2022 Acura MDX Type S
When luxury, comfort, and performance are fused together, this is the resultby Amreetam Basu, on
If you are looking for a seven-seater luxury SUV that is both cost-effective and loaded with features, the MDX is surely the one we would recommend. We have seen how Honda’s luxury wing has been all but boring while managing to sell millions of MDXs and RDXs, as they are claimed to be the bestsellers in the SUV segment. The MDX has returned for the 2022 model year, and with it comes a new performance-oriented Type S variant, taking the luxury and the oomph to another level. But, let us remind you that the MDX Type S is no track monster with over 500 horses on offer, like the X5 M50i or the SQ7. But, it is certainly powerful to make you smile whenever you put down your right foot. Plus, there is adaptive air suspension along with Acura’s torque-vectoring SH-AWD to make you feel confident about taking fast corners. There is a new 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 which puts out 65 horses and 87 pound-feet more than the standard V-6. Apart from how it performs on the road, there are other traits of the MDX Type S which include a plush interior with all the flagship features and build quality you can expect from a luxury SUV. So is this the ideal performance SUV for the price? You will know after reading the review.
2022 Acura MDX Type S
What’s New for the 2022 Acura MDX Type S?
The 2022 MDX Type S is an all-new model from Acura and focuses on enthusiasts who want luxury and comfort alongside performance. The new Type S makes use of a 3.0-liter single-turbo V-6 engine under the hood, which is mated to a sport-tuned 10-speed automatic gearbox and drives all four wheels.
2022 Acura MDX Type S Trims
|Type S||3.0-liter turbocharged V-6||10-speed shiftable automatic||SH-AWD||$66,700|
|Type S w/ Advance||3.0-liter turbocharged V-6||10-speed shiftable automatic||SH-AWD||$72,050|
MDX Type S Exterior
If you loved the new generation MDX’s exterior design, get ready to drool all over again. The Type S version gets sportier bodywork, including the Diamond Pentagon grille, which is now wider and has the Type S emblem on the right. The lower and the side grilles are more significant and functional this time. Acura claims that the intake grille provides up to 14-percent more air intake capacity than the standard MDX. The creases on the body are more prominent and add up to the athleticism Acura is highlighting. The LED headlights, called Jewel Eyes, are the same that we have seen with the standard MDX. The side profile is similar, too, except for the fact that the Type S runs on 21-inch wheels and exposes red-colored Brembo calipers. The rear has rounded quad-exhaust tips and a diffuser. The LED taillight design is the same as the standard MDX. Power moonroof has been a part of the new MDX as standard equipment, and it continues with the Type S.
The new generation MDX has increased dimensions, and the Type S is no different. It is 198.4 inches long, 78.4 inches wide, and has a height of 67.1 inches. The wheelbase measures 113.8 inches, while the ground clearance is just 6.7 inches. If you are thinking of taking the Type S for off-roading, you are mistaken. The curb weight of the MDX Type S is 4,741 pounds, which is about 200 pounds more than the standard MDX. For a seven-seater performance SUV, we think that the Type S’ dimensions are adequate. However, both the X5 M50i and the SQ7 have longer wheelbases by up to 2.5 inches. Not just the wheelbase, the curb weight is substantially higher - 600 pounds, plus they have the big chunky look.
|Ground Clearance||6.7 in.|
|Front Width||67.7 in.|
|Rear Width||67.7 in.|
|Curb Weight||4,741 lbs.|
Most of the standard color choices are available with the Type S variant too, like the Lunar Silver Metallic, Liquid Carbon Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Performance Red Pearl, and Majestic Black Pearl. Except for the Lunar Silver Metallic, all other colors will cost you an additional $500. There are two Type S specific color options: Tiger Eye Pearl and Apex Blue Pearl, if you want your MDX to stand out. Here is the link to Acura’s model configurator, which is user-friendly, and will help you choose the right color based on your preference.
|Lunar Silver Metallic||Apex Blue Pearl|
|Tiger Eye Pearl||Liquid Carbon Metallic|
|Platinum White Pearl||Majestic Black Pearl|
|Performance Red Pearl|
MDX Type S Performance
Unlike the standard 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V-6 powering the MDX, Acura decided to add the 3.0-liter single-turbo V-6, which we have seen in the TLX Type S. So, there is ample power on offer from the get-go. Acura claims to have developed the engine with the same members who joined hands together for building the engines of the Civic Type R and the NSX. The engine puts out 355 horses, so there is enough punch available even on the highways. As the Type S comes with the Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive, it can tow up to a maximum of 5,000 pounds. But we have heard how fast Type S models are, right? So, how fast is the MDX Type S? According to Car and Driver, it can sprint up to 60 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds. Put your foot down, and it can take you to a quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds. It can speed up to a restricted 130 miles per hour. It is definitely faster than the standard MDX, but we are comparing it to the SQ7 and the X5 M50i, which are bonkers quick in acceleration. But that doesn’t mean the Type S is slow. It is what you get the best for the price, as you know the X5 M50i and the SQ7 will set you back another $25,000 from the Type S’ base price.
Engine and Transmission
Under the hood, there is a 3.0-liter single twin-scroll turbo V-6 engine, which puts out 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. The best part is that you can have all the available torque, down the rev-range from only 1400 RPM. There are improved intake manifolds for better cooling efficiency, and the engine comes with the Cylinder Deactivation tech, which can just run on three cylinders when engine load is less. The gear shifts are taken care of by the same 10-speed shiftable automatic from the standard MDX, but Acura has tuned it to be more reactive to shift faster. The brand has also worked on the manual mode for the gearbox, and using the paddle-shifters will enhance the shifts up to 40-percent faster than the standard MDX. You will surely feel it when you whack on the throttle and shift the gears yourself. The Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive comes standard with the Type S, and it works better than before. The torque-vectoring tech allows you to push your limits when you are taking down a fast corner. For a mid-size seven-seater, the MDX Type S will not only amaze you but also your family, with the kids crying in the third row.
|Engine||3.0-liter turbocharged V-6|
|Transmission||10-speed shiftable automatic|
|Horsepower||355 hp @ 5,500 RPM|
|Torque||354 lb-ft @ 1,400 RPM|
|0-60 mph||5.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||130 mph|
Handling and Driving Impressions
If you are expecting X5 M50i type handling dynamics, you are not mistaken; but the MDX Type S’ steering feedback is not as good as the X5 M50i’s. Considering the price gap, we would say that it is more than sufficient. Let’s talk about the SH-AWD system, which allows you to drive like a hooligan around the corners, something we don’t recommend unless you are on a racetrack. The torque-vectoring tech is so good that up to 70-percent of the power can be sent to the rear wheels when needed, and it can even send 100-percent of the power to the outer wheels, to prevent understeer. Driving the Type S is more pleasing than you think, even when you are cruising along the highways. It’s simple. You just have to switch to Comfort mode, which lightens the air suspension and absorbs most of the potholes without you noticing much. The ten-speed automatic is not a DCT but a torque-converter, which means it doesn’t have awkward jerks in the initial throttle openings. We are not done yet. The braking performance is just awesome. Thanks to the four-piston Brembo calipers at the front, there is enough feedback on offer from the pedal while braking. For $68,000, we would say that Acura is going to put a smile on a lot of people’s faces.
2022 Acura MDX Type S Mileage
There is nothing impressive about the mileage figures produced by the Type S. The EPA ratings say it all: 17 miles per gallon in the city, 21 miles per gallon on the highways, and 19 miles per gallon combined. We expected better mileage from the 3.0-liter V-6, considering the big V-8s from its German counterparts deliver a lot more power and produce similar mileage figures. Like the standard MDX, the Type S gets an 18.5-gallon gas tank, which will give you a comprehensive range of around 400 miles. If you want a better economy, the standard MDX will be the best for you, however at the cost of punchy performance.
MDX Type S Interior
Man, what a beauty! If you have liked the standard MDX’s cabin, the Type S will make you stop for a while and let your eyes soak all of it. It is high-end, yes. But being a specced-out MDX, the Type S, the performance-oriented model, feels super luxurious inside. You will get all the modern Acura design language with loads of leather usage, along with open-pore wood trim. There is a flat-bottomed leather-wrapped steering wheel, which is power-adjustable and comes with memory functions by default. The dashboard has a leather top, a wood trim in the middle, and piano-black plastics in the lower part. The center console, like the standard MDX, is cluttered with a lot of buttons and knobs, including the infamous touchpad to control the 12.3-inch infotainment display, but more on that later. There is a 12.3-inch Precision Cockpit instrument console, which we are familiar with. The door panels have the same leather treatment as the dashboard, including the wood trim.
Seating and Interior Space
As for the cabin space, it is the same as the standard MDX, which means it can accommodate up to seven people. Since the whole MDX range is a mid-size SUV, the first rows are sufficiently spacious, but the third row is best suited for children or teenagers. The first row offers 38.5 inches of headroom, 61.9 inches of shoulder room, and a good 41.6 inches of legroom. The second row can seat three people, but the middle seat can be removed for captain’s chairs and better third-row accessibility. There is enough headroom of 38.1 inches of headroom and 41.6 inches of legroom to accommodate six-foot tall individuals. The third row is comparatively compact from the front rows. It has 36.2 inches of headroom, a significantly smaller 40.6 inches of hip room, and 29 inches of legroom. We wouldn’t coin that as a con, as the MDX is quite compact for a three-row SUV. If you have children in your family, then they will do just fine at the rear, except for the fact that they will feel suffocated, as there are no air vents, and the air conditioning will take its time to adjust the temperature.
|Headroom||38.5 in.||38.1 in.||36.2 in.|
|Shoulder Room||61.9 in.||60.3 in.||55.1 in.|
|Hip Room||59.3 in.||57.8 in.||40.6 in.|
|Leg Room||41.6 in.||38.5 in.||29.0 in.|
Interior Colors and Materials
Apart from the materials being used like genuine leather, open-pore wood, and aluminum, the color options for the seats are quite diverse. The standard Type S is offered either with Ebony or Orchid/Black and Red seats with contrasting dashboard colors. The Type S Advance, on the other hand, has the Azurite Blue premium leather seats. We feel that the MDX Type S has a more luxurious cabin than an X5 or a Q7, given that the materials used are high-end. The use of leather is seen throughout the cabin, including the dashboard, door panels, seats, and even on the hand rests.
Acura MDX Type S Trunk and Cargo Space
Similar to the standard MDX, the cargo capacity remains 18 cubic feet, including the storage under the floor. You can easily pack about four suitcases and up to three bags, by default, if you want to travel with full strength (occupied up to the third row). If you want more practicality, folding the third row will offer 48.4 cubic feet, which is so much more than you will ever need. Still, if you think of expanding the capacity, the second-row seats can be folded, which will give you a whopping 95 cubic feet. That said, the cabin is generously practical too. The center console bin is separated into upper and lower sections and is quite spacious. The glovebox is decently sized, and so are the door pockets. The Type S, like the other MDXs, is a practical SUV.
Acura MDX Type S Infotainment and Features
Both the Type S and the Type S Advance are the top-tier models of the MDX lineup, so it is expected that they offer top-class features for the price. The standard Type S features:
- Tri-zone automatic climate control
- Heated front seats
- 16-way power-adjustable front seats with memory
- Ventilated front seats
- 12.3-inch driver information display
- Panoramic sunroof
- Wireless charging pad
- Leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel which is also power-adjustable
- Aluminum paddle-shifters
The Type S Advance is a $72,050 SUV, and it is priced aggressively for what it has to offer. Features like a hands-free tailgate, a heated steering wheel, a heads-up display, a second-row 120-volt power outlet, heated second-row seats, and even massage functions for the front seats.
On the infotainment front, a big 12.3-inch display sits atop the dashboard. Unfortunately, it is not a touch-sensitive display and is to be controlled through the True Touchpad Interface. Even Lexus did switch to a touchscreen interface, but with the new generation of MDX, it seems that Acura will not make the necessary changes anytime soon. The display is color-rich and does have split-screen functionality. The interface is fast and smooth, thanks to a faster processor. Like every other MDX, the Type S features wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, SiriusXM, Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system, loads of USB ports throughout the cabin, and there is Alexa for seamless voice commands. There is also a 16-speaker ELS premium audio unit and the sound is amazing. We would rate it as much as we do to a Bang & Olufsen or a Burmester sound system, but the latter ones are majorly available as optional add-ons.
2022 Acura MDX Type S Problems and Reliability
The 2022 MDX has entered its newest generation, and till now, it is doing great with zero recalls and no major complaints. Acura has been doing quite well in terms of the overall reliability of its cars. It ranks eighth in the most reliable car brands category. Check out other reliable car brands which you should look up to. Acura will provide a four-year/50,000 miles basic warranty, followed by a six-year/70,000 miles drivetrain warranty, and up to four-year/50,000 miles for roadside assistance.
|Basic||Drivetrain||Hybrid Components||Corrosion||Roadside Assistance|
|Length||4 yr.||6 yr.||8 yr.||5 yr.||4 yr.|
|Mileage||50,000 mi.||70,000 mi.||100,000 mi.||Unlimited mi.||50,000 mi.|
2022 Acura MDX Type S Safety
The MDX is one of the safest seven-seater SUVs in the segment with a five-star NHTSA rating, including four-star front crash prevention, and a five-star in the overall side crash category. It also has been rated maxed-out with the “Top Safety Pick+” for 2022 by the IIHS. The agency has rated the MDX with “Good” in all the categories under crashworthiness. The SUV has also secured “Superior” ratings in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian frontal crash prevention.
Key Safety Features
The AcuraWatch, a suite of advanced driver assistance features, is offered by default. So you will find features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, blindspot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert system. However, front and rear parking sensors, along with a 360-degree surround camera system, are fitted with the Type S too. Other important safety features include a total of eight airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, dusk-sensing headlamps, stability control, tire pressure monitoring, and many more.
Verdict: Is the 2022 Acura MDX Type S a Good Car?
Acura’s decision of Type S-ing its most practical SUV is a good thing, as it is now more approachable to a broader audience, including enthusiasts. The MDX Type S is an impressive SUV, not because it has better performance and handling dynamics than its standard iteration, but it is way more luxurious and feature-proof than its similarly priced competitors, like the Q7 and the X5. However, the inclusion of a touchscreen display could have made the infotainment system a bit more intuitive, but the touchpad functions better than what we have seen with the older Lexus touchpads. For $66,700, we think that the MDX Type S is a great SUV, and it seems like it is a complete package.
What is the Price of the 2022 Acura MDX Type S?
The Type S is priced at MSRP $66,700 excluding the $1,045 destination and handling charges. Compared to the standard MDX, the Type S costs $18,700 dearer. The Type S is also offered with the Advance package, which will set you back $72,050.
2022 Acura MDX Type S Models
The MDX Type S is available in two models: the standard Type S and Type S with the Advance package. Both of the models are powered by a 3.0-liter single-turbo V-6 engine and drive all four wheels via a 10-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The Type S packs all the basic features found with the standard MDX, like tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch driver information display, a 12.3-inch infotainment display, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, and wireless charging pad. It also has a few features from the A-Spec package, which means you will get to see a leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel with power tilt and telescopic adjustability, ventilated front seats, a 16-speaker ELS premium audio system, and faux-suede seat inserts. It has its own unique features such as adaptive air suspension, 21-inch wheels, 16-way power-adjustable front seats, Brembo brakes, and a unique exterior styling.
The Type S with the Advance package is offering all the dedicated features which come with the package which includes, a hands-free tailgate, remote ignition, a heads-up display, a 360-degree camera system, premium leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, and USB ports in the third row. It also offers a 25-speaker ELS sound system and massage functions for the front seats. The Type S Advance is the most specced-out MDX you will find.
What Acura MDX Type S Model Should I Buy?
We will recommend the standard Type S as it has just enough features and creature comforts that you’ll need on your daily commute. Most importantly, it has a much more powerful engine than the standard naturally aspirated V-6, along with all the performance bits and pieces such as the Brembo brakes, adaptive suspension, and the torque-vectoring AWD. If you want the best-of-the-best features, then the Type S Advance would be a better fit for you. The latter will add massage functions to the front seats, heating functions to the second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a 25-speaker ELS sound system, and premium leather seats.
2022 Acura MDX Type S Comparisons
|Model||Horsepower||MPG (Combined)||Price (MSRP)|
|Acura MDX Type S||355 hp||19||$66,700|
|Audi SQ7||500 hp||17||$88,500|
|BMW X5 M50i||523 hp||18||$82,800|
2022 Acura MDX Type S vs 2022 BMW X5 M50i
The X5 M50i is a clear winner if you are talking performance SUVs. It yields a lot more power from its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 compared to the smaller 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6. Unlike the MDX Type S, the X5 M50i is a five-seater performance SUV. So the former is more practical and can fit a larger family. Most importantly, the X5 M50i starts from $82,800, which is about $16,000 more expensive than the MDX Type S.
2022 Acura MDX Type S vs 2022 Audi SQ7
If the X5 M50i is expensive, the SQ7 is about $6,000 dearer than the former. The SQ7 is a seven-seater, like the MDX Type S, but has a narrower third row. It also packs a smaller boot space too. Like the X5 M50i, the SQ7 is also a more powerful competitor to the MDX Type S. But for the price, the MDX Type S’ performance is not bad either. It is certainly more luxurious and advanced with a lot of features on offer, but the Germans tend to suck all of your money on optional features.
Is there an MDX Type S coming out?
The new 2022 MDX Type S has reached the dealerships, and it sits above the whole lineup.
What is the price of the MDX Type S?
The MDX Type S starts from $66,700, excluding the handling and destination charges.
How fast is the MDX Type S?
According to independent tests, the Type S has done a 0-60 in 5.6 seconds, and a standing quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds. It can speed up to 130 miles per hour before it hits the limiter.
How efficient is the MDX Type S?
The EPA has rated the Type S with 17/21/19 for city/highway/combined.