The new generation of Acura’s three-row crossover has just been released. This redesign has brought a lot of novelties, starting from a completely new design, improved ride quality and more luxury. The famous Type S version came back, while there is also a full load of new tech features. Considering all this, we are pretty sure the 2023 Acura MDX, which will represent the second production year, will come without more important updates. We are about to see a typical carryover model.
This means that you may count on a versatile luxury SUV, which has a lot of great things to offer. We like the two capable powertrain options, as well as the fact that this SUV offers a high level of athleticism, especially with the optional SH-AWD system. Furthermore, the cabin is spacious and practical, while the number of standard and available equipment is pretty impressive too.
As no bigger changes are expected, the 2023 Acura MDX should hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Acura MDX Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Acura MDX will represent the second production year of the current generation. Therefore, we don’t expect to see significant changes. This should be a typical carryover model, with all the novelties that were introduced with the recent redesign. The new generation offers a more engaging setup, with sportier handling and more direct handling. This particularly refers to models with the available SH-AWD system, which turns the MDX into one of the sportiest models in the class.
Of course, there is a completely new styling as well, which continues the evolution of Acura’s well-known design languages, which is all about sharp edges and angular design solutions. Considering that we are talking about the second production year, we presume that there will be no visual updates. Still, there is always a chance to see new color options, or maybe even a new appearance package.
The same thing goes for interior design. The recent overhaul has brought pretty big improvements. The MDX can no longer be criticized for subpar interior quality, as the new dashboard looks pretty upscale. We also like the fact that the company kept a lot of physical controls, which make living with this car much easier. The materials are nice, while the build quality is very good.
Also, the new generation features a 2.8-inch longer wheelbase, which provides more space on the inside. The first two rows accommodate adults with ease, while the third row can be pretty functional as well. When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 16.3 cubic feet of room behind the third-row seats, 39.1 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded down, and 71.4 cubic feet of the total cargo volume. That’s above-average for the segment.
We are pretty sure that the list of standard equipment will remain pretty much the same as in the current model. This means that base versions will come standard with goodies like tri-zone climate control, a moonroof, a 12.3-inch display, a touchpad controller, a nine-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, Amazon Alexa, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Among options, we expect to find things like navigation, additional USB ports, a 12-, 16-, or 25-speaker ELS audio system etc.
The same thing goes for safety features. All models should come standard with a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, traffic jam assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and traffic sign recognition. Among options, we expect to find goodies like a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view parking camera system.
2023 Acura MDX Engines
Once again, we don’t expect changes. The 2023 Acura MDX will continue with two familiar engine options, starting from the base 3.5-liter V6. This naturally-aspirated engine puts out around 290 horsepower and offers pretty good driving dynamics. When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the segment.
If you have bigger driving ambitions, there is the optional Type S model, which comes with a peppy 3.0-liter turbo V6, which is good for 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission, which does a pretty good job too.
2023 Acura MDX Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Acura MDX will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 48.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Lexus RX, BMW X5, Volvo XC90 etc.