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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
It's not the roominess or comfort where the interior of the 2014 MDX falls short; it's in the materials that the driver sees and touches while inside.
the materials are still entry-luxury grade
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better seals, thicker acoustic-insulated glass and active sound control muffles the noise
The driving position is comfortable, but the amount of side bolster on the front buckets seems dialed back, which was noticeable through turns.
a center-console cargo bin as magically spacious as Harry Potter’s tent
The MDX stands as one of the roomier three-row luxury crossovers. Front seats are about as supportive yet plush as you'd expect in a luxury crossover, but rear accommodations have been much improved. With about three more inches of wheelbase for 2014, there's a little more wiggle room if you need to regularly balance out the space between the second and third rows.
You can now slide the second row back and forth about six inches, and Acura has even installed a little lighted button beside the second-row outboard seats, for third-row access. A press enables a neat, cleverly-designed spring-loaded process (yes, fewer motors to short out, less weight and complication).
Although the rear roofline of the 2014 Acura MDX looks more arched than before, that's deceptive; the rear cargo floor, behind the third row, is nearly three inches longer, while the horizontal distance from the top of the third-row seatback to the window is almost six inches longer. Making it even more useful for weekend projects, or hauling furniture items, the cargo area is now fully flat when the second-row seats are folded.
Acura has done away with the storage area that was beside the front footwell in the outgoing MDX, but it's done a great job in redesigning what most people frequently use: the center console area. With a multi-tiered setup, the main bin has enough space for a tablet computer, a small purse or handbag. Then just aft and above is a smaller, tray large enough to hold a smartphone and perhaps pen. Ahead of the console top, which doubles as an elbow rest, an attractive wood-toned tray pulls forward to cover everything. It has traction strips and is a good place to stow any other small personal items you need to keep an eye on while driving.
There's also a large underfloor storage area in back, with a lid that can be propped up in position when you're loading. There's enough space in it for a laptop or camera bag, or an extra pair of shoes.
The MDX has not only active cancellation inside the cabin but also an active engine mount system that helps quell low frequency vibrations from the powertrain. Full-on acoustic glass is used for the windshield and front windows, while thicker, noise-insulating glass is used elsewhere; and Acura has added a load of insulation elsewhere, while looking at cabin air leakage to help seal out residual noise.
With better ride quality, a quieter cabin, and improved back-seat accommodations, the 2014 MDX is going to help keep everyone comfortable and content.