Acura MDX (YE1)

Acura MDX

Model Years Produced: 2022 to Current

Summary

Newly designed for 2022, the YE1 MDX is mediocre in its base form and stellar in Type S configuration. A “jack of all trades, master of none,” the standard model is outclassed by the Genesis GV80 in styling and the Germans have it beat in driving dynamics. Even though it’s reliable, the Lexus GX 460 is more so. The Type S version, however, overcomes the standard model’s flaws in a big way to become one of the best vehicles in the segment.

While Acura’s “Type S” designation typically conjures images of sports cars, its implementation in the MDX serves to make it both more fun to drive and more comfortable. The Type S adds a turbocharged engine which provides much more power and torque than the ancient naturally-aspirated V6 in the standard car, and it also features air suspension that is capable of being either extremely plush or rock hard depending on the selected drive mode. It is the version of the MDX to get.

Warranty - New

Information is as of 2022 model year

  • Limited: 4 years/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 years/70,000 miles
  • Seat Belt: 15 years/150,000 miles
  • Corrosion (Perforation Only): 5 years/unlimited miles
  • Emissions: 8 years/80,000 miles
  • Exhaust: Lifetime
  • Total Luxury Care: 4 years/50,000 miles – includes roadside assistance and service loaners
  • Adjustments: 1 year/12,000 miles – includes things such as alignments
  • Maintenance Program: 2 years/24,000 miles

Acura offers extended warranty options called AcuraCare up to 8 years/120,000 miles.

Warranty - Precision Certified

Information is as of 2022 model year

  • Repair Deductible: $0 per visit
  • Limited:
    • If the New Vehicle warranty is still active, coverage lasts up to 6 years/100,000 miles from original service date
    • If the New Vehicle warranty has expired, coverage lasts 2 years from the CPO purchase date up to 100,000 total odometer miles
  • Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date
  • Roadside Assistance: 
    • If the New Vehicle warranty is still active, coverage lasts up to 6 years/100,000 miles from original service date
    • If the New Vehicle warranty has expired, coverage lasts 2 years from the CPO purchase date up to 100,000 total odometer miles
  • Rental Car: Up to $45/day for 4 days, maximum $180 per breakdown
  • Trip Reimbursement: $300/day up to 3 days
  • Maintenance Program: 1 free service
  • Exchange Program: 7 day exchange policy

Warranty - Precision Used

Information is as of 2022 model year

  • Repair Deductible: $0 per visit
  • Limited: 6 months/7,500 miles from CPO purchase date
  • Powertrain: 6 months/7,500 miles from CPO purchase date
  • Roadside Assistance: 1 year/12,000 miles from CPO purchase date
  • Rental Car: Up to $45/day for 4 days, maximum $180 per breakdown
  • Trip Reimbursement: $300/day up to 3 days
  • Maintenance Program: 1 free service
  • Exchange Program: 7 day exchange policy

Verdict

Pros

  • Great handling, especially on the Type S model
  • Sharp styling
  • Good predicted reliability
  • Premium stereo is one of the best stereos in any car
  • Infotainment supports wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Great value proposition compared to the Germans

Cons

  • Infotainment is somewhat frustrating to use
  • 2nd and 3rd rows are lacking features that its competitors have, like power-folding rear seats and USB ports standard
  • Lots of piano black in the interior

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Specifications

All figures are as of 2022 model year.

  • Transmission: Honda 10-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: FWD standard, AWD optional
    • 2-speed transfer case not available
    • Electronically locking center differential not available
    • Electronically locking rear differential not available
  • Base curb weight: 4271 lbs
  • Max cargo capacity: 95.0 cu ft
  • Seating: 3 rows
  • Rear leg room: 38.5 in
  • Towing capacity: 3500 lbs

Engines

Honda J35Y5 - 3.5L V6

Base engine

Power Figures

  • 290 hp
  • 267 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 22mpg combined
  • 19mpg city
  • 26mpg highway

Honda J30AC - 3.0L V6 Turbocharged

Standard on the Type S

Power Figures

  • 355 hp
  • 354 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 19mpg combined
  • 17mpg city
  • 21mpg highway