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2009 Acura MDX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Acura MDX was new.


Interior: 8.4

The Acura MDX interior received praise for its luxurious feel and comfortable seats. However, there were a few complaints about the cabin design and cramped third row.

  • "The interior is attractively designed and solidly constructed." -- Edmunds
  • "The MDX interior has been updated, as needed, with a more modern design that may or may not stand the test of time. The bizarre steering wheel looks like a weapon, to be thrown ... perhaps at a marauding Visigoth, who, with any luck, won't be shielding himself with an MDX grille." -- Cars.com
  • "Inside you have the fit, finish and feel of a quality vehicle." -- MarketWatch
  • "On the inside of the MDX, things are quiet and calm, with little noise from the outside world intruding into the cabin. The interior has a clean, almost cold look with lots of metallic surfaces. It leans a bit toward the masculine side of things." -- Mother Proof


The 2009 MDX seats seven in three rows. Reviewers found the first and second rows comfortable but said the third row is cramped for adults.

  • "The plush leather front buckets -- and the second row as well -- have enveloping shapes with plenty of side support." -- Car and Driver
  • "The leather quality, armrests, firmness, and slight reclining ability were admired by all, and the two-way heaters on all outboard seats were a winter windfall." -- Automotive.com
  • "The MDX is one of the more spacious three-row midsize luxury crossover SUVs on the market. An adult could fit in the third row for a short journey, although the rearmost seats are better suited for kids." -- Edmunds
  • "Outboard 2nd-row seat sections are shaped like comfortable buckets and afford fine head and leg room unless the front seats are far back. The middle position is for kids, as is the cramped 3rd row." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2009 Acura MDX's interior stands out for its luxury features and hi-tech options. However, there were complaints about the dashboard layout and placement of controls.

  • "We're not too crazy about the center stack. It's way too busy. It houses 49 switches and buttons -- 49! -- all in one place, controlling things such as the radio and heating/ventilation. It's tough to decipher where everything is." -- AutoWeek
  • "The MDX's cabin is a high-tech parent's dream. Even the base model has its fair share of electronic toys, and the Technology and Sport Packages add even more goodies. The Panasonic/ELS surround-sound system is quite simply one of the best in the business, as is the navigation system. With all these items to control, however, the MDX's dash is cluttered with buttons. It can be overwhelming at first, but once you know where everything is, it becomes intuitive." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the MDX boasts seven-passenger seating, tri-zone climate control, a 10-way power driver's seat, eight-way power passenger seat, and an eight-speaker, 253-watt audio system with an in-dash six-disc CD-changer with WMA and MP3 capability, auxiliary input jack, and XM radio." -- Truck Trend
  • "The instruments are easy to read. The audio and climate controls are easy to reach, but the vast array of similarly sized and shaped controls is confusing." -- Consumer Guide


The Acura MDX offers ample cargo space, especially with the third row folded down.

  • "Switch it from 7-seater to 5-seater and cargo capacity leaps from 15 to 42.9 cubic feet; folding down the middle row brings that to 83.5." -- Automotive.com
  • "With the third row seats up, cargo space is virtually nonexistent." -- CNET
  • "Split 2nd-row seatbacks fold easily. Split 3rd-row seats fold forward from rear of vehicle, and all but shorter folks can raise them from there. With all seats folded, the cargo floor is nearly flat, and Acura says it can hold 4-ft-wide panels." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A total of 83.5 cubic feet of cargo space is available with the second and third rows folded, which is also above average for a midsize luxury crossover." -- Edmunds

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