ENGINEER'S REVIEW 2022 ACURA MDX - Is this the best 3-row luxury SUV? A full 7-Point Review

Automotive Engineer and Japanese industry veteran David Chao reviews the 2022 Acura MDX. In this 7 point review (3 positives, 3 negatives, 1 unique aspect), David explains why the new MDX is the new standard and a new benchmark. David says that the MDX performs and functions like SUVs costing twice its price.

David owns and manages a globally recognized media and advisory company called Automotive Press International. He has been involved in the auto industry for over 30 years and has an extensive experience in automotive engineering, development, production, and evaluation.

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  1. 6SpeedTA95

    6SpeedTA95

    Month ago

    Reliability has been fantastic with the MDX? The data would say otherwise. I love this new MDX but kind of puzzled at the reliability comments when that simply hasn't been the case as of late for Acura. CR data shows this as does, JDPower data. Much of it due to infotainment issues.

  2. Blue Diamond

    Blue Diamond

    Month ago

    i got my Aspec few months ago i get lots of compliments from people

  3. fabulousprofound

    fabulousprofound

    Month ago

    Wow LN6 O2K sure gets around… I keep seeing this tester in a lot of local car review videos 😅 I got to borrow a base demo from Burrard Acura while our old mdx was there for service. What you said about suspension and steering is true. I hope the type S will fix these issues.

  4. Aldo Matulich

    Aldo Matulich

    Month ago

    One question about the Adaptive Suspension : is it always on? In my 2019 MDX , it was only engaged in the Sport Driving Mode and with 45 Ratio tires in the 2019, it made the ride too harsh. The 2022 has 50 Ratio Tires that DOES make a difference.in ride characteristics. In a 2019 MDX Loaner while in for service on my car, it had 50 Ratio tires , so when engaging the Sport Driving mode , it had a less harsh ride over the Bumpy roads.

  5. Aldo Matulich

    Aldo Matulich

    Month ago

    AP, Just my new MDX Advance in Fathom Blue Pearl. It is exactly as you and others have described about the Acura. I drive it in Normal Mode for the most part, However, when you select Sport Driving Mode and select Sport Drive, hold on to your Hat - almost a sports car feel. You don't emphasize the fact that although it is a Big car, it Does NOT drive like one. Agreed, the TTP InfoT system should have been done like Lexus: Include Both a touch screen and the TP. But, some of the functionality is assumed in the Steering wheel controls. The most used is your Phone, Music, Navi - and with the HUD , everything is more easily accessed with the Steering wheel controls. I shopped this and agree: "The MDX is the True Winner".

  6. Sun Ce

    Sun Ce

    Month ago

    Is the rx 350 the beat selling luxury suv?

  7. Jarosław Buczkowski

    Jarosław Buczkowski

    Month ago

    Great as always 😀

  8. Steve Longobardi

    Steve Longobardi

    Month ago

    Great perspective. I just bought this 2022. I agree entirely with your 3 likes and 3 dislikes.

  9. Aldo Matulich

    Aldo Matulich

    2 months ago

    What color was this ?

  10. A Man

    A Man

    2 months ago

    Great work sir, I completely agree with your three negatives. I had to take this unit off from our purchase list because of how the infotech is not a touch screen. Very sad, we truly wanted to pursue this option.

  11. Aldo Matulich

    Aldo Matulich

    2 months ago

    What color was this Car in your Video? I would love it with a the Lighter Sandstone / cement interior...

    • Daniel Gonzales

      Daniel Gonzales

      Month ago

      @Aldo Matulich nicely done!! Wish I could’ve got the advance but I love the tech. Enjoy it, it’s a great car. Just took it on a mini road trip and it was awesome!!

    • Aldo Matulich

      Aldo Matulich

      Month ago

      @Daniel Gonzales : Hey Dan, Hope you are well. I just got mine in Fathom Blue Pearl, / with Graystone leather interior. and Advance model (IMO ....the only way to Go , a very complete Vehicle). Boy oh Boy, at 69 yo, I haven't been this excited about my new car since I leased my 2007 Infiniti G35 in 2007 , the 2013 Infiniti M37 was upm there too. I early terminated the lease on my 2019 MDX, taking the "equity" in my current lease of $3k, Plus the $1K Loyalty bonus form Acura, added $1400 Cap Cost and the Taxes / Fees....and of course my new lease payment went up to $600 per month . The 2019 MDX is a very good car , but this new Model is Head over Heels better.

    • Daniel Gonzales

      Daniel Gonzales

      2 months ago

      @Aldo Matulich gray stone came with modern steel metallic before which is very similar to the liquid carbon

    • Aldo Matulich

      Aldo Matulich

      2 months ago

      @Daniel Gonzales THX Man, I'm liking that color , BUT not with an Espresso interior - too many color schemes / materials going on. I don't want a Black interior typically. The Graystone interior is spectacular IMO, but only comes with the Blue Exterior color which I have never seen. There are very few around - MDX Advances...

    • Daniel Gonzales

      Daniel Gonzales

      2 months ago

      It’s called liquid carbon

  12. Aldo Matulich

    Aldo Matulich

    2 months ago

    Agreed.... Big Time, What was Acura Thinking with that Touch Pad !!! I turned down the 2019 RDX , and ended up taking the 2019 MDX advance in June 2019 lease. Evidently, the engineers of the Touch Pad have convinced Acura that is the Way to Go !!! With a Touch Screen or even better, include Both . Then it is a No Brainer for me.

  13. ??

    ??

    2 months ago

    MDX made me like SUV's again.

  14. Paul henry

    Paul henry

    2 months ago

    Nice review. Up close I have noticed some build issues with the hood fitment and tailgate. Perhaps these are early production builds. Inside at first glance its really nice but after spending some time looking around inside there is some cheap plastics which would look at home in the CRV. No heated wheel until out spend over 60k? Looks like a Mazda CX-9 IMO. Give it a year and when inventory levels get back on track and some discounting is available it will be a good buy

    • AutomotivePress

      AutomotivePress

      2 months ago

      Thank you. Yes the early build MDXs are not perfect quality yet, but should continue to improve over time.

  15. jpthsd

    jpthsd

    2 months ago

    there is incoming real contender to Acura MDX , 2022 Infinity QX60 ,,,,look for videos of QX Infinity ...12.3 Touch Screen, overhead AC vent 2nd, 3rd row (Acura MDX yearssssssssssssss has no overhead AC vent in the third row...gezz)! I would consider 2022 Infinity QX60 over 2022 Acura MDX @12:00 he mentioned about the infotainment lack of innovation LoL !! Acura MDX dropped the balls this 2022 version!! Good luck Acura MDX!

  16. KP

    KP

    2 months ago

    That was a great perspective! Thank you!!

    • AutomotivePress

      AutomotivePress

      2 months ago

      You are so welcome!

  17. Trevor Howell

    Trevor Howell

    3 months ago

    Interesting, didn't know this about Acura

  18. Ricaurte Rodriguez

    Ricaurte Rodriguez

    3 months ago

    Acura is sold in Panama, the country; this particular MDX model is being sold here with the same trims options (some 20K more expensive though), myself waiting to get the S Type that will probably go for over 100k. Great car.

    • Joe

      Joe

      Month ago

      Is it more expensive because of the government taxes on cars? In Vietnam, they pay 200% more compared to North America MSRP.

  19. Alpha Beta

    Alpha Beta

    3 months ago

    Spot on other than the exterior design, which is subjective.

  20. Sam Davis

    Sam Davis

    3 months ago

    Would love an RDX PHEV

  21. Ethan Park

    Ethan Park

    3 months ago

    I myself like Mr. Chao was in auto OEM R&D and have been involved the industry for the past 18 years (now in government), and I greatly appreciated his review of the MDX! A unique and differentiated review from an industry insider, I must add. BTW, I laughed when he mentioned about the problem with HMI that forces you to use a pad as the means for UI. I remember that Honda had asked a major IT firm also an auto supplier (strong in IVNS) to help them with IVIs about 2 years ago. Too bad this MDX will not have a remedy implemented. As an Acura owner, this lack of interest or attention on UI is critical, as I would rather go with German product to replace my aging RDX. Again, thanks for the great review!!

    • AutomotivePress

      AutomotivePress

      3 months ago

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Great to have like-minded person!

  22. Ken Wingo

    Ken Wingo

    3 months ago

    That was an excellent review. Thank you!

    • AutomotivePress

      AutomotivePress

      3 months ago

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  23. Alejandro Estrada Romero

    Alejandro Estrada Romero

    3 months ago

    One thing about the design is that it will be timeless

  24. Ranjith

    Ranjith

    3 months ago

    Read somewhere that upcoming Type-S MDX will have air suspension, that should probably solve the bouncy suspension issue.

    • AutomotivePress

      AutomotivePress

      3 months ago

      I don't believe it's going to have the air suspension actually, but anyhow, they can fix this by re-calibrating the suspension components

  25. Ibrahim Bashir

    Ibrahim Bashir

    3 months ago

    That bar on side is ugly 🙄🙂

  26. L Foreman

    L Foreman

    3 months ago

    It looks really good but I'm looking forward to the Lexus TX once its out, and the upcoming spy shots of the TX and RX in the future.

    • Huh

      Huh

      2 months ago

      Lexus TX is interesting! Hope its legit. I might hop in the same train.

  27. Moe Anthony

    Moe Anthony

    3 months ago

    Great review David... Thanks. I wish you could assess the CHR 's build quality by the same rubbing effect.

  28. reg

    reg

    3 months ago

    david which engine do you prefer for the new mdx the old 9 speed v6 or new turbo v6 ?

    • Conquer Yourself

      Conquer Yourself

      2 months ago

      The J-series engine was introduce in 2000 and it's bullet proof. It was use on all TL, TLX, and some Accords. They made some improvements over the years and its a very reliable engine. One thing that I hate though is the timing belt. Why can't they use chain just like the Toyota so you don't have to worry about it specially when towing 5000 lbs capacity. I hope they improve the rear crankshaft seal as well as that's prone to leak just before you hit 100k miles.

    • AutomotivePress

      AutomotivePress

      3 months ago

      @Hybrids Vader Yes the transmission is new but the engine is the same. I prefer the new 10-speed, it runs smoother and better calibrated.

    • Hybrids Vader

      Hybrids Vader

      3 months ago

      @AutomotivePress Except that it's using a 10 speeds now and not the 9 speeds :-)

    • AutomotivePress

      AutomotivePress

      3 months ago

      Actually the 2022 MDX uses the exact same engine as the earlier MDXs... they are not turbo's. The engine runs good still though.

  29. David S

    David S

    3 months ago

    This was a great video! Can you do the same review for Toyota Highlander hybrid? Thanks a lot.

    • David S

      David S

      3 months ago

      @AutomotivePress Thank you so much!

    • AutomotivePress

      AutomotivePress

      3 months ago

      Thank you! Ok let me work on that...

  30. Robert Parkes

    Robert Parkes

    3 months ago

    Thought this was private

  31. Acuraman68

    Acuraman68

    3 months ago

    Great presentation. Keep in mind, the last time Acura took a risk when it comes to exterior styling, all of their offerings wound up "beaked".

    • Aldo Matulich

      Aldo Matulich

      Month ago

      @Doug NYC. I just got my new MDX Advance, and I can't fully express how Pleased I am with my choice. At 70 YO, I feel like a 12 year old at XMAS getting my new Cowboy Gun with a strap on Holster ( well in those days, that was a Big Deal ). I shopped the "europeans" BMW X-5, Audi Q-7, Volvo XC90, Genesis QV80, and looked at the new Infiniti QX60 (which is very much delayed to market and has NOT been driven by Reviewers to date . However it is a direct Brother to the new Pathfinder). Fully load those aforementioned cars to compare apples to apples with the MDX Advance, and the MDX is the clear winner for the Buck. Love is a strong word which I reserve for Family and Friends, however, I REALLY LIKE this car. For ANY Money, it is a truly a Substantive Vehicle, with very comfortable front seats , a 16 way power adjustable Driver's seat including a Thigh Extender which I welcome immensely. Put this Car into Sport Dynamic Drive Mode, select DS on the wonderful 10 speed AT, and you will see what I mean. And with SH-AWD , SHAWDY as it is nick-named, is one of , of not, the Best AWD Systems out there ... I got the Fathom Blue Pearl exterior with Graystone Leather Interior. The FBP exterior is a rare color, which is the way I Like it, not just following the Crowd with the Grays / Silver / Blacks variants. The color looks different in different lighting and viewing angles - like the Fathoms of the Sea!!

    • Doug NYC

      Doug NYC

      3 months ago

      I'd like to think that I am a substance over style kinda guy but that Acura beak was an absolute deal breaker for me. Personally, I like the way this MDX looks. Doesn't approach the Europeans in terms of style but I vastly prefer it to the Lexus and Genesis styling. To me Genesis looks like it's trying way to hard to mimic an abstract notion of European ultraluxury and ends up looking like tacky poser as a result.

  32. A J

    A J

    3 months ago

    Great job David well done. When you have any news for Toyota Tundra hybrid will be great..

    • AutomotivePress

      AutomotivePress

      3 months ago

      Thank you! Yes more info coming soon...

  33. Quanrong Hu

    Quanrong Hu

    3 months ago

    Please do a review for venza

    • AutomotivePress

      AutomotivePress

      3 months ago

      Hi, I did a quick review on the Venza previously if you scan my videos from the past.

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