If you like acronyms, you'll fall in love with the 2010 Acura MDX, from its standard SH-AWD and ABS to its optional HID headlamps.
Each 2010 MDX comes with 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." In addition to these features, Edmunds reports base models come with "a sunroof, a fully adjustable steering wheel, and Bluetooth for hands-free cell phone operation."
Three packages allow owners to tailor their vehicle--and to boost the price from around $44,000 to as much as $55,000. A Sport package with auto-damping suspension is available; it also includes a premium leather interior and a special wheel design. A navigation system featuring real-time traffic and a rearview camera is optional in the Technology package, which also includes a hard-drive music storage feature, USB and iPod connectivity and song-recognition software, the active suspension package, and ventilated seats. An Entertainment package offers rear-seat DVD players, huge LCD screens, and a 115-volt outlet. You'll be dumbfounded by the controls at first--and if you buy a base MDX, you won't be offered the USB connection or stereo Bluetooth at all, odd omissions in this price class.
Motor Trend endorses the high-end audio system, suggesting, "Those who love their sound can upgrade to a 410-watt, ten-speaker system engineered by Elliot Scheiner" by opting for the Technology package.
As usual with Acura, the bundling of options leaves shoppers who want just one feature out of luck, 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.
Conclusion An excellent array of standard features and options gives the 2010 Acura MDX a leg up on some competitors, but many options are only available in expensive packages.