Beneath its somewhat sculpted, contoured sheetmetal and crisp luxury-vehicle detailing, the 2013 Acura MDX really is quite a boxy vehicle--and that pays dividends when it comes to interior space. With three rows of seating, including a rearmost row that can fit adults for short stints, the MDX has impressive passenger room for child-wrangling yet can be a cargo workhorse for the home projects on the weekends.
Among the MDX's three rows of seating, adults will find all-day comfort in either of the first two rows. In front especially, there's great bolstering and support. Getting into and out of the third row might be an issue for adults, and the accommodations themselves are quite child-sized; but it's doable for adults if you slide the adjustable second row forward a bit.
Particularly with that third row folded down, there's a lot of luggage space in back; and if you fold both the second and third rows, there's a total of nearly 84 cubic feet of space with a virtually flat floor. Keep that third row up, and you still have 15 cubic feet in back--probably more than enough for a large grocery run. Storage bins and cubbies are everywhere inside the MDX, and the standard power tailgate does make loading cargo easier.
Fit and finish is excellent, with good woodgrain trim that helps save the feel of the interior from drabness. And the MDX is very quiet, whether on rough surfaces or in highway cruising. About the only complaint we have with this interior is that the instrument panel of the MDX is just too busy, with so many buttons, lights, and controls. It doesn't strike us as a simplified interface for frenzied moms, which are probably the most frequent drivers of the MDX.