2017 Acura MDX Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid was new.


Interior: 5.8

The interior of the 2017 Acura MDX Hybrid features mostly quality materials, but the overall design doesn't meet luxury expectations. Passenger room and comfort are excellent, and the cargo space is large and versatile. Infotainment features suffer from a cumbersome interface and a confusing two-screen display.

  • "In fact, look around and you see a lot of Honda lightly overlaid with nicer Acura materials, which is not unexpected – but even so, a few more dollars spent to elevate it beyond its Honda Pilot sibling would be appreciated inside. Tidbits like the Sport Hybrid-exclusive aluminum sport pedals, which are exactly the little splash of special that buyers in this segment crave." -- Autoblog
  • "The company expects the MDX hybrid's target buyer to be both significantly younger and more affluent than those who go for the nonhybrid models. Considering that, the hybrid's interior feels conservative—if a bit drab—for the mission." -- Car and Driver
  • "The wood accents provide a nice touch in the cabin, but we weren't so excited about the all-black interior." -- Motor Trend


The Acura MDX Hybrid seats seven on standard leather seats. A 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are also standard. Optional features include ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, and a heated steering wheel.

The MDX Hybrid boasts spacious and comfortable seats, and there is plenty of room in the second row. The third row fits average-size adults but is best left to smaller passengers.

The MDX Hybrid has three complete LATCH systems in its second row, with two tether anchors in the third row. The lower anchors are easy to locate and attach child seat straps to, but the tether anchors can be hard to find.

  • "Up front, there's plenty of legroom for the driver and front passenger to stretch out in. … The second row is nearly as good for space, and the third row is cozy enough for two 6-foot tall passengers to reside." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Between the comfort setting and the coddling seats, the MDX Sport Hybrid transports its occupants on a cloud of leather and technology. Even in its softest setting, though, it doesn't feel big or unwieldy at the steering wheel. Looking into that third row, it doesn't seem that far back. I adjusted the driver's seat for myself, hopped in the second row and did the same, then crawled into the third row (the second row folds down with a button push, but it doesn't get completely out of the way). At 5-foot-10, I fit with my feet flat on the floor, though my knees were up a bit, and I can honestly say I could have ridden there for an hour without complaint. Well, I would have complained, but my heart wouldn't have been in it. One weird thing: There's a bump in the ceiling above the left third-row passenger (a seatbelt anchor) and it takes up an inch or two of headroom. If you're riding solo back there, stay on the right." -- Autoweek
  • "Inside, the '17 MDXs gain a comfortable, roomy second row of captains chairs as an option, and unless you desperately need the extra seat I'd suggest equipping them. The third row seat is tight, but not overly so for the class - and it'll be fine for the kids. Most of us reading this review won't have to be back there much, so out of sight, out of mind, right?" -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 MDX Hybrid include tri-zone automatic climate control, GPS-linked climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, remote start, a moonroof, proximity key entry, push-button ignition, a 10-speaker premium audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a color driver-information display, navigation, voice command activation, a dual-screen infotainment system, LED headlights, automatic high beams, the AcuraLink telematics system, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Optional features include an engine stop-start function, two third-row USB ports, front and rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera.

The two-screen setup in the MDX Hybrid can be difficult to learn and use, with slow response times and average-quality graphics. It also lacks popular smartphone integration features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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  • "Although I was very happy to see Acura bring back this level of performance to the MDX Sport Hybrid, I wasn't as pleased with the unchanged dashboard electronics interface. As with the previous model year MDX, Acura uses two screens, an LCD at the top and a touchscreen below. The top LCD shows navigation, phone and stereo information, with a dial and set of buttons to control it. The touchscreen shows audio and phone information, but not navigation. The two big problems come from the fact that the top LCD and the touchscreen use different graphic interfaces, so learning how to use one doesn't really apply to the other. And second, the dial and buttons controlling the top LCD sit below the touchscreen, further creating confusion. As to the navigation system, audio and phone controls, those remain pretty much unchanged from five years ago. In software terms, that's prehistoric. Forget about Apple CarPlay or Android Auto support." -- CNET
  • "Even though I love the front seats, the rest of the dash and instrument panel don't feel super luxurious. It has an upper and lower screen, but the lower one just features more buttons, ones harder to hit at speed. I do enjoy having the navigation on the upper monitor constantly, but I think a smoother, single screen setup would look more coherent. There's a knob for volume, but radio tuning is done by jabbing at the lower screen -- not easy to hit while keeping your eyes on the road. There isn't a head-up display, either, which is peculiar for the class of vehicle." -- Autoweek
  • "The unfortunate bi-level infotainment system remains, and with it comes weedy response time and a graphic interface that looks more appropriate to an older PlayStation console than a near-luxury vehicle." -- Autoblog


The 2017 MDX Hybrid has 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row, 38.4 cubic feet behind the second row, and a maximum of 68.4 cubic feet behind the front seats. In addition to space under the floor, the seats can be folded to create a flat and open area. A hands-free power liftgate is standard.

  • "Seating is still comfortable for five in the first two rows (or four, if you get the Advance model and its second-row captain's chairs) and good enough for kids in the third row; the seats fold neat and flat; and cargo space is uncompromised." -- Car and Driver
  • "Folding down the 2nd- and 3rd-row seat backs creates a large, flat-floor cargo area, which is augmented by quite a bit of added storage space under the floor." -- Consumer Guide

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