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in 2010 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $22,550 - $27,906
Original MSRP: $42,230 - $53,755
MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Acura MDX Review

Review Last Updated: 12/31/12

When it was new, test drivers said the 2010 Acura MDX provides a great combination of sporty handling and interior comfort. For 2010, it received some significant updates, while maintaining great safety ratings and impressive performance.

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The seven-seat 2010 Acura MDX is a family crossover with very good performance. Test drivers said its updates for the 2010 model year added even more luxury and technology, giving it a particularly luxurious interior. Base trims come with a lot of standard features, including an eight-speaker stereo system with speed-sensitive volume control, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and heated, eight-way power-adjustable front seats. Most reviewers said the MDX is one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the class. Add that to its great safety ratings, and there’s a lot to like about the 2010 Acura MDX.

However, the MDX does have a few downsides. Other crossovers have slightly better fuel economy, and some test drivers said its grille looks like a beak or a can opener. The MDX’s firm, sport-tuned suspension means that its ride may be too harsh for some drivers. If you want an upscale crossover with more luxury brand prestige, off-road capacity or better gas mileage, you may want to consider some of the MDX’s competitors. But for a great all-around SUV that doesn’t sacrifice fun driving dynamics, it doesn’t get much better than the 2010 Acura MDX.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re shopping for a three-row luxury crossover, you should make sure that the 2010 Lincoln MKT is on your list. Test drivers said its third-row seats were fairly roomy, and they praised its powerful engine. The MKT also has a much better reliability rating and ranks near the top of its class for its surprisingly smooth, composed handling.

Shoppers who need a bit more capability from their luxury SUV and can afford a likely-higher price tag should consider the 2010 Lexus GX. It’s based on the 2010 Toyota 4Runner and carries on the 4Runner’s dependable off-road performance and hefty towing capacity, while offering an interior that’s worthy of the Lexus badge. The GX’s fuel economy isn’t great, and it’s not as fun to drive on pavement, but its top-of-the-class reliability rating may be enough to sway many buyers.

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