Three-row SUVs are everywhere. Throw a stone and you’ll hit one. But it’s really a metaphor, don’t throw stones at vehicles.
Three-row luxury SUVs are almost as generous. Such an example has been around the block once or twice – the Acura MDX. This seven-seater luxury SUV is a mainstay of the luxury SUV segment. It was before many others in this segment. And for 2022, the MDX is making its presence felt with a new look and new technology.
If you can be patient and wait for the sport-focused Type S variant, you’ll also find an MDX with even more power. So far we have driven the 2022 version with the 3.5 liter V6 engine which is adequate, but somewhat uninspiring. The aforementioned Type S MDX will feature a turbocharged 355 horsepower V6 that looks so much more impressive than the 290 horsepower we drove.
That’s not to say that the MDX’s standard engine is disappointing; it’s not. But it also lacks pep and athleticism. This is a bit disappointing, because with a “redesign” Acura did not improve the standard engine of the MDX, but rather chose to tempt us and seduce us with the Type S version in order to obtain sportiness and speed. excitement.
As tested, the 3.5-liter V6 engine is adequate and fits in nicely with the sleepy vibe found in some of the MDX’s top competitors like the Lexus RX350 and Cadillac XT6. All of these luxury SUVs are solid, consistent and well made. And the MDX has a lot of new features, including a whole new exterior.
The 10-speed automatic transmission is good and efficient. Various riding modes change the personality and also add confidence, with snow mode being an option available in bad weather. My test model, with the SH-AWD, had a good mix of performance and the confidence of all-wheel drive.
Aesthetically, the new MDX shell stands out. Acura has evolved and matured over the years. The previous generations felt younger, but also rather garish. Now, the new MDX look seems matured, but not old-fashioned, but rather in a way that’s stylish and comfortable in your skin.
Indeed, this new version of the Acura MDX has many of the same elements that make the MDX a popular choice, but adds more modern touches and gives it a fresh feel. The grille is particularly nice, unless you fancy the era of the beak-shaped front end of the old Acura (I don’t miss those days).
The Acura MDX 2022 has the most impressive features inside. As you would like and hope for a luxury vehicle, the 2022 version of the MDX unequivocally shows that it is a luxury vehicle. With the overhaul, Acura can once and for all get rid of the idea that this is just an overpriced Honda. There’s no Honda on the road that’s as nice on the inside as the MDX 2022.
Beautiful materials, high quality contact points and luxurious elements are found throughout the interior of the MDX. The previous generation felt a bit outdated and was certainly overlooked by many of its competition. This new version of the MDX catches up with and outperforms the competition in many ways.
The new Precision Cockpit has a European allure (Hello Audi) and the addition of the A-Spec package brings some special elements to the MDX that help it earn its luxury label. Leather-trimmed seats with UltraSuede inserts are just one of the subtle touches that bring out the wow factor. Sunroofs aren’t exclusive to Acura or even the luxury segment, but the one inside the MDX really helps with the overall smoothness and feel of this luxury SUV.
Acura is adding some awesome tech to the MDX this year, like wireless device charging, Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay as well as the aforementioned Precision Cockpit controls. As nice as these technological improvements are, they are held back by Acura’s True Touchpad (TTI) interface. It almost looks like the next Acura Lexus which also has a confusing and boring touchpad that drives the infotainment system.
Acura is equally frustrating and lacking in intuition and negates all the cool features that come with Acura’s infotainment system which includes a beautiful 12.3 inch screen. This is all no use when it comes to the quirks and troubles of TTI.
If you’re an audiophile and love a great sound system, the MDX with the A-Spec package comes with one of the best in the industry – the ELS Studio Premium 3D sound system with 16 speakers.
The 2022 Acura MDX with all-wheel drive has an EPA rating of 19 mpg / city and 25 mpg / highway. With the SH-AWD and A-Spec pack, my tester had a starting price of $ 57,100. Add a charge of $ 500 for the beautiful Apex Blue Pearl paint coat plus a destination and handling charge and the final MSRP was $ 58,625.
With a crowded field and high customer expectations, it is difficult to stay relevant in the luxury SUV segment. Acura was losing that battle with the MDX, but is now back in the conversation and showing why it’s a mainstay in this power segment.