Road tests of the 2010 Acura MDX find plenty of usable room, useful cargo and storage spaces, and a high level of fit and finish.
Five passengers will fit best in the MDX; Acura’s installed "comfortable and supportive" seats, according to ConsumerGuide, though the "high step-in will challenge shorter drivers.” If you have tall, lanky teenagers, you'll appreciate that "the reclining second-row seats offer enough legroom for those six feet tall and more," reports Kelley Blue Book. Most reviewers fail to mention the third-row seat, and in testing, TheCarConnection.com’s team finds them wanting for anyone but small adults and children. Edmunds offers contradictory views; the MDX in one review has a "relatively large third-row seat for a midsize luxury SUV," but on another, "the rearmost seats are better suited for kids."
The MDX shows its usefulness in other ways, too. The Washington Post "liked the idea that it did all of the work of a minivan or station wagon without looking or feeling like one." Interior storage is plentiful for a vehicle this size. Unlike some three-row crossovers, there's actual room way in back when the third row is in the upright position―15 cubic feet, to be exact, according to Kelley Blue Book. They also note that's only 2 fewer cubes than the full-size Chevy Tahoe. Both rear rows fold flat for a total of nearly 84 cubic feet of storage. ConsumerGuide observes, "With all seats folded, the cargo floor is nearly flat, and Acura says it can hold four-foot-wide panels. There's a handy covered in-floor bin behind the 3rd row." A power tailgate, standard this year, makes loading cargo easier.
Fit and finish is typical Acura: excellent. ConsumerGuide notes that while there is a "vast array of [confusing] similarly sized and shaped controls," the 2010 Acura MDX's "high-tech interior [contains] especially pleasing switchgear feel and movement." Car and Driver finds "tons of space...with an upscale trim." Noise levels are low, with less of the “tire hum and highway wind rush” typical in SUVs, and “the engine sounds smooth, with a rich-sounding growl during acceleration," reports ConsumerGuide. On the other hand, Consumer Reports praises its overall quietness, especially at highway speeds. Edmunds agrees, stating that when it comes to "comfort, versatility and refinement, the MDX excels."