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Default 2009 Acura MDX - Interior

Torrance, Calif. - Aug 15 —

OVERVIEW


The core MDX themes of driving enthusiasm, intelligent functionality, technology
and luxury are clearly evidenced in the 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 MDX is focused on the driver - but not at the expense
of passenger comfort. The power 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 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 trim 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 it 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 (compatible with
many Bluetooth® mobile phones), staying connected while on the road is not
a problem. The system also allows for up to six compatible mobile phones to
be electronically linked with the ability to store up to 50 phone numbers with
unique voice tags.


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. An MDX with the Technology Package can import up to 1,000 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 air filtration and humidity
    control

  • 253-watt Acura Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3/WMA
    changer and 8 speakers, including an 8-inch subwoofer

  • Auxiliary jack for connection of personal audio devices

  • HomeLink®

  • Multi-Information Display (MID) allows access to multiple electronic functions

  • 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
    6-disc in-dash DVD-Audio/CD/DTS changer, AM/FM tuner, and XM® Satellite
    Radio, AUX jack

  • GPS-linked, solar-sensing, Tri-Zone, automatic climate control system with
    air filtration and humidity control

  • Power operated rear tailgate


Sport Package (includes all of the features of the Technology 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 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 seats for outboard seating positions


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 and layered overall interior look.


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, such as 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.


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.


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.


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 (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 Entertainment Package MDX 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.


SEATING SURFACES


All MDX models feature high quality leather seating surfaces as standard equipment
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.


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 premium 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 Technology and Sport
Packages). 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.


POWER TAILGATE


Acura's power tailgate system is included on MDX models optioned with
Technology or Sport packages. 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 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.


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
ignition 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. Low-level blue LED
ambient lighting in the ceiling illuminates the front center console and map
lights are provided for the two front seats as well as for 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 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 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 actuation. 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, 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.


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


Prominently positioned 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.


The audio system can play CD, CD-R/RW, CD-Text, and MP3/WMA discs, in addition
to AM/FM radio bands. Embedded text information on CDs can also be displayed.
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. 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 audio 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 coast-to-coast coverage of the 48 contiguous
states and coverage to densely populated regions of Canada; service for Alaska
and Hawaii is not available at this time. Three months of complimentary XM®
service is provided with the MDX. When equipped with the Technology Package
or Sport Package, the complimentary period also includes real-time traffic service.
After the complimentary period, XM® Satellite Radio requires a monthly subscription.


10-SPEAKER ACURA/ELS SURROUND® PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM


Engineered by multiple 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 Sport 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 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 (traditional systems use two channels) to achieve the
truest possible reproduction. The Acura/ELS Premium Surround® 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 is 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 telephones
(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 1,000 names with 10 phone numbers per name. Up to six different compatible
mobile telephones can be paired with the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system.
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 Sport Packages are equipped with the latest generation
Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™. This highly capable system
- similar to the units in the RL and RDX - 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 along
    with 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 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® cellular telephone.


The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and AcuraLink®
real-time traffic can also be controlled via the interface dial by choosing
menu options or spelling out a word (e.g., an address, business name or place)
using the interface dial 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 cellular telephone is used (once the owner has paired
it with the vehicle and enabled its data-transmission function).


AcuraLink® messages consist of a 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® 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 77 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 AcuraLink® real-time traffic system provides a constant flow of relevant
information reflecting conditions along a driver's chosen route. AcuraLink®
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® service also receive more
general audio traffic information that runs on a 2-3 minute loop in selected
metropolitan areas.











77 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

Dayton, OH

Denver-Boulder, CO

Detroit, MI

Fresno, CA

Grand Rapids, MI


Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, NC

Greenville-Spartanburg, SC

Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA

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DVD ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (Available with Technology or Sport Package)


The MDX is available with an Entertainment Package that features a rear display
screen. With a 9-inch flip-down Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen 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 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
inside the center console to 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
RES can also operate independently, 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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