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FEATURES | 9 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
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The MDX is priced right in the same range as other luxury-brand crossovers, but it sure doesn't disappoint in terms of features.
Every MDX comes with leather upholstery; power windows, locks and mirrors; heated power front seats; a rearview camera viewed in the rearview mirror; a three-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration; a power tailgate; 18-inch wheels; a six-disc in-dash changer and XM Satellite Radio; a auxiliary audio jack; steering-wheel audio and phone controls; and a Bluetooth hands-free calling interface. One odd omission is that the base model still lacks a USB port; to get that, you need to upgrade to the 410-watt premium sound system.
We'd recommend the Technology package, which adds on a well-conceived navigation system; a triple-view rearview camera; a 410-watt premium audio system with hard-drive media storage; and the USB port for your media player to connect to the car's head unit.
The Advance package adds on ventilated front seats; the adaptive suspension; and a host of safety pieces, like blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and brakes that apply themselves if the vehicle senses an accident is imminent. Most will appreciate the added security, but we wouldn't recommend it to those who might find added blips and bleeps an annoyance.
The Entertainment package, which offers a rear-seat DVD system with big LCD screens and a 115-volt outlet, should be on the list for families who take road trips.
But step up to all these packages, and beware, the price of the MDX soars to the $55k range.
There's a lot offered in the 2012 Acura MDX, but some of the most innovative features are bundled in expensive packages that drive prices way up.