I currently have a 2007 Acura mdx, I am thinking of trading it for an Srx,
I drove a fwd performance model and was greatly impressed. I have a couple of questions : ( dealer had no luxury models to drive )
1. My choices are either an awd luxury without nav or a fwd luxury with the navigation ( stay within a budget )
and upgraded bose sound system.
2. How does the fwd luxury handle with the 18in tires verse the luxury awd
( wondering why such a tall tire ( 235/65/18 ) ?
3. I live in the Phila area, is awd that necessary.
That's a hard choice. Personally, the NAV is a must for me. I have a NAV program on my cell phone and I've used stand alone units before, but neither compares to a top notch factory NAV like the one in the SRX. It has an eight inch screen and it's so well integrated with the rest of the electronics. It momentarily lowers the volume of the stereo or incoming cell phone calls whenever it gives you directions. Also, what some people fail to realize is that NAV isn't just for directions. It'll locate restaurants, gas stations, ATM's, etc. This is great when you're in an unfamiliar area. Plus, that lady's voice is so damned pleasant .
Now I know the Philly area pretty well. Drove front wheel drive vehicles in and around the city in the snow for years. Never had a problem. However, AWD is not just for snow. Intelligent AWD is also a safety feature, as far as handling on wet roads, especially curves. The SRX will not only vary the drive ratio from front to rear, but also on the same axle.
Whatever choice you make, I'm sure you'll be happy with her .
^^ For most of those reasons, I did NOT buy the NAV. I tried the OnStar "Directions and Connections" plan, where all you do is press the OnStar button, give them the address, and they download turn-by-turn directions to the car. The cute little "mini-nav" screen in the middle of the speedometer displays a map (of sorts) showing upcoming turns, etc. The verbal directions are exactly like any other NAV...even if you go off-course you get the "recalculating" scolding. IMO, the OnStar is the best choice...never need another NAV update disk, either. Plus, it would take about 10 years of buying OnStar Directions and Connections to equal the cost of the pop-up NAV. (As for points of interest, just push OnStar and ask.)
AWD is something that you get spoiled by. I had never had it until my X3 in 2004. I'm currently at the end of the lease on my 2nd X3 and will not buy another vehicle without it. I get much more snow is Central New York, than you get in Philadelphia. Still, it's very effective in bad weather in general. Sube makes a good point. AWD is not just for snow. Look at all the wet leaves on the ground. You will pay a small mpg penalty with AWD as well. As far as the Nav goes, it's a nice toy to have if you can afford it. Portable units are much less expensive and more easily upgrade and/or replaced. They can be moved from one vehicle to another, and that includes a rental car.