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MSRP: $42,565 - $56,780
Invoice: $39,473 - $52,447
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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Acura MDX Interior

The 2015 Acura MDX receives praise from many test drivers for its quiet cabin and first-rate materials, though a few critics think some materials aren’t as opulent as those in rivals. Reviewers like the MDX’s comfortable seats and practical cargo space, and while many think the arrangement of the controls is uncomplicated, some point out that certain settings are buried in the infotainment system’s menus, making them hard to find.

  • "As is the case with most Acuras, drivers will find a restrained show of luxury inside the 2015 MDX crossover SUV, with an emphasis placed upon comfort and ease-of-use. Interior materials are of a highest quality, on par with the Lexus RX and BMW X5. On the other hand, faux wood, dull textures and basic shapes fail to evoke the rich ambiance of the QX60 and Audi Q7." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “The MDX's ride is smooth and controlled, its seats are remarkably comfortable on long drives, and its interior layout is so intuitively designed that it will make even the most technophobic driver feel comfortable." -- AutoTrader
  • "Well-styled sheetmetal can turn heads, but it's the interior that consumers have to spend extended periods of time with on a daily basis. Recognizing this, Acura put a great deal of effort into making the cabin a comfortable and user-friendly space." -- Left Lane News
  • "The MDX's interior is driver-focused, with a pleasantly thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel and easy-to-read gauges. Materials quality is high, and the center stack boasts a simple, clean layout anchored by two display screens. Overall, the cabin is a pleasant and luxurious place in which to spend time." -- Edmunds
  • "Cabin quality impresses, with less faux-wood trim - past MDX SUVs killed a lot of plastic trees - and real metal inlays in place of the outgoing painted plastic." -- Cars.com (2014)

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Seating

The 2015 MDX seats seven. Leather-trimmed seats are standard, as are heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats and second-row seats that slide and recline. Optional seating upgrades include Milano leather, ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats. Test drivers praise the MDX’s quiet cabin, as well as its comfortable seats and ample second-row legroom. They also like that the second row slides forward and back and appreciate the easy access to the third row. Like most three-row SUVs, reviewers point out that the third row is better for kids than adults.

  • "The second-row seats now recline for extra comfort and also offer six inches of fore/aft adjustment to create the ideal balance between second- and third- row legroom. A one-touch power folding function for the second-row makes it easy to clear a path to the rearmost seats, which are more spacious than before due to a more compact rear suspension design and a longer wheelbase. Still, they're best left to children, or smaller adults for around-town trips." -- Left Lane News
  • “Rear legroom is reasonably generous. The front seats are comfortable, though compared with other models in this segment, they offer only basic adjustments. The third row is best suited for kids, but adults should be OK back there on short trips." -- Edmunds
  • "Once we hit the road, the first thing that we noticed was the lack of outside noise inside the MDX's cabin; laminated glass and an electronic noise-cancellation system are the primary reasons why." -- AutoTrader
  • "The front seats afford good adjustment range; I'm 6 feet tall and sat a few inches ahead of the farthest-back position. New for 2014, the second row has push-button, walk-in access to the third row. It also slides nearly 6 inches forward and back, but adults in the third row will need anyone in the second row to slide all the way forward - a position that makes second-row legroom snug." -- Cars.com (2014)

Interior Features

The 2015 Acura MDX comes standard with a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs, satellite radio, Pandora Internet radio compatibility, an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, proximity key and push-button start. Optional features include lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking (which can automatically apply the brakes if a collision is imminent), remote start, front and rear parking sensors, a widescreen DVD system, GPS-linked climate control (which uses a solar sensor to determine the sun’s intensity and position and adjust the climate settings accordingly), voice-controlled navigation, real-time traffic info, a 10-speaker ELS premium audio system and a 12-speaker ELS premium audio system.

Though critics like that the MDX doesn’t have an overwhelming amount of buttons, a few note that some common functions are buried in the infotainment system and can be hard to find. On the other hand, some reviewers think the infotainment and navigation systems are easy to use.

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  • "Acura also has a knack for making straightforward systems that seem maddeningly complex in other brands -- one more reason why so many customers come back to Acura showrooms time after time." -- AutoTrader
  • "Using the navigation system is simple and intuitive, as Acura allows you to look up destinations by using the central control dial, a 7-inch touchscreen interface (mounted below the 8-inch nav screen) or an enhanced voice recognition system. Unfortunately, neither screen boasts the super-crisp graphics we've come to expect of this class, and some of the more basic functions (such as turning on the seat heaters) require multiple pushes of virtual touchscreen buttons, which can be distracting." -- Edmunds
  • "With two screens (one touch-sensitive, the other operated via knob) controlling most of the dashboard action, the MDX cut last year's button hodgepodge by more than half. It's refreshing, but some of the often-used controls, like heated seats, are in a submenu." -- Cars.com (2014)

Cargo

With all three rows of seats in use, the 2015 MDX has 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space. With the third row folded, there is 45.1 cubic feet of room and with both rows folded, the MDX has 90.9 cubic feet of cargo space. A power liftgate is standard. The MDX’s maximum cargo space is good for the class, and while some reviewers note that the cargo room behind the third row trails that of some rivals, others think this space is practical, and they like that the load floor is flat when the seats are folded down.

  • "With 15.8 cubic feet of space behind its third row, the MDX trails its bigger competition in cargo room when all three rows are in use. However, when you fold the second and third rows, cargo capacity becomes quite generous, with 90.9 cubic feet of room available for luggage and belongings." -- Edmunds
  • "Acura put the new MDX's added dimensions to good use, creating more usable space behind the third-row seat as well as creating a level loading floor when the rear seats are folded flat." -- AutoTrader
Review Last Updated: 8/22/14

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