Seat Belts and Airbags
Standard Feature
Seat Belts and Airbags

All seven seating positions in the MDX have 3-point belts and head restraints. The front seats also have a load limiting tensioner system. Each airbag has a sophisticated deployment system.

  • Tensioners react in the first milliseconds of a sufficient impact to automatically tighten the front belts and help hold the individual in position against the seatback.
  • To help prevent the tensioners from causing undue pressure on the chest, load limiters slightly relieve belt tension, as needed, to help soften the force.
  • In addition to two front airbags, two front-side airbags and side airbags that provide coverage for all three rows, the MDX is also equipped with a driver’s knee airbag.
  • Sensors in the front passenger seat determine if it is empty or if the passenger is too small for the passenger’s front airbag to deploy safely, and disengage the front passenger’s front airbag, if necessary.
  • In the event of a moderate-to-severe side impact, the SmartVent™ front side airbag inflates to help protect the driver’s or front passenger’s upper torso.
Child Safety
Standard Feature
Child Safety

The MDX has several features addressing child safety, from anchors that secure child seats to auto-reverse windows and moonroofs.

  • All three 2nd row seating positions are equipped with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) allowing LATCH-compatible child seats to be installed without the use of seat belts. The 3rd row seats have tether anchors and can accommodate a child seat using their seat belts.
  • All windows and the moonroof have an auto-reverse feature that prevents them from closing if a finger or other similar obstacle is encountered.
Body Structure Design
Standard Feature
Body Structure Design

The MDX uses the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. This structure enabled the MDX to achieve 5- stars for every rating on the NHTSA front and side impact tests.

  • The ACE™ design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle.
  • This new generation of ACE incorporates extra braces at the front corners to absorb and distribute impact energy from narrow off-set collisions, in which a small portion at one side of the front end must absorb the collision forces.
  • The outer braces are designed to transfer impact load toward the center of the frame where the energy can be distributed around the cabin area more evenly.
  • This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash.
Braking Systems
Standard Feature
Braking Systems

The MDX disc brakes are backed up by several sophisticated electronic systems to provide you with enhanced braking abilities under almost any circumstance.

  • The anti-lock braking system (ABS) helps you retain steering control when braking heavily by preventing the wheels from locking up, while allowing them to achieve their maximum level of stopping power.
  • The Electronic Brake Distribution system uses the ABS system to direct braking power among the four wheels, depending on their load, to help optimize braking effectiveness.
  • The Brake Assist system detects emergency braking from the driver by monitoring the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed and stepping in to ensure the ABS system is activated—terminating immediately upon release of the brake pedal.
Vehicle Stability Assist
Standard Feature
Vehicle Stability Assist

The Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) system uses an array of sensors, along with ABS, and on models so equipped, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), to reduce the dangers of oversteer or understeer12.

  • The system continually monitors vehicle speed, throttle position, individual wheel speeds, steering angle, lateral G-force and yaw rate.
  • When the potential for oversteer or understeer is detected, the VSA modulator will reduce the engine’s torque and apply brakes to each wheel as needed to help stabilize the vehicle. AWD models will first use SH-AWD to redirect power among the front wheels and each of the rear wheels to maintain stability.
  • The response is so quick that the instability may be corrected before the driver even knows it’s occurring
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Standard Feature
Tire Pressure Monitoring System

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can detect improperly inflated tires that can be safety hazards. Using pressure sensors mounted in each wheel that send readings to a central electronic control unit, the system evaluates whether the pressure is in an acceptable range.

  • If a reading is significantly below the recommended level, the MDX will alert the driver through the Multi-Information Display (MID) located on the instrument panel.
  • The problem tire will be indicated, along with the individual pressure for all four tires.
  • You can access the pressure display anytime through the MID controls on the steering wheel.
  • As useful as TMPS is, it is still recommended that you manually check your tires on a regular basis.
Collision Mitigation Braking System
Advance Package
Collision Mitigation Braking System

To help reduce the likelihood or severity of a frontal impact, the Advance Package includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™).

  • Powered by a radar transmitter mounted in the MDX grille trim, the CMBS determines the distance and closing speed of detected objects that lie directly ahead.
  • If you do not take action to reduce speed, the CMBS will automatically tug at your seat belt and begin light braking.
  • When the system senses that a frontal collision is unavoidable, and even if no prior alerts have been given, the front seat belts tighten, and strong braking is automatically applied to help reduce the impact velocity and collision force.
  • The goal of the CMBS system is to alert the driver to apply the brakes. It is not alone expected to brake the vehicle sufficiently to avoid a collision.
Security System
Standard Feature
Security System

The MDX comes equipped with a security system that has enhanced capabilities due to the new AcuraLink® system.

  • In the event of a break-in, the ignition will be disabled, the horn will sound and the lights will flash.
  • When enabled, the AcuraLink system will inform you via your smartphone when your MDX security alarm has been triggered.
  • If the vehicle is stolen, the AcuraLink system can track the vehicle’s location through its embedded cellular device.