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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
voice recognition...misidentified some commands in our tests
The MDX's cabin is a high-tech parent's dream
[The Technology package's] audio system delivers amazing six-channel Surround Sound via DVD-audio disc
Kelley Blue Book
Choose your 2009 Acura MDX by choosing what packages you want. As reported on The Auto Channel, these are the Technology package, the Sports package, the Entertainment and Tech package, and the Sport and Entertainment package. Each one builds on a long list of standard features that, according to Motor Trend, include: "seven-passenger [leather] seating, tri-zone climate control, a ten-way power driver's seat, eight-way power passenger seat, and an eight-speaker, 253-watt audio system with an in-dash six-disc CD-changer with WMA and MP3 capability, auxiliary input jack, and XM radio." And that's in addition to the standard 300-hp V-6, five-speed automatic, full-time AWD, HID headlights, four-wheel ABS, and numerous safety features. If you like acronyms, you'll fall in love with Acura. The reviewers at Edmunds were most impressed with the high-tech goodies available for this 2009 Acura. In addition to the above features, base models include "a sunroof, a fully adjustable steering wheel, and Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone operation."
Last year, if you wanted the power tailgate, you had to opt for the Entertainment package, which didn't make much sense. For the 2009 MDX, Acura has made the power tailgate part of the Technology package, which seems to fit better. With the Sport and Entertainment package, owners can enjoy amenities such as an active damping suspension system for even greater comfort and control, as well as a voice-activated navigation system with rearview camera, real-time traffic reports, a ten-speaker audio system, and—for the kids on those long road trips—a rear-seat DVD system. Motor Trend recommends, "Those who love their sound can upgrade to a 410-watt, ten-speaker system engineered by Elliot Scheiner" by opting for the Technology package.
According to Edmunds, the Sport package "includes all the Technology Package items, plus an active sport suspension, auto-leveling headlights, different 18-inch wheels, perforated leather upholstery and metallic interior trim." The Entertainment package must be ordered with the Tech or Sport package and "includes heated second-row seating, a 115-volt house-style power outlet and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system." The only criticism here is not of the MDX Acura itself, but of manufacturer Honda; as usual, these options are not available on an a la carte basis—only in "package" form, according to ForbesAutos. These packages aren't cheap either and can easily add more than $10,000 to the price if all the options boxes are checked.
You get toys and gadgets galore if you opt for a fully loaded 2009 Acura MDX, but if you can make do with the long list of standard features on base trims, you'll save a lot of coin.