2018 Acura MDX Hybrid Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

The 2018 Acura MDX Hybrid doesn’t feel as posh as competitors’ cabins, but it still features mostly high-quality materials. Passenger room and comfort are excellent, though the third row is best left for children. The cargo hold is small for the class, but it still has a decent amount of space. The long features list includes an updated infotainment system that’s more responsive than the one in the 2017 model.

  • Everything seems meticulously put together, and the Advance's wood trim adds an air of luxury. However, European competitors still manage to feel more substantial than the MDX, and their cabin designs more elegant." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Seating

The Acura MDX Hybrid seats seven and comes with leather upholstery, 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. Premium Milano leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The MDX Hybrid boasts spacious and comfortable seats, and there is plenty of room in the second row, though headroom may be lacking for taller passengers. The third row can fit adults if necessary, but it is best left to smaller passengers.

The MDX Hybrid has three complete LATCH systems in its second row, along 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.

  • The front seats offer all-day comfort along with standard heating and available ventilation. The high second-row seats require minimal knee bend but are somewhat tight on headroom. The third row is quite snug and best reserved for children." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the MDX Hybrid include tri-zone automatic climate control, GPS-linked climate control, remote start, a moonroof, proximity key entry, a push-button ignition, a 10-speaker ELS audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a color driver-information display, navigation, voice command activation, a dual-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, 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.

Available features include an 11-speaker ELS audio system, two third-row USB ports, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view camera system.

The MDX Hybrid’s infotainment system is updated for 2018. It’s more responsive than the previous system, and it incorporates smartphone connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Using the dual-screen system may seem imposing, but the interface is pretty intuitive and the controls are logically arranged.

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  • "Climate controls are split between the touchscreen and a row of buttons and rocker switches. The layout is more logical than in some other Acura/Honda products, but it requires an extra step for certain adjustments. Performance is effective." -- Edmunds
  • "This year the 2018 MDX gets an improved infotainment system with more intuitive menus and a redesigned dual-screen interface with faster response. The new system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The MDX Hybrid has 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 38.4 cubic feet with the third row folded, and a maximum of 68.4 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. Those are unimpressive totals for a luxury midsize SUV.

A power liftgate comes standard, and there’s additional storage space under the cargo floor. Loading items into the cargo hold is easy because the second- and third-row seats fold completely flat.

  • "Total cargo capacity is on par with that of other three-row midsize luxury crossovers and better than space in two-row models. The ease with which the third- and second-row seats fold flat and provide a level loading floor merits praise." -- Edmunds
  • "… the seats fold neat and flat; and cargo space is uncompromised." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

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