2022 Acura MDX

MSRP $46,900

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2022 Acura MDX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 17, 2021

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The 2022 MDX is going to be an all-new vehicle that borrows aesthetics and technology from the recently redesigned 2021 RDX and the 2021 TLX. Powertrain duties will continue to be carried on by Acura's 3.5L V6 engine producing 290 hp and 267 pound-feet of torque. However, a new 10-speed automatic transmission will replace the previous 9-speed unit.

Acura has confirmed that there will also be an MDX Type S with a 3.0L V6 producing 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, just like the 2021 Acura TLX Type S. The thorough revamp also brings an updated interior design featuring a 12.3-inch infotainment display and wireless charging as standard. Coming with a plethora of changes, the 2022 Acura MDX luxury midsize SUV starts at an MSRP of $47,200.

2022 Acura MDX Latest Updates

  • Aug' 27, 2021 : 2022 Acura MDX Type S: Expected Release Date, Prices, MPG, And Performance Read More »
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Pros

Luxurious and practical interior

A long list of tech and infotainment features

Impressive safety ratings and driver assistance features

Cons

The third row is a bit too tight for adults

Slightly pricier than rivals

What's New?

All-new model for 2022


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$46900

bodystyle

dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

267 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

10-Automatic w/OD

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/13 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

113.8 in.

length

198.4 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

67.1 in.

curb weight

4271 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

139.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/26 mpg

highway range

481.00 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$46,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Acura MDX in Majestic Black Pearl color
Majestic Black Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine and Performace

8.0

Pricing and Features

6.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


Acura has tried to outclass the competition by offering some very modern tech features with the 2022 MDX, and even its base trim comes with lots of standard features on offer. Prices for the 2022 Acura MDX FWD start at $47,200, and buyers will have to pay an additional $2,000 to avail of the SH-AWD setup. As this is a family SUV after all, all models also come standard with multi-functional 2nd-row seats featuring removable middle seats for improved functionality. Together with a maximum towing capacity of 5000 lbs and a maximum cargo capacity of 95 cu-ft., it is easy to understand how the MDX three-row SUV has managed to stand tall against rivals such as Cadillac XT5, Buick Enclave, and Jaguar F-Pace.

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2022 Acura MDX SUV front angle view
2022 Acura MDX SUV rear angle view

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2022 Acura MDX Buying Advice

We would recommend opting for the 2022 Acura MDX A-Spec Package. It is priced well under $60,000, which is fair for a three-row luxury SUV. In exchange, you get standard features like SH-AWD, Milano leather sport seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and 16-speaker ELS Studio 3D sound system.

2022 Acura MDX Features

Just like the 2021 model year, the all-new 2022 Acura MDX will be available in four different trim levels. The base and Technology Package trims come standard with the FWD drive type but the all-wheel-drive configuration is offered across the range. The list of standard features includes tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless access, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and ambient LED cabin lighting.

Trim

MDX

Technology Package

A-Spec Package

Advance Package

MSRP (FWD)

$47,200

$51,900

NA

NA

MSRP (SH-AWD)

$49,200

$53,900

$57,400

$60,950

Key Features

Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control

Add/Upgrades to Base     Add/Upgrades to Technology Package     Add/Upgrades to Technology 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

 

Leather front row seats

Heated Mirrors

GPS-linked Climate Control

Heated/Ventilated Front Seats

   

Road Departure Mitigation & Forward-collision Warning

Front/Rear Parking Sensors

 

The base Acura MDX is packed with significant features but upgrading to the A-Spec Package boasts plenty of add-ons such as exclusive dual exhaust outlets, LED fog lights, Alcantara trimmed interior, better stitching, and piping, and an array of safety features. It also gets the SH-AWD functionality as standard, and for a price of $57,400, is a total value-for-money buy.

2022 Acura MDX Engine and Performance

The 2022 MDX SUV gets a 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood. It is mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox sending power to the front wheels. Acura also offers an optional Super Handling all-wheel-drive system with this SUV. The standard 3.5-liter V6 engine churns out about 290 horses and delivers nearly 267 lb-ft of torque, which translates to 6.4 seconds needed to hit the 60 mph mark from a standstill and about 14.9 seconds to cover the quarter-mile distance. The three-row SUV also comes with five different driving modes; Normal, Comfort, Sport, Snow, and Individual. These modes optimize the powertrain according to the driving conditions to deliver better performance.

We would highly recommend getting the SH-AWD system as it just makes the whole driving experience much more fun. The steering also feels pretty precise and offers a good amount of feedback. This is not an off-roading SUV and most owners would be driving it around the city or on highways. Accordingly, the MDX’s driving performance in its natural habitat is quite satisfactory. Overall, if you’re looking for an SUV that you can take on some off-roading adventure or something that could offer you an enthralling driving experience, then the MDX isn’t the one.

Models

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Buick Enclave

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

MSRP

$47,200

$50,990

$40,000

$49,995

Engine

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

3.6L V6

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

10-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

290 hp @ 6200 RPM

310 hp @ 6600 RPM

310 hp @ 6800 RPM

246 hp @ 5500 RPM

Torque

267 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM

271 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM

266 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

269 lb-ft @ 1300 RPM

0-60 MPH 6.4 sec 7.5 sec 7.2 sec 6.6 sec
Top Speed 112 MPH 125 MPH 130 MPH MPH

However, if you want a vehicle that will do the daily driving duties well, then there perhaps isn't a better option than the MDX in the segment. The Cadillac XT5 and the Buick Enclave both use the same powertrain and make more power and torque than the Acura. However, that does not quite translate on the road all that well, and both of them happen to be slower than the MDX in terms of acceleration. The Jaguar F-Pace, on the other hand, uses a smaller 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and features the lowest power figures. Still, the Jag is slower than the Acura only by a couple of tenths of a second but much quicker than the GM siblings.

2022 Acura MDX Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The fuel economy numbers of the 2022 Acura MDX aren’t the greatest, but it delivers fuel economy numbers that are definitely above average in comparison to some other cars in the segment. In the city, the MDX can go for about 19 miles on a gallon of gas while on the highway it can haul up to about 26 miles.

It gets an EPA rating of 22 mpg combined, which is decent but not very impressive. The outgoing 2021 MDX with the hybrid powertrain offered 27 mpg combined, which was really very impressive and one of the highest in the segment. But since the 2022 MDX won’t be getting a hybrid unit, you’ll have to deal with spending more on gas.

Models

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Buick Enclave

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

MPG (City)

19

18

18

22

MPG (Highway)

26

26

26

27

MPG (Combined)

22

21

21

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

22.0

19.0

21.7

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (Miles)

352/481/407

396/572/462

342/494/399

477/586/521

Among rivals, the Jaguar F-Pace uses a smaller turbocharged unit, and that just helps it churn out better fuel economy than the rest. The F-Pace gets an EPA-estimated rating of 24 mpg combined which is better than any other SUV in the competition. The Cadillac XT5 and the Buick Enclave both deliver 21 mpg combined, which is the same as the MDX.

2022 Acura MDX Interior

8.0/10

The 2022 MDX gets a major update in terms of its interior. The cabin has been freshly done and now feels plusher, premium, and luxurious than the outgoing model. The futuristic design and the way it has been laid out are simply stunning. The quality of materials used is simply amazing. The level of fit and finish has also gone up by a great margin compared to the previous model year and there are no panel gaps or shaky equipment. All the bits of the interior just feel solid and upmarket. The base-spec MDX trim gets leatherette upholstery all over while all the other trims get the interior wrapped in premium perforated Milano leather.

The top-spec Advance package trim level gets 16-way power-adjustable front seats while all the other trims get 12-way power-adjustable seats. Heated front seats are offered as standard across all trim levels while ventilated front seats are only offered with the top-spec Advance and A-Spec package trim levels. The steering wheel comes wrapped in high-quality leather as standard although the heated steering wheel can be only availed in the Advance package trim level. This is not a very big vehicle as such but Acura has somehow managed to create a good amount of room for passengers. 

The front seats are quite nice and snug and offer good support. The front seats have a good amount of bolstering and hold you in place really well. The amount of head, shoulder, and legroom at the front is good and even tall passengers will not have any problems sitting on those seats. The second row can carry three passengers but it is best suited for two adults. Three adults on the second row will not be very comfortable and it would be a bit of a squeeze for them. The third row of seats, like it is in most three-row SUVs, is best suited for kids.

Models

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Buick Enclave

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

Seating Capacity

7

5

7

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom) (inches)

38.5/61.9/41.6

37.9/58.3/41.2

41.0/62.4/41.2

37.8/57.7/40.3

Middle Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom) (inches)

38.1/60.3/38.5

36.6/56.3/39.0

39.9/61.7/38.9

37.5/55.8/37.2

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom) (inches)

36.2/55.1/29.0

NA

37.6/57.3/33.5

NA

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft.)

18.1

30.0

23.6

33.5

Adults will have to sit knees up and won’t be comfortable at all on the third row especially on long journeys. It’s not that the third row is redundant and can’t be used but no average-sized adult can possibly fit in there. With all the rows of seats up, the Acura MDX offers about 18.1 cubic feet of cargo area behind the third row of seats. Fold the third row down and then you have about 48.4 cubic feet of the cargo area and when the second row is also folded, you open up to about 95.0 cubic feet of storage area which is absolutely massive.

The creature comfort features inside the 2022 Acura MDX include:

  • 12-way power-adjustable heated front row sports seats
  • A-Spec gets Alcantara in black
  • 5ri-zone climate control
  • Leather upholstery in five interior colors

The MDX, with its base trim level, is offered with a 9-speaker audio system while a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display is offered as standard across all trim levels. Other standard infotainment features offered with the MDX include SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth smartphone integration, wireless Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, and many others. The Technology package trim level comes with an ELS studio premium 12 speaker audio system while the Advance and A-Spec trims get an ELS studio 3D 16-speaker audio system.

Some of the notable infotainment features of 2022 Acura MDX are:

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen display
  • 9-speaker audio system
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Wireless charging
  •  Wi-Fi Hotspot

2022 Acura MDX Exterior

6.0/10

The 2022 Acura MDX has been thoroughly refreshed and now looks sharper than ever before. It draws few design cues from the new TLX and refreshed RDX and looks butch. The SUV features a bold diamond pentagon grille at the front and has a very aggressive fascia. Adding more to the drama are those 4-lamp Jewel Eye LED headlights along with signature chicane daytime running lamps that look cool and fascinating.

It has a wider front profile that just gives it an athletic stance and enhances its street presence. On the side, you’ll notice the sculpted hood and a very prominent beltline that flows from the wrap-around headlights to the taillights across the car’s body. The roof of the car slopes down slightly towards the end which looks very sporty. 

Models

2022 Acura MDX

2021 Cadillac XT5

2021 Buick Enclave

2021 Jaguar F-Pace

Curb Weight (lbs)

4271

4338

4359

4015

Length (inches)

198.4

189.6

204.3

186.9

Width (inches)

78.7

74.9

78.8

81.5

Height (inches)

67.1

66.1

69.9

65.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.3

7.8

7.7

8.4

Wheelbase (inches)

113.8

112.5

120.9

113.1

At the back, you again have those Acura-signature chicane taillights and a sculpted tailgate that looks cool. The vehicle also gets dual exhaust tips at the back that just adds to its sportiness. Overall, the MDX is one handsome car and it simply looks stunning. Its dimensions are well laid and all-in-all Acura has done a great job in designing this car.

The 2022 Acura MDX gets some very interesting exterior features which are:

  • Powered tailgate
  • Panoramic moonroof with tilt and slide function
  • Jewel Eye LED headlights
  • Chicane LED daytime running lights
  • LED outer door handle lights
  • LED fog lights
  • Chicane LED taillights
  • Auto-ON/OFF headlight operation
  • Auto high-beam
  • Heated side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals
  • Remote-operated windows and moonroof-open function

2022 Acura MDX Safety

7.0/10

The 2022 Acura MDX is yet to be rated by the NHTSA and IIHS. However, the 2020 model year gets the highest overall rating from the NHTSA and a 5-star rating in almost all the tests. The IIHS has awarded it the highest ‘Good’ rating in almost all its crash tests. Since the 2022 MDX is a refresh and not a complete revamp, the safety ratings for the 2022 model will more or less remain the same as the 2020 model.

The 2022 MDX gets plenty of standard safety and driver assistance features like:

  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Advanced pedestrian detection
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Blindspot information system
  • Rear cross-traffic monitor
  • Hill-start assist
  • Brake assist
  • Multi-view rear camera with dynamic guidelines

2022 Acura MDX Competition

9.0/10

Acura MDX vs. Cadillac XT5

The Cadillac XT5 is about $2000 cheaper than the MDX and can only carry five people while the Acura, on the other hand, is built to carry seven passengers. The Cadillac XT5 makes 310 hp which is 20 hp more than the MDX, but then it is quicker than the former on the straight line. In terms of fuel economy both the cars are similar while in terms of passenger space and comfort, the Acura feels more spacious and opulent. It also offers better tech equipment than the XT5, and hence we think that the 2022 MDX has a slight edge over the XT5. For a few thousand dollars more, it has so much more to offer and if you have the budget, we would strongly recommend you to go for the MDX over the XT5.

Cadillac XT5

Acura MDX vs. Buick Enclave

The Buick Enclave is yet another mid-size, 7-seater crossover. It sports the same engine as the Cadillac XT5 and makes more power than the MDX. Despite having more horses under the hood, it doesn't translate well on the road. However, the Buick offers better passenger space than the MDX does. It offers more room to the passenger with a surprisingly practical and usable third row of seats when compared to the MDX. Moreover, the Enclave is priced very competitively with prices starting at just $40,000. Now, if you do not bother about tech features and gimmicks and all that you want is a practical mid-size, 7 seater crossover then we would suggest you opt for the Buick. But then again, the Acura MDX is just a better proposition than Enclave if you’re ready to compromise a bit of passenger space.

Buick Enclave

Acura MDX vs. Jaguar F-Pace

The Jaguar F-Pace is a driver’s SUV. It has a very lively 2.4 liter, turbo engine coupled to a very responsive gearbox that makes driving an SUV feel like a sports car. Now, the Jaguar is a bit pricier than the MDX and has space for only 5 passengers. The F-Pace’s interior has a very sporty appeal to it and just offers the better snob value while it gets as many features as the Acura does. Hence, we think the MDX is a more sensible and more value-for-money proposition than the F-Pace is. The Jaguar F-Pace is not a bad car but the latter has just so much more on offer at a lower price.

Jaguar F-Pace

2022 Acura MDX Final Verdict

The 2022 Acura MDX is hands down one of the best cars in the segment. It has good power and performance onboard, and it scores big in terms of practicality and creature comfort, and also looks very stunning. Plus, it is priced very competitively and offers great value. The 2022 MDX does pretty much everything that you would expect from a mid-size luxury crossover, and Acura hasn’t left us with anything to complain about. The third row might feel impractical and best suited for kids, but the fact is that you can still live with it. Long story short, if you’re in the market looking for a 7-seater, luxury crossover, then you should perhaps head right away to your nearest Acura dealership.