Masterfully crafted by Honda’s luxury and performance division, Acura, the MDX came with a bang when it launched in 2001, bringing great performance, incredible technology and the highest level of luxury. And for the first SUV of its kind, it got quite a bit of attention. It was the first SUV to use a three-row unibody design and Honda’s global midsize platform – the same platform that underpinned the Honda Odyssey, the TSX and the Acura TL. It had a 3.5-litre V6 engine that produced 240 horsepower, which made quite a strong statement compared to the most common high-end crossovers of the era, such as the Lexus LX 470 and the Land Rover Discovery.
Since then, the Acura MDX remains a key player in the segment. Not to mention that it has subsequently evolved into a much more attractive and luxurious family crossover. Debuting as a new flagship of the brand, the MDX shows off new styling, premium interior with better materials and a full complement of advanced driver aids. The MDX, now in its fourth generation, offers even more of what makes it so popular.
We have listed a number of features that will make the Acura MDX the ideal luxury vehicle.
The 2022 Acura MDX has an attractive front
After a hiatus in 2021, the 2022 Acura comes with an updated exterior design that showcases new athleticism and aerodynamics. The design features smoother and strong shoulder lines connecting the front and rear LED lights, accentuating the profile. From the side you can see the longer hood, a sloping roofline, black B and C-pillars and the nicely designed twenty-inch wheels.
The 2022 MDX is 2.2 inches longer than the 2020 model and has a wheelbase that is 2.8 inches longer, but despite the changed proportions, it’s still easily recognizable as an MDX. Other than that change, the Acura MDX’s track is now 1.4 inches wider, ensuring reduced load transfer when cornering. Thanks to its new widened look with rounded edges and lower stand, the new MDX has a more wagon look. The A-Spec appearance package unlocks a bolder appeal, with a black grille, shark gray wheels and black trim around the headlights and taillights.
The Acura MDX 2022 has a large and comfortable cabin
The MDX offers a more spacious cabin than its predecessor thanks to increased body rigidity, length and width. One of Acura’s greatest strengths is its comfortable interior seating, and the company follows its tried-and-true recipe for adding more padding and a more supportive design. While all seats are soft and have plenty of padding for support, front passengers in higher trim levels will benefit from more front seat reinforcement.
The MDX now offers more legroom for passengers in all three rows, which are also downright comfortable. The second row gives you the most flexibility because you can fold it, or if you want to maximize cargo space, remove it completely. If you need a passage to the third row seats, you can fold the center seat flat.
With so many third-row seats in crossovers that are uncomfortable and less supportive, it’s encouraging to see Acura go to such lengths to provide comfort for all occupants. Now adults can fit into the third row of seats without any problem. Cargo space behind the third row has now increased from 15.0 cubic feet to 16.3 cubic feet. With the rear seats folded, you get 39.1 cubic feet, which is an increase of 0.5 cubic feet.
A top-class Type S trim level
In a standard setting, the 2022 Acura MDX comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 powerplant that produces 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, when paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission and base front-wheel drive, or optionally $2,000 Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.
Drivers seeking more authority on the road have the option to purchase a more powerful version of the MDX, the Type S, which debuted later in the mid-model year, in the summer of 2021. The Type S has a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, which transmits up to 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque to all wheels through the same 10-speed automatic transmission and standard SH-AWD system. With its upgraded brakes and wider tire size, the Type S feels snappier and sportier than the MDX’s base engine.
Except it’s the fastest Acura ever made, the MDX Type S looks good, with a Tiger Eye Pearl orange paint, darkened trim and four exhaust tips. Inside, the MDX Type S pampers its occupants with a deluxe 25-speaker ELS Studio audio system and a 9-position massage seat.
The Acura MDX 2022: New Technology
Two large 12.3-inch displays, one on top of the dashboard and the other in the instrument panel, give the interior of the 2022 Acura MDX a futuristic look. The infotainment screen on the Acura MDX does not have touchscreen functionality. Instead, it uses Acura’s True Touchpad Interface on the center console.
The infotainment system comes standard with Amazon Alexa, a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, three USB ports and a wireless charger for the front seat passengers, while higher finishes include an integrated navigation system.