Acura is updating its small range of SUVs and cars. The three-row MDX is one of them, and it has received many new features. The SUV borrows its stylish styling from the compact RDX SUV, and TLX sedan. The cabin features luxury materials and features worthy Acura’s premium badge. This front-driver comes standard with a 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a 10-speed auto. All-wheel drive is also available. You can also choose the Type S model, which is performance-oriented and features a turbocharged 355 horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 engine and standard all-wheel driving.
What’s new for 2022?
Acura has redesigned its MDX for 2022. It skipped the 2021 model year. The new SUV shares the same styling and technology as the recently redesigned RDX/TLX models.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
We are driving enthusiasts and we love the Type S’s performance ambitions. However, Acura has said that it will not be available for sale until 2021. We recommend the Technology trim for buyers who want a well-equipped luxury crossover with no sporty flair. It features niceties like leather upholstery with contrast stitching and adjustable interior ambient lighting.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
The MDX’s 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 is the same as the previous model. However, the engine has been mated to an automatic 10-speed transmission instead of a 9-speed. All-wheel drive is an option, while front-wheel drive will remain standard. Although the 2020 MDX offered a hybrid powertrain in its predecessor, Acura has yet to announce if it will hybridize the 2022 MDX. The Type S model, which is sporty and powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine with 355 horsepower, comes standard with all-wheel-drive. Although we haven’t yet driven the Type S, our test drive with an Advance model with all-wheel drive revealed surprising agility and responsive acceleration.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
Base 2022 MDX has EPA fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive lowers highway ratings by 1 mpg. Our all-wheel-drive A-Spec test vehicle returned 22 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route. Visit the EPA website for more information on the MDX’s fuel economy.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
The MDX’s cabin is more luxurious than the 2020 model’s. The dashboard is covered in French-stitched leather with high-end trims. Open-pore wood mixes with metal and piano black accents. Acura equipped the MDX with many creature comforts such as dual-zone automatic temperature control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and heated rear seats. The front seats can be adjusted with 16-way power adjustment and massage. While the MDX’s first and second rows provide ample passenger space, the third row is reserved for children. The interior is well-designed and provides many convenience options. However, it doesn’t feel as luxurious as cabins like the Genesis GV80 and the Volvo XC90.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The 2022 MDX features a large 12.3-inch infotainment display with a center-console-mounted touchpad controller, which we’re sorry to report is somewhat frustrating to use. Standard features include a 12.3-inch digital reconfigurable gauge screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto capability, in–dash navigation, Wi-Fi hotspot and a wireless charging pad. Technology trims get an ELS Studio stereo system, while Advanced and A-Spec models get a 16 speaker ELS Studio 3D setup.