Acura MDX Interior
The consensus on the newly restyled interior of the 2007 Acura MDX is that it's generally comfortable and stylish. The three rows of seats can hold up to seven passengers, but reviewers find the three seats in the back row cramped and suitable only for children. The interior quality is seen as top-notch, with reviewers complimenting the luxurious standard features and well-placed controls.
The 2007 MDX has seating for seven: two in the first row, two in the second row, and three in the third. The heated front row seats draw praise from most reviewers. "Front seat comfort in the MDX is excellent," says Autobytel. "The seats are firm and supportive, and power adjustable eight ways for both front passengers -- the driver also gets adjustable lumbar -- with two memory settings for the driver's seat."
The second row scores well with critics too. "There is plenty of room for occupants in the second row," says Edmunds. "The second row is comfortable," echoes Cars.com, "with adjustable backrest angle and slightly more legroom than in the previous generation." However, most reviewers note the back row is cramped. "The passenger side of the second row slides forward, opening a narrow space to squeeze into the cramped third row," says Autobytel. "Too small for adults, kids will like it, and won't mind that amenities are limited to the cup holders."
"The MDX is almost ergonomically perfect with the headlight, window and all other switches exactly where they should be," praises Autobytel of the interior. "The controls themselves feel a little nicer than their Honda equivalents -- we didn't think that was possible -- and the only ergonomic shortcoming is the buttontastic center stack." Auto Mall USA agrees, noting "Inside, there is a completely new approach to SUV interior design, a more organic, unified presentation of instruments and controls, a more involving scheme for the driver that should be appreciated by moms and dads alike."
Standard features in the 2007 Acura MDX include sport seats with leather-trimmed interior, driver's eight-way power seat with power-adjustable leather support, front passenger's eight-way seat, heated front row seats, an Acura Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, six-disc in-dash CD/MP3/WMA player with auxiliary jack, eight speakers, speed-sensitive volume control, multi-information display, HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface, cruise control, a tri-zone front/rear synchronized automatic climate control system, an electronic tilt and telescoping steering column, and 11 cup holders. Automotive.com says that the quality of the leather was "admired by all."
Stereo and Entertainment
CNET likes the Acura's standard sound system, but with some qualifications: "The audio quality was great, but not as impressive as other systems we've heard. The speaker placement in the MDX is similar to the RDX, but it's a much bigger cabin to fill. We didn't feel quite the same surround effect as we did in the RDX. The audio quality was similarly crisp and, as in the RDX, we had to adjust the tuning to get a more satisfying bass note. An extra set of speakers would help this sound system fill the cabin and provide the surround effect this stereo is meant to have."
The Entertainment package, available with either the optional Sport Package and/or the optional Technology Package, adds a rear-seat DVD player with LCD screen. Autobytel notes that the "Entertainment Package also includes heated outboard rear seating positions, a remote-linked power tailgate, and a 115-volt power outlet in the center console just like the ones in the wall at home. That makes it so much easier to plug in the PlayStation for long road trips to Vegas with the guys."
The Technology Package includes a voice-activated navigation system with a rear-view camera and a satellite-based traffic data receiver. The tech-oriented reviewers at CNET feel that the navigation system "works well. Setting a destination is easy, and its points-of-interest database includes just about anywhere you would need to go." However, those same reviewers are annoyed that the voice-recognition system for Bluetooth is separate from those for navigation, audio, and climate. "It's also good at recognizing commands, but it doesn't provide the same level of feedback on the screen .... We would prefer to see a more integrated system, with one button to activate voice recognition and top-level voice commands for entering the phone system, navigation, climate control, or audio."
As in most SUVs, cargo space in the MDX is balanced against passenger space; the more you have of one, the less you have of the other. "With the third row seats up," says CNET, "cargo space is virtually nonexistent." Well, not quite: If all seven passengers are on board, the MDX has 15 cubic feet of storage room. Fold down the third row seats, however, and 43 cubic feet magically appear. And if you eliminate the second row, you'll have more than 83 cubic feet to play around with, an amount that several reviewers agree is competitive for this class of vehicle.
However, the reviewer for the Detroit News brings a female perspective to the issue of storage space: "[D]espite its effort to come up with a good place to put a purse in the new MDX, I still prefer the sliding console in the Lexus. I never put my purse in the glovebox, regardless of how oversize it is, which is where [Frank Paluch, MDX chief engineer] insisted on stuffing it on my test MDX. And the new covered compartment on the right side of the center console is hard to reach from the driver's seat."