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

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


  • Did you go into the settings menu and adjust the screen display settings?

  • 6sptl 6sptl Posts:

    I thought so too when I first bought it. Just go into the settings adjust the brightness (down), contrast (up a little) and dark levels (up significantly), presto!, tack sharp screen. The default settings are just not right. The rear view camera, on the other hand, is just mediocre compared to my Ford's (shame on you Honda) but good enough. The rear camera is low on pixels and does not have sharp focus.

  • chuckie6 chuckie6 Posts:

    My Nav display was sharp from the get go. I made it a touch brighter to counter daylight, but otherwise it's crystal clear and looks exactly -- EXACTLY -- the same as the menu screen. As for the backup camera, are you guys expecting a 4K Ultra HD 4D experience just to make sure you don't the garbage cans? I think it's plenty sharp, especially compared to the Commodore 64-quality of my wife's '13 Volvo S60. Sure it could be better, but if meant trading the 3-viewing angles, I'd take lower res every time. The 3 angles are awesome.

  • tirekicking tirekicking Posts:

    Nav is definitely fuzzy here.

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