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#13045 of 13291 Has anyone seen the Eucalyptus interior???
Sep 11, 2013 (12:32 pm)
I'm loving the 2014 MDX and ready to buy a FWD with Technology Package very soon! The only issue is trying to decide on a color combination AND actually find it!
I love the White Diamond Pearl, but every one I find in inventory at local Acura dealers has the Parchment interior. The interior is also available in 'Eucalyptus' (looks to be a very nice green-gray hue) according to Acura's website.
Has anyone actually seen the Eucalyptus interior on an actual vehicle???
#13046 of 13291 Re: Has anyone seen the Eucalyptus interior??? [igozoomzoom]
Sep 11, 2013 (1:18 pm)
I do. I have SH-AWD, Advance, White and Eucalyptus. I bought it on June 19 or so, which is the very first batch. It seems that Eucalyptus is very hard to find right now. Only you can do is just wait, or order the car (and wait again).
But, I love the color. I didn't want a bright leather color. It can be easily dyed and we have young children. So, my choice was right. Acura should produce more diverse colors.
#13047 of 13291 Re: Has anyone seen the Eucalyptus interior??? [igozoomzoom]
Sep 11, 2013 (5:55 pm)
I have one, Yes they are rare. When we were shopping the Dealers told me that there were only 3 in all of CALIFORNIA at the time. I had a Lincoln prior with light leather seat and hated having to clean it all the time.
I love the color combination. I have had my MDX about 3 week and love it more every day. It is truly a very remarkable vehicle. I did a road trip to LA- 160 miles freeway and got 34 mpg. Read my other post about what I paid and where I purchased, search my name. jeff_14mdx2wt1
#13048 of 13291 Re: Has anyone seen the Eucalyptus interior??? [offcity]
Sep 11, 2013 (9:18 pm)
I currently have a 2012 Mazda CX-9 with “Sand” (light beige) leather interior. Mazda only offers two choices- Black or Sand. Black Leather in Atlanta heat is (literally) painful, so Sand was the only way to go. The saving grace was that it’s two-tone, with dark brown accented inserts that look very sharp and it still has Black carpeting! But I already have several spots on the light-colored leather that I haven’t been able to remove yet….maybe some “20-Mule Team Borax” would do the trick? Or maybe not…
If the State of Georgia wasn’t so strict about wrapping kids in plastic or putting them in straight-jackets while they’re in the car, it wouldn’t be an issue!!! =)
I actually love my CX-9 and the only reasons I’m only trading it because my sister and I finally sold a rental house we’ve been trying to unload for two years! I’ve never averaged more than 18.5mpg on a tank of gas either, so the improved fuel economy is very nice!
I test drove the MDX with the Parchment interior and, for me, that interior color is a deal-breaker. I would destroy it, not to mention the ‘mischievous’ offspring of my baby sister! I share custody of my 3-year old nephew and 7-year old niece with my parents because their mommy prefers a needle in her arm over being a parent! Gay uncles with paternal instincts are very useful when one of their siblings is an addict! =)
BTW, does anyone have the “2nd Row Seat Cover” shown in the ACCESSORIES catalog for the MDX? It’s $275, made of “durable wetsuit-like material and machine washable”…I must have it!!! It’s black but I don’t care what color it is, it’s like a huge kid-resistant drop cloth!
I have even considered the “Silver Moon” exterior as my (distant) 2nd choice. It comes with Ebony or Graystone interior. But even the Graystone is too light for my tastes! The Ebony interior is absolutely gorgeous with the Wood Accents, but it’s just not a viable option in the South.
What color is the carpeting with the Eucalyptus interior? I’m assuming it’s the same color as the seats?
I applaud Acura for offering something different. But I also agree that they Honda/Acura (and most other car companies) should offer more medium to dark interior colors! Saddle Brown has a very upscale look, for example. The Hyundai Santa Fe Limited is available with a Saddle & Black interior (Saddle Brown seats, black dash/door panels/carpeting) and they sell every one they can build. BMW offers a Mojave Leather in the X3 and the X5 is available with Mocha Leather or Terra Leather (Terra Cotta, oddly appealing).
For almost 20 years, I only drove Honda or Acura vehicles. Each time I went to buy a new one, my first step was to choose the interior color(s) I could tolerate then back into an exterior color from there! One of my early 90s Accords had Blue interior (somewhere between Royal and Navy) which only came with Frost White. When I bought my ’93 Accord, I liked an interior color they called Brown-Red (the seats were brown, the dash had a slight burgundy hue) but it could only be had with Seattle Silver or Rosewood exterior….I went with the Rosewood, but it wasn’t my first or even my second choice for an exterior color.
As much as I like BMW’s interior color variety, it amazes me that their vehicles have “Leatherette” standard…even on the X5 with a $56k base price! At least we can be thankful that Acura makes Leather standard across the board. Along that line, can anyone comment on the difference between the Perforated Milano Leather on the Advance model vs. the other trim levels?
It’s ironic/irritating that I drive by the factory where they build these at least once or twice each month (in Lincoln, Alabama, located between Atlanta and Birmingham). I wish I could just stop by and wait while they made me one with Eucalyptus interior….
Sep 12, 2013 (12:16 pm)
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#13050 of 13291 Re: Has anyone seen the Eucalyptus interior??? [igozoomzoom]
Sep 12, 2013 (12:57 pm)
Congrats on the shared custody of your niece & nephew. You are doing a wonderful service to our planet by making a difference in the lives of 2 innocent children.
I have a 2011 Pilot EXL, not an MDX, but do have the 2nd row seat cover made of "wet suit" material. I have 3 children (almost 7, 4 1/2, & almost 2) and can tell you that this thing not only fits perfectly, but does a great job at protecting the seats.
#13051 of 13291 Re: Has anyone seen the Eucalyptus interior??? [nyccarguy]
Sep 12, 2013 (1:53 pm)
Thank You for the input on the 2nd row seat cover! I can't believe every SUV didn't offer these years ago! In addition to the two kiddos, I also have a Golden Retriever that loves to ride whenever he can....I spent at least one hour every weekend just trying to vacuum up all the golden fur off the Black carpet in my CX-9! It just slides right off the leather seats into the floor and into every nook and cranny....
God knows I had to put up the fight of my life to get custody of my nephew! She was using throughout her pregnancy with him and Child Protective Services tried to take him from the hospital when he was two days old. They were going to place him in a temporary foster home until I could go through the process of becoming his foster parent, followed by the process to be named his legal guardian, etc. I was approved as a Foster Parent in the county where my parents and I live and where my niece was born. I had fostered my niece two different times before she turned four.
But my nephew was born in an adjacent county and they wouldn’t accept my county’s approval to be a foster parent for him! Thankfully, the Juvenile Court Judge in my county is a friend from high school and my county’s Superior Court Judge is a friend of the family. They both told me to go ahead and take my 2-day old nephew into my custody, bring him back into our county and they would protect me from any legal fallout!
They protected me, just as they promised, but when I went before the judge in the county where he was born to formally petition for custody, she was NOT happy about it! She also had NEVER awarded custody of an infant to a single male who was not a blood relative. My little sister was technically my step-sister until she turned 18 and my mother legally adopted her. My mom raised her from the age of 4 when she married my step-dad and he had custody, but her mother would never allow my mom to adopt her or her 2-year older brother. My mom had to wait until each of them turned 18 and they could legally make her their Mom!
The judge wouldn’t award custody to my parents because my step-dad had just been released from the hospital after a near-fatal battle with Spinal Meningitis! I ultimately had to go WAY over her head (via the Governor’s office) to have them reassign the case to the county where I live. Then it was a piece of cake…..
It may sound corny, but during her 2010 Oscar Acceptance Speech, Sandra Bullock said something that has motivated me and kept me going as I’ve suddenly had to be a mom and dad to two kids for the first time in my life. She said, “I would like to thank what this movie was about for me, which are the moms that take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from!”
I hope I’m making a difference in their lives…even if I am that parent (Mr. Mom) that drives all the other moms and teachers crazy because I’m always running a little late and/or missing one or two things, but I try! My niece just started 2nd grade and one morning a few weeks ago we were running about 10 minutes late getting to school and I flew into the parking lot like a ‘bat out of hell’ and we practically jumped out the car before it stopped and I walked her inside. One of the teachers said, “It’s actually a good thing that you run late all the time because all of the other children are safely inside the classroom before you fly in here on two wheels!” Before I could stop myself I said, “They pay you to teach, not to be a smart ss!” and walked out….I don’t think she likes me very much! =)
#13052 of 13291 2014 Acura MDX base model front wheel drive / 15k miles lease
Sep 16, 2013 (7:54 pm)
I never lease a car before, purchase only. I own 2012 Passat (finance through VW) and still own money on it.
If I would trade in my 2012 Passat for 2014 MDX base front wheel drive how would that work?
What about tax that I paid on the vehicle when I purchased it? Will that apply to my new MDX?
Looking to get a 15k miles a year/ 36 month lease
#13053 of 13291 Re: 2014 Acura MDX base model front wheel drive / 15k miles lease [s2kroma]
Sep 17, 2013 (12:00 pm)
It will not work.
#13054 of 13291 2014-MDX SH-AWD TECH
Sep 17, 2013 (12:16 pm)
I got my new 2014 MDX SH-AWD TECH past weekend and it is great.
Got a very good deal from Ramsey, NJ (Artie) and I had everything work out on phone and just picked up the vehicle without any surprise.