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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
Kelley Blue Book
You won't mistake the 2013 Acura MDX for anything but a luxury vehicle. In addition to impressive interior trims and materials, it comes with all the comforts and conveniences that are expected in premium cars, and you can option it up with impressive audio, infotainment, and even an adaptive suspension.
Leather upholstery; power windows, locks and mirrors; heated power front seats; a rearview camera system; 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 are all standard features in the base MDX.
While that's good, the excitement comes in the options, and most of them are grouped into one of three different packages: Technology, Advance, and Entertainment.
For families who take road trips (or just those looking to distract the kids in back), the Entertainment package adds a rear-seat DVD system with big LCD screens and a 115-volt outlet.
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.
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.
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.
The 2013 Acura MDX packs in a lot of features, although many of the most innovative ones are bundled into expensive packages.