Oversaturate me with stats and specs and my eyes will gloss over. It's good to know those things, sure, but what sells me on a car is how it feels, what's inside. Show me the bells and whistles, show me the hidden stuff. Let me play around. So Smail Acura gave me the keys to a 2017 Acura MDX [Tech Trim] and let me do just that. I sat in each seat, pushed buttons, opened all the doors, rolled the windows up and down, and I took pictures of what I found to be the "10 coolest interior features."
(Brief disclaimer before the list, this specific vehicle is an MDX with the Technology Package, or "Tech Trim" as they say. So some of these features might be standard, or might be different in other MDX models like the Advance or Entertainment Packages.)
1. Push Button Start & Electronic Gear Selector
This is the first vehicle I've been in with this feature, which is becoming more widely used in newer models. With the key fob in your pocket/purse and your foot on the brake, all you need to do is push a big red button and your engine starts. That's space ship cool. And gone, too, is the manual gear shifter. It's all electronic and you just need to push a button. And all the buttons are shaped somewhat differently, so you will intuitively know the difference by feel. Flat button is park, reverse pushes back, drive is big and round. It's weird at first because I'm so used to resting my hand on the shifter, but these buttons are cool.
2. Power Tailgate
While we're on the subject of conveniently pushing a button and things happening for you, I have to say I was dazzled by power tailgate. Quick fun story: in a dealership parking lot full of Acura vehicles, I couldn't immediately find this MDX. So I randomly hit all the buttons on the key fob hoping to hear a beeping horn or see flashing lights or something. What I ended up seeing was a tailgate sticking up in the air. "That's weird," I thought. Someone must be looking at that one, but where are they? It took another few embarrassing seconds until I realized it was the MDX I was looking for, and I was the one who opened it remotely with the key fob! Push a button and it opens, push a button on the tailgate and it closes. No heavy lifting, no unnecessary slamming. So easy, so cool.
3. Center Console - Arm Rest
Ok, there's lots of layers and functions to the center console, so much so that parts of the features show up in a couple different entries of this list. For starters, the top armrest is adjustable and can slide forward or backward for your comfort, cool. And it flips up to reveal a small compartment that you can store your wallet or phone. BUT, even that lifts up to a second, larger bin that can fit even more storage (and power outlets. Shhh, more on that later.)
4. Center Console - "Lower Console Door"
I listen to podcasts on my phone a lot during my commutes, and one thing that bugs me about my current car is there's no good place to put my phone. It's always sliding around. With this MDX, there's these neat "non-skid ribs" where your phone can stay put. And it's also a door than grants access to the lower bin without upturning the armrest, you can slide it or lift it up. Simple, convenient and functional. It's one of those tiny details that make everyday use better.
5. USB, Power and Auxiliary Jacks everywhere
My first car had a cigarette lighter that didn't work, so I was an angsty teen who couldn't power his portable CD player in the car like all the cool kids. Fast forward to today with this MDX and you'll find an overabundance of outlets, ports, and jacks. Hidden in the center console, front seats, middle row, third row, wherever you are and whatever you have, there's a place to plug into. Even angsty teens would think this is cool, just good luck trying to get them to admit it.
It's a hole in the roof that's supposed to be there and it opens and closes with a touch of a button, not complicated. Cool.
7. Push Button, Lockable Glove Compartment
Clearly I'm a fan of buttons, and the glove compartment doesn't disappoint in that respect. A simple touch and it opens up like Star Trek, only thing missing is the noises.
8. Adjustable Seating at the Touch of a Button
Quite honestly, these were the easiest seats I've ever folded down or moved around. The second and third rows can fold down and move with just a touch of a button located at the base of the chair or behind the head rest. Just two weeks ago while trying to load big bins into my own car, I spent several minutes trying to figure out how to fold down my seats. I've never stepped foot into an Acura and I figured these out in, literally, seconds.
9. Cargo Space with Chrome Tie-Down Hooks
There's plenty of cargo space, and with the second or third rows folded down it gets downright impressive. There are built in details that make transporting things so much easier, like recessed spaces to keep things from rolling around, or chrome tie-down hooks to secure larger items. There's also a hidden "sub-floor storage area" underneath where you can put your secret things.
10. Hi-tech Cupholders
I'm saving my favorite for last. And while it may seem silly at first, it's a big deal. The cup holders in the front can adjust to the size needed. Look closely inside there, those grips can be pushed in if there is a larger cup or bottle. The water bottle I use is too big for my current vehicle and I'm always trying to balance it on top of my cup holders, or it rolls around in the seat next to me, or I hold it with my legs. It's a daily annoyance. PLUS this MDX comes with secret backseat cupholders that fold down from inside the row. Super cool.
So those are the 10 interior features of the 2017 Acura MDX [Tech Trim] that I thought were cool. There have been some I missed, and if so, let me know in the comments below! And check out SmailAcura.com for more information about available vehicles. Thanks for reading.