Hazy Display - 2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Acura MDX: Hazy Display

May 20, 2014

2014 Acura MDX

Being a big fan of Honda and Acura (I've spent a fair amount of time in both), I was surprised by the navigation display offered in the 2014 Acura MDX , and not in a good way. The display seems washed out to me, the same way a television might look if somebody goes through the menu system and increases the brightness well past the medium mark. It is especially easy to notice because of the closeness to the super sharp multi-use display, which sits just a few inches below the navigation screen.

It didn't matter if the navigation system was in day or night mode, being used for navigation or as the display for the back-up camera. It still looked hazy.

I went through the menu systems, changed some of the setting around, and still wasn't able to get the rid of the haze. The menu system offers brightness, contrast, and black levels controls. Even with these, I couldn't seem to get rid of the washed out look. Was it terrible? No. The display just didn't look as crisp as other Honda/Acura navigation displays I've seen.

Checked the manual to see if I missed something in the screen adjustments, and I don't believe I did. By the way, Navigation/Audio/Bluetooth/DVD system manual weighs it at over 300 pages.

Is it me, or are some navigation screens not quite as bright as they were just two or three model years ago?

Matt Jones, Senior Editor

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