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2016 Acura MDX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Acura MDX was new.


Interior: 8.0

Reviewers praise the 2016 Acura MDX's cabin for its attractive design and premium materials. Still, critics comment that the MDX's cabin materials aren't quite as luxurious as the materials competitors’ interiors have. Reviewers are divided on the 2016 MDX's seats, with some finding them comfortable and others saying they're cramped. Critics report that although the MDX has good cargo room with both rear rows folded, space is limited with both rows in use. Test drivers also complain that the MDX's navigation and infotainment systems aren’t very straightforward.

  • "Acura's restrained luxury emphasizes comfort and ease-of-use, with luxuriant leather, soft-touch surfaces, and expensive-feeling buttons and switches." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Stepping back and regarding the MDX as an entire package, we'd say it's easy and inviting to drive, classy enough to satisfy those addicted to premium machines, high-tech enough to indulge that tendency in many of today's driver." -- USA Today
  • "Materials quality is satisfactory, if not quite class-leading. …You can find some Honda-grade plastics and switchgear if you poke around long enough, but by and large, the MDX puts on a convincingly upscale show." -- Edmunds
  • "Well-styled sheetmetal can turn heads, but it's the interior that consumers have to spend extended periods of time with on a daily basis. Recognizing this, Acura put a great deal of effort into making the cabin a comfortable and user-friendly space." -- Left Lane News (2015)


The 2016 MDX has seats for seven in three rows. Leather-trimmed seats, heated and power-adjustable front seats and second-row seats that slide and recline are standard. Available seating options include Milano leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats. Reviewers praise the MDX’s quiet cabin, reporting that there's little wind and road noise. They also appreciate that the second-row seats can be folded with the push of a button. While some critics complain that the Acura MDX's seats aren’t very roomy in any row, others say there's good legroom in the second row. As is common with most midsize SUVs, reviewers say the third row has just enough space for kids. There's also limited seat adjustability for those in the front seats, a few add. Although some reviewers appreciate the sliding and reclining second-row seats, some note that the seats don’t have much travel.

  • "And, based on travel with three adults and four pre-teen boys, the machine's a tighter fit than its size would suggest. Nobody really felt well-treated in the space department, complaints coming from every row. Second-row riders can't slide their seats back as far as comfortable without slamming rear-riders' legs. That, in turn, meant first-row occupants couldn't slide back as far as they'd like without impinging on second-row space and dominoing the compromise into the third row." -- USA Today
  • "Once we hit the road, the first thing that we noticed was the lack of outside noise inside the MDX's cabin, and laminated glass and an electronic noise-cancellation system are the primary reasons why." -- AutoTrader
  • "All 3rd-row access should be this easy. Just push a button on the 2nd-row seat in a new MDX, and it flips and folds quickly, without having to strain, lug or tug. Other SUV manufacturers should take notes." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The MDX's front seats are nicely shaped, though compared with competitors in this segment, their adjustability is limited. The second-row seats slide fore and aft for added flexibility, providing generous legroom in their rearmost position. The third row is best suited for kids, but adults should find it tolerable back there for short trips; just make sure they're good-natured and limber." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2016 Acura MDX comes standard with an eight-speaker stereo, a rearview camera, a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs, satellite radio, Pandora Internet radio compatibility, an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, proximity key and push-button start. Options include lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking (which can automatically apply the brakes if a collision is imminent), remote start, front and rear parking sensors, a widescreen rear-seat DVD entertainment system, GPS-linked climate control (which uses a solar sensor to determine the sun’s intensity and position and adjust the climate settings accordingly), navigation with 3D view, real-time traffic updates and a 10- or 12-speaker ELS premium audio system. Newly optional for 2016 is AcuraWatch, a safety system that includes road departure mitigation and pedestrian-sensing braking and collision mitigation.

Although some reviewers think the navigation system is easy to use, others say it has a steep learning curve. A few also note that the display screen's graphics aren’t as vivid as those of rivals, and accessing some touch-screen features takes multiple steps. The lane departure warning system only works part of the time, some test drivers add.

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  • "Thanks to poor road maintenance, we couldn't depend on the 'active steering force' of the road-departure system. Sometimes it worked and other times we might have gone sailing off into the weeds." -- Car and Driver
  • "The optional navigation system is fairly intuitive, as Acura allows you to look up destinations by using the central control dial, the lower of the two screens (a 7-inch touchscreen) or an enhanced voice recognition system. Unfortunately, neither screen boasts the super-crisp graphics we've come to expect in this class, and some of the more basic car functions require multiple distracting pushes of virtual touchscreen buttons." -- Edmunds
  • "We especially like the one-button power tip/slide feature that opens access to the third row. But the infotainment/connectivity setup remains cumbersome. To simplify, we wound up suction-cupping our aftermarket Garmin navigation/phone system onto the factory screen. Blocks your view of what the back-up camera sees, but when you're on a road trip that doesn't matter as much. And you can up-stick the aftermarket device as needed -- if you really do choose the outrageous solution of using an aftermarket navi." -- USA Today
  • "The uncluttered interface is thanks to a pair of LCD displays that perform most operations, and do it well once you get used to the setup." -- Kelley Blue Book


Behind the third row, the 2016 MDX has 15.8 cubic feet of cargo room, 45.1 cubic feet behind the second row and 90.9 cubic feet with both rows folded. A power liftgate is standard. The MDX’s overall cargo space is good for the class, but critics note that the room behind the third row is less than that of rivals. Still, a few reviewers like that the load floor is flat when the seats are folded down.

  • "Acura uses every centimeter from the MDX's interior design, creating more usable space behind the third-row seat, as well as creating a level loading floor when the rear seats are folded flat." -- AutoTrader
  • "Cargo space behind the third row isn't impressive, though you could argue that there are bigger SUVs available for those who value that attribute more." -- USA Today
  • "With 15.8 cubic feet of space behind its third row, the MDX doesn't give you much room for groceries with all three rows of seating in use, but folding those rearmost seats opens up a respectable 43.4 cubic feet. When you fold both 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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