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Acura MDX 2007

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  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    But what did you think of the looks? Don't you find it a little porky, bulbous, and over-styled when viewed from any angle other than straight-on from the front or the back?
  • mdxmommdxmom Posts: 6
    I liked the look but was dissapointed with a few minor items. For exammple the tail and brake lights are led but the turn signal is a regular bulb. Why not go all the way and have an led turn signal? The compartment in the centre console is a nice size but odd opening.
    :)
  • cericceric Posts: 1,093
    On LED, using LED lights for turn signals serve no purpose in safety improvement unlike its use on stop/brake lights. LED fires up 0.2 sec faster than regular bulb. That is 0.2sec more response time for the driver behind you to react (if he/she is even paying attention at all...?).

    Yes, LED lights last longer but they are also much more expensive to replace. (not $1, that is for sure).

    MDX is going to feel slow offline due to its short first gear (2.7). That, compared with 4.06 for new X5 (2.36 for 2nd gear), is a huge difference. Well, Acura really need 6-speed tranny to spread out the gear ratios while improving MPG.
  • my3rdrxmy3rdrx Posts: 167
    When I was test-driving the MDX, I actually chose to sit in the backseat for a period of time, just to see how comfy it was ~ and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised that it was not only comfortable but roomy (I'm 6'1" with long legs), without any of the bouncy feelings associated with soft suspensions!
  • gollamgollam Posts: 29
    i would like to know how comfy the third row is for adults your size?...
  • dhamiltondhamilton Posts: 873
    I sat in the back, but not while the car was moving. I'm not super tall 5'10" but I felt like there was a lot of legroom. And, the seats were very comfortable. Lot's of shoulder and headroom as well.
    I'm very impressed with the direction Acura took with this vehicle. It offers the same driving enjoyment of my wife's Infiniti FX35, but almost the refinement and smoothness of the Lexus RX. I think there are some kind of cheap pieces in the interior when compared to say Audi, but who doesn't when compared to Audi. It balances out when you consider that Acura electronic components, Nav, blue tooth, and such are superior to the Germans. It blows away the Mercedes ML IMO.
    As far as people saying that acceleration is slow off the line, I can't get with that. What are they comparing it to? I think my wife's FX is probably the quick est in the segment, but it felt equally responsive. I very aggressively put my foot in to the accelerator, and I felt it responded as it should given the specs, price and class of the vehicle. It is very sure footed.
  • koho955koho955 Posts: 97
    I don't know much about gear ratios but I did test drive the 07 volvo SUV with a 6-speed tranny. It was the worst driving vehicle yet. The constant upshifting and downshifting every time you touched the gas pedal was enough to make me walk after a 5 minute drive.
  • Two things I'm still deciding whether I like or not: the front grille and the gray front and rear bumpers regardless of vehicle color. Will these two things be deal breakers? Probably not. Mine is arriving mid Nov. (cherry,sport&ent) Put down a refundable deposit, so I still have an out if I decide I can't stand it.
  • gteach26gteach26 Posts: 576
    "Don't you find it a little porky, bulbous..."

    I do! It's still a good looking suv, but you are right, it does seem a little "bloated" from certain angles.
  • mrs2kmrs2k Posts: 1
    Ordered Silver with Black interior loaded with everything, even the sport package too. I test drove it at my local dealer and I slammed on the brakes to try to nose dive it with the sport suspension and the MDX kept its composure. Awesome SUV. I think it drives better than many sedans out there. And thank God I got a knowledgable salesman. There are to many advanced features on this car. But once explained I got the hang of it right away (Navi). Nice vehicle I highly recommend it.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    "As far as people saying that acceleration is slow off the line, I can't get with that. What are they comparing it to? I think my wife's FX is probably the quick est in the segment, but it felt equally responsive. I very aggressively put my foot in to the accelerator, and I felt it responded as it should given the specs, price and class of the vehicle. It is very sure footed."

    Many drivers want the car to jump off the line without putting their foot to the floor or hearing the engine race. It's probably a cultural thing.

    I come from a 1999 CR-V, which was lambasted in the press for being under-powered. A buddy complained about the lack of torque after tooling around town in it.

    Next time he was in the car while I was driving, I side-stepped the clutch while he was fiddling with his phone. Sent his noggin right into the headrest then asked if that was enough torque for him. ;)

    It's less of an issue with the MDX, but I can see why it happens. Most drivers want "effortless" acceleration. It's something that is valued in both performance and luxury cars. With the MDX, you get good fuel economy, but you have to flog it a bit to get it to move. It's a trade off.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    I dunno about bloated, but the MDX does look big. That could be a problem for some buyers, but others like their trucks to appear massive.

    I happen to like the width. First of all, it adds stability. Second, it gives the interior a nice spacious feeling. Third, the cargo area is wide enough to swallow flat stock from the lumber yard, strollers, and furniture.

    I think the stylists went a little overboard with the front fender flare, but that's a minor niggle with an otherwise bold and contemporary design.
  • cericceric Posts: 1,093
    Gear Ratios:
    07 MDX 2.697/1.606/1.071/0.766/0.538
    06 MDX 2.69/1.57/1.02/0.73/0.53
    07 X5 4.17/2.34/1.52/1.14/0.87/0.69

    Just FYI.
  • dhamiltondhamilton Posts: 873
    I thought in pictures it may have been a little bloated, but after seeing it in person it's a lot more svelte to my eyes.
    As to acceleration being a cultural thing, I can't get with that either. I think it's that people haven't been around enough cars to know what one will do over the other one. It sounds like some people want the butter like acceleration of a 90k Mercedes S class at the price point of 45k.
  • jjmanjjman Posts: 77
    It actually looks svelte like dhamilton says. Compared to the Q7 or GL it looks positively small, but to me that is the right size especially for my garage. Interior wise the MDX is a step up for Acura, lots of soft touch plastics and nice fabric lining on the pillars.
    I tried out all the seats and the only qualms I had was with the 3rd row which definitely is small and fit only for kids or small adults (and I'm only 5'5). It also is hard to get into, you really have to be athletic to squeeze into the small narrow space behind the second row seat. The 3rd row could really use a little more space that a adjustable 2nd row could provide.
    I haven't driven the MDX yet so that is my next goal, but this is defintely my next vehicle. Compared to all the other midsized SUV I checked out at the autoshow the refinement, looks, value for the money and possibly performance really gives the MDX the edge.
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    I use the word cultural because in other parts of the world they don't mind pressing the petrol pedal all the way to the floor. Nor do they have issues with revving the snot out of an engine to make a car boogie.

    Here in North America, many expect to get a big push from a half-hearted stab at the accelerator.
  • gollamgollam Posts: 29
    I spent three high-speed laps around a race track riding in the 2007 Acura MDX’s third-row seat – all 235 pounds and six feet of me – and didn’t need a motion sickness bag or a chiropractor after the experience. Still, the front seats are a much better place to be.

    Comfort is king in the 2007 Acura MDX, if you’re sitting up front in the lovely leather-lined seats, and on a day with comfortable temperatures and humidity levels because an obvious option for a luxury SUV is missing from the new MDX – cooling fans for the seats. It’s also lacking one-touch down functionality for the rear windows, which is something you can get on an $18,000 Volkswagen Jetta.

    If you can overlook these two omissions, you’ll be quite happy with the new MDX’s comfort levels. The front seats are wrapped in soft leather with supportive cushions underneath, and the front passenger’s seat is adjustable for height which goes a long way toward making long road trips enjoyable. Adults riding in the second-row seat might feel a bit snug if they’re tall, in part due to a lack of leg space but also because the outboard positions get more bolstering than normal. The result is rear passengers that won’t get tossed around as much during a spirited drive. Don’t forget that the rear seats are also heated when the Entertainment Package is ordered, increasing comfort on a colder day.

    Acura deflects criticism about the space in the MDX’s third-row by saying it’s designed for children up to age 12, but will accommodate adults for short trips. Nevertheless, I crawled in, all 235 pounds and six feet of me. Once I got situated, my legs were flush against the second-row seatbacks but there was a little bit of toe space available, head room was decent, and the seat itself offers a modicum of support. Entry and exit were pretty easy, too, and I even spent three high-speed laps around a race track riding in the way back. Under these conditions, the active suspension’s ability to control pitch, dive, and squat – coupled with a smooth driver – made a motion sickness bag during high speed handling unnecessary.

    [from auto site]....
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    "I happen to like the width."

    Ironically, that alone could be a deal-breaker for me. I think it's almost the same width as a full-size Sequoia (the truck, not the tree)! Maybe it has something to do with the small, narrow parking spaces in many of the parking lots and parkades in my town, but wide vehicles are a pain to park around here. You almost always have to back it in. :mad:
  • aj4321aj4321 Posts: 37
    Test drove a fully 07 MDX (Sport/Tech/Ent).

    Pros:
    - Nice looking interior and exterior (modern looking)
    - Handles well / agile
    - Great Brakes
    - Comfortable seats
    - Quiet ride / cruises at 85 - 90 mph with no problems (very stable)
    - High quality engine sound

    Cons:
    - Size (interior space seems smaller than the last model). Good width but a little short and low. Overall just looks/feels small.
    - Roof line is a little too low - especially in the back
    - When the MDX is pushed hard into turns you can still feel it is a front wheel drive biased vehicle (front plows slightly)
    - Engine could use some more lower end punch
    - I could not feel the difference in the sport vs comfort suspension settings (handles turns well but doesn't like rough pavement)
    - The non-sport version wheels look wimpy in comparison to the sport
    - Over priced

    Summary
    - Nice vehicle but not worth $47k. I think it is worth $40 - 42K tops (for a fully loaded version). I don't think they will sell as well as the previous generation due to the pricing strategy.
    - Unless the price comes down soon (serious discounting just like the RL), I'll probably end up purchasing something else.
  • jdoe2jdoe2 Posts: 6
    If it's not too much to ask, it would be very helpful if anyone can breakdown to cost of their purchase, including pricing of each option. I have visit two Acura dealers and have recived very different pricing. It woul dbe helpful in comparing dealers and resgional differences. Any informaiton would be very appreciated. Thanks in advance. :shades:

    PS- Any one aware of the invoice prices??
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,171
    Check out the Acura MDX: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion for people's real deals.

    Invoice prices aren't up yet here, but stay tuned.

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  • According to cars.com the invoice for the '07 MDX w/ sport pkg. is $41,103. If you add the invoice for the dvd ent.($1980)you get $43,083. Thats a difference of $4912 from MSRP. Wow.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Typically, invoice to MSRP difference is about 9-10% in most, if not all, vehicles.
  • Have put 800 miles on the MDX (Sport/RES packages) consisting of interstate and in-town driving. So far no problems to report. Price paid was MSRP (selling very fast at Atlanta dealership). Working through manual which is 300+ pages (interesting little tidbits about power consumption of heated seats and power outlet)...last item to review is the RES.

    Handling is great in turns and has been very easy to park. Acceleration on interstate on-ramps is very good; but for me did take a few times to judge right amount of foot pressure. Easily travels at 80 mph on interstate. Technology package is very good...bluetooth phone and navigation are very easy to use and for the most part are menu driven (manual and voice activation). Satellite radio has been a favorite. Another feature that has not been discussed very much is the climate control system. I have found it to be very good...has alot of options for all passengers.

    Overall have been very pleased with purchase. Will say that if folks are looking to carry over four people would look at other SUV's. Part two of review will cover RES and Sport driving (mountain roads in NC).
  • varmintvarmint Posts: 6,326
    Yeah, I can understand that. When the original MDX was released, I know many folks with small garages complained about the width. Unlike a minivan, where the rear doors slide open, the doors on an SUV open wide. People with narrow car ports, parking spaces, and garages would complain about dings on the doors.

    Still, for my purposes, I'd take the stability and safety that comes with it over issues like those.
  • smrt50smrt50 Posts: 6
    I check the prices on Cars.com, concerning the MDX's invoice and GOOD LUCK getting that price. This car is hot and there are many people that will pay close the asking price, and the dealerships in Penn. are not moving on the sticker. The listed invoice price, (cars.com), will probably be good in about 8-10mths,if not longer. I purchased a 2007 MDX, and I researched it for months, and I got $600.00 off the sticker.
  • mdxmommdxmom Posts: 6
    Smrt50 I am new to car buying so am not clear on the difference between MSRP and Sticker.

    I thought you paid $43,495 the first day the car was out which is the full MSRP. What would sticker have been and will this change over time?
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Sticker, and MSRP generally refer to the same number. The difference would be between MSRP and Invoice, the latter being the dealer's cost, before factoring in things such as holdback, and other factory incentives. Holdback is a financing allowance paid to the dealer, usually around 2%, and which many dealer consider a sacred cow, and not available for negotiation. As for factory incentives, you likely won't see any for quite some time for a new, in-demand model like the MDX.
  • habitat1habitat1 Posts: 4,282
    We have a 2005 MDX and 2004 TL. I know the owner of the dealership in western PA that we bought both from personally. He privately indicated that if we were interested in a new MDX, to wait 4-5 months (at most) for invoice + $500 pricing. Off the record, he does not think the MSRP pricing will hold for very long. Especially given the fairly substantial price increase for a fully equiped one and the introduction of the RDX. He offered me $1,000 off immediately as a repeat customer if I really had to have one now (we don't).

    Given that I got $10k+ off on a new 911 in 2005 that still has an Edmunds "TMV" of full MSRP, I would be hesitant to get caught up in paying anywhere near MSRP for any Acura, unless I really did need the car immediately. Even our limited edition Honda S2000 was purchased for $32k when the Edmunds TMV was $36.8k ($4k over MSRP). I think Edmunds must poll too many California buyers.

    The new MDX looks pretty impressive, I hope to drive one when I take my TL 6-speed in for an oil change.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,171
    People want to see TMV numbers so we publish them even when sales are light like they are during a new model year introduction; if your dealer friend is right, the TMV should trend down from MSRP soon enough as more "poll" numbers come in.

    I voted yesterday - can we please (!) turn off all the polling and political ads for another two years now? :P

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