2022 Acura MDX Pricing Starts At $47,925

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, Automotive Editor - December 9, 2020

While the Acura MDX has acted as the top dog in the automaker’s SUV lineup, it wasn’t the automaker’s flagship vehicle. That privileged belonged to the large RLX sedan. With the RLX getting the boot after the 2020 model year, that frees up some space for a new flagship model that the all-new 2022 MDX is more than happy to fill. With a more upscale design, an upgraded powertrain, more technology, and a performance-oriented Type S trim, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that pricing has gone up by a wide margin.

The new 2022 MDX starts at $47,925 with destination. That’s an increase of $2,400 over the current model that's priced at $45,525. The base trim isn’t the only one that’s gone up in pricing. Depending on trim level, the 2022 MDX has gone up by at least $2,100 over the current SUV. The range-topping MDX with the Advanced Package now carries a price tag of $60,650, an increase of $2,400.

Seeing a vehicle go up by over $2,000, even if it’s for a fully redesigned model, is unusual. But the 2022 MDX has quite a lot of new components and the SUV appears to be a far more luxurious vehicle than before. So, all of the changes seem to justify the SUV’s higher price tag. More importantly, the MDX will still continue to be priced competitively compared to its rivals.

Speaking of changes, the MDX now rides on a new platform that utilizes a double-wishbone front suspension setup – a first for the SUV nameplate. The platform is more rigid than before and with the new suspension layout, is expected to bring better handling and performance to the midsize SUV. The upcoming high-performance Type S trim should bring even more performance with larger Brembo brakes, performance tires, and a more powerful version of the V6 engine.

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In addition to being more rigid than the previous platform, the new one has allowed Acura to increase the 2022 MDX’s size. The length grows by 2.2 inches, while the SUV is 1 inch wider. That results in more passenger volume, which grows by 6.4 cubic feet, and more cargo capacity behind every row, though maximum cargo capacity sees the largest gain of 4.1 cubic feet.

The majority of the MDX lineup is powered by an updated 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces the same 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. The V6 engine in the MDX Type S trim will be tuned to produce 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, instead of last year’s 9-speed automatic. The base MDX and MDX with the Technology Package both come with front-wheel drive as standard. All-wheel drive is available for an additional $2,000 on those two trims.

Acura did wonders to the MDX’s interior, which now features a much nicer design and more upscale materials. Additionally, the SUV gets a new infotainment system that includes a 12.3-inch central display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and an available 10.5-inch head-up display. The infotainment system is controlled via Acura’s new touchpad system. AcuraWatch is standard on every model and brings traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, front and rear automatic emergency braking, and forward collision warning.

One thing that’s missing from the 2022 MDX is an available hybrid model. According to Autoblog, Acura has no plans to offer a hybrid variant of the new MDX. The outlet, citing an unnamed development lead at Acura, claims that the current MDX Sport Hybrid acts as the high-performance version of the SUV. With the new Type S on the way, there simply isn’t enough room for the two models.

Obviously, the upcoming Type S won’t be nearly as efficient as the MDX Sport Hybrid, but it will be more powerful. We also expect the high-performance SUV to be more affordable than the outgoing MDX Sport Hybrid, which started at $54,025. The decision to not offer a hybrid version of the MDX shouldn’t hurt Acura all that much. While quite a few competitors, including the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, Lexus RX, Porsche Cayenne, and BMW X5, are available with electrified powertrains, they're far more expensive.

All of the changes Acura has made to the 2022 MDX make it look like an even better competitor for the hot three-row midsize segment. The MDX will arrive at dealerships earlier next February, with the sporty Type S trim to go on sale in summer 2021. Pricing for the high-performance model will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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