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Acura MDX, SUV
Sep 19, 2006 (9:10 am)
Not sure if this has come up already in this thread. Pardon me if it's a repeat.
The 2007 MDX is rated with a max tow capacity of 5,000 lbs.
The 2001-2006 MDX was rated with a capacity of 3,500-4,500 lbs.
On paper, that looks like an increase of 500-1,500 lbs. However, that's a little misleading and buyers should be aware. Acura is playing fast and loose with the numbers. Although, to their credit, not as much as most other manufacturers.
The 2001-2006 models were rated with a max capacity that included not only the weight of the towed trailer, but also four occupants and their luggage for a weekend. The standard weight for an occupant is 150 lbs and the luggage weight is about 200 lbs. This meant you could tow 3,500-4,500 with another 800 lbs of people and gear inside.
The 2007 MDX is rated with only two occupants and gear for the weekend. So, realistically, the boat towing weight has only gone up 200 lbs. Though, the 1,200 increase for non-boats is still a nice boost.
I mentioned this being better than other manufacturers because companies like Ford and Toyota quote towing capacities with only one occupant and no gear at all.
Sep 19, 2006 (9:39 am)
Well said; you'd think the DOT would standardize the ratings to keep the various manufacturers "honest."
#6365 of 6477 Re: Premium gas [needmdx2006]
Sep 29, 2006 (8:35 am)
Unfortunately, I was unable to duplicate the conditions using one tank of regular gas. The weather has been nice the last couple of weeks and I haven't been using the A/C much. The one time I switch to regular gas I averaged 18.6 mpg. I switched back to premium and I'm getting 21 mpg not using the A/C much. I don't care too much to continue using regular gas to see if the mileage will improve over time. I stick with premium gas. Hey it's down to $2.45 per gal in my area.
#6366 of 6477 Re: Cruise control [pcsd]
Sep 29, 2006 (10:33 am)
I use the cruise control all the time, the button is permanently on, and hasn't
caused any problems; its quicker to re-engage cruise control that way .
#6367 of 6477 Re: 3 carseats in 2nd row [love2driveinct]
Sep 29, 2006 (11:55 am)
My wife and I can't make up our minds. We have a 3yr old and a 7month old. I guess according to your post, the MDX is roomy enough - that is one issue we are thinking about. The other issue is how important or more/less convenient are the auto sliding doors on the Ody Minivan vs MDX? What about storage space for the kids clutter (books, toys, etc.)? Thanks for your help
#6368 of 6477 Re: 3 carseats in 2nd row [nyer]
Sep 29, 2006 (8:50 pm)
My wife and I have a 02 MDX. Our kids are now 5 and 2 and my 5 year old wanted a Honda Ody when she was 3 due to the sliding doors. She got over it and now likes the MDX. Both vehicles are very nice, but the MDX is also fun to drive, all-wheel drive, etc. The inside can stay very clean due to the leather seats being able to be wiped off of apple juice, snacks, etc. We bought a activity holder that slips behind one of the front seats for the extra small toys, books, sunglasses, kleenex, etc. Both seats also have room for some of the kids stuff also. I just put $ down on an 07MDX. We are no. 2 on the list at the dealer and should receive the 07 by Nov. 1st. The 07 should be a blast to drive....can't wait! But we will miss our reliable 02 MDX....it is finally broken in. Hope to keep the apple juice/crackers out of the 07 for a while!
#6369 of 6477 Re: 3 carseats in 2nd row [nyer]
Oct 03, 2006 (4:21 am)
The wife and I were planning on an 06 Oddy purchase, as we also have a 3 yr old daughter.
We wanted the room, ease of loading kids and the Ent package for her to enjoy on the long trips.
We gave it a test drive and the wife loved it, but I found a drastic lack of legroom for the driver.
When test drove the MDX and we ended up with a Sage Brush Pearl on Black 06 MDX Touring w/ Nav and RES for the same price we were gonna pay for the Oddy.
We love the ride and the little one has a great time in the back (2nd row). She loves her DVD player and all I have to do is open the back door and she climbs in all by herself.
I just click the straps and away we go.
I've also taken my 1yr niece for the weekend, and we load her into the MDX without any problems at all.
In fact, it may be even easier for loading kids than the oddy.... doesn't seem like you have to lean in all that much. My brother-in-law has an Oddy so it's easy for me to compare.
We love the MDX and have never second thought or questioned our decision over the Oddy.
In fact, when we see an Oddy on the road now, we feel that much happier with our purchase.
Hope it helps, good luck.
#6370 of 6477 Auto-Show & 2007 MDX...
Oct 07, 2006 (10:00 pm)
An opened pearl-white and one silver 2007-MDX are crowd-pullers at
Miami Beach Convention Ctr Intl Autoshow, which runs through Sun 15.
FYI: Front grille looks better than posted pictures! 2 memory seat
buttons present but standard Roof rack absent. A release tab just
below the dash now disengages Foot-brake. No side-moldings !!!
#6371 of 6477 Saw it at the beach show, too...
Oct 08, 2006 (5:57 am)
...and the MDX looks GREAT! I was surprised to see they had one out for people to poke around in.
The interior is a MAJOR upgrade. You feel like a pilot cocooned in a cockpit. It feels like a much roomier version of the flagship RL.
The fold-flat third row is so simple to use! The power liftgate is quiet as can be. I can only imagine how well this thing drives with the increased HP.
IMHO, when compared to my wife's 06 ML350, the MDX has more features, more room, and a nicer overall package... and at a MUCH better price.
Me thinks we'll be trading out of the ML in a year or so......
#6372 of 6477 Re: 3 carseats in 2nd row [scottm123]
Oct 09, 2006 (3:27 am)
Thanks for the info. Because of your post and more thinking about it, we went for the 2006 MDX. Just need to get the VW Passat Wagon lease wrapped up and then we pick up the MDX. Very excited!!! Not 2nd guessing our decision over the 2006 Oddy because it costs about the same and all that room most likely is not necessary at this point. Also, we do get a 3rd row with the MDX so other passengers can come along for the ride. The Oddy may be better suited 3 yrs from now when we turn in the MDX and the kids are older and into more sports etc. Thanks for the help.