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A comparison of upper-end crossover vehicles

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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2007 12:00 am | Updated: 7:10 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The crossover vehicle has a variety of price ranges and styles like any vehicle. Today On The Road wants to show you the upper-end of the crossover market by comparing the 2007 Lexus RX350 with the Acura MDX.

Drive down any East Valley freeway and you’ll see an ever growing number of the crossover vehicles. The crossover vehicle stands higher and wider than a station wagon used to and it looks like it can handle practically any road condition. The difference is the frame. Most SUV’s are based on truck frames while most crossover vehicles are based on small truck frames or car frames. The crossover vehicle has a variety of price ranges and styles like any vehicle. Today On The Road wants to show you the upper-end of the crossover market by comparing the 2007 Lexus RX350 with the Acura MDX.

The luxury Lexus RX350 is a beautifully designed crossover vehicle with impressive standard equipment such as 10-way power front seats, auto-dimming mirrors, dual zone climate control, and one-touch power windows. The RX350 also comes with a second row of seats that slide and recline, perfect for relaxing on that long road trip to San Diego to escape the Arizona summer heat! The RX350 comes with an optional rear seat DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones, adaptive turn- ing HID headlights, and an incredible Mark Levinson sound system. This vehicle is perfect for a commute, it is easy to park, fits in standard garages, and is kinder on the gas mileage than its larger SUV cousin’s.

All in all the Lexus RX350 for 2007 is a tight, well wrapped, station wagon-style SUV perfect for a commuter drive on the Loop 101 or a trip to dog park with your best friend on Saturday mornings. Without the bulkiness or extra wheelbase of a large SUV the RX 350 is much more than a car but still not a giant land yacht that takes up two parking spaces at your local cinemax! And with Lexus, the brand name has long stood for quality. This is no budget SUV.

And where can you test drive one of these beautifully designed automobiles? Take a drive to nearby Superstition Springs Lexus (U.S. 60 at Superstition Springs Blvd). Superstition Springs Lexus is located in a large, well lit, comfortable, state-of-the-art dealership. The sales and staff of Superstition Springs Lexus are strong in their commitment to have you as a repeat customer. Whether it’s to come in for a new or used vehicle, or to have your car serviced, their passion is to have you experience world-class service. Why else would you drive a Lexus? Stop by the beautiful Superstition Springs Lexus showroom to test drive the ’07 RX 350 today. You can also visit them online at www.sslexus.com/.

Also to consider in the crossover utility vehicle market is the new, 2007 Acura MDX. The MDX is a midsize crossover SUV with only one trim package available. The package available with MDX is about all you could ask for; xenon HID headlights, a moonroof, power front seats, cruise control and even a 6 disk CD/MP3 player with an auxillary input jack. The Sports Package is all this and a Active Damper System Sports Suspension. It includes a rear seat DVD entertainment system and second row heated seats (ok, not that big of a deal in Arizona but you never know when your travels will take you to the high country!).

Acura is the upper end cousin of Honda, already known for generations for its reliability, fit and finish. Come test drive an Acura and compare to other crossover vehicles in ride and comfort at Acura of Tempe, winner of the proud 2004 and 2005 Dealership of Distinction award. To you this means the staff at Acura of Tempe have proven to Acura that they are one of the premiere dealerships in the country. Committed to customer service, with one of the most extensive service and parts departments in the country. All this right here at your East Valley doorstep at Autoplex Loop Drive, near the intersections of Elliot Roads and I-10 in Tempe. You can visit them for a personal test drive of the ’07 MDX or even view them online at www.acuraoftempe.com/.

Shop and compare and let us know what you think of the new model comparisons at www.tribunecarfinder.com/!

HAVE AN INTERESTING STORY IDEA? Send Mike Chwastek an email at: tribunecarfinder@yahoo.com

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