2010 Acura MDX tops Consumer Reports’ tests

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

For the June 2010 issue of Consumer Reports, the freshened Acura MDX topped tests of four luxury SUVs. The 2010 Acura MDX got an "Excellent" overall score and overall road-test scores of 85, easily beating the Land Rover LR4, which earned a "Very Good" 73; the new Lincoln MKT, which earned a "Very Good" 72; and the Audi Q7, which earned a "Very Good" 68.

The MDX has an enhanced powertrain that leads to improved acceleration and fuel economy. The MDX is now the influential magazine's top-rated three-row luxury SUV.

David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut, described the MDX as a well-rounded vehicle that crushes its much more expensive rivals. Among the four SUVs in this test group, only the MDX is Recommended.

Cars that get CR's Recommended rating are those that have performed well in its tests and have no less than an average predicted reliability based on CR's Annual Auto Survey of its more than seven million print and Web subscribers.

To qualify, the cars also need to have performed at least satisfactorily if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test. The MKT and LR4 don't have adequate reliability data and the Audi Q7 has posted below-average reliability. The MDX is priced from $46,715 while the Lincoln is priced from $56,555.

While the new 2010 Acura MDX is stable on the road, it is able to absorb the bumps on the road. It also boasts of superior handling, and it remains very firm and unwavering even when cornering.

The Acura MDX is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine that delivers up to 300 hp while returning 18 mpg overall in CR’s own fuel economy tests. This powerful engine is mated to a quick-shifting and seamless six-speed automatic transmission, matched by ample stopping power by its brakes.

Moreover, the styling of the new 2010 Acura MDX is just as impressive on the interior as on the exterior. Furthermore, the MDX allows for ample cargo room once the center-and third-row seatbacks are folded out. Buyers could avail of the new Acura MDX at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $46,715.

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