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    Question Acura MDX in the snow?

    Have been looking for a used people mover that drives well in snow.. by people mover i'm talking about an SUV that can hold 8 passengers.



    Found a used Acura MDX that is interesting. We had a Honda Pilot (cheap ver of MDX) in 2003-2005 and i was less than impressed with how it handled snow driving. Anyone drive a recent MDX and have an opinion on how it does in snow?


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    don't know what year mdx you are looking at but my friend's 2009 is great in snow. i doubt 8 adults in that car though. my friend takes his mdx for weekend trips with us. his family of 4 with 2 kids and 2 adults needed a thule rack for his equipments. much smaller than my 2005 pilot. my pilot does great in snow. i drove through 6-12 inches of snow couple years ago going up to stowe no problem. i did have new michelin tires, though.
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    That would be tight squeeze. If you plan on hauling that many people, you'll probably want to look at something bigger...Suburban or Expedition.


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    minivan!

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    i took 2008 expedition ext from LA to tahoe. what an awesome car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    Have been looking for a used people mover that drives well in snow.. by people mover i'm talking about an SUV that can hold 8 passengers.

    Found a used Acura MDX that is interesting. We had a Honda Pilot (cheap ver of MDX) in 2003-2005 and i was less than impressed with how it handled snow driving. Anyone drive a recent MDX and have an opinion on how it does in snow?

    I have a 2008 MDX and it is a great ski car. However not for 8 passengers. If you are going to have that many all the time you should go with a full size SUV V's a Mid size. I think the MDX is the best value in the mid size category . Great performance, good gas miliage and good in the snow. I do put on 4 snow tires in the winter.

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    I had my heart set on an Acura MDX but ended up with a Suburban. Neighbor has 2 - haven't seen her have any issues so far in the snow over the years. If I remember correctly, the MDXs we looked at (used but forget the years) had 3 rows of seats, but it was going to be a tight fit to fill them all. Our Suburban has the 3 rows (3, 2, 2) AND has a nice trunk space (skis/boards go on the rack up top, but everything else easily packs in the back).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masskier View Post
    I have a 2008 MDX and it is a great ski car. However not for 8 passengers. If you are going to have that many all the time you should go with a full size SUV V's a Mid size. I think the MDX is the best value in the mid size category . Great performance, good gas miliage and good in the snow. I do put on 4 snow tires in the winter.
    The people I know who own them do the same. Like any 4,000+ pound midsize SUV, it's going to have marginal braking and cornering on a slippery surface with the stock tires.

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    Pilot is rated an 8 passenger, but the MDX is only 7. I drive a pilot which seats 6 adults comfortably using last row seats, but not with ski gear. There is really no storage left with that 3rd row open. The MDX is narrower in the back, so would be even worse. Agree the PIlot is not great in the snow...not bad, but not like a Suburban or Excursion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by playoutside View Post
    Pilot is rated an 8 passenger, but the MDX is only 7.
    good example of what happens with assumptions and internet shopping. for some reason i had it in my head that, like the pilot, the MDX 3rd row sat 3 rather than 2.

    guess the choice narrows further.

    fwiw, family of 4 is most of usage. occationally 6 with equipment inside and just want/need 8 (4 adults / 4 kids) in rare situations where there will be little equipment or it will be in a box on top.

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    Ski Sundown - 12.28 1.1
    Mohawk - 1.10 1.17 1.24 1.31 3.29
    Belleayre - 1.20
    Butternut - 2.1 4.5
    Pico - 2.8 2.9
    Berkshire East - 2.15
    Bromley - 2.22
    Mt Snow - 3.1 3.2
    Sugarbush - 3.9 3.10
    shit happens, wear a helmet.

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