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2013 Acura MDX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Acura MDX was new.


Interior: 8.0

Reviewers are very pleased with the 2013 Acura MDX’s interior. They say that material quality is first-rate and everything is assembled well. Many also like the modern design of the cabin. The front and middle rows of seats draw high marks for comfort, and test drivers think the third row, like most third rows, is a little short on space but isn’t terrible. Despite the busy, button-heavy center stack, reviewers like that there are many technology features. The MDX also has good cargo space for the class.

  • "Luxury? The MDX has it. With high-quality materials and craftsmanship, it handily beats other midsize crossover SUVs in its price range and approaches a level of refinement usually reserved for European makes." -- Edmunds
  • "Highlights include perforated leather or premium Milano leather seats, simulated Koa wood and a collection of intuitive controls and LED lighting." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "MDX's cabin leans toward high-tech savvy rather than country-club opulence. It works quite well in this case. Nothing looks or feels out of place." -- Consumer Guide


The MDX seats up to seven in three rows. Reviewers report that the front seats offer plenty of comfort. Leather upholstery is standard and both front seats are heated and power-adjustable. Ventilated front seats are available with the Advance Package. Critics say the middle row of seats is fairly comfortable, but note that the third row isn’t. One reviewer says the third row is OK for adults on a short trip, but not much more. Heated outboard seats are available in the middle row when the Entertainment Package is selected.

  • "Seat comfort is first rate." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The reclining second-row seats offer plenty of legroom, even for 6-footers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The MDX is pretty spacious for a three-row midsize luxury crossover SUV. The rearmost seats are better suited to children, but adults can ride there for short journeys without complaint. Second-row seats recline for additional comfort, but if you need legitimate room for adults in the third row, the Buick Enclave and Ford Flex are better choices." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

An eight-speaker stereo with a six-disc CD changer, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, a backup camera and Bluetooth phone connectivity are standard in the MDX. Optional features include a multi-view camera, an upgraded 10-speaker audio system, navigation, a USB port, a rear-seat entertainment system and a GPS temperature control feature, which senses the position and intensity of the sun and automatically adjusts the MDX’s interior temperature based on that information.

While reviewers often comment on the daunting number of buttons on the center stack, some say that they’re fairly simple once you get acclimated. Many say that the optional sound system delivers excellent sound quality and that the cameras aid visibility all around.

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  • "The MDX's electronic features are easy to use via a multipurpose knob and a selection of voice commands. As in most Acuras, the center stack is loaded with buttons for climate control and multimedia. It's an intimidating array at first, but the controls for the various systems are grouped together, so the learning curve is short. The Panasonic/ELS surround-sound audio system is one of the best in the business, as is the navigation system." -- Edmunds
  • "A navigation system that provides real-time traffic and weather info and an audio system that delivers amazing 6-channel Surround Sound via any medium you want make this option group a must-have." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The gauges are easy to read, and the navigation/audio screen on Technology and Advance models is large, clear, and bright. The expanded rearview camera on Technology and Advance models includes a top-down view that's handy when towing or parallel parking." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There were several logbook comments about the Acura’s busy center stack, with its array of 48 switches and knobs, a complaint we also recorded in 2007. One test driver characterized them as ‘nearly illegible Chiclets.’" -- Car and Driver (2011)


The MDX can carry up to 83.5 cubic feet of cargo with the second and third rows folded. With just the third row folded, it can carry 42.9 cubic feet, and behind the third row, there is 15 cubic feet of cargo space. All of these figures are good for the class. Reviewers say that interior storage is good.

  • "Both rows of rear seats are split and fold very easily to form a nearly flat cargo floor. There's a small under-floor bin behind the 3rd row, but it's a bit too shallow to be of real use. Interior storage is ample." -- Consumer Guide

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