Researched many comparable SUVs and selected the Acura MDX Touring Edition (Silver w/ Quartz interior). After 2 weeks, I've been very pleased with the performance, comfort and features. Great on the open highway, as well as on unpaved roads. Still brand new, but averaging about 18-19 miles to the gallon. The MDX does take premium gas, which is a bit more painful these days of high gas prices. Was able to purchase the vehicle for $500.00 over invoice and that was with body-side moldings also added.
Love the sunroof (afterall, it is Phoenix!), the Bluetooth phone connection,XM radio and rain sensing wipers. My wife likes the automatic memory seat and mirror adjustments since I'm 6'2 and she's 5'2. Saves us both time having to make adjustments each time.
No need to skimp on some basic accesories like cargo net or cargo cover.