Last post on Nov 01, 2009 at 11:04 PM
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Acura MDX, SUV
#28 of 37 Re: sport vs. tech. [x5killer]
May 06, 2009 (6:58 pm)
Most people discuss tech vs sport and have different opinions.
Certainly, for daily driving you may not tell the big difference.
But I think lots of us forgot that we all like to read the rating of MDX as #1 in luxury midsize SUV (#2 ----slightly behind Lexus RX350 Hybird). Please note that the rating trim is using MDX Sport trim. Some handling features are standard as BMW X5. Correct?
#29 of 37 sport vs. tech
May 06, 2009 (7:30 pm)
1.Active Damper System sport suspension
2. Perforated Milano Premium Leather trimmed interior
3. Textured interior trim
4. 18-inch, 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels (as opposed to 18-inch, 6-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels)
The 2 interior factors are unimportant to me and not worth paying more. the wheels seem to be just a diff spoke but otherwise the same and a non factor to me as I change them out to 22's
the Active Damper System sport suspension would be the only thing worthwhile but not worth the increase in price.
if i didn't need Ent. i would maybe get the sport but since i need ent then tech and ent was the way to go for me.
the sport just doesnt' add enough to be worth. those 4 things and the only important one being the sport suspesion and its not even noticeable to most.
#30 of 37 Re: Sport vs Tech MDX models (thoughts) [jephyboy1]
Jun 23, 2009 (5:46 pm)
We have the Sport and it is an interesting bit of electronic wizardry. My work requires travel between urban and rural areas in central Ohio (home to Honda and very proud employees.)
I really enjoy the comfort setting when the going gets bumpy; well composed and comfortable. However, it does not dispell ALL of the impact of road imperfections due to the large and WIDE tires. Nevertheless, it does great on 90% of the roads I travel: asphalt, gravel, and occasionally dirt.
In the twisties or for spirited jaunts on long smooth stretches, the sport setting really tightens up. Pat Bedard at Car and Driver noted: "For masochists only". I wouldn't go that far, but it will feel and drive like the best sport sedans out there eliminating all but the smallest amount of body roll in tight turns.
SH-AWD is a little tricky when pushing hard in this mode; you really have to get on it early in the turn for it to sling-shot you out. Tons of fun when you get it right and stability control should keep you out of trouble--though I have never had it kick in...yet. 15K miles and so far so good.
We test drove the Non-Sport mode before we bought and it was plenty firm, but the sales guy indicated: "A nice blend of sport and comfort modes" I say 70% Sport. Take it from me, the choice is worth it. Acura really made a statement by requiring you to turn the Comfort mode on rather than the opposite. When we picked it up at the dealer, it was in the default Sport mode. Grandma won't like it, so don't forget to hit the button on the console when you pick her up at the airport.
By the way, the Sport leather isn't just perforated, it is much higher quality than the Non Sport and all the Tech goodies are included. Hope this helps.
#31 of 37 Re: Sport vs Tech MDX models (thoughts) [buyused]
Jun 26, 2009 (12:20 pm)
I am very please to purchase Spt+DVD.
It's really worth the extra 1700 for sport model.
Also, the top of line get better deal for purchase.
I could drive much fast and feel much safe when turning in the country roads.
For this great interest rate, go for it.
#32 of 37 Harsh Ride in Winter
Jul 21, 2009 (7:15 am)
I am looking to buy a Sport/Ent. Went to a dealership this weekend to take one for a test drive and the salesman tried to steer me toward a Tech/Ent. He said they are having problems with the Sport models having a very harsh ride in the winter time (for the first 10 or 15 minutes of driving) and it was something Acura is looking to fix. I have not seen this problem mentioned on this or other forums. He only had one Sport in stock so he was probably BSing me but wanted to verify. Anyone with a Sport having this issue?
#34 of 37 Re: Harsh Ride in Winter [zx11]
Oct 14, 2009 (3:24 pm)
I haven't had any problems. Every car I have ever driven has driven a bit harsher in cold temperatures, but nothing special worth mentioning in the 08 Sport MDX.
#35 of 37 Sport vs Comfort
Oct 17, 2009 (2:29 pm)
2008 Acura MDX with Sport plus Ent- 25,000 miles.
HUGE difference in Comfort vs. Sport mode. After driving the car 25,000 miles in the regular "sport" mode I switched to "comfort" setting. The MDX went from BMW to Buick mode. Nothing wrong with a Buick but I much prefer BMW mode.
Heck, even in sport mode my MDX is "soft" compared to my friend's 2009 X5.
Now that is a real SPORT/ROUGH/FIRM ride. The MDX is very moderate in comparison and a real daily driver. If you want handling and a tight suspension then go SPORT. I would NOT skip this option now. No way.
#36 of 37 Sport/Comfort vs. Non-Adjustable Tech?
Nov 01, 2009 (7:06 pm)
From what I understand, there is a huge difference between sport/comfort mode. But where would a non-adjustable tech (or base) model compare. I would think it was firmer than comfort mode but softer than sport mode?
I have a tech and like the ride. It's firm but not harsh. Handles bumps much better than my BMW 330. I do wish the rear suspension were a bit quieter, but on the whole I'm happy with the ride.
#37 of 37 Re: Sport/Comfort vs. Non-Adjustable Tech? [gregmdx]
Nov 01, 2009 (11:04 pm)
I have the sport/ent. package on my 08 MDX. Comfort mode is softer than sport mode. Its kind of bouncy on rough roads if your going a little fast. Sport mode firms it up a little but to me it is no where close to the firmest of a true sports car. In fact, the MDX with the regular suspension is a lot more firm (i've driven the loaner when servicing my MDX).