First Drive: 2022 Acura MDX Luxury SUV Adds Refinement and Tech
We welcome the comfortable ride, but the infotainment system is a drawback
The Acura MDX nameplate turns 20 years old this year, and to celebrate, the automaker has redesigned the three-row SUV. But unlike in 2001, when the MDX first arrived, the new model faces tough competition from luxury and nonluxury brands alike.
The MDX has always been a functional, family-friendly luxury midsized three-row SUV that focused on passenger comfort and amenities and was competitively priced. Even with more competitors than ever, it still is popular, and only the Lexus RX and BMW X5 outsold it in 2020. The MDX’s price positions it in between high-end versions of nonluxury brands and luxury ones.
But in order to differentiate the 2022 Acura MDX in a crowded and ever-growing field, the automaker is reinforcing the SUV’s sporty driving dynamics in addition to its luxury trappings. Helping to achieve those performance gains is the MDX’s new, more rigid platform, which features a double-wishbone front suspension that the automaker says endows it with improved handling without sacrificing ride comfort.
What we rented: 2022 Acura MDX SH-AWD Advance
Powertrain: 290-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine; 10-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
Options: Liquid Carbon Metallic paint, $500
Total cost: $62,175
On sale: February 2021