2014 Acura MDX AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Acura MDX: Smart Console Design

November 6, 2013

2014 Acura MDX

Another post about the console? Well yes, even though Donna already covered it quite comprehensively there's one aspect of it that I think deserves another mention.

As you can see, the lid that covers the lower section is a mix of wood, metallic trim and several rubber strips. It's both sharp looking and useful, a combination that many luxury vehicles often get wrong.

Those rubber strips across the wood make it a perfect place to set your cellphone, or anything else you don't want to dump in a cupholder. Without them, it's just a slick surface that sends anything you set on it flying into the dashboard with every stop. And what if you don't want the distraction of your phone by your side? Just flip it up and dump your phone in the container underneath.

It's not groundbreaking stuff, just thoughtful design that makes the console useful instead of merely pretty. Luxury vehicles need more of this.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,489 miles

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