Powering the new Acura MDX is a choice of two engines, a return of the standard 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque discovered in my MDX SH-AWD A-Spec test vehicle, or a more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque scheduled for the top Type S or Type S Advance trims. Both engines get mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission where all trims however the 2 base MDX and Technology trims get the SH-AWD (Super Handling All-wheel-drive) system as standard. Out on the road, the new Acura MDX in the mid-level SH-AWD A-Spec trim is a smooth operator. If you do choose for the Type S trims you get a front massaging seat feature, another first for the MDX to help retain its luxury position.
The fuel intake of the Acura MDX continues to be constant and matches that of the EPA price quotes of 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 21 mpg integrated. I feel these numbers could be a little better considering the power output. However, the fuel consumption varieties of the MDX A-Spec or other trims using the 3.5-liter V6 are much better than the Type S 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway figures.
I do find that there is a wise use of area in the center console of the dash with the one exception of the Dynamic Mode dial for changing the drive modes. The dial continues to be needlessly big. The other aspects of the dash include plentiful physical buttons for the three-zone automated environment control and a cool pop-up USB port pod with one standard USB and one USB-C port.
The third-row and second seats also get a stylish treatment and have accommodating locations, something thats kept the MDX at the top of the hill for a preferable midsized three-row luxury crossover. The second and 3rd row seats dont appear to fit the high-end style of the MDX however prove to be accommodating for the majority of needs in such a 3-row midsized lorry.
Performance and Driving Character
Powering the new Acura MDX is a choice of 2 engines, a return of the standard 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horse power and 267 pound-feet of torque found in my MDX SH-AWD A-Spec test lorry, or a more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 355 horse power and 354 pound-feet of torque scheduled for the top Type S or Type S Advance trims. Both engines get mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission where all trims however the two base MDX and Technology trims get the SH-AWD (Super Handling All-wheel-drive) system as requirement. The two base trims have the schedule to add the SH-AWD system. The Sport Hybrid setup is no longer readily available.
Out on the roadway, the new Acura MDX in the mid-level SH-AWD A-Spec trim is a smooth operator. I would even reach to state it does not have the sportiness to match its stylish appearances when you select the SH-AWD A-Spec trim of my test automobile. The suspension, which incorporates adaptive dampers, is mainly soft even if you allow the Sport drive mode or go with the firmer damper setting within the customizable individual drive mode. There is just a subtle change from the Comfort and Normal drive modes to Sport in the method the MDX feels and deals with. Otherwise, the most visible modification in Sport mode is the transmissions shift points, throttle positioning, and a little extra weightiness to the guiding effort.
The MDX SH-AWD A-Spec is certainly tuned more to the high-end side of things and in some cases feels a bit stretched for getting up to speed. The 290 horse power might feel a bit taxed as the 10-speed automated transmission likewise feels a little lax to move and typically discovers itself constantly downshifting even when you cruise around 60 miles per hour. Basically, theres a slight deficiency of power where the engine just does not desire to keep up in the higher tailoring requiring the transmission to avoid of 9th or 10th gear around 60 mph. To get to 60 miles per hour it takes about 6.4 seconds, which is good. The more powerful MDX Type S will cover ground a lot quicker to hit 60 miles per hour from a dead stop in just 5.5 seconds.
The expected active safety features are blanketed in the MDX and are all consisted of throughout all trim levels, which consists of adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane-keeping help, road departure mitigation, traffic jam help, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot screen, forward accident warning with emergency braking, and advanced pedestrian detection. The only safety feature that alters with the upper-level trims is a 360-degree cam system which just begins the Advanced Package or Type S Advance trims, which is rather a pity due to the fact that many non-luxury crossovers include such tech in location of the standard evaluation camera found on my test vehicle.
With 6 preconfigured trim levels for the revamped 2022 model year, the MDXs prices structure expands greatly with the top-level Types S Advance trim coming in at $72,050 prior to any additional costs.
In general, the characteristics of the MDX are good however you tend to feel the mass and weight of the car when you begin to navigate through aggressive bends in the roadway. Otherwise, the flight quality is really great and certified enough to keep the body in check as the suspension does well to soak up road flaws and keep up to seven residents delighted.
One thing to note is that if you select the top Type S trim levels you not only get a more effective engine, however you get an air suspension system, a first for the MDX. The vibrant air suspension system can reduce the vehicle in Sport modes or raise it by 50mm for extra ground clearance. The suspension system also aids with simpler entry and exit with its reducing function.
Interior and Tech
The interior of the Acura MDX is welcoming and has the appropriate soft-touch surfaces along with accented stitching and a nice contrast of colors for a luxury-appointed crossover. Acura raises the sporty appeal of the interior in the A-Spec trim with the features of my test automobiles heated and aerated red perforated leather front seats with an Ultrasuede trim, a sporty flat-bottom wheel with paddle shifters, and metal pedals. The front seating location is spacious with a good quantity of seat travel. If you do choose the Type S trims you get a front massaging seat function, another first for the MDX to assist maintain its high-end position.
With six preconfigured trim levels for the upgraded 2022 model year, the MDXs prices structure expands significantly with the top-level Types S Advance trim coming in at $72,050 prior to any extra fees. My mid-level MDX SH-AWD A-Spec trim test vehicle comes to $57,100 before any fees.
The 2022 Acura MDX has its work cut out to keep its position as one of the leading sellers for its segment, however with the expanded trims and brand-new high-end features, theres a great chance it will remain at or near the top.
The Acura MDX has long been a trend-setter for the mainstream three-row luxury crossover sector, and it continues to maintain such a location with the freshly redesigned fourth-generation bringing us additional trims and a brand-new powertrain option.
The new 2022 Acura MDX embarks on a newfound journey where it must keep its place to win over those who have grown to enjoy the uncomplicated technique of a three-row high-end crossover that prospers off its pleasing design and decent price point. For the 2022 model year, Acura brings us a fresh redesign however one that doesnt leave too far from its roots that have worked well to be strongly planted in the American family way of life. The brand-new sleek design utilizes the design language discovered in other brand-new Acura automobiles and plays well for some special qualities regarding not get too lost in translation when you discover an abundance of such lorries in American suburban areas.
The brand-new Acura MDX keeps the brands custom of how it believes the chauffeur or traveler should interact with its infotainment system, which is now fed through a 12.3-inch screen. Here, I think Acura could have made a modification for a more user-friendly interface instead of continuing to utilize the True Touchpad Interface, which limits you to utilizing a trackpad rather of a touchscreen. The system isnt as bad as what you find in the Lexus remote touchpad system but there is a discovering curve and required perseverance included that often takes excessive focus off of the roadway in my viewpoint. There is a neat play on positioning a cool cushioned resting pad that drifts over the cordless battery charger. The floating pad works as a good ergonomic addition to make usage of the trackpad a little much easier and natural with your hand positioning. The current infotainment system is a decent setup with its menus and controls as soon as you end up being familiar with utilizing the trackpad. Still, Acura could have done much better by just moving the large screen a little closer and making it a touchscreen.
The gauge cluster is now a completely digital setup, a very first for Acura. The Precision Cockpit, as Acura calls it, has a clear uncomplicated display with only 2 personalized screen designs to choose from. There are several details readouts available for automobile info and settings however beyond such, there isnt anything groundbreaking to be shown on the cluster as found on other luxury lorries.