2014 Acura MDX: Inadequate Sun Visors
August 8, 2014
Our 2014 Acura MDX joins a long list of cars that were seemingly developed by engineers and designers that are unaware of the concept of sunrise and sunset. Funny thing, because these solar events occur daily. And they happen during commuting hours, a time when most cars and their bleary-eyed drivers are on the road.
Interstate 5 runs north and south, so I had the visor flopped to the side for extended periods on both legs of my recent trip to visit the University of Oregon. Our MDX lacks any sort of sliding flap or a telescopic arm, so I was forced to improvise.
It's not like the major automotive development hubs sit at the equator, either. Most are sited at high-ish latitudes where the sun spends a decent amount of time in the visor zone all winter long. And I know from direct experience in a former job that engineering teams venture even farther north in winter in search or extreme cold, places where the sun stays in visor zone for much of the day.
In short there's no excuse for a sun visor that's too short to fully cover the side window at times like this. There's a hinge, so this is an intended use. Make it work, people.
And Acura automobiles and SUVs are not bargain-basement products, either. I might expect such a cost-cutting move on a Honda Fit, but not here. Two thumbs down.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 18,992 miles