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2022 Acura MDX First Look - Price, Release Date, Features, Dimensions, Interiors, Photos, And Rivals

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January 30, 2021 at 08:41 AM

The 2022 MDX is an all-new generation with updated styling and also adds updated driving dynamics, improved interiors, and most importantly a very first Type S model. Its highlight is an all-new 3.0L Turbo V6 capable of 355 hp in the Type S. Acura has also used an all-new platform, body, and chassis. All of this puts a notable premium and the 2022 Acura MDX starts with an MSRP of $46,900.

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Acura has gone around and given their most popular crossover a thorough refresh. What changes does it have over its predecessor? Every bit you touch and feel is different. Acura MDX for 2022 looks exactly like the prototype showcased earlier this year. It borrows its styling and tech features from the recently revamped 2021 RDX and the sharper 2021 TLX. And the most elusive part to look out for is its upcoming Type-S model, the first-ever for the MDX.


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Aside from that, there are a host of changes across the board, and this time Acura genuinely shows an interest in delivering a better handling crossover. Prices have seen an increment of $900 at $46,900 for the base 2022 MDX from its predecessor and go all the way to $60,650 for the top trim. It is now more athletic to drive as Acura has given the MDX a much stiffer double-wishbone suspension up front.

2022 Acura MDX

Model Specs

MSRP Range

$46,900 - $66,000

Release Date

February 2021 / Late 2021 (For the elusive MDX Type-S)

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6 / 3.0L Turbocharged V6

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain

AWD

Trims

4 trim packages - Standard/ Technology/ A-Spec/ Entertainment/ Type S

Colors

  • 5 Standard colors - Platinum White Pearl / Lunar Silver Metallic / Modern Steel Metallic / Majestic Black Pearl / Performance Red Pearl
  • Trim Specific colors -  Apex Blue Pearl / Canyon Bronze Metallic / Fathom Blue Pearl/ Gunmetal Metallic

Changes

  • Redesigned Exterior
  • Bigger infotainment system
  • Redesigned dashboard
  • Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) (standard)
  • Available Low-Speed Braking Control
  • Next-Generation Passenger Front Airbag (standard)
  • All-new Platform, Body, and Chassis
  • Enhanced 3.5-liter V6 powertrain (290 horsepower, 267 lb.-ft. of torque)
  • 10-Speed Automatic Transmission (standard)
  • The first generation of MDX to get Double wishbone front suspension

Talking of the design, it has been thoroughly updated and now rocks a more muscular and dynamic design language. However, the powertrain remains similar to its predecessor, and the more performance-centric Type S is slated to be revealed in the coming months. Let’s gloss over what the 2022 Acura MDX has in store. 

2022 Acura MDX Trims and Features

Acura announced the 2022 MDX will come in a choice of 4 trims with prices starting at $46,900 for the entry-level front-wheel-drive model. An optional all-wheel-drive comes with an extra $2,000. It tops out for the time being at $60,650 for the Advance Package trim but will soon be joined by the yet-to-be-disclosed Type-S trim, that has already go us tickling with its performance figures that will feature a new 3.0L Turbo V6 unit capable of 335 horses.

The engine is now set further back and low, enabling an increase of 6 inches in the dash-to-axle dimension. The 21-inch wheels have been positioned more towards corners increasing the wheelbase by 3 inches. The interior of the MDX Prototype shows why it is befitting of the flagship status from the Japanese marque. The cabin design is now more premium and more sophisticated than before and now features a more upright instrument panel.

Trim

Standard 

Technology Package

A-Spec Package

Advance Package

Type-S

MSRP (FWD) 

$46,900

$51,600

-

-

 

MSRP (SH-AWD)

$48,900

$53,600

$57,100

$60,650

$66,000 (est.)

Key Features

Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control

Add/Upgrades to Standard 

Add/Upgrades to Technology Package

Add/Upgrades to A-Spec Package

Adds/ Upgrades to Entertainment package
 

Power Moonroof

Rain-sensing Wipers

Dark-chrome Lighting Details

Auto-dimming Side Mirrors

New 3.0L turbocharged engine (355 hp and 354 lb-ft)
 

Power Tailgate

LED Puddle Lights

LED Fog Lights

Body-color Lower Trim

Sporty design cues with tweaked front and rear bumpers
 

Jewel Eye LED Headlights

Power-folding Mirrors

A-Spec Exclusive Dual-exhaust Outlets

Sport Seats w/Perforated Milano Premium Leather-trimmed Interior w/Contrast Stitching and Piping

Type S specific interior features including upholstery and badging
 

Auto On/Off Headlights

Sports Seats w/Perforated Premium Leather-trimmed Interior w/Contrast Stitching

Sport A-Spec Seats w/Perforated Milano Premium Leather and Alcantara-trimmed Interior w/Contrast Stitching and Piping

2nd-row Captain's Chairs

 

Acura did not mention a lot about the Type S but we reckon the performance-centric variant is expected to be revealed in a few months and would most likely end up housing the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The 2022 Acura MDX will be available in two standard (non-metallic) color finishes and six premium colors including two new offerings; Phantom Violet Pearl first and an all-new Liquid Carbon Metallic

2022 Acura MDX Engine And Performance

Acura did not mention a lot about the Type S but we reckon the performance-centric variant is expected to be revealed in a few months and would most likely end up housing the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The 2022 Acura MDX will be available in two standard (non-metallic) color finishes and six premium colors including two new offerings; Phantom Violet Pearl first and an all-new Liquid Carbon Metallic.

The 2022 Acura MDX retains the 3.5-liter V6. Power figures remain the same at 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. However, the MDX receives an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission in place of a 9-speed found in the previous generation. Front-wheel drive is standard and the 10-speed transmission offers a wider gear ratio range, more discrete gears, four-gear direct downshifts compared to the previous 9-speed unit.

Model

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Buick Enclave

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

MSRP

$48,900

$55,095

$44,000

$47,800

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

9-Speed automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

290 hp @ 6,200 rpm

310 hp @ 6,700 rpm

310 hp @ 6,800 rpm

247 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

271 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm

266 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm

269lb-ft @ 1,300 rpm

Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs.

3,500 lbs.

5,000 lbs.

5,291 lbs.

Other noteworthy inclusions in the engine are the i-VTEC (intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) for the intake valves combined with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to widen the power band and maximize fuel efficiency. Other updates include special "tumble" type intake ports, piston-crown shapes, and a crossflow magnesium intake manifold.

2022 Acura MDX 0-60 Mph Acceleration And Handling

Given that Acura has updated the platform used in the 2022 MDX, expect Type S levels of performance. Acura hasn’t officially announced any acceleration figures but expects the MDX to hit 60 mph in around 6.9 seconds. Since the engine has been carried over, the jump in acceleration won’t be as significant as you might think.

The 2022 MDX adopts a double-wishbone front suspension, combined with an all-new multilink rear suspension for precise handling dynamics. The 2022 MDX uses new belt-driven Electric Power Steering with a high-output electric motor for increased steering assist and a new variable gear ratio steering system. This setup enables the MDX to have a light steering (good for city commutes) and a stiffer setup during times that demand agility.

Model

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Buick Enclave

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

0-60 mph

N/A

6.9 secs

6.9 secs

6.6 secs

Quarter Mile

N/A

15.1 secs

15.2 secs

15.0 secs

Top Speed

N/A

130 mph

130 mph

176 mph

60-0 mph

N/A

111 ft

122 ft

116 ft

Braking would definitely see an improvement as the 2022 Acura MDX does come with bigger brakes than before. With front rotors that are 2mm thicker and 30mm larger in diameter, the new brakes can better withstand repeated hard stops without reduced performance. Also part of the package is an all-new electric brake booster helping reduce stopping times by a significant margin.


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2022 Acura MDX Gas Mileage 

Fuel efficiency in the 2022 Acura MDX has seen a drop by 1 mpg across the board. Compared to its predecessor, the 2022 MDX returns 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and a combined 22 mpg. Previously these figures were 20, 27 and 23 respectively. Acura has yet to comment on whether the platform is set to bring in possible EV or PHEV versions.

The hybrid model which has a greener edge in terms of the economy will use a smaller 3.0 L V6 engine and returns an impressive 26 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. Acura sure knows to keep everyone happy. The 19.5-gallon fuel tank returns a satisfactory driving range of 429 miles which helps it stay clear of the last spot in the segment.

Model

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Buick Enclave

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

MPG (City)

19

18

17

22

MPG (Highway)

26

25

25

27

MPG (Combined)

22

20

20

24

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

19.5

21.7

21.7

21.7

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

371/ 507/ 429

391/ 543/ 434

369/ 543/ 434

477/ 586/ 520

If however, the setup remains similar to the MDX sport hybrid expect efficiency figures to jump by a figure of at least 6 mpg to possibly a combined MPG figure of 28. The available Variable Cylinder Management can shut down one bank of cylinders when needed for better fuel efficiency.

2022 Acura MDX Interior

Being the flagship offering, the 2022 Acura MDX does come with some intriguing features inside. The clean, horizontal design theme imparts a strong structural feel and is complemented by the use of premium materials such as open-pore wood, brushed aluminum, and soft-touch Milano leather. The Acura MDX gets front sport seats featuring 12-way adjustment, three-way seat heating, and three-position memory all as standard equipment. 

In the second row, 2022 MDX features a first-in-class multi-function removable middle seat providing owners three discrete seating options; a traditional bench and 7-passenger capacity (middle seat up), a captain's chair setup (middle seat down), or wide pass-through for access to the third row (middle seat removed). The seats are heated and ventilated, which adds to its overall comfort factor. 

Model

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Buick Enclave

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

Seating Capacity

7

5

7

5

Front Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

N/A

37.9/ 58.3/ 41.2

41.0/ 62.4/ 41.2

37.8/ 57.7/ 40.3

Second Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

N/A

36.6/ 56.3/ 39.0

39.9/ 61.7/ 38.9

37.5/ 55.8/ 37.2

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

36.0/ N/A/ 30.5

-

37.6/ 57.3/ 33.5

-

Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.) (Behind the last row)

16.3 30.2 23.6 33.5

Cargo space has been increased to 16.3 cu.-ft and can expand up to 71.4 cu.-ft. with both second and third rows folded. The 2022 MDX gets added legroom in all 3 rows and more headroom for the first and third rows. Even the steering wheel has got a heating feature and gets wrapped in premium leather on higher trims. Notable new and refreshed interior and technology features in the 2022 Acura MDX Prototype are:

  • Leather-Trimmed curvilinear quilted sports seats with fresh upholstery options for all the rows
  • Front 16-Way Power Adjust Seats with Power Lumbar Support
  • Ebony and Light Orchin leather for the instrument cluster 
  • Dual glass pane panoramic moonroof
  • 9-massage modes for the front row
  • Acura Iconic Drive LED ambient lighting with 27 colors

What are the infotainment features of the 2022 Acura MDX?

The infotainment setup has seen a massive improvement in the 2022 Acura MDX. A customizable 12.3-inch driver's display replaces the physical gauges. Moving up the trim ladder, the Advance Package gets you a 10.5-inch head-up display which is one of the largest in the business. Moving inwards, there is another 12.3-inch display bit this it’s an infotainment screen housing various vehicle settings.

Even the core used for computation has been replaced by a more powerful unit which translates to a much quicker and more fluidic user experience, much like the current-gen smartphones. Acura has revamped and replaced the audio system in the 2022 MDX Prototype with a "Signature Edition" ELS STUDIO 3D system that is the most advanced and most powerful audio system in any Acura offering, per se.  Notable infotainment features of the 2022 Acura MDX are:

  • Available 16-Speaker, 710-watt ELS STUDIO 3D premium audio system
  • 12.3-inch Precision Cockpit all-digital instrument display (standard)
  • 12.3-inch ultra-wide HD center display (standard)
  • True Touchpad Interface (standard)
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto integration (standard)
  • Qi-compatible Wireless Charging and USB-C Charging (standard)
  • Amazon Alexa Built-In (standard)
  • Available CabinTalk

2022 Acura MDX Exterior

Everything across the exterior has seen a change. The new model is longer and wider than before and has a 2.8-inch longer wheelbase. The Diamond Pentagon grille dominates the front fascia and this time around Acura has upgraded the headlight game with what they call “Jewel Eye” LED array and ”Chicane” DRLs complementing the premium looks of the 2022 Acura MDX.

The higher trims of the 2022 MDX get new 20-inch sporty wheels and chrome-finish, which makes it look even muscular and premium. The various packages on offer enhance the exterior with varying treatments, and our personal favorite is the A-Spec package which darkens out everything, giving it a rather sinister look, even better in the red shade! Expect a restyled front and rear fascias that are in-line with the RDX SUV.

Model

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Buick Enclave

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,264

N/A

4,568

3,870

Length (in.)

196.2

189.6

204.3

186.0

Width (in.)

79.1

74.9

78.8

81.5

Height (in.)

67.4

66.1

69.9

65.0

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.3

7.8

7.7

8.4

Wheelbase (in.)

113.8

112.5

120.9

113.1

The engine has been pushed lower and back a bit which has helped improve the dashboard to front axle distance, which lowers its center of gravity. This means that the dashboard has been pushed further forward that further facilitates improved interior space.  The prominent lines across the SUV have been preserved but are now sharper and cleaner. Notable exterior features of the 2022 Acura MDX are:

  • All-new Platform, Body, and Chassis
  • 19 x 8.5-inch wheels (+1-inch diameter, +0.5-inch width) (standard) and New 21-inch alloy wheels
  • Panoramic Moonroof (standard)
  • 3 new exterior shades - Matte Liquid Carbon, Performance Red
  • 3D diamond pentagon grille
  • 4-element JewelEye LED headlights are now sleeker
  • Redesigned Chichane LED taillamps
  • Integrated LED foglamp cut-outs are now positioned towards the corners

2022 Acura MDX Safety Features

The 2022 Acura MDX comes loaded with state-of-the-art safety features previously reserved for luxury vehicles that sit a tier above. Acura does care about the safety of its passengers, and hence, equips the MDX with plenty of safety features as standard. Acura has greatly amplified the safety aspect of the 2022 MDX.

It flaunts the next generation of Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure that has more rigidity than before. It also comes with enhanced occupant safety and active features. Many of the previously optional features have made way into the standard listing, and thus, have improved safety further. Some of the 2022 Acura MDX’s latest addition to the safety features are listed below:

  • Driver, Passenger, Front and Rear Head, Front Side Airbags
  • Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) (standard)
  • Available Low-Speed Braking Control
  • Next-Generation Passenger Front Airbag (standard)
  • 360-degree Surround-view Camera
  • Automatic Emergency Collision Mitigation Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control w/Low-Speed Follow
  • Lane Keeping Assist w/Lane Departure Warning

2022 Acura MDX Release Date

Acura’s popular SUV gets a much-needed refresh and is all set to hit the markets soon. As per the team, the 2022 Acura MDX is available in the States from February 2. Also, the more powerful MDX Type S is scheduled to arrive around late summer 2021.

The prices of the Acura MDX are strategic and the company hopes to get a boost in sales especially with the latest upgrades on board. No doubt, the 2022 Acura MDX would go ahead and proudly sit on top of sales charts thanks to the generous updates without much of a bump in its asking price.


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2022 Acura MDX FAQs

What is the price of the 2022 Acura MDX?

The 2022 Acura MDX starts with an MSRP of $46,900 and tops out at $60,650 currently with 4 trims on offer. The Type-S that will join in later is expected to be the range-topper with an MSRP of $66,000.

When will the 2022 Acura MDX launch?

The 2022 Acura MDX has a launch date of February 2, 2021, and the Type-S trim will join in by late 2021.

How much power does the 2022 Acura MDX Type-S have?

The most anticipated release is of the 2022 Acura MDX Type-S that will pack an all-new 3.0L Turbo V6 unit capable of 335 hp and 354 lb-ft.

Has the 2022 Acura MDX increased in dimensions?

Yes, the 2022 Acura MDX has increased in dimensions and sits on a 2.8-inch longer wheelbase, with a stance that's 1.4 inches wider in the front and rear.

Which cars will the 2022 Acura MDX compete against?

The 2022 Acura MDX will compete against its long-standing competitors that include the likes of BMW X5, Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60, Honda Pilot, Land Rover Discovery, and GMC Acadia Denali.

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