2012 Acura MDX - Interior
The core themes of driving enthusiasm, intelligent functionality, top technology and luxury are clearly evidenced in the MDX interior. The MDX blends sport sedan intensity with the best elements of SUV utility. In keeping with Acura tradition, the MDX integrates the latest technology into a seamlessly intuitive package that puts the emphasis on driving.
The power actuated driver seat adjusts 10 ways (8-way power seat with 2-way power lumbar support) for optimum comfort, and the front passenger seat is 8-way power adjustable. The second-row seats mirror the style and lateral support of the front seats, giving the MDX interior a unique 4+3 feel that highlights its blend of sport and utility. Convenience and cargo features abound, including under-floor storage in the rear cargo compartment and a standard power-operated rear tailgate.
The MDX offers a formidable list of standard equipment. A leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel provides the driver with fingertip control of key functions in an interior environment that's maintained by a tri-zone climate control system with humidity control. Widespread use of LED lighting for the interior and instrumentation combine with Acura's legendary attention to function and feel to make the MDX driver seat the place to be.
Standard with MDX is an 8-speaker Acura Premium Sound System audio system with 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio and Bluetooth® Audio. Also standard is an auxiliary jack interface (for portable MP3 music players). The standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface makes it easy to send and receive telephone calls on a compatible cellular phone without the driver needing to remove hands from the steering wheel or look away from the road. Also standard is an auto-dimming rearview mirror that includes an integrated rearview camera display.
The Technology Package adds a range of advanced features designed to offer drivers increased connectivity to the world around them along with added driving enjoyment. Inside, luxurious full-grain Milano premium leather covers the seating surfaces. The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ system uses an 8-inch full VGA, LED-backlit, high-resolution color display positioned high up in the center of the instrument panel where it is close to the driver's line of sight while remaining shrouded from glare. With navigation data stored on a built-in hard disk drive (HDD) media storage device, the navigation system boots up and operates with impressive speed.
The navigation system includes AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ along with the AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ including weather radar image maps. For the ultimate in connectivity, the AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System allows direct communication between the MDX and Acura, including the ability to make automated appointments for vehicle service.
Acura's renowned Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system is part of the Technology Package, featuring a 410-watt Digital Sound Processor amplifier, a 10-speaker surround sound array, along with 15-gigabytes of dedicated hard disk drive (HDD) space that allows the MDX owner to download and store about 3,500 songs* for later playback. The Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system offers DVD-Audio, CD player, DTS™, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio with Note function music reminder, Bluetooth® Audio and AUX jack connectivity.
The available Entertainment Package includes a DVD Rear Entertainment System complete with a motorized 9-inch full VGA color screen (with 400-percent improved resolution versus traditional screens), dual wireless headphones, wireless illuminated remote control and 115-volt plug located in the center console.
The available Advance Package interior includes everything in the Technology Package, and adds perforated Milano premium leather front seating surface inserts, ventilated front seats and a steering wheel with unique design racing-inspired paddle shifters. The Advance Package also includes the Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Active Damper System and blind spot information system (BSI).
*Approximate capacity based on an average size of 4.0 MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate
Interior at a Glance
- Rich and engaging cockpit designed for performance driving features high-quality surface finishes and materials
- 4+3 seating design
- Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with illuminated fingertip controls
and racing-inspired paddle shifters
- LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
- High-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID) allows access to multiple electronic functions and customizable feature settings
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated rearview camera display
- 10-way adjustable power-activated driver seat
- 8-way adjustable power-activated front passenger seat
- Heated front seats
- Solar-sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system
- Automatic humidity control system
- Power tilt and telescoping steering column
- Electronic cruise control
- 253-watt Acura Premium Sound System with 8-speakers, 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio, Bluetooth® Audio and AUX jack connectivity
- Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
- 2-position memory function (for seating position, mirror adjustments, radio presets, climate control settings, MID presets, and more)
- LED interior illumination and map lights
- Full-grain Milano leather seating surfaces
- Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™
- 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display with LED backlighting
- Multi-view rear camera
- AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
- AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
- AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps
- Interface dial provides quick, intuitive access to navigation and audio features
- Acura/ELS Surround® premium 10-speaker audio system with DVD-Audio, DTS™, CD/MP3/WMA player, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio with Note function music reminder, Bluetooth® Audio, 15 GB of hard disk drive (HDD) media storage space, USB port and AUX jack connectivity, Song By Voice™(SBV), Dolby Pro Logic II and a 410-watt Digital Signal Processing (DSP) amplifier
- GPS-linked, solar-sensing, tri-zone, automatic climate control system with air filtration and humidity control
Advance Package (includes all of the features of the Technology Package)
- Blind spot information system (BSI)
- Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- Exclusive 19x8.5-inch diameter 7-spoke aluminum wheels
- Active Damper System (ADS)
- Integrated Dynamics System (IDS)
- Perforated Milano premium full-grain leather front seating surfaces with high-damping front-seat cushion foam with contrasting stitching
- Ventilated front seats (in addition to heat)
- Steering wheel with unique color paddle shifters
- Auto-leveling front headlights
Entertainment Package (available with Technology and/or Advance Package)
- Rear Entertainment System (RES) with motorized full VGA color screen, DVD player, wireless headphones, remote control and AUX jacks
- 115-volt power outlet located in the center console
- Heated second-row outboard seats
CONCEPT AND STYLING
The interior styling of the MDX is based on three key concepts: a driver's oriented cockpit, 4+3 seating and a dynamic overall interior look.
To put the MDX's various systems under the clear control of the driver, a "Driver-Oriented Cockpit" theme guided the design of the cockpit. Analog central instrumentation is supplemented with digital and graphic displays. The interface with the MDX's many advanced systems is simple and intuitive. Sight lines are clear with important items placed within easy view. The MDX's console-mounted straight gate transmission shifter is intuitive to operate and racing-inspired paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel provide fingertip control of the 6-speed automatic transmission.
Frequently used systems, such as the audio system and cruise control, have switches conveniently positioned on the steering wheel. The multifunction Interface Dial, which operates features such as the navigation system, is positioned within easy reach just ahead of the shifter.
The concept of 4+3 seating emphasizes the comfort, luxury and style of the front seats and the outboard second-row positions. These seats share the same styling theme, and have substantial side bolsters to provide secure lateral support when the MDX is cornering. The second-row center position and the two seating positions in the third row are used less frequently and, as such, styled more stealthfully. Nested headrests in the second row seats provide a clean appearance and, in the third row, allow the seat to be folded flat without the need to remove the headrests.
The MDX envelops its passengers with dramatic shapes that sweep from the center console, across the instrument panel and then into the door panels. Sculptural and warm wood-patterned trim creaetes a zone of luxury for the front passenger. Rich textures interplay with sleek metallic accents in the MDX interior to create an atmosphere of luxury and advanced technology.
INTERIOR MATERIALS AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
The MDX pushes interior luxury to a new level with a range of thoughtful touches. Special care has been taken to create surfaces with a pleasing tactile feel. Door grab handles have a soft-touch grip, the instrument panel has a soft feel and a seamless passenger airbag cover, and passenger grab handles have a dampened motion. Quality is further revealed in the soft, low-gloss instrument panel top, detailed door panels, door sash garnishes and flush seatbelt upper anchors.
In keeping with its 4+3 seating design, the MDX offers two types of seating design. To provide a blend of sporting support and comfort for four passengers, the MDX has deeply-bolstered sport sedan seating in front and in the outboard second-row positions. The front bucket seats and outboard rear seats have pronounced side bolsters to provide lateral support for cornering, along with abundant comfort for long drives.
On the Advance Package, the front seats feature a specific type of seat base foam that improves damping of small vibrations for improved comfort.
The driver seat is 10-way power adjustable (8-way power seat with 2-way power lumbar support) and is part of a 2-driver automatic memory system that includes settings for the exterior mirrors, climate control and electronic presets. The front passenger seat is 8-way power adjustable. Both front seats are heated and, with the MDX's Entertainment Package, the second row outboard seats are heated as well.
For easy access to the third row of seats, the passenger-side second-row seat slides forward and the seatbacks flip forward.
The available Technology Package features the use of Milano premium leather seating surfaces for the first and second row seats that utilize a soft and flexible tanning system, solid embossing and color coating. The result is a softer, richer feel coupled with excellent durability.
For an even sportier look and feel, the Advance Package features breathable, perforated Milano premium leather in the front seats, which also assist the ventilated seat function. In addition, contrasting color French seams on the center armrest, door armrest, and seats are part of the Advance Package trims.
The Milano premium leather included in the Technology and Advance Package is the softest leather ever offered in an Acura. This full grain leather has not been corrected or altered and shows the natural leather grain. A soft, flexible coating system provides maximum softness while retaining excellent abrasion resistance.
LEATHER-WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL
The MDX's power-adjustable tilt/telescope steering wheel is wrapped in premium smooth-grain leather with Lancia-style stitching. Within fingertip reach are a pair of LED illuminated, racing-inspired paddle shifters that upshift and downshift the Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission.
The steering wheel incorporates the most commonly used controls, allowing the driver to keep hands on the wheel a larger percentage of time. Audio system controls are positioned on the left spoke, along with a push-to-talk button to activate the voice recognition system that provides voice control of navigation, climate control and audio system features. Also on the left are controls for Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system. Located on the right spoke are controls for the MID and cruise control.
The Advance Package includes a steering wheel with larger shift paddles with grippy elastomer rubber backs and silver coloring. In addition, the steering wheel has an added Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) button on the lower right side and revised MID control buttons.
Straight-gate shifter assembly
The 2012 MDX employs a straight-gate transmission shifter assembly (located in the center console) that has an intuitive, easy-to-use design. The shifter allows the driver to choose D (Drive) or S (Sport), the latter of which activates more aggressive transmission shift programming.
INTERIOR CONVENIENCE and utility
Thoughtful features abound in the MDX interior. The front center console has individual armrests for driver and passenger to allow for storage access without disturbing the other armrest. In the second row, the flip-down padded center console features pullout dual cup holders. All four doors offer storage pockets, and storage for sunglasses is provided in the front overhead console. Storage pockets and cupholders add convenience to the third row seating area. Under-floor storage, grocery bag hooks and cargo tie-down points boost cargo area usefulness.
The MDX interior offers an array of storage and convenience features for the driver and passengers. The front center console is internally illuminated, includes a 12-volt power point and a USB port that allows for easy connectivity of an iPod®, iPhone® or a removable mass storage device. The USB port is located alongside an analog AUX jack (that allows connectivity of MP3 music players) within the center console.
CARGO CARRYING VERSATILITY
The MDX easily adapts to a variety of missions. In all, there are six possible configurations for the MDX's three rows of seating. Behind the rear seats, there is 15 cubic feet of storage that is easily accessible though a rear hatch with a power-operated tailgate. With the 50/50 third row seats folded flat (the headrests can be left in place), the cargo capacity jumps to 42.9 cubic feet. For the maximum cargo volume of 83.5 cubic feet, the 60/40 split flat-folding second row seats can also be folded down, producing a flat load floor in the rear.
Acura's power tailgate system is included as standard on all MDX models. The power tailgate can be operated via the remote key fob, from a button on the driver's door panel, or from a button located inside the tailgate. The location of the lift motor in the MDX's D-pillar (instead of in the roof) allows excellent headroom for the third-row seats. The tailgate can also be operated manually.
Significant engineering went into the MDX's interior lighting to provide clear visibility, the right ambience and optimized illumination levels regardless of outside lighting. The analog instruments are LED backlit, with high-contrast markings and a subdued blue accent hue. Transparent illuminated pointers provide clarity and a high-end look. Auto Interior Dimming automatically and progressively adjusts the instrument and navigation system (if so equipped) illumination to suit the outside lighting conditions. The sensitivity is owner-adjustable to one of five different levels, or interior dimming may be switched off entirely.
The MDX has a progressive self-illuminating gauge package. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting comes to life and then brightens progressively when the ignition is switched on. The illuminated instrument needles and enunciator lights then come alive, indicating that the MDX is ready to drive. When the ignition key is switched off, the instrument lighting dims progressively.
For easy locating in the dark, all of the MDX's switches are illuminated, including those on all four doors and the steering wheel. Low-level blue LED ambient lighting in the ceiling and floors (for driver and front passenger) illuminates the front center console and LED map lights are provided for all three rows of seats. A dome light is provided above the third-row seats. All four doors have courtesy lights that are illuminated when the doors are open and the rear tailgate has two lights that illuminate the area immediately behind the vehicle for easier cargo loading. The MDX interior lights feature "theater dimming," which can be set via the MID by the driver to any of three dimming times.
TRI-ZONE AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM
To maximize passenger comfort, the MDX has standard tri-zone automatic climate control that allows the driver, front passenger and rear zone to be set to different temperatures. Rear zone controls are conveniently positioned at the rear of the center console. With the touch of a button, the driver can synchronize the rear temperature with that of the driver area at any time.
When equipped with the Technology Package, the climate control benefits from GPS-linked, solar-sensing actuation. Based on continuously updated vehicle position information, the navigation system determines the position of the sun relative to the driver and passenger. When in AUTO mode, this information is combined with input from the solar sensor located on top of the instrument panel to automatically adjust the system output from side to side as needed to compensate for asymmetrical solar heating.
Humidity Control System
To help avoid window fogging, the MDX's automatic climate control system has a cabin humidity control system. This control system provides greater passenger comfort and minimizes the time the air conditioning runs. When set to operate in AUTO mode, a temperature and humidity sensor located in the front of the passenger cabin monitors the interior climate. If the system determines that there is a low probability of window fogging, it maintains a comfortable humidity level of around 20-percent.
If the system determines that potential window fogging conditions exist, it changes the climate control parameters to help keep the windows clear. In these situations, the air conditioning system is set to MAX, the air outlet mode is switched to HEAT/DEF and the fan speed is gradually increased to reduce the chances of window fogging.
MULTI-INFORMATION DISPLAY and Maintenance Minder™
Positioned between the tachometer and speedometer, a Multi-Information Display (MID) gives the MDX driver instant access to important information. Controls positioned on the steering wheel allow the driver to cycle the MID display through multiple screens of information. With a large screen area, high resolution and the ability to display varying font sizes, the MID is clear and easy to interpret.
There are two individual trip computers built into the MID system, with easy tracking of overall mileage, individual trip mileage, average fuel economy, average speed, fuel range and elapsed time. The MID also displays outside air temperature as well as remaining percentage of engine oil life. The Maintenance Minder™ system alerts the MDX driver of upcoming maintenance needs via the MID and should a fault occur with the vehicle, specific warning information will appear. The MID also allows the driver to set a variety of preferences for different MDX systems.
When the MDX transmission is placed in Reverse, the view from a rear-mounted camera is displayed on a video screen built into the auto-dimming rearview mirror. To make it easier for the driver to judge distance and clearance, solid yellow on-screen guidelines indicate the vehicle's width, as well as distances of 1, 2 and 3 meters as measured from the rear of the MDX. In addition, a dotted yellow line marks off the distance required to open the rear hatch.
When equipped with the available Navigation system (as part of the Technology Package), a multi-view camera is standard and projects one of three different rear views on the in-dash 8-inch full VGA color navigation screen.
The primary view is "Normal View," which delivers 130-degrees of rearward visibility. For special conditions, there is the "Wide View," which delivers 175-degrees of rearward visibility. Finally, the "Top Down View" generates a straight-down look at the trailer hitch area or parking area— thus greatly easing alignment of the trailer or helping when maneuvering in tight parking spaces.
The overhead console incorporates a variety of useful features. Controls for the standard HomeLink® system are positioned here within easy reach. This latest generation of HomeLink® is simpler to program. Other overhead console features include sunglasses storage, controls for interior lighting and the power tilt/slide moonroof.
253-WATT ACURA PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM
To give owners excellent sound quality along with the ability to enjoy a wide range of audio formats, the MDX comes standard with a 253-watt Acura Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, XM® Radio, in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3/WMA changer and 8 speakers, including an 8-inch subwoofer.
Positioned just below the center instrument panel vents, the audio system has large-format controls that make the system easy to operate. The audio system sends a total of 253 watts of power through six channels and eight speakers. The instrument panel has a 1.5-inch soft-dome tweeter positioned on each side, with a 3-inch mid-range polypropylene cone speaker centered atop the dashboard. Mid/low-range is handled by 6.5-inch dual thickness polypropylene-cone speakers that are positioned in each door, and low bass is handled by an 8-inch subwoofer located in a tuned enclosure within the sidewall of the rear cargo compartment.
The CD player can play a variety of formats including traditional CD, CD-R/RW, CD-Text and MP3/WMA discs. Embedded text information on CDs can be seen on the audio system display. To make a high-quality audio connection simple for owners with personal music players, the MDX has an auxiliary input jack located nearby to a 12-volt power outlet. The AUX connection requires the portable music player to be controlled via the device's own interface (though the MDX's audio system can control volume). Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC) automatically adjusts as road speed increases to maintain a clear and comfortable sound level. The amount of volume compensation can be set to three different levels or turned off completely.
XM® Radio is a standard feature within the MDX audio system and it provides more than 200 channels of digital programming with near CD-quality sound. The XM® signal is beamed to two broadcast satellites positioned in geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth. The beams from these two broadcast satellites (one located over the west coast, one over the east coast) combine to span the entire continental United States and some of Canada. There are also more than 1,000 ground antennas to help boost the XM® Radio signal in metropolitan areas where tall buildings can block satellite signals.
XM® Radio programming includes channels devoted to music, sports, talk, traffic, weather, children’s programming and entertainment. Of the more than 200 XM® channels, 71 are commercial-free. When the MDX’s audio system plays XM® Radio, the display screen shows the current station, song title, or artist’s name. A complimentary three-month subscription to the XM® Radio service is included with purchase of a new MDX, and customers are able to continue the service or cancel any time afterwards.
ACURA/ELS SURROUND® PREMIUM AUDIO SYSTEM
The MDX with Technology Package or Advance Package is equipped with a spectacular Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system with 10 speakers and an impressive 410 watts of power. In addition to providing exceptional audio performance, the Acura/ELS® audio system is designed to be simple to operate. Clear, large-format head-unit controls and convenient steering-wheel-mounted controls make operation intuitive. Select audio system functions can also be accomplished via voice commands.
The Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system offers Song By Voice™ (SBV), which allows the driver to make music selections for music on an iPod® or on the HDD by simply speaking the artist name, song name or other selection categories. In addition, a phonetic modification feature allows the MDX owner to specially program phonetically challenging song artist name(s) to be more easily recognized.
The MDX audio system plays DVD-Audio discs, an advance in reproduction technology that delivers over 500-times higher resolution than traditional CD audio. DVD-Audio delivers smoother, fuller and far more accurate sound through six discrete channels. The DVD-Audio system will not play DVD-V or DVD movies. The system also includes Dolby ProLogic II to create a surrounding experience from a variety of music sources.
The Acura/ELS® audio system gets its name from multi-time Grammy® Award winning producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner's recording industry-recognized moniker "ELS®." Scheiner's goal in the development of the MDX audio system was to capture and reproduce music the way it is heard in a professional recording studio. The sophisticated ELS® system Scheiner developed together with Panasonic is designed to provide true studio quality sound within the MDX.
The Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system can play material from a wide variety of sources:
- Single disc player:
- CD audio
- DTS CD
- MP3 or WMA files (on CD or DVD)
- 3,500-song*, 15-gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD) media storage space (including audio track information provided by Gracenote®)
- AM/FM radio with Radio Data System (RDS)
- XM® Radio with Note function music reminder
- Bluetooth® Audio
- USB port connectivity for items such as an iPod®, iPhone® or removable USB mass storage device
- Auxiliary jack connectivity for a portable MP3 player
*Approximate capacity based on an average size of 4.0 MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate
The Acura/ELS® audio system's wide range of formats enables it to play audio material from most common sources. The addition of a hard disk drive (HDD) media storage system means that the MDX owner can download CDs directly to 15-GB of dedicated hard drive storage for later playback. Once the CDs are downloaded to the HDD, the MDX owner no longer needs to carry a bulky collection of CDs. Only original CDs and uncompressed CD-R files can be copied to the hard drive. Other formats such as DVD-Audio, MP3/WMA, DTS CD, USB, Bluetooth® audio and AUX inputs can not be recorded to the hard drive.
The audio system's AM/FM radio tuner includes the Radio Data System (RDS). RDS allows digital information sent in many FM radio broadcasts to display on the vehicle stereo items such as program information, artist/song name and time. XM® Radio with Note feature is integrated into the receiver and also provides informational text regarding the XM® program material.
The Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system's 10 speakers create an accurate and dynamic listening experience for all MDX seating positions. Compact 1.5-inch soft-dome tweeters are positioned in each A-pillar with a 3-inch Super Dynamic Range (SDR) driver centered in the top of the instrument panel. A 6.5-inch SDR driver is positioned low in each door panel. Two forward-firing 3-inch speakers are positioned in the rear roof pillars— one on each side. An 8-inch diameter subwoofer driven by a dedicated 100-watt amplifier is placed under the rear cargo floor and is mounted within a special 9-liter acoustic enclosure. The subwoofer provides powerful bass response and very low distortion over an extended frequency range. A 410-watt Digital Signal Processing (DSP) amplifier drives the speaker array.
Hard Disc Drive
The MDX has a total of 60-gigabytes of hard disk drive (HDD) media storage space with 15-gigabytes dedicated to music storage (enough to hold about 3,500 songs*), with the balance of the HDD's capacity used for the navigation system. The hard drive's fast file-access time speeds search and retrieval of audio tracks, and allows tracks to be shuffled by album, artist and genre. On-board information provided by Gracenote® (formerly CDDB®) allows the system to display the song artist, album name, track name, and genre for the program material that is stored on the hard disk drive (HDD) media storage system. Gracenote® uses a multi-step recognition method to enable identification, categorization and organization of digital music. The Gracenote® database is updated quarterly to include new audio releases. The MDX owner can download Gracenote® updates at www.acura.com, and then load the updates onto a USB thumb drive or CD-R which, in turn, can be downloaded into the MDX's audio system. Without the Gracenote® update, new audio tracks will play on the Acura/ELS® system, but will play without accompanying text information on genre, artist, album name and track name.
*Approximate capacity based on an average size of 4.0 MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate
The Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system offers USB port connectivity for use of external items such as an iPod® or removable USB mass storage devices. Located within the center console, the USB port can charge a device while simultaneously transferring information to the audio system. Compatible USB-connected devices can be operated via the audio controls, with filenames and folders appearing on the audio system's text display. In addition, an AUX input jack (with a nearby 12-volt power source) allows for the connection of an external audio source such as an MP3 player.
Moreover, the Acura/ELS® audio system can play Bluetooth® audio when paired with a compatible device. (Bluetooth® Audio is a music format that is separate from Bluetooth® used for telephone voice communication.) These devices can be operated and navigated via the audio system's controls.
Note Function for XM®
The MDX's audio system includes the Note function for XM® Radio which is designed to be a convenience for owners who want to make note of songs heard on XM®. With the touch of a button, the Note function for XM® Radio records the current song title and artist name in text form, along with a short audio excerpt of the song.
The Note function captures up to 10 seconds of each selected song and can store a total of 30 song excerpts for later playback. Thus, if the MDX driver likes a particular song or artist, it's easy to note (and refer back to it) for later consideration.
Song By Voice™
With so much audio content available with the MDX's hard drive and in a user's iPod®, Acura engineers set out to make it easy to choose audio content while driving. Song By Voice™ (SBV) lets the driver choose music by artist, album, track name, genre, playlist and even composer.
From most navigation screens, the driver simply presses the "TALK" button on the steering wheel and then says "iPod Search" or "HDD Search." A category screen appears, and the user can choose by voice among categories to select the content they want. Alternately, selections can also be made using the interface dial. To improve voice recognition performance with unique words, the system has a feature that accommodates phonetic adjustment for up to 2,000 names. These updated phonetic names then apply to Song By Voice™ use of the hard drive or a connected iPod®.
BLUETOOTH® HANDSFREELINK® WIRELESS TELEPHONE INTERFACE
All Acura vehicles have a standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® telephone interface system that is designed to work with a wide variety of Bluetooth® enabled mobile telephones. Bluetooth® is a radio frequency-based technology that allows portable devices (such as cellular telephones, PDAs, laptops and other devices) to communicate wirelessly over a limited distance. The MDX's HandsFreeLink® system is compatible with Bluetooth®-enabled cellular phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP). (Some early Bluetooth®-enabled phones do not have this communications protocol, but most newly released phones have HFP.) After the driver completes a one-time pairing process, the MDX can communicate wirelessly with the driver's cell phone when it is within approximately 10 feet of the vehicle. The telephone needs to be on (with Bluetooth® connectivity enabled), but can be stowed in a pocket, briefcase, purse, or anywhere inside the MDX cabin.
With Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® the MDX driver can answer or make telephone calls without removing their hands from the steering wheel. When a call comes in, the incoming caller's telephone number is displayed on the Multi-Information Display (MID). In addition, a phone ring tone can be played over the audio system. If the driver chooses to answer the phone call, a press of the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button mutes the audio system and the incoming caller is heard over the MDX's audio system speakers. On Technology Package models, a special overhead array microphone cancels "echo effect" and reduces background noise to improve the transmission quality of the driver's speech when using the HandsFreeLink® system.
By activating the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system using fingertip controls mounted on the steering wheel, the driver can dial a telephone number by voice. The driver also can store frequently called numbers in the system's memory using unique voice tags. Up to six different compatible mobile telephones (each with a unique "user profile") can be paired at one time with the MDX's Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system. Each phone profile has its own password-protected call history, phonebook, speed dials and voice tags. With a single paired phone and the proper password for each profile, a user can access any of the other profiles. This convenient feature means that a person who carries both a work cellular phone and personal cellular phone can easily access both profiles from either telephone.
When equipped with the available navigation system (as a part of the Technology Package or Advance Package), some HandsFreeLink® functions are displayed on the high-resolution navigation system screen. This provides a versatile interface for HandsFreeLink® operation. The system can also import a compatible cellular telephone's phonebook (over 1,000 entries), allowing the data to be more easily searched via the 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color screen. Additional HandsFreeLink® information can be found at www.acura.com/handsfreelink.
ACURA NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH VOICE RECOGNITION™
MDX models equipped with the Technology Package or the Advance Package have the latest generation Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ which features a multi-view rear camera.
Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ features summary:
- 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display with LED backlight
- Ultra-fast 60 gigabyte hard-drive data storage
- Coverage includes the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico
- Fast Point Of Interest (POI) search time
- AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™ (powered by XM NavTraffic®)
- AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ (powered by XM NavWeather®)
- Voice recognition function with over 1,100 navigation commands minimizes the need for manual character entry
- Voice recognition system recognizes city and street names as spoken words
- Simple system operation with clear visual prompts to guide voice navigation
- Interface dial simplifies control of the system and is accessible to driver and front seat passenger
- Audio system automatically mutes for turn-by-turn voice guidance (voice guidance can be turned off at any time)
- Voice Recognition™ operates common audio and climate control functions
- Highly directional array microphone for precise Voice Command recognition
- On-screen picture of highway interchanges indicates which lane(s) to use to stay on route
- 3 languages for all destinations (English, French and Spanish)
- Destination memory recalls current trip addresses, previous destinations and user address books
- Split-screen mode features a simultaneous "map view" and selective route visualization
- Trip routing can avoid user-selected areas
- Make telephone calls to on-screen points of interest with Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
- Trip routing can include up to five user-chosen way points
- Ambient light sensing automatically adjusts screen brightness for the conditions
- Multi-view rear camera provides rearward view with parking guidelines on navigation screen when transmission is in Reverse
- Navigation system can be updated with available DVD
- Store and display owner image files as wallpaper on navigation screen (store up to 10 images each for Driver 1 and Driver 2)
- Point Of Interest (POI) database includes approximately 7 million locations
- Fuzzy logic POI and address searching simplifies and speeds searches
- Smart logic for restaurant POI simplifies searching
- Business and recreation directory of virtually all of the continental United States complete with telephone numbers
- ZIP code entry speeds address input
- Directory categories include restaurants (searchable by type of cuisine), lodging, shopping, airports, hospitals, recreation areas and much more
- Zagat Survey™ restaurant guide provides detailed information and reviews on restaurants in database, which can be read on-screen or heard on the audio system
- Scenic Route drive route listings categorized by individual state
- Exact addressing locates approximately 80-percent of addresses at their actual GPS coordinates (rather than estimating location based on linear street number)
- Destinations are searchable by GPS coordinates
The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ tracks the MDX's position based on data from up to 12 orbiting Global Positioning Satellites (GPS). If GPS reception is blocked by a tall building, tunnel, or parking garage, an internal gyroscopic system with a speed sensor tracks the location of the MDX to keep the mapping information current and reliable until satellite reception is restored.
The MDX's navigation system stores its mapping data on an internal hard disk drive (HDD) media storage system. The same drive is also partitioned and used by the audio system to store audio files. Much faster than the DVD drive used on many other systems, the MDX's hard drive is the key to the system's impressive search and routing speed. The system can be updated annually with the latest mapping information by inserting an update disc into the audio system's slot-loading CD/DVD drive. DVD update discs are available for purchase on an annual basis at www.acura.com or by calling 888-549-3798.
The navigation system can be controlled via the interface dial by choosing menu options or by spelling out a word (e.g., an address, business name or place). Characters on an on-screen keypad can be selected using the Interface Dial. For voice operation, the driver simply presses the "Talk" button on the steering wheel and says any of a number of preset command phrases. The system responds to over 1,100 command phrases, as well as to spoken city and street names. Voice recognition capability saves time and simplifies operation of the system.
The audio system is automatically muted when the "Talk" button is pressed, and an overhead array microphone receives the command from the driver. Commands can be given in plain English— such as "Display gas stations," "Find nearest hospital," or "Find nearest Chinese restaurant." The MDX's voice recognition technology allows the owner to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying matches available in the database. Points of interest on the map (such as restaurants or grocery stores) can be displayed or you can have the navigation system provide turn-by-turn navigation— all by voice command. The massive point-of-interest (POI) database includes telephone numbers, which can be dialed by using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system or dialed with the driver's cellular telephone.
Wallpaper image display
To further customize the MDX's interior, the navigation system allows the storage of up to 10 images each for each driver on the built-in hard disk drive (HDD) media storage system. Any one of the stored images can be displayed as a full-screen image on the navigation display when the display is not otherwise in use. To avoid driver distraction, there is no "slide show" function. J-peg images can be loaded from a computer onto a USB storage device— such as a thumb drive. The thumb drive can then be connected to the MDX's USB port that is located within the center console. Using on-screen menus, the images can be transferred to the MDX's internal HDD.
AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System
The Technology Package or Advance Packages include the AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System (within the 48 contiguous United States). AcuraLink® allows two-way communication between Acura and the MDX, providing customers with the latest information specific to their vehicle.
Once the owner has enabled its data-transmission function, the owner's Bluetooth® telephone is used in cases where communication from the car to the Acura Telematics server is needed. In addition, while driving, the AcuraLink® system conveniently allows the MDX owner to make automated appointments for vehicle service. The data connection from the server to the vehicle is enabled even if the monthly XM® service package is not in effect.
Each AcuraLink® message is prioritized by importance, with high priority messages displayed immediately while normal messages trigger a message icon on the navigation display. To avoid distraction, some low priority messages show up only on vehicle start-up. The owner can choose to read or listen to a message immediately, or archive it to be retrieved at a later time. AcuraLink® messages consist of a limited amount of text plus expanded details via Text-To-Speech.
Messages that can be sent to the MDX include Maintenance Minder® (detailed information regarding the next required maintenance), Quick Tips (information to help maximize the benefit of MDX features), Feature Guide (supplements to the MDX Owner's Manual) and Diagnostic Info (detailed information and instructions should an onboard system issue arise). All AcuraLink® preferences can be set via the Owner Link™ website (www.ahm-ownerlink.com).
AcuraLink® can provide the owner with important information that previously has been unavailable. For example, if a warning light should appear on the MDX instrument panel, AcuraLink® can automatically send a trouble code along with the sensor data associated with the fault to the Acura Telematics Server. The code is analyzed, and a message is sent back to the MDX— such as "A software issue has been detected. It is OK to continue driving. The repair is currently being developed, so you do not need to visit your dealer at this time." A separate AcuraLink® message will be sent to the MDX when it is time to visit the dealer to have the system repaired. AcuraLink® can tell the MDX owner if a particular fault is serious enough to cancel a trip, if it can be dealt with later or if it requires special driving techniques.
ACURALINK REAL-TIME TRAFFIC™
With AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™, the MDX's navigation screen can display regularly updated traffic information including traffic flow, incidents and construction on freeways in 130 major metropolitan areas within the United States and three metropolitan markets within Canada. The information is part of the XM NavTraffic® feature (aggregated by NAVTEQ™ from multiple sources including police and highway patrol incident reports and transportation departments). Information is transmitted by XM® satellites to the MDX where it is graphically displayed on the navigation system— with a zoom scale ranging between 1/20-mile to 5-mile increments.
To see details or select traffic incidents, the MDX owner can click on an icon on the map by pushing "Enter" on the interface dial. MDX drivers can avoid congestion en route and choose the fastest path to their destination with traffic information that is continuously updated. The system displays traffic incidents, determines average traffic speed and, if a destination is programmed into the navigation system, estimates travel time along the chosen route. It can automatically recalculate results as factors change. Plus, XM NavTraffic® alerts drivers of scheduled traffic incidents such as construction and road closures, plus unscheduled incidents such as incidents and disabled vehicles.
Traffic Rerouting™ can automatically recalculate a "detour" route and display a pop-up box signifying the route change, when traffic congestion or road incidents are detected along the selected drive route. Alternately, the driver can recalculate a route in manual mode simply by selecting "TRAFFIC INCIDENTS" from the Map Info menu followed by selecting the "AVOID" command relevant to an incident.
AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting™ gives MDX owners a useful time saving tool on freeways. AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ is offered on a subscription basis following a 3-month free trial period. In addition to the on-screen traffic information, MDX owners who maintain their XM® Radio service also receive more general audio traffic information for 130 major metropolitan areas that runs on a 2-3 minute loop.
130 major metropolitan markets
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ACURALINK REAL-TIME WEATHER™
The ideal complement to AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ is the MDX's integrated AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™. In difficult driving conditions, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ can provide an up-to-date weather picture.
- Professional grade weather information provided by Baron Services, Inc.
- Weather information continually updated to reflect rapidly occurring weather changes
- AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ information for 21 specific metropolitan areas
- Weather forecasts for the next 3 hours, 6 hours or over the next 1-day or 3-days
- Severe weather alerts
- Specific area weather information
- Weather radar image maps
AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ was co-developed with XM NavWeather® to provide a weather tracking system for area specific, regularly updated weather conditions between your current location and a programmed final destination. The system focuses on the specific weather on your personal drive route, rather than just offering general weather conditions for a region. AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ information is continuously updated and is delivered to the vehicle navigation system via the MDX's built-in XM® satellite receiver.
AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ technology is enhanced for specific travel conditions in 21 major metropolitan areas. The information focuses on identifying potential weather threats along with current and future forecast weather conditions. The navigation screen displays current weather conditions in an easy-to-read format. By moving the MDX's navigation system cursor to the desired location on the map you can obtain weather info for a specific location. Press the "Enter" button and information regarding your current location will return.
Unique Threat Matrix Technology within AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ generates prompts with specific icons (within 46 different categories) that inform the MDX driver if the vehicle is headed into oncoming severe weather— such as a developing snow storm, ice, wind shear or even a tornado warning. Based on this advance information, the MDX driver can choose to reroute before encountering the severe weather. When the display is zoomed out to reveal the entire United States, a radar image map shows current weather patterns across the entire country. AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ offers 1- or 3-day weather forecasts for specific areas of the United States.
Weather data is provided by Baron Services, Inc., which deciphers a complex array of National Weather Service information to produce the weather information. MDX owners receive a complementary 3-month trial subscription that delivers AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ along with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ and XM® Radio. After the complementary subscription expires, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ is available on a monthly subscription basis individually, together with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ or XM® Radio, or as a combined package of all three features.
ACURALINK REAL-TIME WEATHER™ INFORMATION
Current Condition Weather Information
- Partly Cloudy
- Mostly Cloudy
- Light Rain
- Moderate Rain
- Heavy Rain
- Freezing Rain
- Heavy Freezing Rain/Ice
- Heavy Snow
- Hail Storm
- Shear Storm (Potential Tornado)
- Winds (expressed as Low, Medium, or Heavy)
- Visibility (expressed as Good, Patchy, Marginal, or Very Poor)
Potential Threats (5- to 15-minute advance warning)
- Hail Storm
- Shear Storm (Potential Tornado)
Precipitation Forecast (30-minute advance warning)
- No Predicted Weather Issues
Current Road Conditions
- Ice, Patchy Ice
- Heavy Snow
- Road Closed
National Weather Service (NWS) Warnings
- Official NWS warnings for 46 threat categories
- Wind (wind speed, wind gusts and wind direction)
- Sky conditions (OK, haze, fog, dust/sand, drizzle/mist, smoke/ash, rain, heavy rain, thunderstorm, hail, freezing rain/ice, snow, heavy snow, tornado/funnel cloud)
Future Weather Forecasts
- Current weather
- 1- or 3-day forecasts (with separate night and day forecasts for each day)
- Daytime high and nighttime low temperatures
- Precipitation type (rain, ice, rain or snow, snow)
- Chance of thunderstorm (yes/no)
- Sky condition (clear, mostly clear, partly cloudy, cloudy)
DVD ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
The MDX is available with an Entertainment Package that features a Rear Entertainment System (RES). The RES system includes a motorized 9-inch full VGA color screen (with 400-percent improved resolution) mounted in an overhead console, the system provides entertainment for the second and third row passengers. Audio plays through the MDX's speakers in Dolby Digital surround sound, via two wireless Personal Surround headphones, or through three audio jacks. An AUX input jack in rear of the center console is provided for video game play or other inputs. A 115-volt, 100-watt power outlet located inside the center console provides power for a video game console, laptop computer or other small electronic device. The system also plays the audio content available from the MDX audio system, complete with on-screen information.
The Rear Entertainment System can also operate independently, allowing the rear passengers to enjoy one type of programming, while the front passengers listen to another. The RES main controls and DVD player are built into the center section of the MDX instrument panel, just below the audio system. An illuminated and removable, wireless remote control is also positioned in the overhead console for easy operation by second- and third-row passengers.
KEYLESS ACCESS SYSTEM
MDX models with the Technology Package or Advance Package have the latest generation of Acura's Keyless Access System. The enhanced system identifies one of two drivers each time the driver's door is opened (even if it is already unlocked) then sets within the MDX's memory a multitude of features to a custom profile preset by that driver. The system sets the driver's seat, steering wheel, outside mirrors, climate control, audio system presets, select navigation system settings and the HandsFreeLink® Profile.
The Keyless Access System also features a unique "quick vent" feature (activated by pressing the Keyless Access Remote "unlock" button two times and then holding it) that automatically lowers all side windows as well as opens the moonroof to quickly vent built-up interior heat. In addition, turning the key in the driver's door key cylinder to the "lock" position twice (and then holding it the second time), simultaneously closes all open windows and the moonroof.
The 2012 Acura MDX offers an Advance Package that includes all items in the Technology Package and adds:
- Blind spot information system (BSI)
- Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- 19x8.5-inch 7-spoke aluminum wheels with performance tires
- Active Damper System (ADS)
- Ventilated front seats (in addition to heat) with perforated Milano premium leather trim and contrast color French seam stitching
- Steering wheel with unique color paddle shifters
ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL (ACC)
The MDX with the Advance Package includes the Collision Mitigating Braking System™ (CMBS™) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). ACC is a vehicle speed and distance control system that uses a grille-mounted millimeter-wave radar unit to monitor the distance between the MDX and the vehicle directly ahead. Like a conventional cruise control system, the MDX's ACC can maintain a pre-set speed. In addition, by combining radar data with data from speed sensors, ACC can regulate the MDX's speed to maintain a pre-set following distance interval between it and the vehicle directly ahead. The system is designed for use on open highways and works only when the MDX is traveling over 25 miles per hour.
Pressing the "ACC" button (located below the right-hand spoke of the steering wheel) activates the system. When this button is pushed, "ACC" will appear on the Multi-Information Display (located between the tachometer and speedometer) indicating that the ACC system has been turned on. To select the ACC cruising speed, the driver accelerates to a chosen speed and presses the "Decel/Set" button located on the right-hand spoke of the steering wheel. Once selected, the cruising speed is shown on the Multi-Information Display (MID).
The following distance interval is selected by pressing the "Distance" button on the lower right spoke of the steering wheel. Using this button, the driver can choose one of three following intervals: approximately 1 second, 1.5 seconds or 2 seconds that is based on the speed of the MDX along with the following distance the driver wants to maintain from the car directly ahead. Each time the button is pressed, a vehicle-shaped icon on the MID changes to reflect the chosen following interval:
- One bar represents approximately a 1-second interval
- Two bars represents approximately a 1.5-second interval
- Three bars represents approximately a 2-second interval
Once ACC is activated, the system's electronic control unit (ECU) adjusts the throttle or applies light braking to maintain the chosen following distance interval between the MDX and the vehicle directly in front of it. If a vehicle from another lane cuts in front of the MDX (between the MDX and the vehicle the MDX has been following) the ACC system will beep and a "vehicle" icon will flash on the MID to alert the driver that a new vehicle has been detected. The ACC system then adjusts the throttle and/or applies braking to maintain the pre-set following interval between the MDX and the new vehicle. A vehicle icon will appear each time a vehicle moves into the ACC system's range. Conversely, when a vehicle moves out of the ACC system's range, the vehicle icon changes to an "outlined" image.
If the vehicle directly ahead of the MDX brakes suddenly, a series of beeps will sound and the word "BRAKE" will appear on the MID warning the driver to apply the brakes. If the vehicle directly in front of the MDX accelerates out of the radar's detection zone or moves to another lane, and another vehicle is not within the system's range, ACC will accelerate the MDX until the pre-set cruising speed is achieved.
When a vehicle moves out of range, the "vehicle icon" on the MID will change from solid to an outline. The driver can switch between ACC and conventional cruise control by holding down the "Distance" button located on the steering wheel for five seconds. Cruise control system status is displayed continuously on the MID.
Because rain, snow, fog and other types of inclement weather can affect the ACC system's millimeter-wave radar, the ACC system should not be used during these conditions.
BLIND SPOT INFORMATION SYSTEM
As part of the available Advance Package, the blind spot information (BSI) system uses numerous radar sensors to continually monitor conditions around the MDX and then alert the driver if another vehicle is detected in close proximity to the MDX— especially when in the blind spot of the driver. The BSI system uses small indicators (mounted in the A-pillars) that illuminate to alert the driver when another vehicle is detected in close proximity to the MDX.
To prevent false alarms while maneuvering at low speed, the BSI system is disabled below approximately 6 mph. The system can also be manually switched off by the driver using a switch is located on the instrument panel to the left of the steering wheel.
2012 MDX INTERIOR ACCESSORIES
A line of Acura Genuine Accessories was developed simultaneously with the MDX to provide personalization for the Acura owner. Like all Acura Genuine Accessories, the MDX accessories are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty if installed at the time of original vehicles purchase.
2012 Acura MDX interior accessory features include:
- All-Season Floor Mats
- Ashtray (Cup Holder Type)
- Cargo liner
- Cargo mat
- Cargo net
- Cargo organizer
- Tri-fold cargo tray
- Wood grain transmission gear select knob
- Wood grain steering wheel