Acura is expected to come out with a carryover MDX for the 2023 model year. Seeing as how the MDX was fully redesigned in 2022, this makes a lot of sense.
The fully redesigned MDX came out for 2022 with a sporty, angular design. As a carryover model, the 2023 MDX should have the same overall design. The front end of the SUV is its most defining feature. Acura’s Diamond Pentagon grille sits in between angular headlights, while the hood has prominent lines that lead into the body. The curvy roofline flows into a modest rear spoiler, while the rear end features rectangular exhaust outlets and a chrome strip on the rear bumper. As a carryover model, the SUV’s design should remain the same for 2023.
On the inside, the current MDX features a sleek, sporty design. The tiered dashboard dramatically flows into the center console. The large dial for the vehicle’s drive modes, push-button gear shifter, and shift paddles are sportier touches on the SUV. The MDX’s standard third row is best left for children. The other two rows of seats offer plenty of space and remain comfortable on long drives. With the 2023 MDX expected to be a carryover model, the design of the SUV should remain the same.
The 2023 MDX should have the same tech features as the current SUV on sale. The MDX comes standard with a 12.3-inch display, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a wireless charging pad, Bluetooth, and Acura’s tricky-to-use touchpad controller. Available features include a 25-speaker ELS audio system, navigation, and extra USB ports.
Under the hood, the current MDX comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine standard, making 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. The sporty Type S trim comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that’s rated at 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines. The MDX comes with front-wheel drive as standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. 2023 MDX fuel economy figures come in at 22 mpg overall (21 mpg with AWD), and 19 mpg for the Type S, according to EPA estimates.
In crash-testing, the current MDX earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS gave the SUV a Top Safety Pick+ award, as it earned a rating of Good in all six crash tests, has Good-rated headlights, and has a Superior front crash prevention system. Without any changes, we expect the 2023 MDX to have the same safety ratings.
Acura offers the 2022 MDX with a lengthy list of standard safety features. Forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, and blind-spot monitoring. Available features include a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera, and parking sensors.