Acura MDX
MSRP: $43.280

So begins the parade of big, honking, all-wheel-drive crossovers.

The MDX draws eyes with its 300-horsepower V6 engine and seven-passenger seating, but it's the Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive that keeps power distributed to the wheels that need it the most and makes the MDX a monster on slick roads. An optional Active Damper System lets drivers adjust shock absorbers to sharpen handling, while an optional Collision Mitigation Braking System warns drivers when they need to apply more pressure to the brakes. It's Honda's ( HMC) pricey luxury brand, so you're paying more for climate control, GPS, navigation and speakers than you are for safety, but the vehicle's overall stability is the sweetest perk of the bunch.

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