Luxury lives within each meticulous detail inside the MDX. Both front seats feature pronounced side bolsters that provide lateral support for cornering and plenty of comfort for long drives.
- Advanced seat frames and power adjustment features help reduce flex in seat movement, imparting a stable and substantial feel.
- The driver enjoys a 10-way adjustable power seat, including a power lumbar support.
- The front passenger is given similar consideration with an 8-way power adjustable seat.
- Both front seats offer three levels of heating. The Advance Package adds three levels of ventilation. The ventilation works by drawing air into the seats through perforations in the leather, cooling your body. Six levels of seat climate allow you to reach your desired comfort level more quickly and efficiently.
- For supreme convenience, the 2-driver automatic memory system is designed to record preferences for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and side mirror positions as well as other settings.
2nd & 3rd-Row Seats
The outboard 2nd-row seats closely mimic the front seats with comfortable contoured shapes and pronounced side bolsters to help hold passengers in place.
- For a commanding view, the cushions sit higher than the front row for a theater-style seating effect.
- The 2nd row seats slide forward and backward by about six inches, allowing 2nd row passengers to either provide more legroom for 3rd row passengers, or enjoy limo-like legroom when the 3rd row is not being used.
- The 2nd row seatbacks also have recline adjustment.
- The 2nd-row outboard seats include three-level heating on models equipped with the Entertainment Package.
- With the push of a button, the 2nd row seat folds and slides forward to provide easy access the 3rd row. Pushing the seat back returns it to the starting position. A second pair of buttons high on the seatback help 3rd row passengers exit. All buttons light up when a rear door is opened.
- When the middle space in the second row is not occupied, a center armrest can be folded down, providing room for two arms and retractable dual cup holders.
- 3rd-row passengers have their own beverage holders and storage pockets.
Mix it up. With the flexibility of a 60/40 split 2nd-row and 50/50 split 3rd-row seatbacks, the MDX easily adapts to a variety of passenger and cargo combinations.
- Behind the 3rd-row seats lies over 15 cubic feet46 of storage that’s easily accessible though the tailgate.
- A simple pull of a latch on the 3rd row seatback drops the head restraints forward and you can leave them like that to improve rear visibility. Pull the handle a stop further and a subsequent push brings each seatback flat with the floor providing a total of 45.1 cubic feet47 of cargo space.
- The 60/40 split-folding 2nd-row seats also fold easily and extend the flat floor for over 90 cubic feet47 of cargo space.
- A recessed cubby hole on the left side is perfectly sized for a jug of milk, 6-pack of soda or any similar sized items you want to stay put. Four chrome tie-down hooks are well-located to keep larger items in place.
- A sub-floor storage area is perfect for camera bags, briefcases, laptops or anything you want concealed. The storage lid stays open at almost any angle for loading and unloading convenience or can fold flat against the floor to add the sub-floor space to the main storage area.
Press a button on the key fob, and the tailgate will automatically open for you. When you’re finished loading or unloading, just press the button again to power down and latch the tailgate.
- The tailgate will also activate from a button on the driver’s door, as well as by the tailgate handle.
- In the event of a power failure, the tailgate can be raised and lowered manually.
- When opening or closing, the tailgate will automatically reverse itself if it encounters a sufficient obstruction.
There are four separate storage areas within reach of the driver and passengers with plenty of space for their travel accoutrements including a unique center console that features a combination of large and small compartments.
- The console armrest slides forward and backward for your comfort and opens to reveal a small bin perfect for a phone, pens and other small items.
- A lower door has non-skid ribs on its surface to place items you wish to access easily such as a purse or electronic device.
- The lower door slides back to provide access to a large storage bin underneath that houses USB7, power and auxiliary jacks as well as an iPod®8-sized pocket.
- The lower and upper doors can both fold back to provide a large opening to the deep storage bin to load large items like a large purse or small laptop.
- Overhead is a drop-down pocket to store sunglasses.
- The door panels feature additional storage and a space designed for a water bottle.
- The 2nd-row passengers can access the pockets on the front seatbacks, deep storage pockets in the doors, and a dual cup holder in the center armrest.
- The 3rd-row passengers each have an outer armrest with a beverage holder and storage bin.
Automatic Climate Control
To maximize comfort for all passengers, the MDX features a tri-zone automatic climate control system that allows the driver, front passenger and rear passengers to adjust their own temperature and airflow settings.
- As you approach the MDX, it detects which remote you have and will automatically set your preferred climate-control settings.
- Nine displays on the bottom of the On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™) keep a full account of climate status and each display doubles as a soft key to adjust its respective setting.
- Six hard controls also make it easy to make quick climate control changes.
- Adjustable vents and a control panel behind the center console allow 2nd row passengers to adjust their climate settings.
- Almost all climate control functions can also be operated by voice commands.
GPS-Linked Climate Control
Technology Package and Advance Package
When the climate control is in automatic mode and direct sunlight is warming one side of the cabin, the system will automatically adjust to compensate for the heat gain. The system will track the sun’s position to continually maintain the set zone temperatures, as needed.
- The automatic climate control system uses the Acura Navigation System’s10 GPS receiver to continually track the vehicle’s position relative to the sun.
- A solar sensor measures the sun’s intensity to determine its impact on interior temperature.
- The GPS-link is completely automatic.
The MDX instrument panel is an experience in itself. Beginning at the front door panels, then sweeping across the curves of the of the signature Acura dual-cove instrument panel, the dashboard surrounds the driver and front passenger in luxury. Metallic accents provide just the right level of contrast.
- The On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™) touch screen contains primary controls for audio and climate controls, allowing the main display screen to remain high for at-a-glance viewing and to display information relating to or independent from the touch screen.
- Physical analog gauges display road and engine speeds, temperature and fuel level.
- The Multi-Information Display (MID) between the speedometer and tachometer can be controlled from the steering wheel to provide a wealth of information from tire pressure to average mpg. On navigation-equipped models, the MID is in full color and can show turn-by-turn navigation directions.
- The HomeLink® system lets you consolidate garage or gate remotes by programming their frequencies into one of three buttons.
On Demand Multi-Use Display
Leading the way in audio and information technology has its advantages, and its challenges. As the number of features continued to increase, Acura designers were looking at a very crowded center panel. So they designed an intuitive touch screen called On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™) to house all the controls you need at any given time. As a result, what could have been more than 41 buttons has been simplified to nine.
- You no longer have to repeatedly hit a button until your desired audio source is rotated into place. With up to 10 different audio sources in the MDX, each one can be accessed directly.
- Each display has a design that best arranges controls for the particular task at hand, so every panel can be quickly understood and operated.
- Every climate control function is instantly accessible with six hard controls as well as nine touch-screen controls with a near-permanent presence at the bottom of the ODMD™.
- A Shortcut button speeds you to your favorite presets among all audio sources, climate control combinations, navigation locations or speed-dial favorites on your phone.
- All screens can display an instant current status of audio or climate functions while the upper display screen continues undisturbed.
- There are still hard controls available for most climate control functions, and most audio system functions, including changing audio source or radio preset, can be operated with the steering wheel controls.
Technology Package and Advance Package
The voice recognition feature that accompanies the Acura Navigation System10 is the latest edition of the system that Acura has been offering and refining for over a decade.
- The feature allows you to perform the most frequently used functions of the audio, climate control, and navigation systems without ever lifting a finger.
- Simply click the “Talk” steering wheel-mounted control to instantly mute the audio system, and then issue one of 600-plus voice commands to the audio, climate or navigation systems.
- If you see an unfamiliar information display on the navigation screen, voiced guidance prompts can help you with command choices, with available choices highlighted.
- Some voiced commands can replace multiple manual functions, for example: “CD, song 4”, will turn on the audio system, select CD as an audio source and play the fourth song.
- You can enter a specific address, as the navigation system will recognize over a million city and street names.
The Bluetooth®11 HandsFreeLink® system works with many Bluetooth®-enabled cell phones to let you receive and initiate phone calls through the MDX audio system without ever taking your hands off the wheel.
- A one-time pairing process on a compatible phone enables you to communicate wirelessly. Up to six phones can be paired with the system.
- Once paired and Bluetooth is on, you can use your phone through the vehicle audio system without ever taking it out of your pocket or purse.
- Depending on the phone, an incoming call will display the number if it is entered into the speed-dial list.
- On models with the Technology Package, you can download all of your compatible phone’s numbers at one time into the navigation database10.
- For more details, please visit the Acura Bluetooth HandsFreeLink minisite.
SMS / Email
Now you can respond to incoming text messages in a manner that helps mitigate any potential distraction with an integrated SMS text message function44.
- When driving with a paired, activated, SMS-compatible phone, the system will notify you of an incoming text message.
- Rather than avert your eyes from the road by reading the text on a display, the system will ask if you want it to “read” the message to you.
- After the message is read aloud, you can use the center display to select six pre-prepared responses.
- The system also gives you the option to call the person who sent the text.
- SMS text messaging is currently compatible with certain Blackberry phones with the MAP protocol. Other models with the required messaging protocol are expected to enter the market in the future.
- State or local laws may limit use of a texting feature. Only use the texting feature when conditions allow you to do so safely.
The MDX’s HomeLink® system lets you operate up to three remote controlled garages or gates or other devices with buttons integrated into the interior design.
- The three HomeLink buttons are located in the overhead console.
- Remote device frequencies can easily be programmed into each of the three buttons.
- The buttons will never need battery replacement, never get lost and can be reprogrammed easily for new devices.
The MDX is equipped with two warning systems that will alert you to important conditions that you might otherwise miss if momentarily distracted. Using a camera50 mounted between the windshield and the rearview mirror, the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system56 alerts you with a beep when the vehicle unintentionally leaves a detected lane. The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system55 alerts you to a potential collision with a vehicle detected ahead, using both visual and audible warnings.
- At speeds of 45 miles per hour and above, LDW looks for painted lines, reflectors or other demarcations of lane division. If the MDX begins to exit a detected lane and the turn signal has not been engaged, the system will flash the LDW indicator on the instrument panel and display an amber Lane Departure message on the MID. It will also sound a series of beeps, alerting the driver to either return to the lane or activate the turn signal.
- LDW can be disengaged with a button that’s located to the left of the steering column; however when restarting the car, the system will always default to the “On” position.
- FCW can detect vehicles directly in front of the car, and if the distance to that vehicle is diminishing, the system compares the vehicles’ current speeds to determine if a collision may occur.
- To alert the driver to apply the brake pedal, FCW will issue a beeping sound and flash an amber “Brake” message in the Multi-Information Display and project an amber warning image on the windshield.
- To avoid unnecessary warnings, the FCW will not operate at speeds below 10 mph.
- Drivers can adjust the distance at which the FCW alerts will be triggered by accessing the personal settings section through the Multi-Information Display.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow
Setting the cruise control during your urban commute? Acura technology makes it possible. As with a conventional system, the available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow53 system allows you to set a desired speed, but it will also maintain a set space from the car ahead of you so you can enjoy cruise control even in light traffic conditions.
- While cruising, engage the ACC, and the system will prompt you to select a short, medium or long interval from the vehicle ahead.
- Once a speed is set (between 20 and 95) you can raise or lower it with the steering-wheel controls while the MID informs you what mph you are setting.
- At speeds below the set speed, ACC will maintain the set distance, modulating the throttle and applying moderate braking when appropriate. The distance will be maintained even if the forward vehicle slows to a stop.
- After stopping, a tap on the throttle instructs the car to continue maintaining the desired distance between the vehicles.
Lane Keeping Assist System
The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)59 uses a camera50 that identifies lane divisions and works proactively to keep the vehicle within a detected lane.
- If you guide the car out of a detected lane without signaling your intention to exit it, the system will slightly tug the wheel and guide the car to the center of the lane.
- Though the steering creates a slight tug, you can easily hold your course if you desire, as the system will not take control from you.
- On straight or mildly curving roads, LKAS will work to maintain the car in the center of a detected lane.