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2007 Acura MDX

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2007 Acura MDX Review

Delivers the goods in a newly re-designed body style.

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Overview

The midsize, seven-passenger 2007 Acura MDX SUV packs much more than just the largest and most powerful V-6 in Acura’s history; it comes matched with a host of additional performance and luxury upgrades that have earned the MDX rave reviews across the board. Offering a full menu of electronic gadgetry, the 2007 Acura MDX comes standard with an eight-speaker 253-watt stereo system, Bluetooth connectivity, and a real-time traffic navigation system.

Since it first made its appearance back in 2002, the Acura MDX clawed its way to the top of a rather exclusive heap of SUVs in its class, most notably those models put out by BMW and Mercedes. Now, thanks to what 2007 brings to the show, the gap between the Acura MDX and its masterful German-engineered rivals is smaller.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: gas-powered 3.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: all-wheel drive five-speed shiftable automatic
Models: MDX Base

What's New

For 2007, the Acura MDX is completely redesigned in terms of its interior and exterior style. The engine prowess also gets an upgrade, as it arrives in the form of a new 300 hp V-6. Another notable addition includes a super-handling all-wheel drive system (SH-AWD).

Exterior

Longer, lower, and wider than the more conservative-looking model it replaced, the 2007 Acura MDX surpasses its closet class competitors in terms of overall size. As a fitting compliment to the 2007 model's sturdier look, this year’s Acura MDX sports a new five-sided front end grille, thick 18-inch alloy wheels, and oval-shaped tailpipes, all adding to the car’s push for higher road prominence. The 2007 MDX comes decked out with plenty of other exterior features that further highlight its noticeable turn toward style: LED tail lights, mirrored-integrated turning signals, high-intensity head lights, and antennae that are stealthily camouflaged into the rear spoiler.

Interior

With a unanimous description that hovers right around comfortable and stylish, the three-rowed 2007 Acura MDX has enough seating for seven passengers. It has heated seats in the front row, an eight-speaker Acura premium sound system with a CD/MP3/WMA player, a hands-free wireless phone interface, full-cabin automatic climate control, and 11 strategically-placed cup holders. Competitive but not exceptional in terms of cargo space, the MDX has a scant 15 cubic feet of on-board storage space when all three rows are in use, 43 cubic feet when the third row is folded down, and 83 cubic feet to freely play with once the second row is turned down. Along the dashboard, the MDX rolls elements of technology, sportiness, and luxury all into one, with the buyers' options ranging from perforated leather to authentic leather seating, wood or metallic trims, and a host of intuitive electronic controls.

Performance & Handling

Saddled with only one engine option, a 3.7-liter V-6 good for 300 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, the 2007 MDX can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. It can handle the quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds, zipping along at 90 mph. One of its more notable powertrain features, however, is the SH-AWD that distributes torque not only between the front and rear wheels but among both rear wheels as well. This gives the 2007 Acura MDX SUV a marked advantage when cornering and also makes for a less intrusive stability control overall. There’s also an optional computerized Active Damper System that adjusts the suspension stiffness in a matter of mere milliseconds, allowing for either sharp handling or a much smoother ride, depending on the driver's choice.

Safety

One of the safest rides without question, the 2007 Acura MDX is equipped with a solid list of accident avoidance features, such as vehicle stability, trailer stability, a four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), HID headlights, and tire pressure monitoring. Front/rear impact absorbing crumple zones and a host of air bags positioned throughout the cabin help earn the 2007 MDX a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

EPA Fuel Economy

MDX: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful V-6 engine
  • Excellent handling via SH-AWD
  • Assorted high-tech on-board features

You Won't Like

  • Steep sticker price
  • Questionable front grille

Sum Up

Delivers the goods in a newly re-designed body style.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • BMW X5
  • Mercedes M-Class
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Volvo XC90
  • Lexus RX350

See the New 2015 MDX.

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