2022 Acura MDX is upgrading its limited roster of cars and SUVs at a breakneck rate. The three-row MDX is one of them, with a recent update bringing a slew of new features. The handsome styling cues for this SUV come from the lightweight RDX SUV and TLX sedan, and the cabin features luxurious materials and features worthy of Acura’s premium tag.
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This front-driver comes standard with a 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission, with all-wheel drive as an option. The Type S model, on the other hand, comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine and standard all-wheel drive.
What’s New for the Year 2022?
The MDX was revamped for the 2022 model year, missing the 2021 model year. The new SUV is styled and equipped similarly to the recently updated RDX and TLX models.
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We’re most interested in the Type S because of its efficiency expectations, but Acura says it won’t be available until the summer of 2021. The Technology trim, which includes leather upholstery with contrast stitching, customizable interior ambient lighting, an ELS Studio stereo system with 12 speakers, and low-speed front and rear automatic emergency braking, is our recommendation for buyers looking for a beautifully fitted luxury crossover without the sporty flair.
Performance, Engine, and Transmission
The new MDX has the same 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine as the previous model, but it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission rather than a nine-speed. All-wheel drive is still an option, but front-wheel drive is still the norm. The outgoing 2020 MDX had a hybrid powertrain, but Acura has not mentioned whether or not the 2022 MDX will be hybridized.
All-wheel drive is standard on the sporty Type S model, which is powered by a 355-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine. While we haven’t driven the Type S, we did test drive an all-wheel-drive Advance with the regular powertrain, which revealed surprisingly nimble handling and fast acceleration.
Real-World MPG and Fuel Economy
The base 2022 MDX gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The highway rating is reduced by 1 mpg when all-wheel drive is selected. Our all-wheel-drive A-Spec test vehicle returned a disappointing 22 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy path.
Cargo, Interior, and Comfort
The interior of the MDX is much more luxurious than that of the 2020 edition. In high-end trims, French-stitched leather covers the dashboard, and open-pore wood mixes with metal and piano-black accents. The MDX also has plenty of creature comforts, including dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and leather upholstery.
The front seats are supportive and comfortable, and they can be customized with features like 16-way power adjustment and massage. The MDX’s first and second rows have plenty of room for passengers, but the third row is still reserved for children. Although the interior is well-designed and provides numerous convenience features, it lacks the opulence of rival cabins such as the Genesis GV80 or the Volvo XC90.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The 2022 Acura MDX has a wide 12.3-inch infotainment monitor with a touchpad controller located in the center console, which we’re sorry to say is a bit of a pain to use. A 12.3-inch digital reconfigurable gauge panel, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, in-dash navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a wireless mobile charging pad are all included as standard features. The technology trim comes with an ELS Studio stereo system, while the A-Spec and Advanced trims get a 16-speaker ELS Studio 3D setup.