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2006 Acura MDX

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2006 Acura MDX Review

A quality crossover SUV with three rows of seating.

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Overview

A good crossover SUV seats enough people and provides luxury amenities, and the 2006 Acura MDX hits the mark perfectly. With enough seating room for seven people, this SUV acts less like a truck and more like a car. The unibody construction has paid off for Acura in the areas of safety and handling but may leave off-road pursuits for other vehicles.

Marking the sixth year in production for this model, the MDX continues to be one of the very best in the segment of premium-brand SUVs. With plenty of engine power to haul the family, along with the spacious cabin with three-row seating for carrying them, the MDX has conquered practically every aspect that makes a worthy crossover utility vehicle. The standard features entertain the family very nicely and the smooth ride lets them enjoy every bit of it while traveling. The cabin has an ambience of upscale SUVs without the upscale price tag.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Acura MDX, Acura MDX Touring

What's New

Minor Acura MDX Touring package interior trim changes exchange the previous Burl Wood trim for Zebra Wood pattern trim. The Acura now has satin chrome in place of bright chrome for the interior accent. The horsepower drops to 253 from 265. Other than those changes, the Acura MDX remains unaffected for 2007.

Exterior

The four-door Acura MDX comes in two trim levels, Base and Touring. For the exterior features, standard features remain very much the same without adding optional packages. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, a power glass sunroof, intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, and privacy glass. The Touring model adds a roof rack to the list of features. The nine different color choices further personalize the MDX to any preference.

Interior

The 2006 Acura MDX includes an extreme amount of luxury interior features on both models, such as rear and front automatic climate control, a CD player, XM Satellite Radio, heated leather seating for the front passengers, leather seating for the back, and bucket front seats. Stepping up to the Touring model adds power seats for front passengers, driver-seat memory, a Bluetooth cell phone interface, an upgraded audio system, a six-disc in-dash CD changer, and keyless entry. Optional ordering choices include adding the DVD-based navigation system with a rear-view video camera and voice recognition, or the entertainment DVD system for passengers in the rear. Both options can be added to Touring models.

The interior has wood and leather trim on the center console, dash, shift knob, and doors. The 2006 Acura MDX offers a very functional interior that features third- and second-row seating that provides ample room for passengers, a folding second-row that splits 60/40, and a flat-folding third row. Cargo space causes no problems with this SUV because it totals approximately 82 cubic feet with all seats folded flat. Other conveniences for travel include the interior air filtration system, the cargo area light, reading lights for the front and rear, and a trip computer.

Performance & Handling

Some SUVs come with a V-8, but the 2006 Acura MDX has just one option: a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 253 horsepower and more than worthy acceleration. Fuel mileage marks another MDX advantage, along with the 3500 pound towing capacity to suit family travel and adventures. The automatic five-speed transmission comes standard, and with Acura’s VTM or Variable Torque Management four-wheel-drive system, the power goes to all of the four wheels.

Firm handling through winding roads proves an easy task for the MDX and it rides comfortably through rough city streets, as well. The 2006 Acura MDX has an eight-inch ground clearance so all small obstacles can be cleared with ease. The overall driving experience feels great.

Safety

The 2006 Acura MDX features standard anti-lock brakes, side airbags in front and curtain side airbags for head protection, stability control, a tire monitoring system, and all-position three-point seat belts. The MDX earns five stars in government-conducted side and front impact tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Acura MDX as ""good"" for its frontal-offset impact test.

EPA Fuel Economy

Acura MDX: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Acura MDX Touring: 15/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Holds seven passengers
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Top crash test scores
  • Indomitable V-6 engine
  • Well-balanced suspension

You Won't Like

  • Average tow rating
  • Modest materials and interior design

Sum Up

A quality crossover SUV with three rows of seating.

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