Acura MDX

The Washington Post Sunday - - CARS -

Bot­tom line: The Acura MDX is a very nice, well-equipped, well-done sport-util­ity ve­hi­cle. The Honda Pi­lot is a bet­ter value. Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: It gets good marks in all ar­eas. Note of con­cern: Many garages in Bos­ton, Chicago and New York City are quick to ap­ply an “SUV fee” of at least $10 in ad­di­tion to what­ever else is charged to park those ve­hi­cles.

Head-turn­ing quo­tient for MDX: Big with­out be­ing ag­gres­sive or in­tim­i­dat­ing. Mod­er­ate, ap­peal­ing cos­metic changes to the front fas­cia for 2017. Ca­pac­i­ties: It seats up to seven peo­ple. Carg oca pac­ity is an es­ti­mated 70 cu­bic feet with third-row seats folded. The fuel tank holds 19.5 gal­lons of gaso­line. Reg­u­lar grade is okay.

City/high­way mileage: I av­erag ed a com­bined 22 miles per gal­lon.

Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes four­wheel disc brakes, ven­ti­lated front/solid rear; four-wheel anti-lock brake sys­tem; emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance; pre­c­ol­li­sion safety sys­tem; sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol; ad­vanced elec­tron­ics safety sys­tem suite; LED head­lamps; side, head and front knee air bags. Pric­ing: The MDX has been a best­seller for sev­eral years, and Acura deal­ers ap­par­ently want to keep it that way. The man­u­fac­turer’s fi­nal trans­ac­tion price, fully loaded, is $57,340. Wash­ing­ton-area Acura deal­ers re­port­edly have knocked nearly $5,000 off that price.

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