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in 2012 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $28,441 - $35,739
Original MSRP: $43,030 - $54,555
MPG: 16 City / 21 Hwy
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2012 Acura MDX Interior

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The Acura MDX's interior has a luxurious feel and comfortable seats. Reviewers note that downsides include a potentially confusing dashboard and a third row that’s pretty cramped for adults.

  • "MDX's high-tech interior design incorporates an attractive blend of rich-looking materials with especially pleasing switchgear feel and movement. Standard woodgrain trim adds an upscale feel.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside, the MDX has a cabin that matches Acura's RL flagship for quality and certainly all of its similarly priced SUV competitors. Wood trim, soft-touch materials and high-quality switchgear create a luxurious ambience.” -- Edmunds

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Seating

The 2012 MDX seats seven in three standard rows. Reviewers find the first and second rows comfortable, but say the third row is cramped for adults. That’s a common complaint for three-row crossovers, though, and if you only plan on using the third row for kids, it might not be a problem.

The MDX comes standard with leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats. The advance package adds cooling to the front seats, while the entertainment package adds heating to the second-row outboard seats.

  • “The [front] seats are comfortable and supportive. All but the very tall should have ample head- and legroom.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The MDX is pretty spacious for a three-row midsize luxury crossover SUV. An adult can fit in the third row for a short journey, although the rearmost seats are better suited for kids.” -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The Acura MDX's interior stands out for its luxury features and high-tech options. Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, Bluetooth, a premium sound system and an auxiliary input jack. A USB port is available.

Some of the MDX’s high-tech features come as part of its options packages. You can get GPS-linked climate control, which tracks the sun’s position in relation to the SUV and automatically offsets the increase in temperature that occurs when the sun shines in the windows.

However, even all the frills don’t distract reviewers from the MDX’s confusing dashboard control layout. Some say the MDX’s center stack is cluttered and complicated, with lots of similar-looking buttons.

  • “The instruments are easy to read. The audio and climate controls are easy to reach, but the vast array of similarly sized and shaped controls is confusing. Thankfully, the navigation system doesn't absorb any audio or climate controls.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Best of all, they are easy to use thanks to the use of not only buttons but also a multipurpose knob and voice commands. Basically, you can do things the way you prefer.” -- Edmunds
  • "There were several logbook comments about the Acura’s busy center stack, with its array of 48 switches and knobs, a complaint we also recorded in 2007. One test driver characterized them as ‘nearly illegible Chiclets.’” -- Car and Driver

Cargo

The Acura MDX offers more cargo space than most three-row crossovers, with a maximum of 83.5 cubic feet of space behind the front seats. With just the third row stowed, drivers can fit up to 42.9 cubic feet of cargo, and with all three rows in use, the MDX can hold 15 cubic feet of cargo. That’s just enough space for a few bags of groceries, but it’s competitive with other crossovers' space.

The MDX also comes standard with a power liftgate, which is a feature that’s optional on some of its more expensive rivals.

  • “With all seats folded, the cargo floor is nearly flat, and Acura says it can hold 4-foot-wide panels. A standard power tailgate eases cargo loading. There's a handy, covered, in-floor bin behind the 3rd row. Interior storage is plentiful.” -- Consumer Guide