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2014 Acura MDX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Acura MDX was new.


Interior: 7.8

Reviewers say that the 2014 Acura MDX’s interior is quiet and has a clean, simple design with high-quality materials. They also appreciate that the center stack doesn’t have as many buttons as it used to, and write that the new layout is much easier to use.

  • "Around town, the use of additional sound-deadening materials, acoustic front glass and active noise cancellation help make this MDX the quietest ever." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The MDX's interior is driver-focused, with a pleasantly thick, leather-wrapped steering wheel and easy-to-read gauges. Materials quality is high grade, a step up from last year's model. The center stack has been simplified, with a cleaner layout and two display screens that largely replace the previous generation's seemingly endless ocean of buttons. Overall, the cabin is a pleasant and luxurious place in which to spend time." -- Edmunds
  • "Cabin quality impresses, with less faux-wood trim - past MDX SUVs killed a lot of plastic trees - and real metal inlays in place of the outgoing painted plastic." -- Cars.com


The 2014 Acura MDX seats up to seven people on standard leather upholstery. The front seats are heated and power-adjustable. One reviewer notes that the front seats are comfortable and offer plenty of adjustment, although he says that the rear rows are a bit too low for optimal comfort. Like most midsize SUVs, reviewers say the MDX’s third row isn’t especially comfortable for adults for longer drives.

  • "The third row is best suited for kids, but adults should be OK back there on short trips. Accessing the third row is a breeze, thanks to power-sliding second-row seats that slide forward with the touch of a button." -- Edmunds
  • "The front seats afford good adjustment range; I'm 6 feet tall and sat a few inches ahead of the farthest-back position. New for 2014, the second row has push-button, walk-in access to the third row. It also slides nearly 6 inches forward and back, but adults in the third row will need anyone in the second row to slide all the way forward - a position that makes second-row legroom snug. Both rows sit low to the floor, despite an abundance of headroom in the second row; Acura could have positioned the seats a bit higher, and I wish they had." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The 2014 Acura MDX comes standard with an eight-speaker stereo with satellite radio and USB and auxiliary inputs, as well as tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and a multi-view backup camera. Climate and audio systems are controlled through a touch screen. Optional features include adaptive cruise control, navigation with voice recognition and a 10-speaker stereo with a 15-gigabyte media storage drive and HD Radio.

Reviewers note that the MDX’s dash doesn’t have as many buttons as last year’s model, which most appreciate. Critics generally agree that the display screens are fairly simple and straightforward, though one dislikes that the controls for the heated seats lack physical buttons.

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  • "With two screens (one touch-sensitive, the other operated via knob) controlling most of the dashboard action, the MDX cut last year's button hodgepodge by more than half. It's refreshing, but some of the often-used controls, like heated seats, are in a submenu." -- Cars.com
  • "Using the navigation system is simple and intuitive, as Acura allows you to look up destinations by using the central control dial, a new 7-inch touchscreen interface (mounted below the 8-inch nav screen) or an enhanced voice recognition system. The touchscreen provides both haptic and audible feedback, and in our experience, this helps you enter a destination more quickly." -- Edmunds
  • "Instead of a sea of dash buttons, the 2014 MDX directs most vehicle functions through a pair of LCD displays, bringing the total number of center stack buttons to nine (down from a staggering 41 last year)." -- Kelley Blue Book


The 2014 MDX offers up to 90.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows of seats folded. There is 45.1 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 15.8 cubic feet behind the third row. The MDX offers more overall cargo space than many rivals, though one reviewer notes that space behind the third row trails some competitors. A power liftgate is standard.

  • "With 15.8 cubic feet of space behind its third row, the MDX trails its competition in cargo room when all three rows are in use. However, when you fold the second and third rows, cargo capacity becomes quite generous, with 90.9 cubic feet of room available for luggage and belongings." -- Edmunds

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