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2020 Acura MDX Hybrid Interior Review


Interior: 6.8

The 2020 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid has a handsome – but not particularly high-end – cabin, lacking the richness you'll find in some rivals. Overall passenger and cargo space are good, and the infotainment system is easy to use after a bit of practice.

  • "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 (2018)
  • "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." -- 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)


This luxury SUV can seat six or seven people, depending on whether or not you opt for second-row captain’s chairs. The standard One-Touch Smart Slide Walk-in lets you fold or slide the second row with the push of a button, giving you quick access to the third row.

Other standard features include leather-trimmed seats and heated front seats with 12-way power-adjustment. Upgraded leather upholstery is available, as are a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and rear outboard heated seats.

Aside from wanting a bit more headroom in the back, most adults should be comfortable in the first two rows. Like many vehicles with third-row seating, space in the very back is better left for kids.

For securing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the second row, as well as two tether anchor for the third row.

  • "The MDX Sport Hybrid's cabin is mostly spacious – second-row headroom is a little tight – and the third row is slightly more adult-friendly than third rows in competing crossovers. Windows in the rear three-quarter view are obstructed by the third-row headrests, but otherwise the MDX is easy to see out of. We especially like the buttons on the second-row seats that provide easy access to the third row. The highly adjustable driver's seat is accommodating." -- Edmunds
  • "The roomy interior can accommodate adults in the 6-foot range, but the third-row seat is accommodating only to children." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "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." -- Autoblog (2017)

Interior Features

This vehicle comes standard with a dual-screen infotainment system, smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a 10-speaker stereo, five USB ports, Bluetooth, a moonroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Two additional USB ports for the third row are available.

There are also several standard driver assistance features, such as a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, road and lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a pre-collision warning and braking system, and adaptive cruise control. A head up display is available, as is a surround-view parking camera system.

The dual-screen infotainment setup has quick response times and an intuitive menu layout, but only the lower screen has touch capability, and learning which screen displays what functions can take some time.

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  • "The controls need a rethink, however. The two-screen infotainment system and push-button shifter require a steep learning curve." -- 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 (2018)


The MDX Hybrid has 15.8 cubic feet of space behind the third row, which is unimpressive both for a vehicle of its size and in the luxury hybrid and electric SUV class. Its total of 43.4 cubic feet behind the second row is better, and its 90.9 cubic feet behind the first row is among the largest in the class. 

A standard power liftgate and fold-flat seats make it easy to load cargo.

  • "We're still wondering how Acura fit a hybrid system without compromising interior functionality. Cargo measurements are identical between the standard MDX and the Sport Hybrid. There's good space behind the third and second rows, but some midsize two-row SUVs offer more space overall." -- Edmunds
  • "Space behind the third-row seat is good, and folding both rows creates a level floor." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "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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