2022 Acura MDX
- Spring 2021
What to expect
- A fully redesigned MDX highlighting Acura's latest styling language
- Updated suspension, improved interior quality and a new 12.3-inch infotainment screen
- A high-horsepower Type S model will join the lineup in summer 2021
- Introduces the fourth-generation MDX for 2022
What is the MDX?
The MDX is Acura's midsize three-row SUV. Redesigned for 2022, the newest version of the MDX gets sleek exterior styling, additional legroom in all three rows, and a long list of tech and interior updates. Among three-row luxury SUVs, the MDX has always held a special place in our hearts. Besides exhibiting the typical strengths of its class, previous models have also offered impressive value for the money — something that can't often be said of its competitors. Though pricing for the new model hasn't been released yet, the 2022 Acura MDX appears to offer more of the things that have made it a staff favorite.
What's under the MDX's hood?
As with the current model, most versions of the new Acura MDX will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine. While it hasn't released figures yet, Acura says output will stay about the same as in the outgoing MDX, which has 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The automatic transmission gains an extra cog for 2022, increasing the total number of gears to 10.
The current Sport Hybrid model will not return for 2022. Instead, Acura is introducing the performance-focused Type S. Under the hood is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque on tap. The motor is paired exclusively with Acura's SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.
Numerous under-the-skin enhancements should make the 2022 MDX more dynamic than its predecessor. A more rigid chassis plus the front end's new double-wishbone suspension should improve handling and ride comfort across the board — no easy feat since the MDX was already one of the more exciting SUVs in its field.
How's the MDX's interior?
From a functionality standpoint alone, the new MDX's interior is significantly improved. Legroom increases in all three rows, with increased headroom for the first and third rows. Headroom has slightly decreased in the second row (though Acura won't tell us by exactly how much) because a panoramic sunroof will be standard. Acura has also upped the luxury quotient a bit, improving the MDX's interior with high-end materials such as open-pore wood, stainless steel speaker covers, and a bevy of available leather selections.
How's the MDX's tech?
We've faulted the MDX in the past for a frustrating infotainment system and a non-intuitive dashboard design. Acura promises several notable interior improvements for the new MDX, starting with a 12.3-inch central display screen and touchpad controller. While our staff is divided on the touchpad controller in other Acura models, we all agree it's miles better than the previous dual-screen setup. This interface already debuted in the Acura RDX — the MDX's smaller sibling — and in that SUV, the new system responds quickly to driver inputs. We think it will still have a hard time competing with ultra-chic systems such as Mercedes' MBUX and Audi's MMI, but spend two minutes in a Lexus RX, and you'll find there are far worse interfaces out there than the Acura's.
The 2022 Acura MDX is a refinement of an SUV that is already one of the best in its class. Look for a more dynamic ride as a result of suspension and chassis improvements, as well as greater comfort thanks to its increased wheelbase.
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[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: What's this right next to me? This is the all new Acura MDX prototype. Essentially it's a very close to production model of the 2022 Acura MDX three-row luxury crossover from Acura that is the new flagship for this company. It's not the halo vehicle like the NSX. It won't get all of the crazy Instagram posts, but this ushers in a whole new era for Acura. It's on an all new platform, it's got new suspension underneath, all sorts of tech goodies on the inside, and it ushers in a whole new styling language for Acura. The current MDX is one of our favorite three-row luxury crossovers. It's comfortable, it's quiet, it's got a smooth V6, but the interior doesn't feel as special as it should. But, Acura says, things have changed with this MDX. You're going to get a whole new look and vibe on the interior and, really, that's the part we're most excited to check out. Before we get into all the nitty-gritty details on this particular MDX, click Subscribe below. And if you want to get a cash offer for your car today, go to Edmunds.com/sellmycar. While it might look similar to the old model, this is a complete redesign, it's not a refresh. It's built on a new platform, there's new suspension underneath, and things have grown substantially. The wheelbase, for instance, is almost three inches longer, and it's gotten wider. It's gotten a little bit sleeker and lower. Acura hasn't confirmed exactly how wide yet, but we're hoping that that will help with improving ride stability and handling. It also means more room on the inside. The first, second, and third row all get more leg room, and the first and the third row get more headroom, and there's more cargo space. So more space for everybody. What's under the hood? Well, it's a carryover version of Acura's current 3.5 liter V6. It gets a new transmission, a 10-speed automatic replacing the old nine-speed automatic. Later in production there will even be a Type S version, a high performance MDX built with handling and speed in mind. It'll have a 3 liter single turbo V6 under the hood, putting out 355 horsepower and 354 pound feet of torque. That's the most power an MDX has ever had. That should be a pretty fun drive. At this point, as you'd probably expect, there's a five-sided grill. That's kind of what Acura is doing these days. It's part of their design language. It's slimmer than the current MDX, and the headlights are slimmer too, as are the tail lights. And the headlights use Acura's signature Jewel Eye LEDs that look pretty sweet up front, especially paired with this nice satin gray, silver color. There's also a whole new lineup of interior colors and interior features that we're going to take a closer look at now. So what's the big party piece with this new MDX? Well, we're in it-- the interior. This is a classier version of the MDX. There's all sorts of great stuff just to look at when you first step in; open-pore wood, stainless steel speaker covers, contrasting stitching and piping on the seats. It definitely feels classier than MDXs of even the recent past. There are also a lot of nice touches you can't see on camera, like these seats are 16-way adjustable front seats, with nine different massage settings. And there are 27 different interior lighting settings that can be based on the area of the world that you want to set them on. These are details that kind of matter when you're thinking of high-end luxury, but this seems a little bit more accessible. Now, let's talk about the layout of the interior. One of the things on the current MDX that's a big gripe-- for me anyways-- is the two screen setup. The buttons are confusing, and you don't know which screen does what, and then there are a lot of commands you can't get through without some difficulty. This one uses Acura's new 12.3 inch center screen, which is not a touch screen. It uses this touchpad in the center console. And the MDX now has a digital driver display-- so no analog gauges-- and it's also 12.3 inches. And honestly, these are really crisp, clean looking displays that seem relatively easy to use. Now, touchpads are kind of hit and miss-- we'll have to go deeper into this in testing to find out just how well it works-- but I like the way it falls to hand, and I especially like this kind of bridge over the wireless charging pad where you just put your hand. And instead of a phone being stuffed away down in the center console when you're driving, you get out, you get to your destination, boom, your phone's right there. Now, the steering wheel feels pretty good. I can't say much about build quality on a prototype, but this feels nice. It's got a nice chunky rim on it. The diameter of the steering wheel is good. It is a little bit crowded with buttons, but they're all well labeled, and I think I could figure things out pretty easily. What's really important, though, is how much space is in the back, so let's go in the second and third row and see how well an adult fits. So this is the second row of the MDX, and it's pretty nice back here, too. These are really well contoured seats, they recline, and this is a really nice center console for the back seat. You've got the air vents, you've got controls for the heated seats, 12 volt power, 115 volt power, and two USB outlets. This is not a bad place to be, and I'm seated behind my own seating position. I'm 5' 9", and there's plenty of space here for leg room. And now I've wedged myself into the third row. I mean, I'm a little cramped, but this would not be bad for a teenager or a set of kids back here. And even if I'm just cruising down to the grocery store with six of my closest friends, I wouldn't mind sitting back here. And, even though it's the third row, I still get a USB port here and a USB port over there. It's not so bad back here. One of our favorite things about the current MDX is how much cargo space you get. Even with the third row in place there's plenty of storage back here for luggage, and there's a little compartment underneath. Look at that! So much space! Some of the great things about the interior, like the new single screen 12.3 inch setup as opposed to the dual screens from before, all of the nice stitching and piping that contrasts with the seats, really makes things feel a little bit upper class on the interior of this MDX like the old generation didn't really have. And there's also that Type S coming. It's going to be a high horsepower, fun version to drive. I'm not sure if it'll quite compete with the AMGs of the world, but it will certainly up the fun quotient. Now that carry over 3.5 liter V6? That's a strong engine. We like it's performance now, and pair it with that 10-speed automatic transmission and things could get even better. So, when can you get your hands on one? Well, pretty soon actually. This vehicle is going to go on sale in early 2021 as a 2022 Model. And the Type S, Acura says, will go on sale summer of next year. So, there you have it. The all new 2022 Acura MDX prototype-ish. It looks like they've got all the pieces in place to make this an improvement over the old Model and I, for one, really like that interior. It's pretty fresh. For more information on the Acura MDX, all its competitors, and to check out more videos like this, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel. And for all the details on this specific Model click the link on the article below. For a cash offer on your car today go to Edmunds.com/sellmycar. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Travis Langness takes a look at the redesigned 2022 Acura MDX. In this video we explore the most significant changes to the MDX. Is the newly redesigned Acura SUV a great choice for your next SUV? Watch to find out.