After shopping all the others for over
6 months, we decided on the Base MD-X
(2002). We almost bought an X5 4.4,
but it is too costly and no where near
enough room, (and the 3.0 doesn't have
enough power). After almost a year of
ownership, we like it even more than we
thought we would. Incredibly smooth
and effortless power/torque, great gas
mileage (up to 26 average on highway),
pretty good handling (but not quite as
good as X5), and plenty of room for
hauling, tailgating, etc. The base
sound system is more than adequate, and
by buying the Base MD-X instead of
Touring, you make up some for paying
close to MSRP.
Torque/Power, gas mileage, room, easy
to service, good long-distance runner,
easy on the eyes.
Brake assist, Traction control & Tire
pressure monitor should be added
standard or available as options.
(Stability control is supposed to be
added for 2003.)
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