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Originally posted by irwin:
Bought the legacy. Glad I'm in good company with Rothko. Lots of bells and whistles one of which is incomprehensively stupid, -at least to me. You can use the shifter to switch to manual. Then there are stupid paddles near the wheel to increase or decrease the gear. Dumb. I'm sure no one uses these. Other useless thing for me is standard on most all cars these days...cruise control. In an urban environment, pretty useless. But the safety features are pretty good. Will donate the Prius to charity


Congratulations! I think you will enjoy the car.

We don't use the paddles or the manual shift at all.

I do like the cruise control, because with the Eyesight technology, you can set a distance from the car in front of you and it will automatically slow down if the car in front slows. Of course, in an urban environment you won't ever use it, but if you get onto an Interstate for some long distance driving, you will.

I like the alarm that goes off when you start to drift out of your lane (it makes you use the turn signals to keep it from going off if you are switching lanes) and the blind spot alarm. Still, the auto-braking is what I want the most for my son; it acts as a second set of eye (hence the name) if the cars in front start slowing down.
Paddles, even on a fully automatic are useful when you're on a two lane road and getting ready to pass. You can go down a few gears before you stomp on the gas (which would automatically downshift for you but will take a moment) so you can be more, ahem, assertive when you are overtaking.

Which is actually safer for all parties.

They are also useful when you're in the wrong lane at a red light and need to zip over. Almost all cars will start off from a stop in 2nd gear (and sometimes 3rd on newer 8-9 geared boxes) and tapping it down will start it in first. Again saves the gearbox thinking and then doing something you already know it will.

Also good in inclement weather on steep grades where you don't want to break but using the engine as a break works well. Going down a snowy hill etc...
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
Volvo XC90

Nice vehicle.

I'm 6' 2" and very happy with my

Acura RDX.

Overall, best car I've ever had.


Up until my current car I've owned Acuras consistently since the late '90's. Each one was an excellent driver, including the MDX, with amenities that cost $10k's more in euro cars.
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Originally posted by irwin:
Bought the legacy. Glad I'm in good company with Rothko. Lots of bells and whistles one of which is incomprehensively stupid, -at least to me. You can use the shifter to switch to manual. Then there are stupid paddles near the wheel to increase or decrease the gear. Dumb. I'm sure no one uses these. Other useless thing for me is standard on most all cars these days...cruise control. In an urban environment, pretty useless. But the safety features are pretty good. Will donate the Prius to charity


Check your mail Irwin. Thanks
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Originally posted by snipes:
Up until my current car I've owned Acuras consistently since the late '90's. Each one was an excellent driver, including the MDX, with amenities that cost $10k's more in euro cars.


I've had several Acuras beginning with a 1988! I'm sad to see that they have pretty much abandoned their performance/luxury heritage over the years for a more "vanilla" entry lux personality. Very good cars, though. The MDX is a rock star in the segment. RDX is super. The sedans? Meh...

PH
We miss our '12 BMW X5 35D, good torque and handling, and peppy enough for merging on the highway/passing.

Wife now has a '15 GMC Acadia. Better fit for the dogs/baby for road trips but just not enough "feel" to driving it. My wife loves it, though, and it's technically "hers" (I have a manual transmission in my car which she hates driving) so it all works out.
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Originally posted by sarbuze:
We miss our '12 BMW X5 35D, good torque and handling, and peppy enough for merging on the highway/passing.

Wife now has a '15 GMC Acadia. Better fit for the dogs/baby for road trips but just not enough "feel" to driving it. My wife loves it, though, and it's technically "hers" (I have a manual transmission in my car which she hates driving) so it all works out.


We had a Buick Enclave for a while and it was nice to drive, had a lot of features, but not very exciting. Now we have a Toyota Highlander which has a lot of nice features and is more peppy and fun to drive than the Enclave. Not as fun as a Porsche or BMW though.
I'm looking for something reliable, but not too reliable, something safe, made with some steel if possible. Rust is okay and preferred, perhaps a door on one side with only primer, no paint. Something that will give my son the excitement and thrill just to get from point A to point B.

Times have definitely changed, kids often driving nicer cars then their teachers (just look at the student parking lot in any given High School). Now I get to tell the "When I was a child..." stories to my children. Yep, for me it was an old Dodge Dart, forest green, rusted out pile of crap, with a leaking radiator held together by massive quantities of stop leak and solder. Ahhhhhh...the good old days when you could actually work on a car and keep your piece of crap afloat!

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