If you drive a garden variety big SUV, you're probably all too familiar with the withering look of disdain and disapproval cast upwards from the driving public.
Sure, there is the odd 18-year-old dude, and yet odder 45-year-old guy, who glances up wistfully at the bulging body cladding and 18-inch wheels and tires with wanton attitude. In general though, most of the commuting public is not too impressed by the narcissistic leanings of the full-size SUV, and by association, those who drive them.
|With big SUVs becoming less and less popular, small car-like SUVs like the Acura MDX satisfy the buying public. (Photo: Acura)|
Offering the seating and cargo space (well, almost) of their full-size brethren, a higher-than-a-car seating position and peppy powerplants, these smaller SUVs are threatening to make their full-size stablemates about as rare as the once-ubiquitous station wagon.
|When the MDX debuted in 2001 it was apparent that it would be a winner. After more than two years it still is selling well even though, like most in its class, the price tag is a bit high. (Photo: Acura)|
One of the best of the bunch since its debut in 2001 is the Acura MDX, a vehicle that right out of the box boasted all the trappings of this burgeoning market segment -- car-like handling and performance (and then some), good cargo space and plenty of legroom. When I first drove one two years ago it was apparent that the sporty mid-size SUV package was a winner. It still is.