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2008 Acura MDX Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Acura MDX was new.

The 2008 Acura MDX's seven-passenger interior ranks in the top five in its class, with reviewers complimenting the luxurious, hi-tech standard features and comfortable seats.

  • "The interior is attractively designed and solidly constructed." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the MDX has all of the positive attributes of a crossover -- space, versatility, and comfort, plus its own style. Call it high-tech contemporary mid-luxury." -- The Auto Channel
  • "The MDX interior has been updated, as needed, with a more modern design that may or may not stand the test of time. The bizarre steering wheel looks like a weapon, to be thrown...perhaps at a marauding Visigoth, who, with any luck, won't be shielding himself with an MDX grille." -- Cars.com
  • "Inside you have the fit, finish and feel of a quality vehicle." -- MarketWatch
  • "I love its interior -- rich, ergonomically sensible, comfortable." -- Washington Post
  • "The interior design is especially zoomy, but not at the expense of function and ease of use. They've nailed it, again." -- New Car Test Drive

Seating

The 2008 MDX has seating for seven: two in the first row, two in the second row, and three in the third. The front and second rows draw praise, while the third row is cramped for adults but handy for children.

  • "The highlight has to be the seats -- they are among the best in the business. This was made clear at BeaveRun, where the Acura seats offered up more lateral support than those in the XC90 or X5 or even the Porsche Cayenne." -- AutoWeek
  • "The plush leather front buckets -- and the second row as well -- have enveloping shapes with plenty of side support." -- Car and Driver
  • "The second row is comfortable, with adjustable backrest angle and slightly more legroom than in the previous generation." -- Cars.com
  • "The leather quality, armrests, firmness, and slight reclining ability were admired by all, and the two-way heaters on all outboard seats were a winter windfall." -- Automotive.com
  • "That third row will handle small children, but like most midsize SUVs, it's for occasional use only." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2008 Acura MDX offers plenty of luxury features and hi-tech options. Some auto writers, however, aren't thrilled about the dashboard layout and placement of controls.

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  • "We're not too crazy about the center stack. It's way too busy. It houses 49 switches and buttons -- 49! -- all in one place, controlling things such as the radio and heating/ventilation. It's tough to decipher where everything is." -- AutoWeek
  • "Audio, climate controls easy to reach, but plethora of similar-sized and shaped controls can confuse. Navigation system reasonably simple to learn, and doesn't absorb often-used audio or climate functions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There are too many buttons on the busy dashboard, and it might take a month to break in this car and get familiar with where everything is." -- U.S. News' Rick Newman
  • "Technology Package: With a navigation system that provides real-time traffic info and an audio system that delivers amazing six-channel Surround Sound via DVD-audio disc, we'd be hard-pressed not to check this option box." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Among the noteworthy features are an optional navigation system with real-time traffic updates and a climate-control system that works with the navigation to adjust interior temperatures relative to the position of the sun." -- Forbes
  • "I've spent the past week with a Sport and Entertainment-equipped MDX. It has a decidedly high-tech flavor, the perfect SUV for the successful video game entrepreneur. But the cabin electronics are done right, with a good user interface, and do not overpower." -- The Auto Channel

Cargo

The Acura MDX offers plenty of cargo space, especially with the third row folded down.

  • "The MDX offers 15 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the third row, which is just two cubic feet less than the full-size Chevrolet Tahoe." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Switch it from 7-seater to 5-seater and cargo capacity leaps from 15 to 42.9 cubic feet; folding down the middle row brings that to 83.5. Easy seats make conversion a cinch, and the power tailgate (optional) helps in all situations." -- Automotive.com
  • "The MDX has multiple storage compartments and a huge cargo bay that can accommodate even more stuff when the rear seats are flipped down." -- Washington Post
  • "The center storage console is nice and big, but the barn-door armrest lids didn't please me or my passenger." -- Cars.com
  • "Every inch of cabin space is put to good use, like a cavity in the passenger side foot well that serves as a tiny cupboard, with its own sliding cover." -- U.S. News' Rick Newman
  • "With the third row seats up, cargo space is virtually nonexistent." -- CNET
Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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