are comfortable and the center stack is well organized, but that rubberized dash topper has gotta go. No one that is paying $50k for an SUV wants anything but animal hide on the top of the dash.
"You're not allowed to take pictures of the interior. Not that you'd want to, because it's mostly covered up." It wasn't a bluff -- sliding into the passenger seat in Volkswagen's latest ute, I was met with a whole bunch of carpeting covering everything from the dash topper to the gauges themselves. It wasn't exactly fetching, but that's what happens when you're one of the first people outside the company to take a ride in a brand new vehicle.
Inside, Ford has improved many of the interior materials for 2017, redesigned the steering wheel, and redesigned the console. This includes moving the gearshift to provide better access to the centre stack controls, adding a new media bin at the base of the centre stack, and replacing the previous mechanical handbrake with an electronic park brake switch (personally I prefer a handbrake, but such is progress). My test car featured a nicely textured soft-touch dash topper and front door uppers (although the rear door uppers are rigid plastic), soft inner door panel inserts, an upholstered armrest, and a tasteful smattering of metallic and gloss black trim. My test car also featured a twin-pane panoramic moonroof which was quite lovely (if perhaps a tad costly at $1,750), a voice-activated navigation system, and an optional SE Sport Appearance Package with black-painted alloys.
On a whole, the MDX’s cabin was impressive. Sure, the dash topper hurts at this price point, but the remaining features allow you to quickly forget about it.
Carl E. Cederholm
BROOKLYN, NY, USA
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air "The Sled"
1969 MG MGB GT
1972 MG MGB "Brooklyn B"