2022 Acura MDX

PHOENIX — The Acura MDX is one of the first 2022 models to arrive in showrooms. And just about everything in this fourth-generation three-row crossover is brand new. Acura is Honda’s premium brand, and has been around since 1986. The popular MDX was first introduced for 2001, and Acura says the new model is in an entirely new class. Changes start with the exterior styling, and continue to the all-new ultra-rigid platform with an MDX-first double-wishbone front suspension, new technology, and more space for people and gear.

We tested the up-market 2022 MDX A-Spec package with a significant $10,200 price jump over the starting price of the base MDX. All 2022 MDX models are powered by a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Later this summer, Acura will introduce a Type S trim level, powered by a 355-horsepower 3.0-liter V6.

Outside, we like the new look and feel, which is clearly and unmistakably an MDX, sticking with the design language introduced on the 2019 Acura RDX. It retains a standard three-row/seven-passenger interior setup with additional headroom and larger third-row legroom.

One of the biggest changes is the introduction of Acura’s Precision Cockpit, a digital gauge cluster — not unlike Mercedes’ MBUX system — that uses a 12.3-inch display to house navigation, trip computer, tire pressure, and even a G-force meter. The new infotainment system is controlled by Acura’s console-mounted True Touchpad interface; there are redundant physical buttons for all of the primary controls. The MDX offers Amazon Alexa integration, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

As with the TLX and RDX, the transmission uses buttons rather than a traditional shifter, while a large dial above enables you to change drive modes.

Our A-Spec builds on the available technology package and comes equipped with standard all-wheel drive and a 5,000-pound towing capacity, an ELS 16-speaker 3D premium audio system, contrast stitching and piping on heated/ventilated front seats, a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, ebony headliner, metal accent footrest and pedals, LED fog lights, and interior and exterior sport appearance packages.

We found the ride and handling of our MDX to be a smooth operator. The cabin is quiet, the ride comfortable and handling confident with easy maneuverability. While it’s equipped with all-wheel drive, know that this isn’t a true off-road vehicle; it’s best used for ice and snowy roads.

Overall, the new MDX is a compelling improvement over the previous model with handsome new styling inside and out, and a long list of tech and safety features. The MDX has a strong reputation for reliability and above average resale value.  

Vital Stats
Base Price: $58,125
Price as Tested: N/A
Powertrain: 3.5-liter 290-HP V6 paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission
EPA Fuel Economy: N/A
Seating: Seven

Where Built: East Liberty, Ohio

Competes With:
Cadillac XT6
Infiniti QX60
Lexus RX
Lincoln Nautilus
Volvo XC90

Crash Test Results: The 2022 Acura MDX has not yet been rated by either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Fab Features
Handsome new styling
Lots of new tech goodies
Roomier, more luxe interior

— Jim Prueter