I received the Winter 2002 edition of "Acura Style" yesterday, and it had some details regarding the changes made to the 2002 MDX. While I've read a few comments here and there about the changes, I've never seen this level of detail, so I thought I'd share it with everyone. This is from the section "Insider's Guide" on page 59:
The most visible changes are the three new color choices-- Taffeta White with Saddle interior, Redrock Pearl with Saddle interior, and Havasu Blue (metallic) with Ebony interior.
The steering system has been fine-tuned to increase road feel for even more car-like responsiveness.
The outboard seats in the second row have been equipped with the new and innovative LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system for attaching child safety seats to ready-to-use tethers at the top and bottom of the seats.
The rear window now features an intermittent window wiper/washer system. The front wiper/washer system benefits from a higher-pressure pump for improved winshield cleaning.
Added protection against parking-lot door dings is available through optional body side-molding trim.
A variety of enhacements have been made to produce a quieter, more comfortable ride. These include thicker windshield glass, and acoustic roof lining material from front to rear. A layer of Thinsulate (TM) insulation has also been added to key areas of the interior, including inside the door panels.
Diffuser-style exterior door mirrors have been added to smoothly channel airflow past the side windows to reduce wind noise.
The front cross bar of the roof rack has been repositioned more to the rear to further reduce wind noise and improve aerodynamics.