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Default 2008 Acura MDX - Interior

Torrance, Calif. - Sep 12 —

OVERVIEW


The core MDX themes of driving enthusiasm, intelligent functionality, technology
and luxury are clearly evidenced in the all-new interior. Acura's flagship
SUV 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.


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 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. Backlit
LED instrumentation with spun metal appearance and Acura's legendary attention
to control function and feel make the MDX driver 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. With the Bluetooth®
HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface that's compatible with
many Bluetooth® mobile phones, staying connected on the road is not a 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 display 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. The system also allows for up to six compatible mobile phones to
be linked with the ability to store up to 50 phone numbers with voice tags.
An MDX with the Technology Package can import up to 1000 names into the Navigation
system phonebook.


For even more luxury, the available Sport Package includes extra-soft perforated
Milano premium 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



  • Dynamic and layered styling theme

  • Driver-oriented cockpit

  • 4+3 seating design

  • Driver's 10-way power seat including power adjustable lumbar support

  • 2-driver custom memory system

  • Front passenger 8-way power seat

  • Electronic tilt and telescoping steering column

  • 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

  • Bluetooth® 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



  • Perforated Milano premium full-grain leather seating surfaces with
    high-damping front-seat cushion foam

  • Textured metallic accents on radio, cupholder and shifter escutcheon

  • Exclusive alloy wheel design

  • Active Damper System

  • Auto-leveling Xenon HID headlights


Entertainment Package (available with Technology or Sport Package)



  • DVD Rear Entertainment System with wireless headphones and remote
    control

  • 115-volt power outlet in center console

  • 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
conveniently 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 evidenced 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 steering wheel has switches that operate
the Multi-Information Display (MID). The seven o'clock position is reserved
for Bluetooth® 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 seat is 10-way power adjustable and includes a power-adjustable
lumbar support mechanism. The driver seat 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 on Entertainment Package MDX the second row 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 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.


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 perforated
Milano 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
Milano 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 (the hatch is power-operated in the Entertainment Package).
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-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 and 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-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.


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 or Sport 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 speaker 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.


BLUETOOTH ® HANDSFREELINK ® WIRELESS TELEPHONE INTERFACE


The MDX includes the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone
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. After a one-time "pairing"
process, the MDX can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell
phone when it is 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.


Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® boosts convenience by allowing the driver
to send or answer calls without taking 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 Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system cancel "echo effect"
to reduce background noise and improve the transmission quality of the driver's
speech. Using fingertip controls mounted on the steering wheel to activate the
system, phone 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 Bluetooth® 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 Bluetooth® 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 832 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 for the 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 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 Bluetooth® 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 lanes 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 navigation 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 832 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 that
can be dialed by using the Bluetooth® 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™
system (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 76 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.











76 major metropolitan markets

(Traffic flow data and incident reporting coverage vary by market)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy

Albuquerque, NM

Allentown-Bethlehem, PA

Atlanta, GA

Austin, TX

Baltimore, MD

Birmingham, AL

Boston, MA

Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY

Charlotte, NC

Chicago, IL

Cincinnati, OH

Cleveland, OH

Colorado Springs, CO

Columbus, OH

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

Denver-Boulder, CO

Detroit, MI

Fresno, CA

Grand Rapids, MI

Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, NC

Greenville-Spartanburg, SC

Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA

Hartford-New Britain-Middletown, CT

Houston, TX
Indianapolis, IN

Jacksonville, FL

Kansas City, KS

Lancaster-York, PA

Las Vegas, NV

Lincoln, NE

Little Rock, AR

Los Angeles

Louisville, KY

Memphis, TN

Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood, FL

Milwaukee-Racine, WI

Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Naples-Ft. Myers, FL

Nashville, TN

New Orleans, LA

New York City, NY

Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport, VA

Oklahoma City, OK

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE

Orlando, FL

Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix, AZ

Pittsburgh, PA

Portland, OR
Portsmouth-Manchester, NH

Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket, RI

Raleigh-Durham, NC

Richmond, VA

Rochester, NY

Sacramento, CA

Salt Lake City, UT

San Antonio, TX

San Diego, CA

San Francisco-Oakland, CA

San Jose, CA

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Seattle-Tacoma, WA

St Louis, MO

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Washington D.C.

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL

Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA

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 via 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 video game play or other inputs.
A 115-volt, 100-watt outlet is positioned inside the center console to provide
power for a video game console, laptop computer or other small electronic 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.

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