2020 Acura MDX SUV Infotainment,Seating and Interior Features
Updated on: September 24, 2020
Acura MDX is undoubtedly the next big thing in budget-friendly luxury SUVs. Though you might not get attracted to it instantly, at first sight, MDX will make you fall in love with sheer luxury and comfort it provides inside at an arguably low price. It seats up to seven and carries up to 5000 pounds which makes it more than a family-hauling vehicle.
The SUV is more engaging to drive and remains calm on most roads. Some of the highlights are Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, premium audio, dual-display infotainment system and a vast array of tech features. The 2020 MDX doesn’t include much changes from the past year except for the price hike by $100.
How is Acura MDX's interior?
The Acura MDX SUV carries up to seven adults comfortably, in a very well-appointed interior that's roomy and luxurious. As soon as you get inside, you get to experience opulent aesthetics crafted for sheer luxury and comfort. The car won't attract you from outside, but it has much to offer on the inside. All the seats are covered up in rich leather and have a number of available adjustments. The front seats get praise because of their adjustability and roominess. With the Advance package, you get deeper buckets in the front which hold you firmly on high speeds. These are power-adjustable and also provide a heating feature. The advanced package also gets you ventilation on the front seats.
The second-row seats are comfortable to the same extent providing enough legroom for average adults. The second row can be replaced with captain chairs in the advanced package. These captain chairs are heated and also enhance the glory of Acura's interior. The third-row seats are best suited for children only but six-footers or less can also sit with a bit of pinch. Your knees will rise a bit higher, however, fitting three adults would be unfair.
The large 20-inch rims don't actually distort the driving comfort of the MDX. The climate control system disappoints largely with its ineffectiveness and hard-to-use controls.
How much cargo can the MDX hold?
The cargo volume behind the third-row seats accounts for 15 cubes which may not be the best in class but is kept at a considerably low height. This is still a decent amount of room to carry stuff for a weekend getaway without compromising the seating. For more space, you can fold down the 50/50 split-folding rear row to get a flat space of 43 cubic feet. The second-row seats which are 60/40 split-folding can also be folded down to aid the cargo space. This gives a totally flat surface behind the front row seats with a total volume of over 90 cubic feet. Now with this much storage space, the number and type of items to store are countless. It can also fit in two of your trekking Mountain Bikes if you’re an adventurer.
Inside the cabin, smaller items also get their respective places very efficiently. The cupholders and bins are large and can accommodate most of your drinks and stuff. A deep bin at the center is also available. Overall, the cargo section of the car is crafted ingeniously with more practicality and efficiency.
What are the tech features inside MDX?
The infotainment section of the SUV is decent. Except for the cumbersome to use (though futuristic looking) dual-screen infotainment touchscreen, the SUV has a lot of tech material to offer nicely bundled in various packages. The base trim gets a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen below an 8-inch upper display along with a generic eight-speaker sound system. The audio unit also supports Satellite Radio and has a hefty five different USB ports which are not available in other rivals. The highlight of the MDX’s tech is the Android Auto / Apple CarPlay integration system which comes pre-installed in the base trim itself. A couple of safety techs such as lane/road departure warning, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control are included in the base trim.
The Technology trim adds more glory to the tech with navigation system, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, HD Radio and a premium 10-speaker ELS Studio Audio unit. The A-spec trim doesn’t contribute much to the tech while the Advanced trim adds a 360-deg Parking Cam and two more USB ports in the rear. The Entertainment Package is available only for Technology and the Advanced trim. It adds a rear entertainment system along with a 110V power outlet. If you couple it with the Technology Package, you get a 9-inch screen and 11 speakers for audio. Add it with the Advanced package to get a bigger 16.2-inch screen and 12 speakers overall.
The infotainment system is quite clumsy to use and won’t get much intuitive even after longer use. The menus and settings are quite hard to remember and the UI isn’t much smooth. You can stream music directly with Bluetooth on your phone. The Pandora app can be launched from your smartphone or you can also access 140+ channels from Sirius XM Sat Radio.
Talking about the driver aids, all the safety tech features available in the MDX works flawlessly. The Blind Spot Monitoring system becomes active above 20 MPH and flashes the indicator with a beep when some vehicle appears in the alert zone of adjacent lanes or while you try to get close to it. The surround-view camera efficiently plots the surrounding view of the SUV in your screen with the help of four cameras placed around the SUV in the most intelligent way. The Acura Link feature is a great addition that helps you remotely track, lock and unlock the doors of your car. Some features are free while some need a subscription. The overall interior looks clean and minimalistic while the dual-display gives a futuristic look to the car. Apart from rich leather upholstery, the wood accents give a quite classic look without disturbing the theme too much.
The MDX will surely provide the bang for your buck with the vast array of features and luxury-level comfort it offers. With a generous starting price of $44,500, the MDX is one of the perfectly rounded-out packages in the three-row luxury SUV segment.