For 2016, Acura has tweaked the MDX, giving it a new transmission, a revised all-wheel-drive system and some newly available safety features. While this three-row crossover can haul seven passengers, that number will go down if there are child-safety seats involved. We were only able to fit two car seats in its second row.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three might fit with narrower car seats.
How many car seats fit in the third row? Two
What We Like
- The second row has three sets of lower Latch anchors for added flexibility when installing child-safety seats. The anchors sit in slits in the leather seats and are easy to use. The third row doesn’t have any lower Latch anchors, though parents can use seat belts to install child-safety seats back there. It has two top tether anchors midway down the seatbacks.
- The rear- and forward-facing convertible installed easily into the MDX’s second row thanks in part to the sliding second row with reclining seatbacks. In the forward position, the convertible also fit well in the third row.
- The high-back booster seat fit well in both the second and third rows.
What We Don’t
- The second row’s tether anchors sit at the base of the seatbacks, which could be difficult for newer parents to find and use.
- We had to move the front passenger seat forward a bit to fit the rear-facing infant seat. The seat installed easily in the MDX.
- Both the second and third rows have floppy seat belt buckles, which can make buckling up independently difficult for little ones.
- Third-row access in the MDX can be tough, especially for kids, because the step-in is high. While the MDX has a button that easily slides the second row forward for third-row access, the opening is on the small side.
- When the second row’s middle seat is in use, the seat belt, which descends from the crossover’s ceiling, blocks rear visibility.