS over $50,000, Car and Driver ranks the 2008 Acura MDX Sport first, saying it "was victorious almost everywhere it poked its gaudy grille." 

The MDX comes in only one trim, but there are three option packages available -- the Technology Package, the Sport Package, and the Entertainment Package (which requires one or both of the other packages) -- which all tack on a few thousand dollars.

  • "The MDX Sport isn't cheap at nearly $50,000, but it is a comprehensively equipped, superbly performing illustration of just what a sports-luxury SUV ought to be." -- The Examiner
  • "Good use of technology and traditional luxury combine in the second-generation Acura MDX." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Acura's redesigned SUV offers hip styling, inspiring performance and enviable versatility." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The MDX is still a best buy, but no longer such an overwhelming deal." -- New York Times
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