2022 Acura MDX Type S Review: Power and Poise Without Overkill - CNET

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Acura's Type S models are not astir hard-edged aggression. If you're trying to find a Japanese rival for BMW M oregon Mercedes-AMG, sorry, you've got the incorrect number. Instead, the Type S attraction focuses connected assured powerfulness and creaseless poise. And erstwhile applied to the redesigned MDX crossover, it makes for a compelling glow-up indeed.

A fig of mechanical improvements bash wonders to the MDX, but the existent showpiece is the Type S' modular aerial suspension. This is Acura's archetypal implementation of specified a exertion and it's ace good. Combined with adaptive dampers, the Type S is some much comfy and much agile than the basal MDX. Even connected large, 22-inch wheels with low-profile tires, the MDX rides similar a imagination implicit nasty stretches of road portion inactive being appreciably amusive to hustle on a winding road.

The Type S comes modular with Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive, which shuffles powerfulness beforehand to backmost and broadside to broadside arsenic needed, not lone helping with traction successful inclement weather, but wide grip connected adust roads, too. Combined with airy but close steering, the MDX Type S is casual to thrust fast. It's not astir arsenic thrilling arsenic a BMW X5 M oregon Mercedes-AMG GLE63, but again, it's not expected to be.

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Strong powerfulness is an important portion of the Type S updo, and for that, Acura employs the aforesaid 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 utilized successful the TLX Type S. This motor delivers 355 horsepower astatine 5,500 rpm and 354 pound-feet of torque astatine conscionable 1,400 rpm, meaning there's plentifulness of pull-away powerfulness for metropolis driving and road passing. The plentiful low-end torque means the 10-speed automatic transmission doesn't ever person to driblet a cogwheel oregon 2 with regularity, either; the motor is precise often humming on successful the bosom of its powerfulness band.

Acura says the MDX's 10-speed transmission was reprogrammed for Type S duty, delivering 40% quicker downshifts and 30% quicker upshifts. Yet it's inactive sluggish. Switching to the MDX Type S' Sport and Sport Plus driving modes assistance a little, though here, the transmission really has a inclination to clasp gears for excessively long, truthful you're conscionable benignant of revving distant for nary reason. A small much refinement would spell a agelong way.

Because of the added power, the Type S takes a tiny ratio deed compared to the modular MDX. Its EPA-estimated substance system ratings of 17 mpg city, 21 mpg road and 19 mpg combined are 2, 4 and 2 beneath different all-wheel-drive MDX models. On apical of that, the MDX Type S trails different turbocharged six-cylinder SUVs similar the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Genesis GV80, though lone by 1 oregon 2 mpg.

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2022 Acura MDX Type S interior

You can't truly archer here, but the spot leather is blue, and it looks awesome.

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However, dissimilar immoderate competitors, Acura offers the MDX Type S with a afloat suite of driver-assistance tech. Forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, postulation motion designation and much are each standard. You adjacent get Acura's Traffic Jam Assist, which combines adaptive cruise power and lane-keeping assistance for effortless road commuting. This SUV is already beauteous beauteous arsenic a regular operator and the easy-to-use driver-assistance tech bolsters that quality.

There's a full clump of tech wrong the Type S, arsenic well, though similar the regular MDX, it's a small deed oregon miss. There's a 12.3-inch integer gauge cluster, but it displays a ton of accusation astatine 1 clip and the plan is simply a small messy. A 12.3-inch cardinal infotainment surface offers high-res graphics and plentifulness of colors, but the touchpad controller takes immoderate getting utilized to, and the implicit positioning functionality inactive isn't compatible with Apple CarPlay oregon Android Auto (which link wirelessly, by the way). A 10.5-inch head-up show projects utile accusation onto the windshield, but... actually, I don't person immoderate nits to prime astir this. It's good.

The remainder of the Type S' interior is lovely, each comfy and plush. I perfectly emotion the acheronian bluish leather offered successful my trial car, and the seats successful each 3 rows are roomy and supportive. All of the plastics are nicely grained and the leather is precocious quality; the MDX is simply a genuinely luxurious SUV. If you deliberation you person to walk large connected 1 of the Germans to get a fancy interior, you intelligibly haven't been successful an Acura.

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2022 Acura MDX Type S

The Type S' quad tailpipes are cool.

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Acura offers the MDX Type S with oregon without the Advance package, which includes things similar extended ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, third-row charging ports and a bangin' 25-speaker ELS Studio stereo. All in, you're looking astatine $67,895 for the basal Type S oregon $73,245 for the Type S with Advance, including $1,195 for destination. That's hardly chump change, but if you enactment a less-powerful BMW X5 xDrive40i to the aforesaid level of equipment, you're paying person to $80,000. Just saying.

That comparatively debased pricing further drives location the constituent that the MDX Type S is not meant to vie with show SUVs similar the Audi SQ7 oregon BMW X5 M -- vehicles that connection much powerfulness but outgo tens of thousands of dollars more. And really, I don't deliberation astir buyers really request the benignant of overkill offered by those ultra-aggro Germans. The MDX Type S offers an fantabulous blend of comfortableness and premium features with conscionable capable pep successful its step.

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Performance 8.5Features 9Design 9Media 8

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See afloat specs Engine Turbocharged, V6 Cylinder EngineDrivetrain All Wheel DriveMPG 19 MPGPassenger Capacity 7Body Type Crossovers, SUVs

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