Receive offers from our dealer partners fast. Well, no, but the Acura MDX comes very close. Vehicle overview The term "performance SUV" comes very close to being an oxymoron. Really, if your number-one goal is performance, a big and boxy sport-utility is usually a poor choice to go about getting it. But for consumers who really like to drive, yet have certain constraints in their life that require an SUV read: a family , such a vehicle can make a certain amount of sense. Enter the Acura MDX.
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Receive offers from our dealer partners fast. Well, no, but the Acura MDX comes very close. Vehicle overview The term "performance SUV" comes very close to being an oxymoron. Really, if your number-one goal is performance, a big and boxy sport-utility is usually a poor choice to go about getting it.
But for consumers who really like to drive, yet have certain constraints in their life that require an SUV read: a family , such a vehicle can make a certain amount of sense. Enter the Acura MDX. But the new model is considerably sportier.
With it, Acura promises V8-like performance while still maintaining respectable fuel economy. The ute benefits from a stiff chassis and an electromechanical all-wheel-drive system first seen in the RL sedan. This system, dubbed SH-AWD, can not only actively shift torque from front to rear, but also from side to side in order to maximize traction and stability in all situations.
Actively controlled dampers are also available, and with them come two driver-selectable modes: Sport and Comfort. The interior is attractively designed and solidly constructed, and one can outfit it with real-time traffic navigation and surround-sound audio.
In terms of performance, the MDX matches or bests the V6-powered versions of those models, while often undercutting them by thousands of dollars even when equipped with a full list of optional features. But for meeting the oxymoronic "performance luxury SUV" goal while keeping a realistic budget, the Acura MDX is about as good as it gets. Three optional packages are available to provide additional features. The Technology package adds a navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic, a surround-sound audio system, a rearview camera, premium leather upholstery and solar-sensing climate control.
The Sport package includes the features of the Technology package, and throws in an Active Damper system sport suspension, special wheels and perforated leather trim. Finally, an Entertainment package can be had with either the Technology or Sport packages, and includes a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, heated second-row seats, a power liftgate and a volt power outlet. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control, and power is directed to all four wheels through an advanced all-wheel-drive system.
In testing, we found the MDX can sprint to 60 mph in 8. When properly equipped, maximum towing capacity is 5, pounds. Safety Standard safety equipment for the MDX includes antilock disc brakes with brake assist, front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and stability control with a stabilizing feature for trailering. In government crash tests, the Acura MDX earned a top five-star rating in both frontal and side-impact tests.
The 3. Acceleration is a shade soft until the tach needle builds momentum, at which point the engine pulls with enthusiasm. We do have some quibbles, however. The third row can be a little hard to get to, and its meager accommodations are for small children only. There are
2008 Acura MDX Owners Manual PDF
Kazisar You have no vehicle information saved in your Acura Owners account. The power tailgate, previously available only with the Entertainment package, is now included with Technology and Sport packages. Views Read Edit View history. That gives the MDX the highest horsepower and torque output of any engine in the Acura lineup.
Acura MDX 2008 Owner's Manual
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