For the past 11 years, George Hugh has been focused on helping people build wealth through his company, Taurus Mortgage Capital Inc. A former banker, the Markham-based mortgage broker works with partners estate agents and regularly traveled across town to meet with clients and attend real estate tours.

When he’s not working, Hugh – who advocates maintaining a healthy lifestyle – enjoys sports, particularly golf. To meet his needs, he usually sought out the largest SUVs available.

Hugh had rented the 2017 Volvo XC90 Excellence, a premium ultra-luxury crossover SUV. Hugh wasn’t too thrilled with the car, finding it lacking in power, and returned it at the end of the lease last August. Unfortunately, Hugh’s new car plans were thwarted by the worldwide shortage of semiconductors: despite placing an order for an Audi Q8, Hugh found himself without a car until a delayed delivery date in April 2022.

Being constantly on the road, Hugh needed a car and borrowed his mother-in-law’s Toyota RAV4. Although in good working order, the RAV4 was not an exciting ride for Hugh, who also likes to drive for fun.

This went on for three months as Hugh searched for an alternative solution. Unfortunately, he found down-market options, especially ones that also met his criteria for ample cargo space. During a follow-up visit to his Audi sales representative, he learned that his dealer partner, Acura of North Toronto, was bringing two 2022 Acura MDX A-Specs – one in Liquid Carbon Metallic, the other in Platinum White Pearl. . Having owned a previous generation of the MDX, Hugh bought the vehicle on the spot (“I was told I had about two minutes to decide if I wanted one or they were gone, so I took,” Hugh said).

He tells us what he loves most about his vehicle.

“I used the car to pick up clients,” Hugh said. “More recently I’ve been meeting more clients than I’ve taken them, but I expect times to return to where I’d actually drive them in my car. So I want something that’s roomy and comfortable for them – where they aren’t cramped in my back seat, and I wanted a seven-seater in case they had kids or others who wanted to join.

More than space, Hugh had plenty of praise for the fourth-generation MDX.

“They changed the shape of the MDX, and it looks a bit more aggressive. The lines on it are more like one of the big sports cars. There are two packages with MDX. There’s the regular MDX, which looks good, but I like the wider rims, low-profile tires and the stuff I’ve been told you get with the A-SPEC trim. So I got the [racing-inspired] The A-SPEC package, which is only cosmetic, but gives the car a sportier look and the rims look better.

“There’s no chrome on the car – it’s an all-black build. Because there’s no chrome, it looks sturdier, which I like. You know, it’s funny that the mirrors of the car are not painted the same color as the car. I asked [the dealership], ‘Why aren’t the mirrors painted the same color?’ and I was told that’s the style now where they don’t paint the mirrors on the side of the car (but regular car mirrors are painted the same color).

“I was very pleasantly surprised with the ride, handling, comfort and everything. I bought the car because it was available, and I have already experienced it, but this car has a lot of features that [my old MDX] did not have. The interior is much nicer. There’s a computer-like control pad where you select everything, and you can split the screen into two screens: one for your GPS and one for your music, or other stuff. It’s very easy to use. You can change the color of interior accent lighting [with IconicDrive]. It’s just all those little things. The seats are very comfortable. The middle row is large enough to hold three seats but has a console, so it becomes like two bucket chairs, and there are three more seats in the back. So, it’s a comfortable ride that’s not only roomy and meets my needs, but the handling and stuff is pretty good.

“The performance is more pleasant and I enjoyed driving it. The first week, I traveled 1,700 kilometers! [Laughs] It’s been a surprising experience so far. I like the sound of the engine when you hit the gas: it sounds a bit sporty. It’s very good in the corners, like it sticks to the road, and it’s got pretty good power in it – it’s a lot better than a bigger Volvo engine, to tell you the truth.

“The reason I was so quick to buy the MDX again without actually trying it out is because I know Honda, [Acura’s parent brand, produces] very reliable cars. I had some trouble with my Volvo (it actually turned off while I was driving!) and had to buy a flatbed tow truck twice. So one thing that was very important to me was reliability. I’m very comfortable with the Hondas from that point of view. I’ve never had any issues with them as long as I change the oil once in a while. This is a good thing.”

Even though the MDX serves him well, Hugh is still on the waiting list for the Q8.

“I could still get [the Audi] when it arrives, Hugh said. “So, I’m just going to transfer this car to my son or something. [But if it takes longer], I am satisfied with the MDX.

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Renee S.Suen is a Toronto-based lifestyle writer/photographer and freelance contributor to The Star. Follow her on Twitter: @rssuen

TO LOOK CLOSER: 2022 Acura MDX A-Spec


“It’s a new gray that came out this year,” Hugh said of his car’s paint color and trim details. “The Liquid Carbon Metallic color makes the car look great. Even the interior has the ebony leatherette trimmed with Ultrasuede seats and dashboard. It is the A-Spec package which has red stitching which is nice and tight.


“The car can take premium or regular gasoline,” Hugh said. “I really like the fact that I have the option. Gas prices today are crazy and premium gas prices can be 30 cents more than normal. It’s a difference of $20 on gas I’ve filled it up several times putting in premium once and regular another time and haven’t really noticed a major difference The dealer rep says the difference would be in performance , but it’s winter now and I’m not driving like crazy there. The gas mileage seems to be about the same. So for occasional winter driving I have the option of putting in place regularly, which is good.


Being approximately 5.5cm longer than the previous generation, the new design of the 2022 MDX offers an additional 181 liters of passenger space, or 2,690 liters of space when the second and third row seats are folded down.

“I love the size,” Hugh said. “It’s bigger [than my previous model].


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