1998 Acura SLX -- Interior & Safety

The SLX features a spacious, highly ergonomic interior designed to enhance occupant comfort and convenience. It intended to represent the perfect mix between rugged, practical utility and a tasteful, luxury oriented ambiance. Every operating system is optimized for ease of use, and every passenger has been given ample space for long-term comfort and an overall feeling of freedom.

A rugged yet comfortable leather-trimmed interior is standard on the SLX, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and wood-grain trim on the door panels and dashboard. High-quality cut-pile carpeting is used throughout the SLX interior.

The SLX is designed to accommodate 5 adults with ease and in complete comfort. Front passengers are treated to high-back, multi-adjustable front bucket seats that includes an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, and a 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat with 2-way headrests and individual fold-down armrests. The front seats are also electrically heated, for increased comfort on cold winter mornings.

The outer rear seating positions have special footrests for added comfort on long trips. The rear seats recline and also fold down in a 60/40 configuration, for optimum flexibility in cargo loading and passenger accommodation.

The SLX interior is generously equipped. Cruise control is standard and has been refined for smoother operation. Logical, easily operated switches control the standard power windows, door locks and power moonroof. The steering column tilts easily into the correct, most comfortable driving position. Seven separate passenger-assist hand grips help occupants feel secure, even in rough off-road conditions. Amenity trays, a lockable glove box, a center storage console with triple beverage holders for front and rear passengers, and a hidden storage compartment help manage interior space, even on a long family road trip. And comprehensive interior lighting includes reading and map lights, illuminated vanity mirrors, as well as "puddle" lights mounted low in the doors to aid in finding dry, secure footing when exiting the vehicle. SLX also features an electronic, liquid crystal display "multi-meter," that includes an easy-to-read compass, altimeter, thermometer and a barometer.

The heating and air conditioning system is designed for comfort in the most demanding conditions, from the heat of the Mojave Desert to the chill of Alaska's Denali National Park. The high-capacity air conditioning system uses environmentally friendlier R-134a refrigerant, and a ram air system enhances airflow throughout the interior. A rear heater duct helps to keep back seat passengers just as cozy as the driver and front seat occupant.

An impressive, electronically tuned 100-watt AM/FM/Cassette in-dash CD sound system is standard, with six separate speakers placed for authentic sound reproduction. The new head unit features a revised control layout for ease of operations, improved sound quality and a new tuner for increased radio reception. An in-glass diversity antenna system is protected from brush or other hazards. A multi-disc CD changer is available as a dealer-installed option.

Dual Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) air bags are standard, as are 3-point front and outboard rear primary seat belts; the center rear position uses a conventional lap belt. Interior surfaces and controls are rounded, to lessen the possibility of injury. An Anti-lock braking system (ABS), and the security of 4-wheel drive in inclement weather add to the active safety performance of the SLX, and designed-in crumple zones and side-protection door beams provide enhanced passive safety performance as well.

In addition to the keyless entry system, the SLX also features a theft-deterrent system that is automatically armed when the vehicle is locked. When the system is activated, any effort to open the doors or the engine hood without the ignition key or keyless entry remote control, sounds an alarm and flashes the headlights. At the same time, the starter circuit is also disabled.

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