- Great balance between price and quality
- Spacious cabin
- Class-leading fuel economy
- Interior should look more upscale this time
- Tough competition
Considering that it belongs to the premium segment, the MDX is surprisingly very practical, family-oriented mid-size crossover. That’s no wonder at all, considering that it shares most of the parts with the Honda Pilot, which is famous for many things, but mostly for practicality. Therefore, we don’t expect to see bigger changes when it comes to proportions and overall shape. The 2022 Acura MDX will keep the basic contour, while most changes will come at front and rear ends. Even those changes won’t be radical. The Acura’s familiar styling will continue its evolution, so don’t count on any significant departure from the current philosophy, but only details. Those will be numerous and should make this crossover more attractive and more resistant to aging.
This is the aspect where we expect to see lots of improvements. The current cabin may be spacious and practical, but it definitely lacks that premium flavor, especially if we consider that some of the competitors are models like Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE etc. You can easily notice lots of hard plastics on the dashboard, something that is pretty much unacceptable for today’s industry standards when it comes to this segment. Therefore, we expect to see a completely new interior layout, with hi-grade materials and lots of standard equipment as well. This refers not only to tech goodies but to advanced safety systems, which have always been one of Acura’s trademarks.
The current model features a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is good for about 290 horsepower. Besides plenty of power, it also offers a class-leading fuel economy, which goes around 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. So, Acura has no good reason to drop this engine. It will definitely carry on, maybe with some smaller modifications. Also, there is a chance to see a new 2.0-liter turbo-four in the offer, probably as an optional engine. Finally, count on a hybrid version as well. Will it be the same system that powers the current model, or we are about to see some changes, it is still unknown.
2020 Acura MDX Release Date and Price
The redesigned 2022 Acura MDX could easily come already in the second half of next year. We don’t expect to see bigger changes in price, which currently starts at around $45,000.