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Great SUV
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By posted1
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2003 Acura MDX SUV Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Great vehicle. It does everything very, very well while doing almost nothing flashy. If this sounds like you, this is your SUV. Safety is top-notch. GPS is excellent safety / convenience feature. Rear entertainment option is beyond value if you have kids. Rear backup camera is now a requirement on any future vehicle after experiencing it in this MDX. This is a must. We test-drove all competitors multiple times and this car won, hands down, in almost every measurable regard. The Lexus RX was quite nice but did not offer the convenience and functionality of this vehicle. BMW was OK at best. Infiniti was "so-what?". Great vehicle with minor opportunities for improvement.


Best Features

Safety, AWD, rear entertainment, backup camera, reliability. The vehicle stability assist when coupled with the ABS and traction control is top notch. In two separate emergency situations, this vehicle responded with amazing transparency and immediacy. I trust my life to this fine platform.


Worst Features

True low range for the Colorado winters when we need to plow through 24" / 30" of snow. Dual zone climate control. More steering wheel adjustability (like the RL) would be nice. Lumbar options would be better served if power.


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2003 Acura MDX
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By Shirley Hoskins
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2003 Acura MDX SUV Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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This car drives like a breeze. I had a BMW prior to this MDX and I like the MDX much better. I like Acuras so much, I will never drive anything else.


Best Features

Seats - comfort. Ease of driving.


Worst Features

None


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Best SUV
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By jph0025
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2003 Acura MDX SUV Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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If you are looking for a very-well rounded SUV, look no further than the Acura MDX! Its a great looking SUV with available seating for up to 7 passengers. I usually get about 22 mpg overall but recently have been getting about 26/27!!! The touring/navi package is awesome.


Best Features

Overall quality, reliability, navigation, seats 7, bose, gas mileage... the list goes on.


Worst Features

Vents are prone to fall apart, otherwise none.


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Unhappy so far
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By carbuyer
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2003 Acura MDX SUV Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased this car in Oct '06, pre-owned certified. Since then the vehicle has been in the shop for faulty electrical, steering wheel controls replaced, replaced heated seat sensor, hatch has a short in the light (quits working after about 2 wks), latch door sticks, wipers come on at whim, rattle/shaking at high speed (repair says it is the tires, I purchased new tires, problem still not fixed). Very loud squealing noise happened, something about torque valve - luckily I have the wrap-around coverage. The dealership has been working with me and I really like the car but have been plagued with problems since owning it. My old '93 Mitsubishi ran with 304k without incident. I will stick with Mits.


Best Features

Smooth, comfortable ride.


Worst Features

Have more dash indicators: tire pressure, etc, radio RDMS feature. All windows go up/down with just one push of button.


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Not that great for the money
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By Allen
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2003 Acura MDX SUV Touring AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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An expensive SUV with mediocre habits. Drives a lot like a minivan. Reliability problems with radio, steering wheel controls (repeated), power windows (repeated), and occasionally it's difficult to start. For a luxury vehicle, there is a lot of road noise at highway speeds, but almost no wind noise. Window rattles and they can't seem to fix. Black interior is pretty boring, and the buckets are hard. Rumble in fifth gear around town, dealer says "just leave it in fourth". Nice fix. On the plus side, lots of pep, great fuel economy (19-22 all the time) and tons of room inside. The rear visibility is good also, unlike many SUV's. Tire wear is excellent - they don't wear!


Best Features

Engine performance combined with decent fuel economy.


Worst Features

Quality and reliability. Too many little electrical problems all the time. This car is good, but not worth the money, and it is kind of dull to sit in and boring to drive.


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