If youíre looking for a bad review, Iím sorry to disappoint you.
Iíve yet to drive an Acura that wasnít near flawless, and the 2008 MDX certainly lives up to the luxury automakerís reputation for building outstanding vehicles that pamper both driver and passenger while delivering an invigorating experience for the driver.
I actually spent an entire afternoon sitting in the MDX literally ďplayingĒ with all of the high tech amenities.
I was in heaven.
It was like going to a high-end electronics store and sitting in one of those big, plush leather chairs in the demo room testing out all the new toys on the shelves.
Yes, my test vehicle was equipped with the optional Technology Package.
The Acura Navigation System with voice recognition and rearview camera is an absolute work of art. I bet I spent 10 minutes marveling at the real-time traffic updates while being informed where accidents have occurred, what streets had roadwork underway and how fast the traffic was moving on the freeway.
While the nav system does have a screen, you donít really need it. Just push a button, tell the system what task you want it to accomplish and it provides audio responses over the speaker system. Traffic alerts: it reads them out loud. Program a destination: it provides audio directions as well as turn indicators on the map screen.
Of course I had to spend time ďtestingĒ the 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround audio system equipped with XM Satellite Radio.
The package also includes a GPS-linked, solar-sensing, tri-zone, automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration.
If you canít get comfortable in this vehicle, better check your pulse.
I wanted to ask my wife if we could park this in our living room, but after careful deliberation thought better and just kept that one to myself.
But boy oh boy, that 10-way power, heated leather driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support sure was comfortable.
And thatís just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Letís talk safety. Hereís the short list of standard safety features: Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, front seat side airbags with front passenger occupant position detection system, side curtain airbags for all three rows with rollover sensor, front active head restraints, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, ABS with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, vehicle stability assist with traction control, trailer stability assist and tire pressure monitoring system, to name but a few.
Oh yeah, it delivers excellent ride and handling as well.
Powered by a 300-horsepower V6 engine and mated to a sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission, it has a 2008 EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg. Not bad for a 7-passenger, all-wheel drive SUV.
For those who were hoping I would find something negative to write about the MDX, here goes. I donít like the fact that itís out of my price range.
However, for those in the market for a luxury SUV, this is an absolute must for the test drive list.
Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 15 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association and the Midwest Automotive Media Association. Comments may be sent to Neal at email@example.com.