Acura's SUV is smaller in stature than some, yet still have three rows of seating. But with the rear seats in use, cargo room disappears.
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Acura's design language borrows too heavily from boats for our taste, with the front of the car looking like a speedboat bow.
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Getting into the third-row seats isn't easy, as you have to climb over the middle row.
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Rear visibility isn't too bad out of the MDX, but a rear-view camera helps a lot when backing into a parking space.
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Cargo area is spacious with the third-row seats down, but put them up and you can barely fit groceries.
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The interior of the MDX is refined, but not nearly as luxurious as competitors from Lexus and Infiniti.
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The triangular hub in the steering wheel makes a good platform for mounting buttons.
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The joystick/knob for using the navigation and music systems isn't very intuitive, but it doesn't take too long to get used to it.
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The navigation system for the MDX works very well and supplies a database of points of interest that includes retails stores.
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The six-disc changer plays MP3 CDs. From the folder level, you can navigate down to view individual tracks.
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The LCD gives some helpful feedback when using the Bluetooth cell phone system, but the picture it shows is from the RDX. Acura used a different steering wheel in the MDX, but obviously didn't update the software.
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The 9-inch DVD screen works well for viewing movies in the rear seats. With a pair of wireless headphones and jacks for three wired headphones, five people can watch.
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We're surprised the MDX still only has a five-speed automatic when most of the world is going over to six speeds.
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The 3.7-liter V-6 is adequate to move the MDX around, but it's not particularly powerful.
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