The 2018 Acura MDX can rightfully boast that it’s among the most comfortable and advanced family crossovers available today.
We give it points above average for good first and second rows of seats, excellent cargo capabilities, and seating seven without fuss. It earns a 9 out of 10 on our scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The base seats in the MDX are comfortable and supportive, with plenty of bolstering for long trips and adequate leg room in the first two rows. Opting for the Advance package swaps out those base seats with sportier versions, the only difference to our backsides being a little more side bolstering.
A deep and wide front bin and plenty of storage cubbies keeps small items out of the way, and an electronic shifter placed just below the touchscreen helps free room for keys and cellphones to rest on rubberized mats.
Second-row passengers are treated to a smidge more leg room than front-seat riders, which makes us wish that someone else had claimed the keys before we left. Opting for the Advance package subs out a second-row bench with captain’s chairs for better flexibility overall, but the 60/40-split bench folds easily in a pinch for better cargo room.
The third row is adequate for children or medium-sized adults, which may be surprising to buyers considering this kind of crossover. Access to the third row is relatively drama-free, the second-row seats slide out of the way easily. Two additional USB charge ports are added to the third row when the Advance package is selected.
Overall, the finish in the Acura MDX is excellent with standard leather and plenty of sound-deadening material added to keep outside din at a minimum.
With the third row in place, the MDX sports 15 cubic feet of cargo space, or 38.4 cubes when tumbled out of the way. The MDX maxes out its cargo capacity at 68.4 cubes. Opting for the hybrid model doesn’t diminish capacity.