The 2024 Acura MDX enters another year with minimal updates.
Choosing Your Acura MDX
The MDX is offered in six trims – MDX, Technology, A-Spec, Advance, Type S, and Type S Advance – and prices for the SUV range from $51,045 to $74,695 for a fully loaded performance model.
The standard MDX features a 3.5-liter V6 that develops 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque that is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Type S models are fitted with a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that puts out a stout 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. While those numbers are less than its European competition, it pulls peak torque from a low 1,400 rpm and sounds good while going it. It shares the basics of the lesser engine’s automatic transmission, however, its internals have been strengthened and redesigned for faster shifts.
Acura’s super-effective Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system is offered for $2,200 - front-wheel drive is standard - and it can overdrive the rear outside wheel with up to 70% of available torque for impressive dynamic handling. It is standard on the A-Spec, Advance, and Type S trims.
The SH-AWD system takes one EPA-estimated combined point away from the front-wheel drive’s 22 mpg. The performance trim earns 19 mpg combined which is within par for the class. Premium fuel is recommended for both engines and no hybrid model is offered.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The seven-passenger MDX measures 198.4 inches in length and sits 78.4 inches wide which puts it at the larger end of the class spectrum. The same is true with the interior which offers 18.1 cubic feet of space with the third row up, 48.4 cubic feet with it folded, and 95 cubic feet with both second and third rows folded. The space in the third row is tight for adults with 29.1 inches of legroom and 36.2 inches of headroom but access is easy with a push-button mechanical release. The MDX is rated for towing up to 5,000 pounds when equipped with all-wheel drive.
All MDX trims are fully equipped with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic braking, full-speed active cruise control with lane centering and traffic-jam assist, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high beams. The Technology trim gains low-speed automatic braking, parking sensors, and rain-sensing wipers and the top-tier Advance trim includes surround-view cameras.
The 2023 MDX was an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winner and earns five stars from NHTSA.
All trims are also loaded with all of today’s expected connectivity such as wireless CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, HD radio, Alexa Built-In, and Wi-fi with remote connected services. The infotainment system recognizes natural speech and utilizes a 12.3-inch landscape-mounted screen with a remote touchpad controller and a sturdy palm rest. A wireless charging pad, multiple USB ports, and several 12-volt power outlets are also included while the top trim gains an AC outlet.
Navigation with real-time traffic is added with the Technology trim and the A-Spec trim receives the ELS Studio 3D sound system with 16 channels, a 710-watt amplifier, and four additional speakers. Cabin talk is also standard and makes for more effortless driver-to-third-row conversations. Audiophiles will be lured towards by the top-tier, Type S Advance trim’s ELS Studio 3D Signature Edition with 25 speakers, carbon dome tweeters, 1,000 watts, 22 channels, and two amplifiers.
The MDX includes a long list of notable features such as 19-inch wheels, jewel-eye LED headlights, signature chicane front daytime running lights and tail lights, a power tailgate, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals and reverse tilt-down, acoustic front and side glass, a rear camera washer, and a capless fuel filler fuel a less-contact experience. Inside, the MDX provides a 12-way heated power seat with memory for the driver, a power tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, a tri-zone climate control, LED interior lighting, and brushed aluminum trim.
The Technology trim adds to the base model with 20-inch wheels, power-folding mirrors, perforated leather seats with contrast stitching, second-row sunshades, and multi-color interior ambient lighting schemes inspired by iconic drives around the world.
The A-Spec trim wears a dark exterior theme with black exterior trim and mirror housings, dark gray 20-inch wheels, and darkened tail lights and carries a few additional sport-minded features inside such as suede and leather seats (offered in red) that also are ventilated, a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, a black headliner, stainless steel foot pedals, and red stitching throughout.
The Advance features bright 20-inch wheels, silver roof rails, lit exterior door handles, a hands-free power tailgate with a walk-away feature that uses the rear sonar sensors, 16-way power front seats with thigh extensions, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, open-pore wood trim, heated rear seats, and added ambient lighting.
The Type S features additional performance hardware to match its powertrain such as Brembo front brakes that are also larger and feature a re-tuned electro-mechanical system, an adaptable air suspension system, an active exhaust system with quad outlets, a Sport+ dynamic handling drive mode, and unique front fascia, lower rear bumper, and 21-inch wheels.
When it comes to features, the Type S is most similar to the A-Spec trim although it gains several premium details such as LED door lighting, remote engine start, and additional power outlets.
The fully loaded MDX Type S includes the features within the standard MDX Advance trim and additionally includes machine-finished 21-inch wheels, premium front seats with massage, unique seat stitching patterns, and a blue hue offering.
The Type S adds excitement and effortless performance although it’s a significant price increase over the standard model. The MDX with the Technology Package brings impressive technology and safety features without losing its sense of value.