The 2011 Acura MDX delivers abundant comfort, utility, and quality in its big, wide, tall body.
The MDX's cabin is quite roomy. The front seats offer up lots of support, with right-size bolsters and supple leather trim. The foot wells are flat, for better comfort; the step-in's a bit high, though, so shorter drivers will have to clamber into the seats. In the second row, there's a bit less open-door space to climb in, but the seats themselves have good foot room under the front seats, and feel supportive enough for longer drivers.
The MDX's third-row seats are sized for children, as are most of these benches. It's not particularly easy to get in the back, though the MDX's second-row seat tilts and slides forward to expand access to the back.
Storage bins and cubbies are everywhere inside the MDX, and the rear cargo area is large enough to accept a lot of luggage, particularly when the third row is folded down. Even with the third-row seat in the upright position, the MDX has more than15 cubic feet of cargo space. Both rear rows fold flat for a total of nearly 84 cubic feet of storage. A power tailgate, standard this year, makes loading cargo easier.
The 2011 MDX is crafted from high-quality materials, and though its busy-looking dash has plenty of buttons, lines, and lights, it's functionally not a difficult place to work. Acura has tinted the woodgrain trim a medium shade of brown, which warms up the cabin a bit from its former grey drabness. Fit and finish is excellent, typical for Acura, and noise levels are low, especially at highway speeds.