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So, if I'd bought an Acura ZDX instead of the CT, what would I get for $10K more??? I know a few more HP, but does it have a more advanced AWD system, exotic hide vs old fashion leather?? Just wondering.
 

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I gave up a Mercedes for the Crosstour. Although I don't regret it, there is quite a bit that I left behind when I left the Mercedes. What I left behind wasn't enough to keep me in the Mercedes in the first place, though, so I am fine with that.

What's different? The handling. The build quality. The ride. There's fit and form in the Mercedes that is difficult to explain without experiencing a Mercedes first-hand. That said, the Crosstour is a heck of a vehicle and I'm glad I own it over the Mercedes. As I said elsewhere, thank goodness for no more $400 oil changes! But, as an example, Mercedes designers actually consider how much finger pressure is required to press a button on the radio (for example) and tweak the button to be at a specific sensitivity. Each and every button is set to the same pressure requirements to be activated. That's an amazing level of detail.

I imagine the Acura is similar. There is quite a bit of detail that goes into luxury vehicles that just doesn't show up on "regular" cars, but those details aren't always what's most important. It's a balancing act that each of us has to deal with on some level: price versus function/form. For example, I believe one of the features I saw on a 2010 Acura was a GPS assisted air conditioning unit. The A/C would consider the vehicle's position on the planet relative to the sun to figure out the best way to maintain the driver-set cabin temperature. You won't find a level of detail like that in the Crosstour (or most other "regular" vehicles for that matter).
 

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for 10k, I think you actually LOSE navigation. For the one that's "comparable" to ours, I think it was about $20k more. I never even looked at them before we bought our CT though, just played a little on Acura's site.
 

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I I believe one of the features I saw on a 2010 Acura was a GPS assisted air conditioning unit. The A/C would consider the vehicle's position on the planet relative to the sun to figure out the best way to maintain the driver-set cabin temperature. You won't find a level of detail like that in the Crosstour (or most other "regular" vehicles for that matter).
I've been told that the Crosstour indeed does have the above feature....
 

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Climate Control

That's a positive it does, the climate control system in the CT if equipped with navi and set in Auto Mode. See page 130 in the OM.
 

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Am I the only one here that thinks that concept sounds about as practical as new vehicle undercoating? It sounds like a wee bit of snake oil to me. I'd rather my a/c to stayt were I set it and consider that to be my comfort zone. It was 102* today when I was running errands...
 

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That's a positive it does, the climate control system in the CT if equipped with navi and set in Auto Mode. See page 130 in the OM.
Well dang... and I thought I had read every page of those manuals. Thanks for the heads up.
 

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Am I the only one here that thinks that concept sounds about as practical as new vehicle undercoating? It sounds like a wee bit of snake oil to me. I'd rather my a/c to stayt were I set it and consider that to be my comfort zone. It was 102* today when I was running errands...
Very possible. I think the idea, however, is that when you set the A/C to 72 degrees in auto mode, for example, the system will do whatever it has to do to make sure the cabin temperature remains a constant 72. With knowing the position of the sun and the vehicle's relative position, the system can (in theory) come up with the most efficient method to maintain your desired temperature and counter the extra heating of a noon sun... or something like that.

Does it work? No idea. This would be one of those things that I doubt could really be proven to work (or not work). As long as I remain comfortable, that's good enough for me!
 

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lol, exactly. I only took a few years of engineering, but if it's set to auto, then the interior temp sensor will detect a difference in temperature and adjust the a/c accordingly, it's been that way for years. Some lyrical wordsmith must have reimagined the way simple things are explained lol

Oh and, my thermostat in the house or at work, has no clue were in the world it's mounted, but it seems to do the job just fine.
 

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Here in New Mexico, our highways only run north and south, so when you're going anywhere in the daytime - somebody is always in the Sun and the other in the shade, depending on whether you're heading north or south. I guess I better leave it on auto so my co-pilot of 35 years is comfortable.
 

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Invest in window tint! We tinted the windshield, sunroof and front windows to 70%. It's hardly noticable but made a HUGE difference in how the car feels on a hot sunny day.
 

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Already did that. Factory on the front, rear sides, rear, and roof, and I added 32% to the front sides. Makes a world of difference.
 

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I don't know how the laws are in GA, but if you can get away with it, but the lightest stuff you can find on the windshield, it's the biggest piece of glass on the car and it'll protect that dash and pretty leather from the sun.
 

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Not going to happen in Georgia. No tint on the front window except a strip at the top (and the factory tint is already there).
 

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That's why we went sooo light, it's kinda invisible and really hard to notice, but makes a big difference from the inside
 

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We're not supposed to have the windshield tinted either in Cali (I think) but it's so light, you can't tell and it makes a world of difference.
 

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for 10k, I think you actually LOSE navigation. For the one that's "comparable" to ours, I think it was about $20k more. I never even looked at them before we bought our CT though, just played a little on Acura's site.
+1 on the $20k diff.
The ZDX is a great ride but out of my price range and to me not worth the extra over the CT.
 

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I guess it comes down to is 10k worth driving around in a Acura ZDX as to a Honda CT. I think I woulds save the 10k and invest the money in something worth wild. If your the kind of person who thinks your a superior person if you drive a Acura over a Honda then get the Acura.:D
 

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Acura has a longer drive train warranty (6 year 100k miles if memory serves me correctly). It is too bad that Acura changed the body styles so much. I really like the bodies on 2008's and earlier. The 2009 and beyond all look Cadillac-esque to me YUCK!

Acura performance is top notch. If I were close to legally blind, the body would then be palatable and I'd get one ;)
 
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