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#480 of 951 Car & Driver First Drive Review
Mar 28, 2007 (6:01 am)
Here is a positive review that I found on Car& Driver. It mentions that there is an aux input for an Ipod. I have not be able to verify this in any of the factory information. I have check one out at the dealer but never looked for the input since I didn't think one existed. Do anyone here know it truely has one. It sounds like the one that was reviewed by Car & Driver did.
#481 of 951 Re: Car & Driver First Drive Review [csmab]
Mar 28, 2007 (6:10 am)
It's a dealer installed option. They can put it wherever you want. The article makes it sound like it's there on every model.
#483 of 951 Re: Car & Driver First Drive Review [arumage]
Mar 30, 2007 (2:13 am)
I've already ordered my Veracruz (they are saying 1-2 weeks more). I'd really like to have that aux iPod jack - - do you think this is only available on the higher end sound system that comes with the Limited or do you think it can be added to even the base system? I want one!
#484 of 951 Re: Car & Driver First Drive Review [hvcowner]
Mar 30, 2007 (3:41 am)
No one seems sure if that really is a dealer installed option or how Car and Driver acquired it. I know for a fact that there is an RF kit available at the dealer. The kit in question is totally different though. Maybe you're dealer would know better or atleast know where to ask.
#485 of 951 Re: Car & Driver First Drive Review [hvcowner]
Mar 30, 2007 (10:32 am)
I would e-mail Car & Driver and aks them about it! I am sure they would share whatever they know.
#486 of 951 More Test Drive
Mar 31, 2007 (10:45 am)
On a windy day, I test drove both VC and a '05 MDX on the same route with hw and a winding local road.
VC was a bit more wind-sensitive, body roll was noticable.
Sitting behind its steering wheel, MDX is a more confident vehicle based on these,
- steering wheel is heavier, it's JUST RIGHT. Has more feedback, vs. VC's artificial feeling.
- engine/torque & transmission are more in a concert, very precise and predictable (I can't find any other words better describe them). therefore, handling is more positive and "fun to drive."
- VC's trans has a slight delay in some situation during low-speed hill-climbing.
- VC 2nd shift is very brief, meaning after a hesitation into 2nd from 1st, it shifted to 3rd right away. Although smooth and jolt-free w/o jumping, the driver gets nervous.
- I got an impression that VC's turn signal lever is borrowed from Accent or a cheap Chevy.
Both had no problem in highway passing and lane changes.
On the other hand, VC out-features MDX from 2nd row back.
Handling and control means driving and safety to me, MDX tops VC in my list.
#487 of 951 Re: More Test Drive [practical]
Mar 31, 2007 (2:54 pm)
The '05 MDX only received a 4-star passenger crash rating instead of 5-star. The side curtain airbags also do not completely cover all three rows. Also the KBB value of a used '05 MDX is still about the same as buying a brand new Veracruz. I totally agree about the artificial steering feel and lack of brake feeling though. I didn't really feel any noticeable body roll in the Veracruz though... atleast not any more than the CX-9, which handled fabulously. Gas mileage is also slightly less in the MDX.
#488 of 951 Re: More Test Drive [practical]
Mar 31, 2007 (4:11 pm)
After Autoshow and a test drive:
Who said this this car drove better than Mazda, or something like you are more out there, or contected to something?..this car drives very simillar to a minivan/old MDX, I am sure alot of folks like that, but to say it out handles the Mazda is a little too much, great value I'm sure, but not on the handling side, and what about the fact that everywhere you look you see a glimpse of a different manufacturer? Sitting in the 3rd seat is a very unique experience, its ok till you look around you, like I fell down in a hole, no wonder they have great numbers on paper. Honestly though a huge improvement on their fit and finish.
#489 of 951 Re: More Test Drive [sssfegy]
Mar 31, 2007 (4:34 pm)
I don't believe anyone said it outhandled the CX-9. The CX-9 is definitely the better handler. The Veracruz has a much more refined ride though. The 20" wheels make the CX-9 a bit rough over potholes. The Veracruz did feel a little disconnected from the road, but it was a confident handler. It's definitely not a sports car, but it does what it needs to do... and definitely outhandles the Outlook and Acadia which are made of bricks.