The three-line Acura MDX has been the best offer from the Japanese premium brand for some time. Now it has an entirely new design that can be carried over to the 2022 model year. The redesign builds on almost everything that makes the MDX a great mid-range, premium crossover, from the engine and suspension to the interior and infotainment system.
A key selling point Acura wants to promote is the sporty handling and the fact that Acura focuses on driving dynamics as well as comfort and convenience. Additional materials for the new MDX come mainly from a “light truck platform” and the new double wishbone front suspension.
The brand new platform allows Acura designers to challenge the long hood, wide axle dashboard and rear cabin to their hearts’ content. The result is an SUV that is simply stunning from every angle. Wider, longer, with a longer wheelbase and wider front and rear chains, the new MDX wonderfully picks up on Acura’s current aesthetics, from the massive grille and narrow headlights to the curved sides and sharp.
He looks calm and purposeful and hides his weight well. This new three-row SUV parked next to the RDX looks bigger and more impressive than a limp approval of practicality. 19-inch wheels are standard, with a 20-inch increase in tech and A-spec trim.
The MDX cabin looks much more upscale than the 2020 model interior. French-stitched leather covers the dashboard with high-quality trim, and the outdoor pores mix with metal and piano black accents. Acura also equips the MDX with many conveniences, such as: B. automatic two-zone air conditioning, heated front seats and leather seats.
The front seats are supportive and comfortable and can be supplemented with amenities such as 16-way power adjustment and massage. The first and second rows offer plenty of space for passengers, but the MDX third row is still reserved for children. The interior is well designed and offers many comfort options. However, it doesn’t feel as good as the cabs of competitors like the Genesis GV80 or the Volvo XC90.
The standard MDX gets a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 that delivers the same 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque as the old model. Global Head of Development Acura noted that the V6 was preferred to the TLX’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder because the four-cylinder in a three-row crossover did not meet the company’s goals for fuel economy, sophistication and responsiveness.
While the engine is in place, it’s now mated to a 10-speed automatic instead of the previous nine. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the new generation super-handling all-wheel drive system (SH-AWD) is an option. The latest version of the SH-AWD transfers the torque 30% faster to the rear wheels. Up to 70% of engine torque can be transferred to the rear, and as with previous versions of the SH-AWD, all of the torque can be transferred to the left or right rear wheel.
|Price||MDX, $47,925 |
MDX SH-AWD, $49,925
MDX A-Spec, $58,125
|Engine||SOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection|
|Displacement||212 in3, 3471 cm3|
|Power||290 hp @ 6200 rpm|
|Torque||267 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm|
|Passenger Volume||139 ft3|
|Cargo Volume||16 ft3|
|Curb Weight||4250–4550 lb|
|60 mph||6.1–6.3 sec|
|1/4 mile||14.8–15.1 sec|
|Top Speed||115 mph|