2007 Acura MDX - Interior and Safety

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OVERVIEW

The core MDX themes of driving enthusiasm, intelligent functionality, technology and luxury are clearly in evidence in the all-new interior. Acura's flagship SUV blends sport sedan intensity with the best elements of SUV utility. And in perfect keeping with Acura tradition, the MDX integrates the latest technology into a seamlessly intuitive package that puts the emphasis on driving.

New attention to detail and luxury distinguish the MDX interior. Softer leather seating, highly supportive front bucket seats and a driver-oriented cockpit make it clear that the new MDX is focused on the driver - but not at the expense of passenger comfort. The power driver's seat adjusts 10 ways for optimum comfort, and the front passenger seat is 8-way power adjustable. The outboard 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 cargo compartment and an available power-operated rear tailgate.

As Acura's flagship SUV, 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. Precise backlit LED instrumentation with spun metal appearance and Acura's legendary attention to control function and feel make the MDX driver's seat the place to be. A standard 8-speaker Acura Premium Sound System plays nearly every type of current audio format, and includes standard XM® Satellite Radio and an auxiliary jack for the easy connection of a personal audio player. The Acura Music Link system is available as an accessory for seamlessly integrated control of an Apple iPod©. With the HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface that's compatible with many Bluetooth mobile phones, staying connected on the road is no problem.

The available Technology Package adds even more capability, and integrates perfectly into the MDX's performance-oriented driving environment. The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ with rearview camera, has a brilliant 8-inch screen and includes the AcuraLink™ Satellite Communication System with Real-Time traffic, which can help the MDX driver navigate around congested freeways. The Technology Package's spectacular 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround™ Premium Sound System with multi-format 6-disc DVD-AUDIO changer, AM/FM tuner, and XM® Satellite Radio provides a state-of-the-art soundtrack. For each of up to six compatible phones on all trim levels the system can store up to 50 numbers with voice tags, while the technology-package equipped MDX can import up to 1000 names into the Navigation system phonebook.

For even more luxury, the available Sport Package includes extra-soft premium perforated leather seating surface inserts. The optional Entertainment Package includes a DVD Rear Entertainment System complete with a flip-down 9-inch TFT screen, dual wireless headphones, a wireless illuminated remote control, and 115-volt plug in the center console.

Interior Features

  • 4+3 seating concept
  • Driver-oriented cockpit
  • Dynamic and layered styling theme
  • Driver's 10-way power seat including power adjustable lumbar support
  • Electronic tilt and telescoping steering column
  • 2-driver custom memory system
  • Front passenger 8-way power seat
  • Tri-Zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and filtration
  • 253-watt Acura Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, 6-disc in-dash CD, MP3, WMA changer and 8 speakers, including 8-inch subwoofer
  • Auxiliary jack for personal audio devices
  • HomeLink®
  • Multi-Information Display (MID) allows access to multiple electronic functions
  • Adaptive and flexible cargo space with six configurations
  • HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface is compatible with many Bluetooth mobile phones

Technology Package

  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and rear view camera
  • AcuraLink™ satellite communication system with real-time traffic
  • 410-watt, 10-speaker Acura/ELS Surround™ Premium Sound System with multi-format 6-disc in-dash CD/DVD-AUDIO changer, AM/FM tuner, and XM® Satellite Radio
  • GPS-linked, solar-sensing, Tri-Zone, automatic climate control system with humidity control and filtration

Sport Package

  • Active Damper System
  • Perforated premium full-grain leather seating surfaces with high-damping front-seat cushion foam
  • Exclusive alloy wheel design
  • Auto-leveling Xenon HID headlights
  • Textured metallic accents on radio, cupholder and shifter escutcheon

Entertainment Package (available with Technology or Sport Package)

  • DVD Rear Entertainment System with wireless headphones and remote control
  • 115-volt power outlet in center consol
  • Second-row heated outboard seats
  • Remote power-operated tailgate

CONCEPT AND STYLING

The interior styling of the MDX is based on three key concepts: "4+3" seating, a driver's oriented cockpit and a dynamic and layered overall interior look.

4+3 Seating

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 stealthily. Nested headrests in these positions provide a clean appearance, and in the third row, allow the seat to be folded flat without the need to remove the headrests.

Driver-Oriented Cockpit

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.

Frequently used systems, like the audio system and cruise control, have switches positioned on the steering wheel. The multifunction Interface Dial, which operates navigation system functions, is positioned just ahead of the shifter lever within easy reach.

Dynamic Styling

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 creates a zone of luxury for the front passenger. Rich textures interplay with sleekly technical metallic accents in the MDX interior to create an atmosphere of luxury and advanced technology.

LEATHER-WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL

The MDX's driver-focused control layout is clearly in evidence in the steering wheel. Audio system controls are positioned on the left spoke, and cruise control switches are on the right spoke.

The five o'clock position on the wheel has switches that operate the Multi-Information Display (MID). The seven o'clock position is reserved for HandsFreeLink® and Technology Package navigation system controls, including a push-to-talk button to activate the voice recognition system, which provides voice control over a wide range of features.

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.

SEATING

In keeping with its 4+3 seating arrangement, the MDX offers two types of seating. 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. For the less frequently used second row middle position and the two third-row positions, comfort and versatility are the goals.

The front bucket seats and outboard rear seats have pronounced side bolsters to provide lateral support for aggressive cornering, along with abundant comfort for long drives. On the Sport Package, the front seats feature a new type of seat base foam that improves damping of small vibrations for improved comfort. Redesigned seat frames and power adjustment mechanisms reduce flex for a more solid feel. The driver's seat is 10-way power adjustable and includes a power-adjustable lumbar support mechanism. The driver's seat is part of a 2-driver automatic memory system that includes the exterior mirrors, climate control, and electronic presets. The front passenger seat is 8-way power adjustable. Both front seats are heated.

For easy access to the third row of seats, the passenger-side second-row seat slides forward and the seatbacks flip forward. The MDX's seating surfaces are wrapped in special leather using a new soft and flexible tanning system, solid embossing and color coating. The result is a softer, richer feel coupled with excellent durability.

In terms of seating dimensions, the MDX is similar in size when compared to its predecessor. It has gained second-row leg room, front headroom, shoulder room in the first two rows, and has more hip room in the second row.

SEATING SURFACES

All MDX models feature high quality perforated leather seating surfaces as standard equipment for the first and second row seats. In addition, the special premium leather included in the Sport 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. Breathable perforated inserts in the first two rows add to passenger comfort. With the premium leather, leather application is increased to the second row center passenger area.

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. A pocket in the passenger side of the console provides room for small items. 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.

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 are 15 cubic feet of storage that's easily accessible though the flip-up rear hatch (power-operated in the Entertainment Package). With the 50/50 third row seats folded flat (the headrests can be left in place), the capacity jumps to 42.9 cubic feet. For the maximum cargo volume of 83.5 cubic feet, the 60/40 split-folding second row seats can also be folded down, producing a flat load floor in the rear.

INTERIOR LIGHTING

Significant engineering went into the MDX's interior lighting, to provide clear visibility, the right ambience and optimized illumination levels regardless of ambient 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 ambient 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 key is switched off, the instrument lighting dims progressively.

For easy location in the dark, all of the MDX's switches are illuminated, including those on all four doors and the steering wheel. Blue low-level LED ambient lighting in the ceiling illuminates the front center console and map lights are provided for the two front seats and the two outboard second row 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; the rear tailgate has a light that illuminates the area immediately behind the vehicle for easier cargo loading. The MDX has interior lights featuring "theater dimming," which can be set by the driver to any of three dimming times, via the Multi-Information Display (MID).

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 on 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. Based on its 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 temperature from side to side as needed to compensate for asymmetrical solar heating.

Humidity Control System

To help avoid window fogging situations, the MDX's automatic climate control system has a cabin humidity control system. This new 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%. The more natural humidity level compared to the previous MDX makes for greater skin comfort, reduces fatigue and dehydration and improves passenger alertness.

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 (MID)

A LCD Multi-Information Display (MID) positioned in the instrument cluster provides important vehicle information to the MDX driver. An illuminated control on the instrument panel lets the driver cycle through various screens, including vehicle mileage and trip mileage and trip computer functions including average and instantaneous fuel economy. The Maintenance Minder System also alerts the driver of upcoming maintenance needs via the MID. The MDX has controls positioned near the steering wheel hub that allow the driver to cycle the display through multiple screens of information while keeping both hands on the wheel.

OVERHEAD CONSOLE

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, 6-disc in-dash CD, MP3, WMA changer and 8 speakers, including 8-inch subwoofer.

Positioned prominently just below the center instrument panel vents, the MDX audio system has large-format controls that make the audio system easy to operate. The 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 6.5-inch dual thickness polypropylene-cone speakers are positioned in each door, and an 8-inch subwoofer is located in a special tuned enclosure in the sidewall of the cargo compartment.

This system can play CD, CD-R/RW, CD-Text, and MP3/WMA discs, in addition to AM and FM radio bands. Embedded text information on CDs can also be displayed. Speed-dependent volume control automatically adjusts as road speed increases to maintain a clear and comfortable sound level. The amount of compensation can be set to three different levels or turned off completely.

The MDX system includes XM® Satellite Radio, which provides more than 170 channels of digital program material and near-CD quality sound. Informational text on the programming appears on the audio system display. XM® Satellite Radio offers virtually uninterrupted coverage of the 48 contiguous states and coast-to-coast signal coverage to the densely populated regions of Canada; service for Alaska and Hawaii is not available at this time. Three months of complimentary XM® Satellite Radio service is provided with the MDX. When equipped with the Technology Package, the complimentary period also includes traffic service. After the complimentary period, XM® Satellite Radio requires a monthly subscription.

To make a high-quality audio connection simple for owners who have personal music players, the MDX has an easily accessible auxiliary input jack with a nearby 12-volt power outlet.

10-SPEAKER ACURA/ELS SURROUND™ PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM WITH 6-CD/DVD-AUDIO CHANGER

Engineered by Grammy® Award-winning recording engineer and producer Elliot Scheiner, Panasonic and Acura, the available Acura/ELS Surround™ Premium Sound System brings a new level of audio performance to the MDX. Included in the available Technology and Sports Packages, the system pumps 410-watts through 10 speakers, to provide a total of six discrete audio channels.

Audio Head Unit

Like the MDX's standard Acura Premium Sound System, the Acura/ELS Surround™ Premium Sound System is remarkably versatile. The 6-disc in-dash changer can play CD, CD-R/RW, CD-Text, and MP3/WMA discs. In addition, it can also play DVD-Audio discs (the system will not play DVD movies). The system also includes AM, FM and XM® Satellite Radio. It's easy to connect a personal music player to the system via an auxiliary input jack with nearby 12-volt power. The auxiliary input jack is located at the rear of the center console in the Entertainment Package, and in the center console for all other packages.

Large-format controls make the system simple and intuitive to operate. A prominent display below the center instrument panel vents shows the current audio system status at all times, independent of the navigation system (which is also included in the Technology Package). Screens within the navigation system menus display the current audio system status, audio track listings and more. Items that appear on the navigation system screen can be navigated and selected via the Multifunctional Interface Dial, which is conveniently positioned on the console.

Acura/ELS™ Surround Sound

Acura/ELS Surround™ Sound gets its name from Elliot Scheiner's industry-recognized moniker "ELS." His goal with the system was to capture and reproduce music the way it is heard in the recording studio. The key to accomplishing this is through the use of the extra data-encoded on each DVD-Audio disc, which has six channels of information instead of just two channels of stereo information. In addition, DVD-Audio material can be recorded at a much higher resolution than CD material. Produced and mastered for the surround format, DVD-Audio recordings give recording artists and producers dramatically more creative freedom and control. The Acura/ELS Surround™ system makes the most of this added information, reproducing it with spectacular accuracy and power, without processing or modifying the artist's original creativity.

The system delivers a remarkable listening experience even when not playing DVD-Audio discs in Acura/ELS Surround™ Sound mode. Specially engineered equalization for each media type allows the sound quality to be optimized regardless of whether the system plays XM® Satellite Radio, conventional CDs, or any other format. The system also features selectable Dolby Pro Logic II signal processing that creates simulated 5.1-channel surround sound from CD, MP3/WMA, XM or AUX. For optimum sound regardless of vehicle speed, the system includes automatic speed-dependent volume control.

Amplification/Speaker System

Advanced electronics in the Acura/ELS Surround™ Sound system gave Scheiner the ability to precisely tune the acoustics of the MDX cabin and time of each of six audio channels to achieve the truest possible reproduction. The Acura/ELS Premium Sound™ System uses a 24-bit D/A converter and a 192 kHz sample rate for smoother sound.

High-energy Neodymium magnets are used throughout the system for optimum sound quality and substantially reduced weight. The carefully optimized speaker positions create an uncanny surround sound experience particularly for front seat passengers. There's a 6.5-inch mid/low-range dual thickness polypropylene-cone speaker in each door and a 1.5-inch soft-dome tweeter near each A-pillar. A 3-inch mid-range polypropylene cone speaker is centered on top of the instrument panel, and two more are positioned just behind the second-row seats, positioned high and angled into the interior. A special 8-inch Super Low Distortion subwoofer with a new cone design is positioned in a tuned enclosure on the right sidewall of the cargo area so it does not intrude on passenger room or useful storage space.

HANDSFREELINK® WIRELESS TELEPHONE INTERFACE

The MDX includes the HandsFreeLink® hands free phone interface. Designed to work with many Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones (sold separately), Bluetooth is a radio frequency-based cable replacement technology that lets portable devices like mobile phones, laptops, PDAs, and other devices communicate wirelessly. Bluetooth enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP) are compatible with the MDX system. Some early Bluetooth-enabled phones do not have this communications protocol (go to www.handsfreelink.com for more information). After a 1-time "pairing" process, the MDX can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone when it's within approximately 10 feet of the vehicle. The phone must be on, but can be stored anywhere inside the MDX cabin - even in a pocket, briefcase or purse.

HandsFreeLink® boosts convenience by allowing the driver to send or answer calls without taking his or her hands from the steering wheel. The number of the incoming caller is displayed on the Multi-Information Display (MID) located in the instrument cluster and a ring tone is played over the audio system. A press of the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button mutes the audio system and the incoming caller can be heard over the audio system speakers. A microphone in the overhead console picks up the driver's voice and algorithms built into the HandsFreeLink® system cancel "echo effect." This reduces background noise and improves the transmission quality of the driver's speech. Using fingertip controls mounted on the steering wheel to activate the system, calls can be sent hands-free by dialing the number by voice.

On all models with the navigation system, up to 50 names with one number per name can be stored with voice tags in the system's Voice Tag Phonebook. For users with large phonebooks in their mobile phone memory, the available navigation system, working in conjunction with HandsFreeLink®, can import up to 1000 names with 10 phone numbers per name. Up to six different compatible mobile phones can be paired with the HandsFreeLink® system at one time. Additional information can be found at www.acura.com/handsfreelink (or www.handsfreelink.com).

ACURA NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH VOICE RECOGNITION™

The MDX with Technology and Sports Packages are equipped with the latest generation Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™. This highly capable system is similar to the units in the RL and RDX, and is designed for intuitive and quick operation.

Feature Summary

  • 8-inch screen for clear viewing
  • Interface Dial is centrally located to provide simple control of system and is accessible to driver and front seat passenger
  • Voice recognition function with over 650 commands allows control of most audio, climate and navigation features
  • Voice recognition system recognizes city and street names as spoken words
  • Seven million points of interest are stored on updatable DVD
  • Business and recreation phone directory of virtually the entire continental United States
  • Improved data accuracy of all road data
  • Audio system automatically mutes for turn-by-turn voice guidance in either male or female voice (which can be turned off at any time)
  • Destination memory includes current trip addresses, previous destinations, a stored "home" location, selecting locations on the map and user address books
  • 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 select restaurants in database, which can be read on-screen or spoken over the audio system by a synthesized voice
  • Split-screen mode features a simultaneous "map view" and selective "3-D" route visualization showing details of your next turn
  • Make calls to on-screen points of interest with HandsFreeLink®
  • User selectable Day/Night screen or display off modes and automatic screen brightness control
  • Trip routing can include up to five user-chosen way points
  • Trip routing can avoid user-selected areas
  • Exit list shows which businesses are available at a given highway exit
  • On-screen picture of highway interchanges indicates which lane to use to stay on route

System Operation

Based on positioning data from up to 12 orbiting Global Positioning Satellites (GPS), the Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ locates the vehicle's position. If the GPS antenna is blocked by a tunnel, tall building or parking garage, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle to help keep the mapping information current and reliable until satellite reception is restored. A DVD database is located in the system's ECU. Updated DVD data discs are available on an annual basis on-line or by calling a toll-free number.

The system can be controlled by voice, or by the multifunctional 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 650 command phrases, as well as to spoken city and street names. Sophisticated voice recognition technology allows the MDX owner to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying matches from the available database.

When the "Talk" button is pressed, the audio system is automatically muted, and an overhead microphone receives the command from the driver. Commands can be given in plain English, like "Display gas stations," "Find nearest hospital," or "Find nearest Chinese restaurant." You can choose to display points of interest on the map (like restaurants, or ATMs, for example), or have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation - all by voice. The extensive point-of-interest database includes phone numbers, which can be dialed easily by using the HandsFreeLink® system and the driver's compatible Bluetooth cell phone.

The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and real-time traffic can also be controlled via the Multifunctional Interface Dial by choosing menu options or spelling out a word (e.g., an address, business name or place) using the multifunctional interface Dial much like a computer mouse to select characters from an on-screen keypad.

ACURALINK™ SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH REAL-TIME TRAFFIC

The MDX with Technology and Sport Packages comes with the latest generation of the AcuraLink™ Satellite Communication System with real-time traffic. AcuraLink™ allows for 2-way communication between Acura and the vehicle, providing customers with the latest information specific for their vehicle. In cases where communication to and from the Acura server is needed, the owner's Bluetooth®-compatible cell phone is used (once the owner has paired it with the vehicle and enabled its data-transmission function and agreed to the data charges from their carrier).

AcuraLink™ messages consist of a limited amount of displayed text plus full details via Text-To-Speech that can be heard over the MDX audio system. Each message is prioritized by importance. High priority messages are displayed immediately upon receipt. Other messages trigger an icon on the navigation display. In all cases, the MDX owner can choose to read the message immediately, or archive it to be read later.

A variety of messages can be viewed in the MDX, including Maintenance Minder™ (detailed information regarding the next required maintenance), Quick Tips (information to help maximize the benefit and enjoyment of MDX features), Feature Guide (supplements to the Owner's Manual), Diagnostic Info (detailed information and instruction should an onboard system issue arise), and Dealer Appointment Reminders. Depending on the message type, the owner may contact their dealer, Acura Roadside Assistance, or the Acura Client Assistance Center using their Bluetooth® phone directly from the message. The MDX owner has complete control over the types of messages received. All AcuraLink™ preferences can be set via the Owner Link® web site.

Since the system allows 2-way data communication between the MDX and the Acura Server, AcuraLink™ can provide the owner with vital information that previously has been unavailable. For example, if a "CHECK VSA SYSTEM" warning light should appear on the MDX instrument panel, AcuraLink™ will automatically send a trouble code to the Acura server (if a paired phone is in range and the user has authorized data transmission), which interprets the code, then sends a message back to the MDX, such as "AcuraLink server results: VSA and TCS may not operate. Regular brakes work." This way, the owner knows 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 messages as well as the data connection are enabled even if the monthly XM® Satellite Radio service package is not in effect.

Real-Time Traffic Information

The navigation screen can display up-to-the-minute traffic information including flow (traffic speed where available), accidents, incidents, construction and weather on freeways in 44 major metro areas. The information is aggregated by NAVTEQ™ from multiple sources including police and highway patrol accident reports and transportation departments and then transmitted by XM® Satellite Radio satellites to the MDX where it is graphically displayed on the navigation system.

MDX drivers can select an icon on the map to see incident details. Traffic information is continuously updated, allowing drivers to avoid congestion en route and choose the best path to their destination. The system gives MDX owners a useful timesaving tool on freeways. Unlike radio or television traffic reports, the real-time traffic system provides a constant flow of relevant information reflecting conditions along a driver's chosen route. Real-time traffic data services are offered on a subscription basis for a nominal fee following the 3-month free trial period. In addition to the on-screen traffic information, MDX owners who maintain their XM® Satellite Radio service also receive more general audio traffic information that runs on a 2-3 minute loop in selected metropolitan areas.

44 major metropolitan markets
(Traffic flow data and incident reporting coverage vary by market)

Atlanta
Austin
Baltimore
Boston
Buffalo-Niagra Falls
Charlotte
Chicago
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus
Dallas/Ft. Worth
Denver-Boulder
Detroit
Houston
Hartford-New Britain-Middletown
Indianapolis
Los Angeles
Kansas City
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Memphis
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
Milwaukee-Racine
Minneapolis/St. Paul
Nashville
New York City
Norfolk-Virginia Beach/Newport News
Orlando
Philadelphia
Phoenix
Portland
Pittsburgh
Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket
Sacramento
San Antonio
San Francisco/Oakland
San Diego
San Jose
Sarasota-Bradenton
Seattle
St Louis
Tampa
Washington D.C.
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton
Wilmington, DE

REAR DVD ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (RES) (Optional with Technology or Sport Package)

The MDX is available with an Entertainment Package that features a rear display screen. With a large 9-inch (diagonal) flip-down Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen mounted in an overhead console, the system provides on-the-road entertainment for the second and third row passengers. Audio plays through the MDX's speakers in Dolby Digital surround sound, through two wireless Personal Surround headphones, and through three audio jacks. The system also includes a separate LCD control screen that makes operation clear and intuitive. An AUX input jack in rear of the center console is provided for game play or other inputs. A 115-volt, 100-watt outlet is positioned inside the center console to provide power for a game console, laptop computer or other small device. Besides video programming, the system also plays the full range of audio content available from the MDX audio system, complete with on-screen information. The RES can also operate independently, in most cases allowing the rear passengers to enjoy one type of programming, while the front passengers listen to another.

The Rear Entertainment System 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.

SAFETY

The 2007 Acura MDX continues the MDX's commitment of advancing SUV passive safety. Standard features include dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, front active head restraints, side curtain airbags and driver dual-stage knee bolsters. In addition, the MDX features the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, designed to manage and disperse frontal collision forces and improve car-to-car collision safety.

Acura terms this compendium of safety features as "Flagship 360 degree safety" - quite literally, passengers are completely surrounded with safety features. The 2007 MDX is targeted to meet and exceed the highest crash-test standards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and is anticipated to earn top test scores in all categories.

Specific Safety Targets

  • Newly upgraded FMVSS208 frontal and FMVSS301 rear collision standards implemented by the federal government
  • 5-Star rating in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) frontal and side impact crash tests
  • "Good" ratings in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Frontal Offset, Side and head restraint tests
  • Enhanced crash compatibility with smaller vehicles in a car-to-car collision compared to previous generation vehicles
  • Advanced protection for pedestrians in the event of a collision

CRASH PERFORMANCE TARGETS

The 2007 MDX is projected to pass all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests at the highest levels. NHTSA tests include Frontal, Side, and Rollover, while IIHS tests include Frontal Offset, Side Impact (also known as SICE), and Rear Crash Protection indexes.

Anticipated NHTSA test results include:

  • NCAP Driver - 5 STARS
  • NCAP Passenger - 5 STARS
  • SINCAP Front seat - 5 STARS
  • SINCAP Rear seat - 5 STARS

Anticipated IIHS test results include:

  • IIHS Frontal offset - GOOD
  • SICE - GOOD
  • IIHS Rear crash safety - GOOD

At the time of this document's publication, neither the NHTSA nor IIHS tests had been conducted.

REQUIRED VS. OPTIONAL TESTS

All new 2007 model-year vehicles, including the 2007 Acura MDX, must meet the latest upgraded federal crash-performance regulations that phase in starting in September 2006. These standards are known as FMVSS208 (frontal) and FMVSS301 (rear). Optional but not required is an array of safety evaluations by IIHS.

OFFSET REAR COLLISION (FMVSS301)

The newly upgraded FMVSS301 standard is much more severe than the previous standard. In the new test, a 1,360 kg (2,992 lbs.) deformable barrier strikes 80% of the vehicle's width at 50 mph. In contrast, the previous FMVSS301 used a 1,814 kg (3,991 lbs.) flat rigid barrier that struck the full width of the vehicle at 30 mph. The new standard requires more body energy absorption than before - and the 2007 Acura MDX provides it, ensuring a high level of protection for its occupants.

VOLUNTARY IMPROVEMENTS

As the popularity soared for full-size pickups and SUVs in the last decade, so did the risk of these large vehicles colliding head-on with smaller ones. The disparity in vehicle mass - as well as the higher bumper height of the larger vehicles - put the smaller vehicles at a disadvantage. For the 2007 Acura MDX, however, engineers integrated a more stringent internal vehicle-to-vehicle collision standard to help correct this discrepancy. This front-to-front collision standard goes above and beyond what is required by government.

ADVANCED COMPATIBILITY ENGINEERING™ (ACE™)

Like the Acura RL and RDX, the new 2007 MDX features Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) unit body design. It distributes frontal crash forces much more widely to reduce cabin intrusion and deformation, and absorb frontal crash energy forward of the passenger cabin. ACE™ also helps maintain the structural integrity of the passenger cabin during a severe car-to-car offset frontal crash. It does this by distributing forces through multiple load paths during the crash, thus allowing more uniform energy absorption and less cabin intrusion.

If the MDX should collide head-on with a smaller and lighter vehicle, Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) helps provide good engagement of the small vehicle's frame. This helps reduce the risk of intrusion while simultaneously helping to disperse the crash energy across a wider area at the front of the vehicle. The upper portions of the ACE™ front structure also improve cabin protection.

IIHS SIDE IMPACT CRASHWORTHINESS EVALUATION (SICE)

The 2007 MDX was also designed to achieve a "Good" rating in the rigorous (but also voluntary) IIHS Side Impact Crashworthiness Evaluation (SICE) evaluation, which measures how well a vehicle withstands intrusion from a large SUV in a side collision. The MDX's high-strength steel safety cage, and the use of high-strength side door beams help make it resistant to intrusion.

FRONT ACTIVE HEAD RESTRAINTS

The 2007 MDX has front active head restraints that help minimize the potential for the driver or front passenger to suffer a neck injury during a rear-end collision. During this type of collision, the occupant's body applies pressure to the seatback. This pressure activates a lumbar plate that pushes the head restraint upward and forward to help equalize forces acting on the head, neck and spine during a collision. This ability to manage rear collision forces directly contributes to a reduction in whiplash injuries.

PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

As part of Acura's "Safety Through Innovation" initiative, the 2007 Acura MDX makes pedestrian safety a high priority. It adopts several pedestrian-safety measures that U.S. law does not require. The MDX hood is designed to help protect pedestrians by absorbing collision energy. In addition, the hood hinges are designed to bend in the event they are contacted by a pedestrian. The wiper pivots also feature a breakaway design to help reduce injury in the event of contact, and the front fender brackets are also designed to bend if a collision with a pedestrian should occur.

SEATBELT PRETENSIONERS AND LOAD LIMITERS

Both of the MDX front seat belts have pretensioners and load limiters to help protect the driver and front passenger in a collision. These components automatically work together in a 1-2 sequence. Research has shown that seat belts that are snugly secured around the occupants provide better protection, so in the first few milliseconds of a collision the pretensioners - powered by a pyrotechnic device - automatically tighten the front seat belts. Then if the deceleration forces rise above a predetermined threshold, the load limiter releases a small length of seatbelt webbing to reduce the pressure on the occupant in a controlled manner. This helps reduce the injuries that seatbelts can cause in a severe high-speed collision. In addition, the driver's seatbelt has a dual-stage load limiter. This provides a higher initial load, then steps down to a lower load after a certain amount of belt spools out. It is specially designed to prevent too much forward driver movement, given the close proximity of the steering wheel.

DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER DUAL-STAGE, DUAL-THRESHOLD AIRBAG SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM (SRS)

Dual-stage airbags are provided for the 2007 MDX driver and front passenger. These airbags are designed to maximize protection for the head and chest during a moderate to severe front collision. Each airbag inflator has two stages that can be deployed at different times instead of a traditional single inflation stage. Combining dual-stage and dual-threshold technology with technology that detects if the occupants are belted or unbelted, the airbags are deployed in a sequence based on crash severity.

Dual-Stage, Dual-Threshold Airbag Parameters

  • Airbag deployment characteristics are finely controlled depending on the severity of a collision
  • The dual-stage, dual-threshold strategy applies to front airbags only and does not affect operation of side airbags or side curtain airbags

The MDX airbag system uses a seat weight sensor to assess the weight of the front passenger. The front passenger airbag is shut off if the weight sensor indicates that a small child or a baby carrier is occupying the front seat. A seamless instrument panel cover fully conceals the passenger airbag. The driver's seat has a seat position sensor. If the seat is in a more forward position, where the occupant will be close to the airbag, the airbag is fired with a longer delay to reduce the chance of any injury caused by the airbag itself. The driver's airbag is located in a small steering wheel mounted housing.

DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER KNEE BOLSTERS

To help prevent injuries to the driver or front passenger's legs in a frontal collision, the 2007 MDX has energy absorbing knee bolsters. They are designed to dissipate collision forces if the driver or front passenger's legs should contact the lower instrument panel during a frontal collision. In addition, the driver's side has dual-stage knee bolsters that are designed to provide additional protection to small-stature occupants who have to sit close to the steering wheel.

DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER SIDE AIRBAGS WITH FRONT PASSENGER OCCUPANT POSITION DETECTION SYSTEM (OPDS)

Side airbags mounted in the outboard area of each MDX front seatback are designed to provide upper torso protection in the event of a sufficient side impact. In addition, the front passenger's seat is equipped with Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), an innovative system designed to deactivate the side airbag if a small child (or small-stature adult) leans into the side airbag deployment path. When the passenger returns to an upright seating position, the side airbag reactivates so it can deploy to help protect the occupant in a side impact. This unique system utilizes sensors in the passenger seatback to determine the height and position of the occupant, and determine if it is safe to deploy the side airbag.

SIDE CURTAIN AIRBAGS

In a sufficient side impact or rollover, the MDX's side curtain airbags deploy from roof-mounted modules, providing head protection for all three rows of seating. Side curtain airbags effectively cover the side window area from the front seats all the way to the third-row seat. Tests show that the "g" forces acting upon an occupant's head are far lower with side curtain airbags.

In the 2007 MDX the side curtain airbag system includes three satellite sensors and a main unit, and detects a crash within 5-7 milliseconds. It also includes a rollover sensor, even though the new MDX is projected to offer better rollover stability than the previous MDX, and perform solidly with a 4 Star rating in the NHTSA rollover category. It is also projected to be superior to the Porsche Cayenne in rollover stability.

LATCH (LOWER ANCHORS AND TETHERS FOR CHILDREN)

The 2007 MDX includes a LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat mounting system for the second-row seating positions. LATCH features built-in lower anchors and ready-to-use tether attachment points that allow compatible child safety seats to be installed without using the vehicle's seat belt system. Additionally, the LATCH system simplifies child-seat installation when an owner installs a LATCH-compatible child seat.

FUEL TANK SAFETY

The MDX's 21-gallon fuel tank, up from 20.4 gallons in the previous MDX, is positioned in front of the rear body-deformation zone to minimize the risk of damage in a collision. Locating the fuel tank in this protected area optimizes vehicle balance by moving the weight of the fuel tank and fuel farther forward. Thus, handling characteristics are minimally affected whether the fuel tank is full or near empty.

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