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DSTOTY '07: Midrange SUVs
What is Dieselstation's best midrange SUV of the year?
Acura RDX [ 13 ] ** [28.26%]
BMW X3 [ 14 ] ** [30.43%]
Ford Edge/Lincoln MKX [ 3 ] ** [6.52%]
GMC Acadia/Saturn Outlook [ 1 ] ** [2.17%]
Mazda CX-9 [ 12 ] ** [26.09%]
Mitsubishi Outlander [ 3 ] ** [6.52%]
Suzuki XL-7 [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Total Votes: 46
  
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post Nov 21 2006, 02:03 AM
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For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '07 competition, please see this thread.

Acura RDX
Base MSRP:
$32,995
Available Engines: 2.3 liter turbocharged direct-injection DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 240 HP and 260 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic with manual shift mode
Available Drivetrains: Full time all wheel drive (Super Handling)
Curb Weight: 3924-3935 lbs.







BMW X3
Base MSRP:
$38,000
Available Engines: 3.0 liter DOHC 24-valve inline-6 with 260 HP and 225 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
Available Drivetrains: Full time all wheel drive
Curb Weight: 4012-4067 lbs.







Ford Edge/Lincoln MKX
Base MSRP:
$25,995 (Edge), $34,795 (MKX)
Available Engines: 3.5 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 265 HP and 250 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive or full time all wheel drive
Curb Weight: 4073-4420 lbs.







GMC Acadia/Saturn Outlook
Base MSRP:
$29,495 (Acadia), $27,990 (Outlook)
Available Engines: 3.6 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 275 HP and 251 ft.-lbs. of torque (270 HP and 248 ft.-lbs. on Outlook XE)
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive or full-time all wheel drive
Curb Weight: 4700-4955 lbs.







Mazda CX-9
Base MSRP:
$29,035
Available Engines: 3.5 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 263 HP and 240 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive or full time all wheel drive
Curb Weight: 4312-4546 lbs.







Mitsubishi Outlander
Base MSRP:
$21,370
Available Engines: 3.0 liter SOHC 24-valve V6 with 220 HP and 204 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive or full time all wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3532-3783 lbs.







Suzuki XL-7
Base MSRP:
$22,899
Available Engines: 3.6 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 252 HP and 243 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive or full time all wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3886-4049 lbs.





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post Nov 21 2006, 02:05 AM
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Wow, these are some freaky-looking vehicles...
I'm not voting yet, just gawking at all the ugly.
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post Nov 21 2006, 02:13 AM
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Wow, no real off-roaders...they're all over-grown station wagons. I dunno how to vote either. sad.gif
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post Nov 21 2006, 02:23 AM
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X3 with the 6-speed. 3-series sedan-ish driving dynamics, (old) X5-ish cargo and people carrying capacity, 260 HP BMW straight 6, and its looks really don't offend me. Unfortunately the most expensive one here but it's the only one I could deal with having.
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post Nov 21 2006, 02:38 AM
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7-seats, sporty driving dynamics, and reasonably priced; Mazda CX-9 for me.
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post Nov 21 2006, 08:20 AM
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I haven't heard any reviews about the acadia or the cx-9 yet. (if I'm wrong, post a review). If the acadia will actually get 26/27 mpg on the highway (2WD), that's astounding for something that weighs 4700lbs.
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post Nov 21 2006, 09:22 AM
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Fanboy I am- CX9.
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post Nov 21 2006, 10:19 AM
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QUOTE(Halflifehavock13 @ Nov 21 2006, 07:20 PM) *
I haven't heard any reviews about the acadia or the cx-9 yet. (if I'm wrong, post a review). If the acadia will actually get 26/27 mpg on the highway (2WD), that's astounding for something that weighs 4700lbs.


CX-9
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post Nov 21 2006, 11:48 AM
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It was a toss-up for me between the RDX and the X3. The RDX is (in my opinion) the best looking out of the group, not to mention turbocharged, and is toward the lighter end of the lineup here. Despite not being as good looking as the RDX, the X3 is far better looking than the rest of the choices, has plenty of grunt, and the big seller for me - a 6 speed manual tranny offered. No, i havent driven any of these vehicles...but I'm guessing its got the best driving dynamics of the lot, too (narrowly followed by the CX9 which i assumed wasnt quite as good just due to the slightly heavier weight). X3 for me.
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post Nov 21 2006, 12:48 PM
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X3, the one I'd be least likely to shoot myself later for.
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post Nov 21 2006, 01:52 PM
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QUOTE(infinity935 @ Nov 21 2006, 02:48 PM) *
The RDX is (in my opinion) the best looking out of the group




Have you even seen it on the road? It looks horrible.
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QUOTE(redlinehappiness @ Nov 21 2006, 04:52 PM) *
Have you even seen it on the road? It looks horrible.

I doubt he's even seen pictures of one.

In the end, the X3 won my heart. None of these SUVs are capable off-roaders with real 4x4 systems, so it came down to which one is most like a tall station wagon. With it's manual trans and car-like handling, the X3 delivers. CX-9 gets an honorable mention for looks and comfort. The styling of the CX-7 and 9, while fresh and eye-catching, isn't freakish like it's contemporaries. The Mazda is the one that will still look good in a decade or two.
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post Nov 21 2006, 04:55 PM
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I voted for the X3 because it was the only one i considered voting for when i saw the options. I did like the MKS a little though.
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post Nov 22 2006, 06:09 PM
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The CX-9, it's the best looking inside and out, and the X3 is just too darn expensive. Not that this thing is the cheapest one here :/
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post Nov 22 2006, 09:40 PM
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QUOTE(redlinehappiness @ Nov 21 2006, 04:52 PM) *
Have you even seen it on the road? It looks horrible.

Yes, I have. My opinion on its appearance is different than yours. My apologies.
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post Nov 22 2006, 09:59 PM
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X3 gets my vote here with the CX-9 a close second.
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post Nov 25 2006, 08:42 PM
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Edge and MKX, followed by the Acadia and outlook. and the CX9.
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post Nov 25 2006, 11:51 PM
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b00st you suck at midrange SUV choosing.
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post Nov 26 2006, 06:34 AM
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QUOTE(infinity935 @ Nov 26 2006, 10:51 AM) *
b00st you suck at midrange SUV choosing.


Well you weren't much better...
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post Nov 26 2006, 09:07 AM
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QUOTE(infinity935 @ Nov 26 2006, 02:51 AM) *
b00st you suck at midrange SUV choosing.



incorrect, try again :-P

and plus it's like picking a fistula or an enema with a rusty spoon, anyway. Which'd you rather have?
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