2022 Acura MDX SH-AWD A-Spec Review & Test Drive

Security
The expected active safety features are blanketed in the MDX and are all consisted of across all trim levels, that includes adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane-keeping assist, roadway departure mitigation, traffic congestion assist, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot display, forward accident caution with emergency situation braking, and advanced pedestrian detection. The only security feature that changes with the upper-level trims is a 360-degree video camera system which just comes on the Advanced Package or Type S Advance trims, which is rather a pity due to the fact that numerous non-luxury crossovers consist of such tech in place of the basic review video camera discovered on my test lorry.

Prices
Part of the appeal and class-leading sales of the Acura MDX was its value proposition over the many years of its presence. Now, the MDX a little expands on its luxury horizon but still can be had for a decent price starting at $48,000 for the base FWD trim. With 6 preconfigured trim levels for the revamped 2022 design year, the MDXs prices structure expands greatly with the top-level Types S Advance trim being available in at $72,050 before any extra costs. My mid-level MDX SH-AWD A-Spec trim test lorry concerns $57,100 prior to any charges.
The 2022 Acura MDX has its work eliminated to keep its position as one of the leading sellers for its sector, however with the expanded trims and brand-new luxury functions, theres a great chance it will stay at or near the top.

With 6 preconfigured trim levels for the upgraded 2022 design year, the MDXs pricing structure broadens greatly with the high-level Types S Advance trim coming in at $72,050 prior to any extra costs.

In general, the characteristics of the MDX are great however you tend to feel the mass and weight of the car when you start to navigate through aggressive bends in the road. Otherwise, the ride quality is truly excellent and compliant enough to keep the body in check as the suspension does well to absorb roadway imperfections and maintain to 7 residents happy.
One thing to note is that if you select the leading Type S trim levels you not just get a more effective engine, however you get an air suspension system, a first for the MDX. The vibrant air suspension system can lower the lorry in Sport modes or raise it by 50mm for additional ground clearance. The suspension system also assists with easier entry and exit with its decreasing feature.
Interior and Tech
The interior of the Acura MDX is inviting and has the proper soft-touch surfaces along with accented stitching and a good contrast of colors for a luxury-appointed crossover. If you do choose for the Type S trims you get a front massaging seat feature, another very first for the MDX to assist retain its high-end position.

The Acura MDX has long been a trend-setter for the mainstream three-row luxury crossover section, and it continues to retain such a place with the recently redesigned fourth-generation bringing us additional trims and a new powertrain alternative.
The new 2022 Acura MDX embarks on a newfound journey where it must keep its location to win over those who have actually grown to like the simple method of a three-row high-end crossover that grows off its pleasing design and reputable cost point. For the 2022 model year, Acura brings us a fresh redesign however one that doesnt depart too far from its roots that have worked well to be securely planted in the American household way of life. The new sleek design uses the design language found in other new Acura cars and plays well for some special qualities regarding not get too lost in translation when you discover an abundance of such cars in American suburbs.

The new Acura MDX retains the brand names tradition of how it thinks the chauffeur or passenger ought to communicate with its infotainment system, which is now fed through a 12.3-inch screen. Here, I believe Acura could have made a change for a more easy to use user interface rather of continuing to utilize the True Touchpad Interface, which restricts you to utilizing a trackpad rather of a touchscreen. The system isnt as bad as what you discover in the Lexus remote touchpad system however there is a learning curve and needed perseverance included that often takes too much focus off of the roadway in my viewpoint. However, there is a neat play on positioning a neat cushioned resting pad that floats over the cordless battery charger. The drifting pad acts as a great ergonomic addition to make usage of the trackpad a little simpler and natural with your hand positioning. The most current infotainment system is a decent setup with its menus and controls once you become familiar with using the trackpad. Still, Acura might have done much better by just moving the big screen a little closer and making it a touchscreen.
The gauge cluster is now a fully digital setup, a very first for Acura. The Precision Cockpit, as Acura calls it, has a clear uncomplicated display screen with only two tailored display designs to select from. There are a number of information readouts offered for lorry details and settings but beyond such, there isnt anything groundbreaking to be displayed on the cluster as found on other luxury vehicles.

The 2nd and third-row seats likewise get a stylish treatment and have accommodating areas, something thats kept the MDX at the top of the hill for a preferable midsized three-row high-end crossover. The second row of seats includes the capability to slide forward and back, recline, and convert the center seat into an extended cupholder console when folded down, or you can completely get rid of the center seat. The third row of seats makes space for 2 adults, but legroom is interrupted unless you change the second-row seats all the way forward of their travel. Accessing the third row is made simple through a touch of a button where the outboard second-row seats carry out a pneumatic action to rapidly vacate the way. The second and 3rd row seats dont seem to fit the luxury theme of the MDX but prove to be accommodating for a lot of needs in such a 3-row midsized vehicle.

Fuel Economy
The fuel consumption of the Acura MDX continues to be consistent and matches that of the EPA quotes of 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined. I feel these numbers might be a little much better considering the power output. Nevertheless, the fuel consumption numbers of the MDX A-Spec or other trims using the 3.5-liter V6 are better than the Type S 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway figures.

Performance and Driving Character
Powering the new Acura MDX is a choice of two engines, a return of the basic 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horse power and 267 pound-feet of torque found in my MDX SH-AWD A-Spec test automobile, or a more effective 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque reserved for the leading 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 requirement.

Out on the road, the brand-new Acura MDX in the mid-level SH-AWD A-Spec trim is a smooth operator. There is only a subtle change from the Comfort and Normal drive modes to Sport in the method the MDX deals with and feels.
The MDX SH-AWD A-Spec is definitely tuned more to the high-end side of things and often feels a bit stretched for getting up to speed. The 290 horsepower might feel a bit taxed as the 10-speed automatic transmission also feels a little lax to shift and often finds itself continuously downshifting even when you cruise around 60 miles per hour. Essentially, theres a minor deficiency of power where the engine just does not wish to keep up in the higher gearing needing the transmission to stay out 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 simply 5.5 seconds.

I do discover that there is a smart use of space 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 consist of abundant physical buttons for the three-zone automatic climate control and a neat pop-up USB port pod with one conventional USB and one USB-C port.

Powering the brand-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 automobile, or a more effective 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 355 horse power and 354 pound-feet of torque reserved 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 roadway, the new Acura MDX in the mid-level SH-AWD A-Spec trim is a smooth operator. If you do decide for the Type S trims you get a front massaging seat feature, another very first for the MDX to help maintain its luxury position.

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