2011 Acura MDX Almost as Classy as You>

Honda has a reputation for solid, reliable vehicles, and the same holds true for the Japanese automaker’s Acura unit. But the difference between the two brands is that Acura aims for the luxury crowd. Classy people like you.

Looking at the 2011 Acura MDX from the outside, your first impression is that of a sleek compact crossover. But its clean and stylish lines are somewhat deceiving. This Acura can seat up to seven occupants. When all three rows of seating are in use, cargo space is limited to about 15 cubic feet. But with the third row stowed, there’s plenty of room for his Snap-On or Black and Decker power tools, as well as a bundle of your latest buys from Dillards, Walmart or Steinmart. And with both rows of rear seating in the flat position, the MDX can accommodate 83.5 cubic feet of space. That’s a lot of beach chairs, coolers, snowboards, water skis…or whatever floats your boat.

Many crossovers and SUVs are good for carrying bunches of people and stuff, but they’re not always a pleasure to drive. This is where the MDX separates itself from the pack. Like its sports sedans, Acura’s MDX provides tight, responsive steering, and the all-wheel-drive system hugs the road like a dream. The crossover’s high-tech V6 engine gives you instant access to 300 horses. Just step on the pedal and the MDX responds with quick, smooth acceleration. Fuel economy, however, is nothing to boast about at 16 miles per gallon in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

It’s nice to be wrapped in a luxurious cabin while enjoying a true driver’s car, and again the MDX comes through. Top quality materials are supple and soft. The leather is fantastic and electronics are easy to use. There is a USB port for your smart phone or MP3 player, and rear seat audio controls for the self-appointed DJs in your clan. The Bluetooth connection lets you keep your hands on the wheel as you coordinate the kids’ carpool or make plans for a girl’s night out. The optional navigation system is a woman’s best friend, and the 10-speaker ELS Surround sound system can make even average singer-songwriters sound great.

Safety is another strong suit, as stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, and a full complement of airbags are standard. That translates into a Five-Star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Acura MDX is one heck of a classy SUV. It boasts terrific power, outstanding safety, stunning good looks and a terrific interior. Pricing starts at $42,580 and the standard factory warranty protects you for 4-years or 48,000 miles. Find out more about optional equipment and local availability by clicking here.