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2022 Acura MDX Debuts as New Brand Flagship

Fourth-generation MDX undergoes its most radical design transformation yet with a bold new exterior and sophisticated interior design


All-new, ultra-rigid platform applies an MDX-first double-wishbone front suspension


MDX debuts several new technologies including Precision Cockpit all-digital instrument display, Amazon Alexa Built-In, and Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration


More space for people and gear, MDX improves passenger space in all three rows and adds innovative removable second row-middle seat


MDX Type S, powered by Acura’s new 3.0-litre V6 Turbo engine and fourth-generation Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™, set to arrive late Summer 2021


markham, on. DEC. 8, 2020—Acura today unveiled the all-new 2022 MDX, the most premium, performance-focused and technologically sophisticated SUV in Acura history.


Occupying its new position as the brand flagship, the next-generation Acura MDX marks a quantum leap forward with a bold exterior design coupled with a sophisticated and elegant new interior featuring the most high-tech and advanced cockpit in the brand’s 35-year history.


Fully developed around Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance brand DNA, and built on an all-new platform designed for new levels of performance, the 2022 MDX will arrive at dealers February of 2021 with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $56,405[1].


“This new fourth generation MDX really builds on all of the values that have made MDX a perennial favorite with customers over the past 20 years,” said Tom Nguyen, MDX global development leader. By injecting higher levels of craftsmanship, performance and technology, the 2022 MDX is truly a vehicle befitting of its flagship position.”


"We are very excited about building on the legacy of MDX here in Canada,” said Emile Korkor, AVP Acura Canada. ”This next generation will affirm our commitment to elevating the driving and ownership experience for Acura enthusiasts and our loyal customers."




2022 MDX Pricing (MSRP)

Trim Level

3.5L V6 + 10AT

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™



MDX w/ Technology Package


MDX A-Spec


MDX w/ Platinum Elite Package



What’s New?

  • All-new Platform, Body and Chassis

  • Double Wishbone Front Suspension, Multi-link Rear Suspension

  • Enhanced 3.5-liter V6 powertrain (290 horsepower, 267 lb.-ft. of torque)

  • 10-Speed Automatic Transmission (standard)

  • 4th Generation Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)

  • 19 x 8.5-inch wheels (+1-inch diameter, +0.5-inch width) (standard)

  • Panoramic Sunroof (standard)

  • Removable second row middle seat (standard)

  • Integrated Dynamic System (Snow, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Individual) (standard)

  • Available 16-Speaker, 710 watt ELS STUDIO 3D® premium audio system

  • 10.3-inch Precision Cockpit™ all-digital instrument display (standard)

  • 12.3-inch ultra-wide HD center display (standard)

  • True Touchpad Interface (standard)

  • Wireless Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ (standard)

  • Qi-compatible Wireless Charging and USB-C Charging (standard)

  • Amazon Alexa Built-In (standard)

  • Available CabinTalk®

  • Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) (standard)

  • Available Low Speed Brake Control

  • Next Generation Passenger Front Airbag (standard)


Elevated Exterior Design


As the most emotionally styled MDX ever, the fourth-generation model features a bold and upright face, intricately sculpted grille and hood, and a wide, aggressive stance. These cues are shared with the Acura Precision Concept that redefined Acura design when it was first unveiled in 2016. Dimensionally, the new MDX sits on a 7cm longer wheelbase, with a stance that’s 3.5cm wider in the front and rear. Additionally, the new MDX sits 0.8cm lower than its predecessor.


Perhaps the most significant dimensional change is the dash-to-axle ratio, which has been extended by 15cm. This lengthens the hood line significantly, giving MDX a premium “cab rearward” proportion, and emphasizing the power under its long and sharply creased hood. The bold and sporting new look is accentuated by a multi-faceted Diamond Pentagon grille and new four-element JewelEye® LED headlights with an embedded Chicane™ daytime running light. Three-dimensional sculpting under the headlights serve to visually widen the front, blending to the fog light housing at the bottom.


The wide stance and larger-diameter wheels are pushed to the edge of the bodywork, providing visual cues of the dynamic handling potential of MDX’s new body and chassis architecture with front double-wishbone suspension and high-capacity, variable-ratio steering. The three-dimensional surface details were inspired by the wind-shaped rocks in Arizona’s Antelope Canyon, and can be seen in the pronounced shoulder line that defines the upper portion of the vehicle, and the sculpting along the lower portion of the doors.


The MDX’s windows are framed by a chrome strip (gloss black on the A-Spec package) that begins in front of the mirrors on the front fender, running under the outside mirrors and ultimately circling the side windows. In the rear, the wide-set taillights have their Chicane™ design set in an eye-catching light-blade, and serve to define and enhance the width and stability of the pronounced rear fenders.


All-New Body and Chassis


The all-new light truck platform underpinning the 2022 MDX targets the driving dynamics of a sport sedan. Designed from the outset in pursuit of Type S levels of performance, MDX sports its first-ever double-wishbone front suspension, combined with an all-new multilink rear suspension for incredibly precise road holding while maintaining the smooth ride that is a key MDX highlight.


The new platform also features improved body rigidity, paying dividends in ride comfort and handling in combination with improved collision safety. Quick, precise steering and more powerful brakes give the driver the ability to take full advantage of the new platform, in driving scenarios ranging from daily commutes to twisting roads.


MDX’s double wishbone front suspension is a core feature of Acura’s performance DNA. The suspension delivers a larger tire contact patch through corners, helping to increase grip, while improving ride quality with greater vertical freedom of movement. The new rear suspension also improves stability and response, and together they give MDX a world-class combination of ride comfort and agility.


The new platform includes multiple enhancements in rigidity. In front, the damper connects to a new cast aluminum housing that is 45-percent stiffer overall for better noise isolation, with a new rigid-mounted subframe contributing to a 7-percent increase in lateral torsion for better handling. Replacing the previous floating-type subframe, the new front subframe translates steering inputs to the tires with greater speed and fidelity. The rear body uses a new dual-balanced load path for the rear damper mounting points, contributing to a 41-percent improvement in stiffness for better noise isolation, and 80-percent torsion improvement that benefits handling.




The 2022 MDX uses new belt-driven Electric Power Steering (EPS) with a high-output electric motor for increased steering assist, essential for the quicker steering ratio afforded by the new variable gear ratio steering system. The new EPS system's variable gear ratio system is designed and tuned to provide the most essential characteristics, such as instantaneous response with a smooth, natural and precise steering feel. The variable ratio gives the new MDX agile low-speed maneuverability, such as in city streets or parking, but with the high-speed stability and predictability required for highway travel.


Improved Braking Performance


For 2022, MDX features enhanced braking capability, with larger and thicker front brake rotors, and a new electric brake booster. With front rotors that are 2mm thicker and 30mm larger in diameter, the new brakes can better withstand repeated hard stops without reduced performance (fade) thanks to a nearly 18-percent increase in heat capacity. The new electric brake booster allows the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) to react 230 milliseconds faster, reducing stopping distance from 48 km/h by 3.6m.


Wheels and Tires


New wheel and tire packages give the 2022 MDX a stronger stance for a powerful presence, while increasing contact patch stiffness by 15-percent in lateral loads for improved handling performance. Standard 19-inch (+1 in.) wheels with wider 255 (+10mm) series tires take full advantage of the steering and suspension updates to the new platform. Available 20-inch wheels use special in-wheel resonators to reduce road noise when driving over uneven surfaces at highway speeds. A new tire developed exclusively for MDX features a revised rubber compound, construction and tread pattern to reduce rolling resistance by 17-percent.


Exterior Colours and Trim


The 2022 Acura MDX will be available in 8 colour finishes, including two new offerings Phantom Violet Pearl first offered on the 2021 TLX and an all-new Liquid Carbon Metallic. Apex Blue Pearl and Performance Red Pearl return as exclusive colors offered on the MDX A-Spec. Gloss black accents front to rear, darkened headlight and taillight treatment and Shark-Gray wheels add a distinct sport appearance to the MDX A-Spec.


Driver-Focused Cabin with Room for 7 Passengers


Befitting its flagship status, the 2022 Acura MDX delivers the most premium and sophisticated cabin Acura has ever designed. The clean, horizontal design theme imparts a strong structural feel, softened with the use of high-grade authentic materials such as open-pore wood, brushed aluminum and soft-touch Milano leather. A hand-wrapped instrument panel with available top-stitching provides a premium touch beyond anything offered in MDX to date.


First-class front seat comfort is enabled via next-generation Acura sport seats featuring 12-way adjustment, three-way seat heating and three-position memory – all standard. MDX A-Spec adds ventilated front seats while the Platinum Elite Package gains additional power-adjusting side bolsters and thigh extensions for 16-way adjustment.


In the second-row, 2022 MDX features a first-in-class removable center seat providing owners three discrete seating options; a traditional bench for 3-across seating and 7-passenger total capacity (middle seat up), a captain’s chair style wide center armrest with additional drink holders (middle seat down), or wide pass-through for access to the third row (middle seat removed), particularly useful when child seats are installed in the outboard second-row seats.


A hallmark of the MDX since its introduction in 2001, the third row is further improved on the 2022 MDX with an additional 1cm of headroom, 6cm of legroom and a seating position that’s 5cm higher from the floor compared to the outgoing model. With the new standard panoramic moonroof on all MDX trims, the third row has a light and spacious feeling. In MDX Platinum Elite trim, rear seat occupants have their own USB charging ports on the left and right side of the cabin.


Behind the third row, cargo space has been increased 1.5 cu.-ft. to 16.3 cu.-ft. total; cargo space can expand up to 71.4 cu.-ft. with both second and third rows folded. The fourth-generation MDX also features expanded under-floor storage behind the third row, with 1.8 cu.-ft. available under the cargo floor. The floor panel drops into the cargo well to expand the MDX’s rear cargo area behind the third row to 18.1 cubic feet, and is reversible, with a carpeted side and an easy-to-clean hard side for dirty or wet items.


Interior Colours & Trim


MDX also will be available in six different interior colour schemes, depending on package, including Ebony, Parchment, Greystone and Saddle Brown. A-Spec models will be available exclusively in either Ebony or Red leather with black Ultrasuede® inserts. MDX with Technology Package and above feature seats wrapped in a rich, soft-touch Milano leather seating surfaces with contrast stitching while Platinum Elite Package models add contrast piping for all three rows.


All New: Precision Cockpit™ Digital Instrumentation


The 2022 Acura MDX features the new, all-digital Acura Precision Cockpit™, which replaces physical gauges with a customizable 12.3-inch driver’s meter. The new Precision Cockpit conveys information to the driver in personalized fashion, with drivers able to choose between two distinct appearances - Advanced and Crafted. In addition to different displays for the main gauges, a fully configurable content selection is available to the right of the display for functions such as navigation, trip computer, AcuraWatch™, maintenance, tire pressure, SH-AWD® status and a G-meter. Also new for 2022, MDX Platinum Elite Package benefits from a 10.5-inch full color Head-Up Display (HUD) that can show critical vehicle alerts, collision warnings, navigation instructions, vehicle speed, and incoming calls and texts.


Improved True Touchpad Interface


The 2022 MDX also benefits from the latest generation of Acura’s intuitive and driver-focused True Touchpad Interface™ (TTI), featuring Acura’s largest-ever center display. At an ultra-wide 12.3-inches, the full-HD display works seamlessly with the Acura-exclusive touchpad with “absolute positioning” and a new, more powerful CPU for improved performance. The TTI in MDX features intuitive controls, including physical Power, Volume and Seek controls positioned within easy reach to the immediate right of the touchpad, along with more accurate swipe zones and handwriting recognition, and other performance enhancements.


Integrated Dynamics System


The MDX’s Integrated Dynamics System offers Snow, Comfort, Normal, Sport and Individual settings. The control knob on the center of the dash enables drivers to quickly switch modes on the go, with each mode offering unique settings for engine and transmission performance including Idle Stop, steering settings, and SH-AWD® responsiveness when so equipped. The new Individual mode enables drivers to tailor their driving experience by customizing settings according to their personal preferences. With the Technology Package, the Integrated Dynamics System also includes Acura’s IconicDrive™ interior lighting system, which illuminates the MDX cabin in 27 different selectable LED lighting schemes. Three are automatically aligned to the Comfort, Normal and Sport driving modes, with 24 additional user-selectable illuminations themed for iconic roads and race circuits around the world, such as Route 66 and Suzuka.


Award Winning Audio


The 2022 MDX will be offered with three different audio experiences. The MDX is equipped with a 9-speaker, 7-channel system with 450 watts standard. The MDX Technology Package gets an ELS Studio® system with 12 speakers, including an additional center speaker on the dash plus two new ceiling-mounted speakers, running 550 watts through 12 channels. On A-Spec and Platinum Elite Packages, the ELS STUDIO 3D® premium audio system features additional speakers in the third row plus two more ceiling-mounted speakers for a total of 16, for a total of 710 watts through 16 channels. Both ELS STUDIO® systems were tuned and perfected by eight-time Grammy® award-winning music producer and sound engineer, Elliot Scheiner, for whom the ELS system was named.


Connectivity & Charging


A pop-up socket in the center console contains USB-C and USB-A charging ports in front of a convenient pocket for smartphones. Alternatively, with the addition of standard wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration along with standard wireless charging through a Qi-compatible 15-watt charger located adjacent the TTI’s palm rest, connecting and charging your phone is made even easier. The 2022 MDX also features Alexa Built-In standard, integrating with the owner’s Alexa digital assistant, to offer voice-activated music, weather, internet and entertainment searches, smart home control, shopping, calling and navigation.


New convenience features include standard CabinControl®, which enables passengers to control music, audio settings, rear climate controls, navigation and even the panoramic moonroof’s sunshade position using a downloadable smartphone app. With A-Spec and Platinum Elite Packages, MDX features CabinTalk®, which amplifies the voices of front-seat passengers so they can be better heard in the second and third rows.


The 2022 MDX also features the latest generation of AcuraLink™, with in-vehicle 4GLTE Wi-Fi, over-the-air software update capability and a wide array of available cloud-based services, including emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and Acura concierge services.


Advanced Powertrain


The 2022 Acura MDX debuts with an advanced 3.5-litre direct-injected i-VTEC™ V6 engine rated at 290 peak horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. peak torque (both SAE net). It incorporates a range of advanced friction-reducing technologies that help boost fuel efficiency and power output, and features a crossflow magnesium intake manifold, special "tumble" type intake ports, piston-crown shapes and an 11.5:1 compression ratio. The i-VTEC™ (intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) for the intake valves is combined with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) to widen the power band and maximize fuel efficiency. The 2022 MDX applies Active Shutter Grille technology for the first time to improve the engine’s thermo-efficiency.


For the first time, the 3.5-litre V6 in MDX is paired with Acura’s 10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift and standard paddle shifters. The transmission offers a wider gear ratio range, more discrete gears, four-gear direct downshifts and lower first gear compared to the previous 9-speed automatic transmission.


The 2022 MDX with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ is rated at 12.3L/100km city/9.4 highway/10.8 combined.


Torque Vectoring SH-AWD®


The rear-biased Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system for MDX uses Acura’s industry-leading torque-vectoring all-wheel drive technology, and is standard equipment on all models. Now in its fourth generation, SH-AWD® has 40 percent more rear torque capacity and 30 percent quicker front-to-rear torque transfer than the third-generation system in the previous MDX. The Acura SH-AWD® system can transfer up to 70-percent of engine torque to the rear axle during normal driving conditions, while continuously apportioning up to 100 percent of that rear-axle torque between either the left or right rear wheels. The rear axle is continuously overdriven by 2.9-percent, which amplifies the yaw moment effect of left-to-right torque transfer, giving MDX even sharper and more accurate turn-in, with improved traceability when cornering.


Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies


All 2022 MDX trims will come standard with an expanded suite of AcuraWatch™ advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. For 2022, AcuraWatch™ includes updated Road Departure Mitigation plus new technologies, such as Traffic Jam Assist (TJA), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), Pedestrian Detection and a new Driver Attention Monitor. Working in conjunction with Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, Traffic Jam Assist helps reduce driver stress in highly congested traffic situations by helping keep the vehicle in its lane and at a set interval behind a vehicle detected ahead. In addition, MDX will feature a new front and rear automatic braking system called Low Speed Braking Control. Included in the Technology Package, the new system uses the sonar-based parking sensors to sense solid objects at low speeds, such as in parking situations, and warn the driver or apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate a collision.


Next Generation Passenger Front Airbag


Like the just-launched 2021 TLX, the new MDX features Acura’s award-winning next-generation passenger front airbag technology. This new proprietary airbag uses a three-chamber design that functions much like a baseball catcher’s mitt, designed to more effectively cradle and protect the front seat occupant’s head to help mitigate potential injury, especially in angled frontal collisions.


The 2022 MDX also features the latest generation of Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, with enhanced occupant and pedestrian collision protection capabilities. The new body structure improves overlap with smaller and lower-riding vehicles for improved collision compatibility, and features better absorption and distribution of crash loads around the passenger cabin. Side impact performance, assessed using the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s side impact protocol, is further improved with a 34-percent reduction in cabin intrusion thanks to a redesigned ultra-high-strength side door ring and center roof pillar.


The frontal area of the new MDX has been specifically designed with pedestrian safety in mind, with a deformable hood, hinge and upper fender combining with new lower and upper leg protection in the front fascia. Inside, MDX features new LATCH points for lower anchors and upper tethers, both redesigned to be more easily accessible.


Safety Targets


The 2022 MDX targets a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and incorporates anticipated future testing requirements, including oblique frontal collisions, pedestrian safety, and forward warning and automatic emergency braking tests. In addition, the new MDX targets a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the highest available rating of GOOD in all collision tests and SUPERIOR for frontal crash prevention, with new headlights designed to achieve a GOOD rating in the rigorous IIHS headlight standard.


Next to Arrive: High Performance MDX Type S


Arriving at dealerships in late summer 2021, the MDX Type S joins the lineup as the brand’s first application of the Type S high performance nameplate to an SUV. MDX Type S will deliver an even stronger performance styling statement, with an open diamond mesh grille, quad exhaust outlets and gloss black trim replacing the standard chrome.


Under the hood will be Acura’s all-new 3.0-litre turbocharged DOHC V6 engine, producing an estimated 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, coupled with Acura’s SH-AWD®. Maximizing grip, the new MDX Type S will feature standard 21-inch wheels with 275-series tires, and additional braking power coming from 4-piston Brembo front brakes.


Inside, Type S drivers will find even higher levels of refinement, with available 9-mode massaging front seats accented with curvilinear stitching, and colours and trim unique to Type S. A new available “Signature Edition” ELS STUDIO 3D® premium audio system will be the most advanced and powerful audio system ever offered in an Acura vehicle, with more than 1,000 watts of power, 22 discrete channels and 25 speakers.


More details on the highest-performing ever SUV from Acura will be released closer to its on-sale date in the summer of 2021.


Design, Development and Manufacturing



The 2022 Acura MDX joins its three predecessors in being designed, engineered and developed in North America. Styling was led by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif., while full platform development was led by engineers in the company’s development center in Raymond, Ohio. The all-new MDX will continue to be built exclusively at the company’s auto plant in East Liberty, Ohio, while both the 3.5-liter V6 and 3.0-liter VTEC® Turbo will be produced at the company’s Anna, Ohio, engine plant, which also manufactures the NSX supercar’s twin-turbocharged hybrid V6 power unit. Acura’s 10-speed automatic transmission is built exclusively at the company’s Tallapoosa, Ga., transmission plant.


2022 MDX Key Specs and Dimensions


2020 MDX

2022 MDX


3.5-litre V6

3.5-litre V6


9-speed AT

10-speed AT

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™

Third Generation

Fourth Generation

Peak Horsepower (SAE Net)



Peak Torque (SAE Net)



Front Suspension

MacPherson Strut Front Suspension

Double Wishbone Front Suspension

Rear Suspension

Multi-Link Rear Suspension

Multi-Link Rear Suspension


Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering

Belt-driven electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering with variable ratio


Hydraulic Assist

Electric Booster

Wheelbase (mm)


2890 (+70)

Length (mm)


5039.1 (+55.1)

Width (mm)



Height (mm)


1724 (+11)

Track (mm)

F: 1684

R: 1684

F: 1719 (+35)

R: 1720 (+36)

EPA Passenger Volume (L)


3939 (+181)

Standard Cargo Volume behind third/second/first rows  (L)

 419.1 / 1087 / 1937

 461.6 / 1107.2 / 2021.8

 (+42.5 / +20.2 / +84.8)

Max Cargo Volume behind third/second/first rows (L)

 447 / 1230 / 2575

 512.5 / 1367.7 / 2690.1

 (+65.5 / +137.7 / +115.1)



About Acura Canada

Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada Inc. and is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the Acura MDX seven-passenger luxury SUV. Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance. Acura celebrated its 30th anniversary in Canada in February 2017 and has grown to include over 50 locations in its dealer network across the country. For more information, please visit


[1] MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $2,075 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.