2022 Acura MDX Preview- Release Date, Changes, Trims, Specs, Features, Dimensions, Interior, Colors

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June 22, 2021  at 11:52 AM

The 2022 Acura MDX kicks off an all-new generation with a full redesign and changes throughout the interior and specs. Released on Feb 2, 2021, the 2022 MDX is available for sale in 4 trims with the MSRP ranging between $46,900 for the Standard and $60,650 for the Advance Package trim. Powered by a 290 hp 3.5L V6 it offers a towing capacity of up to 5,000 lbs. The biggest reveal for this year is the 2022 Acura MDX Type S that will arrive in Late Summer 2021 and offer 355 hp and exhilarating performance.

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The 2022 Acura MDX is the dawn of an all-new redesigned generation of the moniker with refreshed specs and features. With more compact dimensions and exclusive color options, it was released for sale in 4 trims in Feb 2021 with a $2,500 increase in the price. The interior is upscale, offers three rows of seating, and is loaded with tech from top to bottom with a 16.9 cu-ft of cargo space. Built on a totally new platform that is lighter, dynamic, and sturdier, the 2022 Acura MDX also procured the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award recently.


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While the 290 hp 3.5L V6 powertrain remains the same as last year, the transmission has been changed to a 10-speed automatic to aid better performance and fuel economy. Furthermore, Acura has already announced the arrival of the more powerful 2022 MDX Type S in late summer 2021. The MDX Type S gets the same 355 hp 3.0L turbocharged V6 as the TLX Type S which makes it the first performance SUV from the brand. Another major change is that the 2022 Acura MDX also brings in a new double-wishbone suspension system in the front assembly for a better ride quality overall.

2022 Acura MDX

Model Specs

MSRP Range

$46,900 - $60,650

Release Date

February 2021

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain

FWD / AWD

Trims

4 trim packages - Standard/ Technology/ A-Spec/ Advanced

Colors

8 Colors:

  • 6 Pearl Colors- Platinum White, Majestic Black, Fathom Blue, Performance Red, Apex Blue, Phantom Violet
  • 2 Metallic Colors- Lunar Silver, Liquid Carbon

Changes

  • Redesigned Exterior
  • Redesigned Interior
  • Bigger infotainment system
  • Added Safety Features as standard
  • The powertrain is more refined for better performance
  • New 10-speed automatic transmission
  • All-new Platform, Body, and Chassis
  • Double Wishbone Front Suspension is standard

With all the changes going around, the brand is trying to improve the J.D. Power score of 78/100 of its predecessor for the new generation. Owing to this, the 2022 Acura MDX competes with well-known contenders like the Audi Q7, Genesis GV80, and the Lexus RX 350. Other big-wigs in the segment that are also worth mentioning are the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, Infiniti QX60, Volvo XC90, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, and most of all, its own predecessors. On the costlier side, you also have the Maserati Levante, Porsche CayenneLand Rover Discovery, and even the Range Rover Sport.


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What are the Prices, Trims, and Features of the 2022 Acura MDX?

Like its predecessor, the 2022 Acura MDX does not bring any changes to the trim levels and is offered in the same 4 trims as before. The trims are- Standard, Technology Package, A-Spec Package, and Advance Package. With the launch of the fully redesigned new generation, the prices of the 2022 MDX have climbed by $2,500 and start from an MSRP of $46,900 for the base Standard trim and go up to $60,650. Another welcome change for this year is the addition of various features right from the base trim itself. The Standard trim offers features like a power sunroof, power tailgate, and a tri-zone automatic climate control right from the start. 

Upgrade to the Technology Package priced at $51,600, and you get LED puddle lights, leather upholstery on the seats, and other added safety and convenience features. The A-Spec Package demands $57,100 and offers the SH-AWD drivetrain as standard. Furthermore, you get features like Milano Premium leather upholstery, Alcantara trim on the interior panels, and exclusive dual exhausts. The Advance Package is the flagship offering at $60,650 with all of the best features like auto-dimming side mirrors, captain's chairs in the second row, and premium leather upholstery on all panels of the interior as standard. 

Trim

Standard 

Technology Package

A-Spec Package

Advance Package

MSRP (FWD) 

$46,900

$51,600

-

-

MSRP (SH-AWD)

$48,900

$53,600

$57,100

$60,650

Key Features

Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control

Add/Upgrades to Standard 

Add/Upgrades to Technology Package

Add/Upgrades to A-Spec Package

 

Power Moonroof

Rain-sensing Wipers

Dark-chrome Lighting Details

Auto-dimming Side Mirrors

 

Power Tailgate

LED Puddle Lights

LED Fog Lights

Body-color Lower Trim

 

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

 

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


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What Engine does the 2022 Acura MDX have and how does it perform?

Pop the hood of the 2022 Acura MDX, and you will find the 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 engine sitting comfortably. This powertrain is good enough for churning out 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, which is the same as its predecessor. While the output has not changed, Acura has switched things up in the transmission by switching from a 9-speed automatic to a 10-speed automatic for 2022. The power is then tamed and put on the wheels via the FWD in the Standard and Technology Package trims. AWD is also available for $2,000 extra in these two trims.

The AWD drivetrain is the standard fitment in the A-Spec Package and Advanced Package trims of the 2022 Acura MDX. Another big change for this year is the addition of the double-wishbone suspension in the front which is a first for the moniker in all its years. The change in the transmission and suspension setup has resulted in a massive difference in the driving character as the 2022 MDX now rides smoother, more supple, and packs a lot more character. Most of the minor road imperfections are quashed out on the road itself, and even the major ones are felt only slightly in the cabin.

The new generation has also brought a new underpinning platform that is lighter, dynamic, and honed for performance. Owing to this change, the 2022 Acura MDX can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. The quarter-mile takes slightly longer at 14.1 seconds, while the top speed has been limited to 120 MPH. To keep up with its performance streak, the brakes have also been beefed up. The rotors 0.07-inches thicker, and 1.1-inch larger than the 2021 MDX. This helps the ride stop from 60-0 mph in just 128 feet. With the 2022 MDX Type S, expect even better performance in all aspects.

Model

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Genesis GV80

2021 Lexus RX 350

MSRP

$46,900

$54,950

$48,900

$45,220

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbocharged I-4

2.5L Turbocharged I-4

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

290 hp @ 6,200 RPM

248 hp @ 5,000 RPM

300 hp @ 5,800 RPM

295 hp @ 6,300 RPM

Torque

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

273 lb-ft @ 2,900 RPM

311 lb-ft @1,650 RPM

268 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

0-60 mph

6.4 secs 6.9 secs

6.2 secs

7.7 secs

Quarter Mile

14.1 secs 14.4 secs

13.9 secs

15.5 secs

Top Speed

120 MPH 130 MPH

149 MPH

124 MPH

60-0 mph

128 ft 132 ft 128 ft 125 ft

Towing Capacity

5,000 lbs

4,400 lbs 6,000 lbs 3,500 lbs

Compared to the adversaries, the Acura MDX actually seems overpriced and underpowered which shows in its power figures. The Genesis GV80 serves as the best value for money option since it offers the most power, best acceleration figures, the best towing capacity, even with the smaller engine. Upgrade to the bigger engine, and the GV80 presents an even better option. The Lexus RX 350 is also a worthy contender with its respectable power figures but is the slowpoke in acceleration. The Audi Q7 is the most underpowered and the costliest option, along with mediocre acceleration and braking performance.


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What MPG figures does the 2022 Acura MDX offer?

Despite the remodel, the MPG figures of the 2022 Acura MDX have managed to remain more or less the same as its predecessor. With the FWD drivetrain, you get 19 MPG in the city, 26 MPG on the highway, and 22 MPG combined. Put down 2 grand extra to retrofit the SH-AWD drivetrain, and the MPG figures drop to 25 MPG on the highway, and 21 MPG combined. 

While the last generation offered the MDX Hybrid, Acura is yet to break the silence for the same in the new generation. What the brand has revealed is the arrival of the 2022 Acura MDX Type S which can offer 21 MPG combined. Both will come hooked up to an 18.5-gallon fuel tank which translates into an overall combined driving range of 407 miles. With the 2022 MDX Type S, expect the driving range to sit around 389 miles. 

Model

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Audi Q7 2021 Genesis GV80 2021 Lexus RX 350

MPG (City)

19

19

21

20

MPG (Highway)

26

23

25

27

MPG (Combined)

22

21

23

23

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

18.5

22.5

21.1

19.2

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (miles)

352 / 481 / 407

428 / 518 / 473

379 / 525 / 464

384 / 518 / 442

With stiff competition from the rest, the Genesis GV80 goes for the win yet again with its great MPG figures. The Lexus RX 350 also manages to stack up quite decently with the best highway fuel economy in the lineup. The Audi Q7 is overall a gas guzzler and covers that up by offering the biggest fuel tank of the lot. The Acura MDX procures the last place on the podium with gas mileage.


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What are the changes to the 2022 Acura MDX Interior?

Sitting as the flagship offering from the automaker, the interior of the 2022 Acura MDX packs the full force of luxury and features as standard fitment. The steering wheel is chock full of in-vehicular controls while the center console houses all the climate control settings, controls for the infotainment system, and other in-vehicular controls for the seats, driving modes, etc. With three rows of seating, the 2022 MDX offers a total seating capacity of 7 which drops to 6 with the flagship Advanced Package trim due to the addition of Captain's chairs in the second row. The captain's chairs also add heating and power-adjustable capability to the second row.

Right from the get-go, you get premium leather upholstery as standard on all the seats from the base Standard trim itself. As you move up to the A-Spec Package and Advanced Package, Milano leather upholstery with Alcantara trimming comes into play. The front row is quite roomy and comfortable and the viewing angles from the windshield are in a way that eliminates almost all major blindspots. The second-row seats are also spacious for everyone, however, the same cannot be said for the third row. The last row is best suited only for kids and could have done with better legroom to be usable by adults.

Model

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Audi Q7 2021 Genesis GV80 2021 Lexus RX 350

Seating Capacity

7

7

5

5

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

38.5 / 61.9 / 41.6 39.9 / 59.5 / 41.7

40.2 / 60.2 / 41.6

39.4 / 57.8 / 44.1

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

38.1 / 60.3 / 38.5 38.8 / 58.5 / 38.8

38.4 / 58.2 / 38.7

39.1 / 57.6 / 38.0

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

36.2 / 55.2 / 29.1 35.9 / 49.4 / 29.2 N/A N/A

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.)

16.3 14.8 34.9  16.0

In front of the rivals, the Audi Q7 comes with the best-spaced cabin overall, but at the expense of cargo room which is the smallest. The Genesis GV80 comes in next with only two rows of seating, and a massive cargo bay area that is enough to stow away 3 large suitcases, 2 medium suitcases, and 7 duffle bags. The Lexus RX 350 also offers 2 rows of seating, but there is another long-wheelbase RX 350L that houses three rows of seating. In terms of infotainment, the 2022 Acura MDX offers a 12.3-inch center screen that is operable by a touchpad and a 12.3-inch digital driver display. 

This comes hooked up to a 9-speaker sound system in the base trim, which increases to a 12-speaker sound system in the Technology Package. With the A-Spec Package and Advanced Package, you get a mammoth 16-speaker sound system that turns the car into a moving discotheque. The UI is quite intuitive but operation with the touchpad does seem gimmicky and glitchy even for a car in the 21st century. Some of the notable interior and infotainment features of the 2022 Acura MDX 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
  • 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) and Available CabinTalk

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What are the changes to the dimensions and exterior of the 2022 Acura MDX?

Everything across the exterior has seen a change. The 2022 Acura MDX 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 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 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. The prominent lines across the SUV have been preserved but are now sharper and cleaner.

Model

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Audi Q7 2021 Genesis GV80 2021 Lexus RX 350

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,264

4,784

4,806 

4,222

Length (in.)

198.4

199.3

194.7

192.5

Width (in.)

78.7

77.6

77.8

74.6

Height (in.)

67.1

68.5

67.5

67.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.3

7.7

8.1

8.2

Wheelbase (in.)

113.8

117.9

116.3

109.8

Contrasting it to the rest, the Acura MDX has put on weight compared to the last generation, despite getting more compact. The Genesis GV80 is the bulkiest and offers one of the best ground clearances in the lineup. The Lexus RX 350 is the lightest of the lot, and also the smallest car which is hard to admit given its broad stance. The Audi Q7 retains its flavor of being a spacious ride owing to its bigger dimensions. Despite the fact that it is the longest, the Q7 is still lighter than the GV80. The notable exterior features of the 2022 Acura MDX are:

  • All-new Platform, Body, and Chassis
  • 19/21-inch alloy wheels
  • Panoramic Moonroof 
  • 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

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What are the Safety Ratings and Safety Features of the 2022 Acura MDX?

The 2022 Acura MDX comes loaded with state-of-the-art safety features previously reserved for luxury vehicles that sit a tier above. 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. Because of his massive change, the 2022 Acura MDX underwent the IIHS Crash tests and passed it with flying colors with an overall "Good" rating.

Furthermore, the 2022 MDX has earned the highest safety award from the IIHS and won the Top Safety Pick+ Award like its siblings the RDX and the TLX. Acura does care about the safety of its passengers, and hence, equips the MDX with plenty of safety features as standard. 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

What is the Release Date of the 2022 Acura MDX and is it worth buying?

With the 2022 Acura MDX, the brand is clearly not mincing any words and is going straight for the win with a bold new avatar. Backed by a ton of features, stylish design, comfortable interiors, and an adequately fuel-efficient and decent-performing powertrain, the 2022 Acura MDX surely does compel anyone to become a worthy competitor in the price bracket.

Released in Feb 2021, it offers exclusive color options, and the capability to take the fight right to the gates of its competitors. And with the impending arrival of the 2022 Acura MDX Type S, you can surely bet that the ride is only getting started. The MDX Hybrid is still down the line, which will only bolster its stance further. Hence, we would definitely recommend buying the 2022 Acura MDX.


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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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