>> Acura loves to position themselves as the tech forward car company. Let's put them to the test with the MDX Crossover with the entertainment and sport package.
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First of all, when we get inside the MDX with the sport and entertainment package, they really should call it the sport, entertainment, technology and everything else package. Check out the center stack. That's the busiest center console I've ever seen in a car. There's more copy here than the average American reads in a year. Once you dig through it, it all works relatively well. But it remains very fiddly and a lot of these rows kind of present the same over and over. So to me, in our short time with the car, just about a week, this didn't come that quickly. Now what it controls is outstanding though. First of all, we've got the Acura navigation system that we've seen in a variety of their vehicles. Nothing too different there. And then of course to enter a command, it's really easy. A great big old schnoze right there on the front is your enter button. And of course the time you won't see that navigation screen is when you put this thing in reverse because the Acura MDX with all this stuff comes base with a rearview camera that snaps on when you go to reverse. Now the entertainment system in this car as you can imagine is pretty elaborate. You can tell because we have two slots to start with. The one on top is a six disk internal changer. The one below is a single slot that is also DVD compatible and that doesn't even touch all the stuff in the back seat that we'll get to in a minute. Aside from AM FM and XM, we've also got standard CD audio, MP3 and WMA, DVD audio, DVD video and of course the ability to run the two systems separately or combined front to rear, makes this thing pretty complicated but it does sound awfully good. So where's the iPod adapter? There isn't one. There's no Auks jack either. There's one in the back but not in the front and a true iPod adapter is a dealer accessory, not a factory install. Now of course every car has a plethora of 12 volt outlets these days, but not that many have a standard 115 volt outlet and this one does. There's a standard basically household wall outlet. The inverter is built into the car. You can plug things in here without having to go get a car adapter for them. Now in the back of this MDX is one of the better thought out rear seat entertainment systems. It begins with this really good sized flat panel LCD. It does drop down in the driver's rearview way, but so be it. Really good size, nice wide screen. I love this controller here. It drops down from the ceiling if you want to hold it. Wireless, kind of a game style controller. In terms of listening back here, the car comes with two sets of wireless headphones that are more about convenience than fidelity. If you want to bring your good headphones from home, you have three mini jack headphone outputs right down here. Each one has got a manual volume control. Next to that a set of RCAs for audio or video portable integration. And above that you've got a real HVAC system for the rear.
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In terms of pricing, this car is 47795 base with a sport and entertainment package. There are a lot of options that are kind of non tech. All kinds of racks and carriers and things like that. In terms of tech toys though, not much to think about. The iPod adapter as I mentioned is dealer installed for 215 plus labor. And if you want you can get rear back up sensors on the back bumper that'll beep at you for about 600 bucks plus installation. But with the rearview backup camera, that seems kind of superfluous.
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